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12 fun things to do this week

At a loose end over the next few days? Here's Muddy to the rescue with the best of what's on for the whole family across Herts & Beds.

OPERA: Tosca, South Mill Arts, 19 Jan

If opera floats your boat, the ROH season of live screenings is coming to South Mill Arts, kicking off with Tosca, a delightful blend of romance, tension and tragedy, all set off with Puccini’s iconic score.

COMEDY: Russell Brand: 33, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 20 Jan

New Year, new calendar! Start filling it up with this month's awesome array of Muddy curated events, from comedy and theatre to stuff for the kids.

Love him or hate him, Russell Brand certainly has a lot to say. His latest stand-up Show, 33, is a comedic commentary on what we have (or haven’t learnt) over the past 18 months, and asks whether it’s possible to get back to normal if you’ve never been normal… hmm, well that’s food for thought!

KIDS: The Hug, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 22 Jan

The Hug sounds like something we could all do with right now! Based on the sweet children’s book by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar, it follows a hedgehog and a tortoise in need of some affection. It deals with rejection but ultimately hope and acceptance, paired with some funny moments and original music.

KIDS: Captain Calamity – Nutty New Year Adventure, The Radlett Centre, 22 Jan

The popular entertainer is back with some New Year’s Resolutions including going on a diet and tidying up the Lollipop Lighthouse, in this bubble, custard-pie and song-packed show.

MUSICAL: Dreamgirls, MK Theatre, 25 Jan – 5 Feb

Dreamgirls is a belter of a show direct from the West End based on the life of The Supremes in 1960s America. Glitz, glamour and heaps of glitter are headed to MK Theatre this month for the first ever UK tour of this multi award-winning musical, starring MK local Natalie Kassanga.

EXHIBITION: Unpacked, Courtyard Arts, 25 Jan – 5 Feb

They say you can have far more fun with a box than what’s inside it… well this exhibition of works by Fine Art Students from the University of Hertfordshire, demonstrates the actually quite extraordinary things that can be done with the humble cardboard box.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny, The Alban Arena, 25 Jan

Anyone who’s ever seen Jimmy Carr will know he’s not exactly one for political correctness, and this show promises some really terrible sharp-intake-of-breath jokes about some really terrible things… but they are only jokes! Those with a sensitive disposition need not apply. You have been warned!

THEATRE: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, South Mill Arts, 26-27 Jan

Credit: Alex Harvey-Brown

There’s nothing like a bit of gothic drama during a dreary January! Embrace the gloom with this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s psychological drama as it trasnsports you to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

EXHIBITION: The BFG in Pictures, St Albans Cathedral, until 27 Jan

Who doesn’t love the work of Quentin Blake? His timeless sketches just epitomise childhood frivolity and fun. This month, a touring exhibition from the House of Illustration comes to St Albans Cathedral. Curated by Blake himself it will feature the final images (and the original rejections!) from Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale, The BFG. Fans of this storybook dream team young and old won’t want to miss this. Plus it’s free – no booking required!

EXHIBITION: Perry Curties, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, until 31 Jan

CREDIT: Perry Curties

It’s your last chance to catch this exhibition by Letchworth-based photographer, Perry Curties who shoots images for the movie industry, including the latest Bond, No Time to Die. There are digital displays of motion posters of the cast, alongside his collection of portraits of Hollywood stars from Tom Hardy to Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, plus some fashion and dance imagery inspired by the Bond classics.

EXHIBITION: Chaos Dancing Cosmos, Rosana Antolí, St Albans Museum and Gallery, until 6 March 2022

Rosana Antolí, Chaos Dancing Cosmos, 2018; Photography by Joseph Devitt Tremblay.

This intriguing installation created from rubber and copper piping explores the concept of the infinite loop and with the help of motors, mimics the patterns made by human dance and movement.

EXHIBITION: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum, Tring, until June 2022

© Stefano Unterthiner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
© Stefano Unterthiner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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