Mon 15 Oct - Sun 21 Oct 2018
THEATRE: Dangerous Corner, Abbey Theatre, St Albans, now – Tues 16 Oct
This JB Priestley drama still resonates today as a group of friends having dinner begin to reveal themselves and the machinations of their relationships. The genius of Priestley’s writing doesn’t date as here he explores how much truth we can take in our private lives. Go with your friends but don’t blame me if you fall out afterwards!
ART: Henry Moore Exhibition: Out of the Block, Perry Green, now until Sun 28 Oct
This is the last two weeks of this fascinating exhibition exploring how Henry Moore carved his sublime sculptures out of a whole block of stone or wood. He continually returned to this method for most of his career, despite periods modelling with clay, plaster and casting in bronze, and you can see the stunning results in this thematic display.
WALKS: Chilterns Walking Festival, now until Sat 21 Oct
In case you didn’t know, you either live in or very close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chiltern Walking Festival involves fifty walks with expert guides plus stories and fun activities right across the Chiltern region until Sat 21 Oct.
FAMILY: Brick or Treat, Legoland Windsor, Thurs 18 Oct – Sun 2 Nov
Whoop, whoop, it’s back. Legoland’s Brick or Treat has been going for years but new for 2018 are the Brick or Treat Halloween Trail (find the missing potion ingredients round the park to win a treat), the Spooky Hill Train plus a Halloween themed Lego Mosaic. There’s also a monster disco, rides, shows and fireworks displays with exploding lego bricks (or so it seems when you wear the special specs) on 20, 21, 26, 27 Oct and 2 Nov. Take my top tip and start at the back of the park and make your way forward – you’ll miss the most monstrous queues, trust me.
SHOPPING: Blacknose Christmas Pawty, Staffy B Homestore, Baldock, Fri 19 Oct
Support the Blacknose Foundation for rescue dogs at the launch of Staffy B’s Christmas room. £5 tickets get you a complimentary glass of fizz and entry into the raffle whilst your browse the lovely home accessories, gifts and interiors.
FILM: 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Tring Cinema, Nora Grace Hall, Fri 19 Oct
If you haven’t yet experienced Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and you live Tring way, here’s your chance to catch this cinematic masterpiece. You can buy drinks, fresh popcorn and handmade chocolate at the cash bar, then enjoy Frances McDormand at her intense, seering best. tringcinema.co.uk
WALK: Deer Rut Stroll, Ashridge Estate, Fri 19 – Sun 21 Oct
Did you know you can pretend you’re on safari and go looking for rutting deer on the Ashridge Estate? Binos and stalking hats at the ready for a gentle morning stroll with the rangers from 7-9am this weekend. There’s a decent cafe for breakfast afterwards too.
MARKET: Antiques and Collectibles Market, Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Sat 20 Oct
I do like a good rummage round an antiques market – you never know what you might find – and with the background of Elizabeth I’s old gaff, you can dream of finding something really special and collectible that would get Fiona Bruce in a flat spin.
THEATRE: Much Ado About Nothing, Watford Palace Theatre, now until 27 Oct
We’re in 1940s wartime Britain for this production by Brigid Larmour of Much Ado About Nothing. The decision to cast all women in the play celebrates how we held the fort so admirably back home. Muddy went to the press night and here’s what we thought of this charming, laugh-a-minute, yet sad in all the right places, production.
CULTURE: London Literary Festival, Southbank Centre, London, Thurs 18 – Sun 28 Oct
Lots of literary luminaries like Sir Salman Rushdie and Barbara Kingsolver plus a dollop of celebs like Sally Field, Sue Perkins, Roger Daltrey, Mary Beard and Melvyn Bragg will be heading to the South Bank for the 12th London Lit Fest. The burning issues of today will be discussed and with Homer’s The Oddessy at the heart of the festival – readings, talks and discussions – there’s your culture fix in the bag.
ART: Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire, the Saatchi Gallery, London, now until Sun 13 Jan 2019
In these troubling times, satire can provide some light relief and hold up a mirror to modern-day politics. This new exhibition explores how art and satire can question and commentate in a way that can diffuse situations. All sorts of media have been used, including photography, installations and more obviously caricatures, and what’s even better is it’s completely free (very helpful when in Chelsea flexing the credit card).
THEATRE: The Wider Earth, The Natural History Museum, now – Sun 30 Dec
Exciting news – there’s a theatre being opened in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth, a play about the young Charles Darwin. Puppets, an original score and cinematic animations make this theatrical event a great draw for kids plus they’ll learn a helluva lot in the process.
FOOD: London Restaurant Festival, various London locations, all month
It’s worth popping into town this month as London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode with great value festival menus at loads of top-notch restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art.
THEATRE: True West, Vaudeville Theatre, London, from Fri 23 Nov
Booking is now open for the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West. Directed by Matthew Dunster, an Olivier-nominated director, playwright, actor and Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe, and starring Kit Harington (of Game of Thrones fame) and Johnny Flynn (Genius) as warring brothers, this sure sounds like a goodie.
THEATRE: Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends, The Royal Albert Hall, Sat 1 Dec
Tickets for Rob Lowe’s live show are bound to sell out fast (as they have in the States). Inspired by his memoirs of the same name and his previous book Love Life, Mr Lowe will spill the beans on a career from the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond. Apparently, he’s quite the raconteur with loads of witty anecdotes that touch on his career, fame, Hollywood, fatherhood and marriage. Keep your eyes peeled come November – Rob is filming in London and Lincolnshire for a new ITV Drama called Wild Bill about a UK cop who moves to Lincolnshire!