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Jan 28 - Feb 3 2019

THEATRE: Dirty Dusting, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, Tues 29 Jan

The hilarious show about three cleaning ladies who decide to set up a sex chat line to earn some extra cash has been a sell-out on its 3 UK tours. Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm, I’m a Celebrity), Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta and Andrew Green it sounds like a winner for a fun, heart-warming night out.


COMEDY: Stephen K Amos, Hertford Theatre, Wed 30 Jan

Stephen’s new tour Bouquets and Brickbats is doing the rounds and lands at the Hertford Theatre this week. Regular on the likes of  Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and popping up on QI, his warm, laugh-out-loud comedy is a tonic to the craziness of Brexit Britain.


THEATRE: Good Dog, Watford Palace Theatre, Thurs 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb

Returning after its acclaimed run last year, Good Dog tells the story of growing up in a multiracial community in the Noughties, the injustices that can entail and the consequences that can have. This play by Arinze Kene (Netflix’s CrazyHead, Eastenders, Channel 4’s Youngers, West End smash Girl From the North Country, and Misty at Bush Theatre) has great creds, so give it a whirl.


COMEDY: The Potters Arms, Amersham, Thurs 31 Jan

Live at The Apollo‘s excellent Jen Brister headlines with Dan Evans and Colin Chadwick at this unassuming pub on the Bucks/Herts border that somehow continuously pulls in big names in comedy. Nothing flash about the venue, but I rather like its rough and readiness, plus you get a main meal with your ticket price and a whole load of belly laughs.


MUSIC: Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Hertford Theatre, Fri 1 Feb 

Direct from London’s iconic jazz venue, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars are performing at Hertford Theatre to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary. The show features live music alongside rare video footage and archived photos of the good old days.


EXHIBITION: Women of Influence at Ashridge, Ashridge Estate, Fri 1 Feb-Mon 18

It’s girl power all the way over at Ashridge with their new exhibit that celebrates the last 200 years of the National Trust site and the women who have made their mark on the estate.


FOOD: Alpine evening, Frithsden Vineyard, Sat 2 Feb 

If you didn’t make it up to the slopes this winter you can still get your mitts on the grub at Frithsden Vineyard’s Alpine evening, with a French inspired menu of onion soup, dauphinoise potatoes plus their very own wine and fizz. Booking essential. 



WORKSHOP: Candle making, Forest Song Spiritual & Wellbeing Centre, Sat 2 Feb 

You can never have too many scented candles, am I right? At the Hemel Hempstead based wellbeing centre you’ll make a selection of candles using hand-rolled beeswax and soy wax, with a unique combo of fragrances and colours of your choosing.


COMEDY: Lucy Porter, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Sat 2 Feb

 Discussing all things inherited from her parents, from dodgy knees to global warming (eh?), Lucy Porter performs her new stand up show Pass It On that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Lucy’s TV creds include QI, Room 101 and Live at the Apollo.



Two booze festivals in one day, however will we choose? Gin to my Tonic Festival at Watford Colosseum is promising over 100 unique gins from the UK and further afield, 1.30-5.30pm, 7-11pm. Just 20 minutes down the road at The Alban Arena, over 40 gins will be joined by a Prosecco bar and freebies including drinks, glasses and cocktail recipes to take home, 1.30-5pm, 6.30-10pm.


COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves, Watford Colosseum, Sun 3 Feb

 Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is stopping in Herts on his UK tour that touches on politics and humankind’s self-destructive nature- don’t worry I’m sure it’s funnier than it sounds! A regular on the comedy scene Nish has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and even has his own show on Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommet.


MUSIC: Bishop’s Stortford College Lunchtime Concerts, Bishop’s Stortford URC Church, from Thurs 24 Jan

Celebrating its 150th birthday and its association with the Water Lane Church, the pupils of Bishop’s Stortford College will be performing a series of free lunchtime concerts, starting with violinist Anthony Tuch and flautists Inez Parsell and Yuki Cheng. Other recitals will feature harp music, solo violin, chamber music and guitar ensemble and it’s a lovely opportunity to enjoy young musical talent in a peaceful setting.


EXHIBITION: Colour Snap, University of Hertfordshire, now until Thurs 7 Feb

Joe Fordham

With installation, moving image, painting and textile work by artists Rhys Coren, Jacob Dahlgren, Anna Mac, Anna Ray and Liz West, Colour Snap explores the endless ways in which colour shapes our world and our responses to it.



EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.



MUSIC: Chiltern Arts Festival, various locations, Sat 9 – Sat 16 Feb

World class musicians are descending on various venues in Bucks and Herts with a series of concerts to delight music lovers. The programme includes renowned pianist Steven Osborne playing Prokofiev, Debussy and Schubert, celebrated baritone Roderick Williams in a performance of Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook, and an opening programme by the City of London Sinfonia inspired by the orchestra’s London series, entitled Bach and the Cosmos.


KIDS: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Hertford Theatre, Sat 16- Sun 17 Feb 

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To celebrate the iconic colourful elephant’s 30th birthday, Elmer is going on tour. The show features 21 puppets, vibrant colours, cheeky humour and at a short 45 minutes looks perfect for little ones under seven.


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