Fri 9 - Sun 11 Nov 2018
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEKEND
FESTIVAL: Knebworth Winter Festival, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Nov
Knebworth House is pulling out all the stops with a winter festival which includes an enchanted Christmas garden, an interactive Father Christmas experience, artisan shopping, festive street food and cocktails in an Aprés Ski Lodge complete with log fires. As well as all that, some of the biggest names in British comedy – Rhod Gilbert, Angela Barnes, Greg Davies, etc – will be performing. There’s even a rare appearance by Bjorn the Polar Bear.
THEATRE: Funny Women Showcase, Watford Palace Theatre, Fri 9 Nov
Watford Palace Theatre will be showcasing the UK’s funniest females (we didn’t make the cut either, don’t worry) for a night of giggles, guffawing and snuck-in-under-the-coat glasses of wine. Desiree Burch, Gráinne Maguire and Britain’s Got Talent’s magic funnywoman Mandy Muden will be performing, as well as 2013 Funny Women finalist Sindhu Vee and Rosie Jones who has written for The Last Leg, 8 Out of Ten Cats and Would I Lie To You. Winner of the 2017 Funny Women Awards, Thanyia Moore, will be hosting the show.
THEATRE: Electra, Abbey Theatre, Fri 9 – Sat 17 Nov
Electra tells the age old tale of murder, betrayal, revenge and being super mad at your mother (we’ve all been there). This particular adaptation of Sophocles Greek drama, produced by St Albans’ longest running theatre group The Company of Ten, looks like a goodie, especially since tickets are only £12.
COMEDY: Stephen K Amos, Court Theatre, Tring, Fri 9 Nov
A comedy circuit stalwart, Stephen K Amos pops up in Tring on his UK tour. Using a potent mix of personal and social commentary, he touches on family, racism, social media and gluten-free bread in his confident and charismatic show.
FOOD: Winter Spanish Evening, Frithsden Vineyard, Sat 10 Nov
Foodies rejoice! Herts’ favourite vineyard will be hosting a night of Spanish tapas to spice up November’s chilly nights promising olives, dips, pot roast chicken, passion fruit pudding and, of course, homegrown vino. Booking is essential.
EVENT: Remembrance Sunday, St Albans Cathedral, Sun 11 Nov
The series of events called St Albans Remembers to mark one hundred years since the end of World War I reaches a climax with the Remembrance Day services, beacon lighting and parade. Visit the exhibition exploring the lives of those who went to war who had worshipped at the cathedral. If you’re an early riser, hear the haunting Battle’s O’er which will be played by a lone piper at 6am in the nave (there are pipers in churches and cathedrals all over the country doing the same to mark the start of the day of commemoration).
MUSIC: CHROMA Ensemble, St Peter’s Church Berkhamsted, Sun 11 Nov
CHROMA is a collective of 20 outstanding musicians who perform all over the country. Tonight they perform From Night, exploring darkness and light in music culminating with Schubert’s great String Quartet no.15 in G major in the gorgeous Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church. Concert tickets: £16/£13 concs
WELLNESS: Art & Soul, Hitchin Town Hall, Sun 11 Nov
In need of some positive vibes before the craziness of Christmas sets in? Art & Soul’s not for profit event in Hitchin Town Hall will have workshops on yoga, creative writing, mindfulness and how to be a conscious shopper. All proceeds will go to , a mental health charity.
THEATRE: Horrible Histories, Wycombe Swan, Bucks, Tues 6 – Sat 10 Nov
Family favourite Horrible Histories is back on tour with shows Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians, bringing us mummy-making, tomb excavations and an Armada sailing into the audience. We grabbed a quick cuppa with co-director Neal Foster about what grisly goings-on we can expect. Read all about it here.
CULTURE: Royal Opera House, Month of Sundays Festival, London, now until Sun 25 Nov
The Royal Opera House is opening itself up for a month of interactive fun. They’ll be live demos from technicians and craftspeople who work on the ROH productions, you can take guided tours and learn new moves in a dance class, sing tunes from opera classics and make something crafty to take home. The Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera artists will be performing in the public areas and there’s a sound installation that explores the history of the Opera House.
SCREENING: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Science Museum, London, Thurs 1 Nov – Sat 24 Nov
To celebrate 50 years of the 1968 epic, you can head to the Science Museum’s IMAX cinema to watch Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece exploring our prehistoric past and the rise of man versus machine. Oscar winning director Christopher Nolan has created a new print from the original which will look stunning on the giant IMAX screen. Then follow the museum’s Kubrick trail to discover the rich collection of objects from the history of space travel.
THEATRE: The Wider Earth, The Natural History Museum, London, now until Sun 30 Dec
Exciting news – there’s a theatre 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.
ART: Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Britain, London, now until 24 Feb
Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones was one of the most influential British talents of the 19th century and this exhibition will bring together 150 works including paintings, stained glass and tapestry in a major new retrospective. Rejecting the starched world of the Victorians, he looked to myths, legends and the Bible to create his otherworldly work. He wanted to bring beautiful design to everyone and along with his friend William Morris, pioneered the Arts and Crafts Movement.