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Fri 26 – Sun 28 Jan


Designing for Art, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, Sat 27 Jan

This sounds brilliant. A series of short illustrated talks by designers working in the visual arts. The event is followed by a champagne reception and private view of the exhibition with Broadway Gallery Curator, Laura Dennis. Speakers include Matt Bagnall from The District, a Cambridge-based graphic design agency. Eric Martin, Partner at Delvendahl Martin Architects and Design Fellow in the School of Architecture at University of Cambridge. 4-5.30pm. £8 and £6 concessions. Ticket price includes a glass of champagne.

Designing for Art

Vintage Cinema, Natural History Museum, Tring, Fri 26 Jan

Photo: Chris Lopez

Grab a drink from the Lion Bar and settle in to a cinema packed full of taxidermy. And the films are: Romeo and Juliet and Speed. Check the website for different start times. Natural History Museum, The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AP.

Vintage Cinema

Jenny Eclair, Hertford Theatre, Fri 26 Jan

No need to introduce Jenny Eclair and you can probably imagine some of the topics in her live show. Aimed at an adult audience so you have been warned. Middle age under the microscope. 8pm.

Jenny Eclair Hertford Theatre, The Wash, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

84 Charing Cross Road, Barn Theatre, Fri 19 – 27 Jan

I loved this book and the film with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins is a classic. I can’t wait to see what the Barn Theatre does with the story and how it brings to life the story of a New York writer and a London antiquarian bookseller.

84 Charing Cross Road  Barn Theatre, Barn Close, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST.

The Flying Lovers, Wilton’s Music Hall, Fri 19 Jan – Sat 10 Feb

Vitebsk, Belarus, 1909. Marc Chagall and his wife Bella, a writer. It’s from Kneehigh theatre, and it sounds wonderful. Some of Chagall’s paintings featured both of them flying. I can’t think of a better venue than Wilton’s Music Hall for something floaty and surreal. It’s a love story, and also a tale of exile.

Wilton’s Music Hall  1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB

The Effect, Abbey Theatre, Fri 19 – Sat 27 Jan

Lucy Prebble followed her award-winning play ENRON with The Effect. She says that she wrote the play for her friend Billie Piper, who played Connie in the play at the National Theatre. Two young people, Tristan and Connie, are in a private clinic as paid volunteers to trial a new kind of anti-depressant. They fall in love. 8pm and matinees at 2.30pm.

Abbey Theatre  Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL

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