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This weekend

Fri 31 Jan - Sun 2 Feb

Whooo, it’s the weekend! Here’s you latest Muddy guide to lead the way.

BALLET: The Red Shoes, MK Theatre, 28 Jan – 1 Feb

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Red Shoes is set to romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. The story follows a girl’s dream of becoming the greatest dancer in the world, and it’s Matthew Bourne, so there’s no doubt the moves will be excellent.


MUSIC: Lipstick on your Collar, Bedford Corn Exchange, 31 Jan

Love a bit of old school Rock ‘n’ Roll? This feel good show will cover all the biggest hits from the 50s and 60s, from the likes of Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield, performed by West End vocalists and a full live band. Get your jive on!


MUSIC: Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years, Hertford Theatre, 31 Jan

This tribute to a timeless duo – I mean, you can’t beat a bit of Bridge Over Troubled Water, can you? – is supposedly one of the best in the world, with sell-out tours and standing ovations as standard. If you’re a fan of the original pair, don’t miss this show, which is as close to the real thing as you’re gonna get.


INTERIORS: Wine and Cheese Tasting, Tobias Oliver Interiors Showroom, Berkhamsted

Celebrate making it to the end of the month at this wine and cheese tasting event on 31 Jan at the Tobias Oliver interiors showroom in Berkhamsted. You can ogle all their lovely wares as you scoff and quaff locally produced and sourced fare. Tickets £10, 7-9pm. Email: or call 01442 818122 to book.


EXHIBITION: British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition, Stockwood Discovery Centre, 20 Jan – 22 March

Photo credit: British Seasons, Seasonal Blue Tit, Paul Sawer

Love the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition? Well this is the next best thing, and it’s local too! Celebrating the talents of both amateur and professional snappers, this exhibition of British wildlife photography is marking its tenth anniversary this year. And there’s a special focus on coastlines to help raise awareness about the biodiversity found there and the threats they are facing.


ART: Theodor Kern: Portraits, Wardown House, Luton, 20 Jan – 30 April

Take the opportunity to see the works of this Austrian-born artist with local connections at Wardown House this year. Kern studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and started his career in the 1920s before settling in Hitchin and teaching at Luton School of Art. His oil portraits are hauntingly lifelike.


PERFORMANCE: Spa Songs, Fay Zmija Nicolson, Broadway Studio and Gallery, Letchworth, 13 Dec – 16 Feb

Photo credit: Fay Nicolson, Spa Songs at the Brunel Museum, 2018. Commissioned by DKUK. Photography Alex Rimmer, Post Production Fay Nicolson.

This musical performance has been composed and choreographed by artist, Fay Zmija Nicolson and features only voices. It’s inspired by the harmonies of early music and high energy of folk and punk, combined with movement, lighting and costume, as well as film documenting a previous performance in the tunnel of Rotherhithe’s Brunel Museum.


ART: Parade, a Celebration of Contemporary Art Textiles, Broadway Studio and Gallery, Letchworth, 13 Dec – 16 Feb

Image (detail): Yelena Popova One neutron too many (U238>PU239), 2018 Jacquard woven tapestry 140 x 175 cm

Got a passion for pattern? You’re going to love this exhibition of modern textiles by 15 acclaimed international artists, showcasing the different ways that threads and fabrics are being used today. And its not only textiles, but sculpture, tapestry and installation too. The one in the picture above, One Neutron Too Many, was inspired by the artist’s childhood in Ozyorsk, Russia, the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme. Intriguing stuff.

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