Mon 24 Feb - Sun 1 Mar
THEATRE: The Apologists, The Hat Factory, Luton, 27 Feb
A collection of three short plays tackles the humble apology in a world where a simple ‘sorry’ doesn’t always cut it. Starring Aussie actor, Gabrielle Scawthorn, it takes an in-depth look at our use of words and the expectations we put on them, as well as the limitations they have particularly in a public forum. Thought-provoking stuff.
COMEDY: Scummy Mummies, Rhodes Arts Complex, 28 Feb
Oh we just can’t resist their self-referential, warts-and-all approach to parenting and the world at large. The Scummy Mummies strike again with some new songs, new sketches and, (ahem…) new catsuits.
COMEDY: Live at the Alban Arena, 29 Feb
Fancy seeing some of TVs biggest comedians (and some up and coming ones – you heard it here first!) do their thang right here is Herts in one hilarious evening? Hot foot it to The Alban Arena to catch Reginald D Hunter, Seann Walsh and two tipped-for-the-top names to know, Sara Barron and Tom Ward. Plus it’s hosted by Mock The Week’s Angela Barnes. Get your laughing gear around that.
KIDS: Beastly Belle, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 29 Feb
This familiar sounding tale is indeed a fresh twist on an old classic. Inspired by 1920s cinema iconography and featuring puppetry and projection, Belle is rescued from a life of poverty by a film producer, wooed by the glitz and glamour of the movie star life. But will she forget her humble roots or come to accept the Beast? Suitable from ages 4+.
EXHIBITION: British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition, Stockwood Discovery Centre, until 22 March
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, until 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.
EXHIBITION: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May
I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty above. The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3, on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.
THEATRE: Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 13 Feb – 2 Jan 2021
This month I’m excited for the start of Pretty Woman’s West End stint after it’s successful Broadway premier in 2018. The production has some major creds with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, really!).
CONCERT: Lana Del Rey, O2 Arena, London, 25 Feb
Lana Del Rey follows up last year’s incredible Norman F****** Rockwell album with a new one, White Hot Forever, and will be taking to the stage to share it this month.
Busy last month? There’s still time to see Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May). Elsewhere, at the O2 Arena, there’s ABBA: Super Troupers, a journey through the Swedish band’s career featuring personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020). And finally, there’s the fantastically bonkers Tim Walker exhibition (above) at the V&A with snaps from his career as a fashion and portrait photographer, a must-see before it ends on 8 Mar.