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Mon 19 – Sun 25 March 2018

The Harpenden Big Read Quiz, Bennet’s Club, Weds 21 March


How well do you know your crime (fiction)? This is a night of killer quiz questions with rounds on crime fiction, Harpenden and many more fun categories. It’s a celebration of  the launch of Leigh Russell’s brand new thriller, Class Murder, published by Harpenden’s No Exit Press. Leigh will be there! Ticket price (£10) includes one free drink and a goody bag. 7.30pm.

Big Read Quiz Bennet’s Club 21 Leyton Road Harpenden AL5 2HU

Julius Caesar, National Theatre Live, Broadway, Thurs 22 March

Nicholas Hytner’s production. Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. 6.45pm

Julius Caesar, Broadway, Letchworth SG6 3DD

Gangsta Granny LIVE on stage! Hertford Theatre, Thurs 22 – Sat 24 March

I can hear the cheers already. This production of David Walliams’ book is from the producers of Horrible Histories so if I were you I would book tickets quickly!

Gangsta Granny Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford SG14 1PS


Penny Bird and Camera, Harpenden, Thurs 22 March

Penny Bird is a Harpenden photographer who has made a name for herself in Herts by capturing the character of doors, shoes and dogs. Her latest project celebrates women who have made a significant contribution to Harpenden’s community. Penny invited people to vote for the woman they found most inspiring. The winner is Janet Crawley, who works at St Matthew’s Care Home in Redbourn, and who has a great understanding of dementia. Penny has done a portrait series of Janet at work. On Thurs 22 March in the Prae Wood Arms, you will be able to view Janet’s portraits and also meet and toast all the women who were nominated. Free. 8pm.

Celebrating Harpenden Women


Beyond the Battlefields, Uni of Herts, until 5 May

This exhibition at the Uni of Herts shows photographs that have never been seen before in the UK. They were produced by Käthe Buchler, a middle-class wife and mother, and an exceptionally talented amateur photographer, and they show Germans struggling with the everyday privations of war. The exhibition also includes a small selection of Autochromes: photographs made using the world’s first commercially available colour process. Free.

Uni of Herts


St Albans South Signal Box Big Weekend, Sat 24 – Sun 25 March

Bells and whistles and levers. This is a free event, complete with signalling demonstrations and refreshments. 2-5pm.

South Signal Box, Ridgmont Road, St Albans, AL1 3AJ


Shaw’s Corner opens again! Sat 24 March

Put the flags out! The marvellous Ayot St Lawrence National Trust property and former home to playwright George Bernard Shaw opens for the season on Saturday. And of course the gardens might not look quite like this yet, but they will. George Bernard Shaw’s wife Charlotte was a suffragist and both of them championed the suffrage movement which makes it all the more important to visit the house this year.

Shaw’s Corner Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX


Dad’s Army Radio Hour, Broadway theatre, Sun 25 March

Photo: The Other Richard

Two actors play 25 characters in a staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Impersonations and one liners galore from David Benson and Jack Lane, who played Norman Wisdom in Wisdom of a Fool. 7pm.

Dad’s Army Radio Hour


Tower tour, St Albans Cathedral, Sat 24 and Sun 25 March

The best view in town! Climb to the top of the Norman Bell Tower in St Albans Cathedral via the north transept gallery, and come out on the roof of the tower. You need to book because this is very popular! £9.50

Tower tour


Book for: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A
Tickets have just gone on sale for this summer’s exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the V&A. It’s the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions. Beat the crowds and book now!

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