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Mon 22 – Sun 28 Jan

Booking opens Mon 22 Jan for:

Dawn French, Fireside Festival, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Sun 25 Feb

Great excitement when news came in about Dawn French coming to Letchworth. Her appearance is part of the Fireside Festival, which started in Baldock but is now popping up in other parts of north Herts. There are events at David’s Bookshop and at various locations in Baldock. Have a look at the programme, it’s brilliant. Loads of storytelling events, some for adults and some for the whole family. Dawn French will be at the Broadway Theatre in Letchworth on Sun 25 Feb. She’ll be doing a Q&A and a book signing. 4pm. Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap, Letchworth, SG6 3DD.

Dawn French

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James Mayhew, Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature, Fri 2 Feb

Many of the events at this festival have already sold out so be quick! James Mayhew is the creator of the Ella Bella and Katie books and he also does the most amazing performances when he paints with an orchestra. On Fri 2 Feb he’ll be painting live to music performed by the Bishop’s Stortford College Orchestra and Choirs.  7pm.

Festival of Literature

Chilean Supper Club, The White Hart, Welwyn, Thurs 25 Jan

This is the bar at the wonderful White Hart, but the supper clubs take place in the function room, the old courthouse. James Dowling from Wine2Trade will be leading the tasting of six Chilean wines and the chef will be rustling up three courses. I love this family run pub. There’s a wonderfully warm and welcoming atmosphere and the food is delicious.

Chilean Supper White Hart, 2 Prospect Place, Welwyn AL6 9EN

The Post, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth

I went to see this last week and it’s great. Lots of old world detail: remember shoving coins into a payphone? Reams of paper and clattery typewriters. And smoking in the office! It’s on general release but I do love seeing films at Broadway Cinema. If you haven’t visited, I recommend it. Art deco elegance and a great bar.

Broadway Cinema

Burns Supper, The Tilbury, Datchworth, Thurs 25 Jan

Tom Bainbridge at The Tilbury is a talented chef and I have no doubt that this Burns Night menu will be delicious. I have tasted the cranachan here and the memory lives on. The Burns Night supper sounds amazing: Mussel, garlic & herb porridge, Highland honey & whiskey cured Scottish salmon, crab & whiskey cream, preserved lime, haggis beignet, Highland venison, Angus oxtail sauce, turnips, Tilbury cranachan and more! The Tilbury, Watton Road, Datchworth, SG3 6TB.

Burns Supper

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, Thurs 25 – 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: The Iron Giant, Star Trek II, Romeo and Juliet and Speed. All the info on the Vintage Cinema website. 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 – 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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