Mon 4 – Sun 10 Sept
The Producers, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, until Sat 9 Sept
Broadway comes to Stevenage with this well known musical based on the film by Mel Brooks. A plan goes wrong and a show that should flop turns out to be a hit. Paul Easom plays Max Bialystock and Ali Bastian (Hollyoaks, Strictly) is Ulla. The Gordon Craig has issued warnings that this musical is not for the easily offended so fasten your seatbelts. It’s a short run, just over one week, so be quick.
Dr Foster comes to Hitchin, BBC 1, 9pm, Tues 5 Sept
I realise that you’re more than able to choose what to watch when you’re at home of an evening, but during the last series of Dr Foster, I loved spotting all the familiar Hitchin locations. If you live in Hitchin, and if you watched the first series, I imagine you enjoyed seeing Suranne Jones sitting in the marketplace opposite Phase Eight at the very end of the story. Well, we thought it was the end of the story. I also loved seeing the view from Windmill Hill, and various other landmarks that make Hitchin the dream town that it is. And, if you’re already warming to Prue Leith, I’ll leave it up to you how you juggle this one with GBBO.
50 years of Mr Benn, Illustration Cupboard, until 16 September
Mr Benn and the big 5-0? Say it isn’t so! No idea how this has happened, he doesn’t look a day over well, 50, but if you’d like to see original sketches and artwork of the bowler-hatted Mr Benn of 52 Festive Road, then get on down to the wonderful Illustration Cupboard at 22 Bury Street, St James’s in London. There’s a fab exhibition of original sketches and artwork by Mr Benn’s creator, David McKee. I think that Mr Benn was the original portfolio worker, who could turn his hand to anything from astronaut or chef to wizard and gladiator.
Laurel and Hardy short, with John Connolly at the Broadway Cinema, Weds 6 Sept
This is the story of how a lost hat inspired a fictional reimagining of the story of Stan Laurel. He is by John Connolly, and I’ve heard him talking about the book on the radio a couple of times this week and it sounds absolutely brilliant. The evening starts with a Laurel and Hardy short followed by a talk by John Connolly and a book signing.
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, opens Thurs 7 Sept
This looks really good. 200 objects from posters to illuminated pharmacy signs, chosen to explore the role of graphic design in communicating healthcare around the world. Handy for anyone who uses Euston Station. Or Kings Cross. 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.