Mon 15 – Sun 21 Jan 2018
An evening with Tom Kerridge, Queenswood School, Tues 16 Jan
From the man who lost 12 stone. Chef Tom Kerridge, owner of The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, is here to share recipes that will keep you trim for life. This is a Chorleywood Bookshop event and the venue is Queenswood School. 7.30pm.
An evening with Tom Kerridge Queenswood School, Hatfield, AL9 6NS
Open Evening, Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, Bedford, Tues 16 Jan
Open evening – with a free drink! – at this wonderful theatre in Bedford. You can have a snoop around backstage, ask tricky questions, and if you book tickets for upcoming shows, you’ll get a discount. I visited this theatre recently when I went to Bedford School and I was impressed. Amazingly, Dean Friedman is going to be playing here, someone who I haven’t thought about since I was at school. Free. 6.30pm.
Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN
Blow-Up, Broadway Cinema, Thurs 18 Jan
Part of the swinging London scene at Broadway Gallery, there will be a screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow-Up at Broadway cinema. David Hemmings is a fashion photographer who captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. 7.45pm.
Make a Wish, Brush Party, The Crown, Thurs 18 Jan
I went to one of the Brush Party evenings last year and it’s more like a zumba class. The music is upbeat, and the teacher wears a microphone. They are high energy and great fun, particularly if you go with a friend or in a group. You can drink while you paint. Absolutely no experience (or talent) required. And you go home with your very own work of art. And this may or may not look like the painting you take home. £29.00. 7-10pm.
Brush Party The Crown, 144 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4JA
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, Weds 17 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
Moroccan Saturday, Frithsden Vineyard, Sat 20 Jan
Frithsden Vineyard has created a fine programme of delights for 2018 with supper clubs galore. The first is Moroccan. Time for tagine.
Moroccan supper club Frithsden Vineyard Hemel Hempstead HP1 3DD
International Organ Festival Concert, St Albans Cathedral, Sat 20 Jan
Listen and look up. It’s the Choir of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, directed by David Skinner. And it’s free! 5.30pm.
International Organ Festival Concert, St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY
Rigoletto, Vyne Theatre, Sun 21 Jan
The Vyne Theatre in Berkhamsted is fast becoming the place for live screenings and recordings. This is David McVicar’s lauded production of Verdi’s Rigoletto for the Royal Opera. You can even have a sneak preview of Michael Fabiano singing La donna è mobile. A great way to end or start your week. 7pm.
Vyne Theatre Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted. HP4 1EH