Mon 8 – Sun 14 Jan 2018
The Harpenden Gang Show, Harpenden Public Halls, Tues 9 – Sat 13 Jan
Harpenden is in the record books for having the longest running gang show in the country. Music, comedy and dance with the grand finale celebrating the traditional Gang Show anthem, On the Crest of a Wave. All of the performers are under 18, and include many grandchildren of former Harpenden Gang Show members. This tends to sell out so be quick!
Harpenden Gang Show Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road AL5 1PD
The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, opens Tues 9 Jan
One for Pinter fans if you want to pop to London town. The location is a rundown seaside boarding house. There’s a party. The novelty of new people loses its initial attraction as they start to feel menacing. What a line up! This should be great.
The Birthday Party Panton Street, London SW1Y
Ernest Herbert Whydale, Royston Museum, Weds 10 – Sat 13 Jan
Royston Museum has an impressive collection of works by local artist E.H. Whydale, who, during his career, exhibited in galleries all over the country, including the Royal Academy. This exhibition charts Whydale’s life and career, and his close connections with Royston and its surrounding district. Admission free.
Royston Museum 5 Lower King Street, SG8 5AL
Helen Lack, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, opens Sat 13 Jan
Inspired by Jackson Pollock, Helen Lack is a local artist with a global reach. Some of the issues that Helen explores in her work include population, pollution, ocean bleaching and chaos in the universe. You can see her work in the Trestle gallery cafe from Saturday.
Helen Lack Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Follies, The Screen, Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, Thurs 11 Jan
Are you a Sondheim fan? Follies is fabulous and dazzlingly zingy. And it’s Imelda Staunton! With Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee. It’s 1971 in New York and the Follies girls are having a party on stage at the Weismann Theatre. It’s the last hurrah before the building is demolished the following day. With a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it sounds simply marvellous. 7pm.
Follies, The Screen, Rhodes, Bishop’s Stortford 1- 3 South Road, CM23 3JG
Parkrun, Panshanger, Sat 13 Jan
Well, it’s the time of year for having a go. I signed up for Parkrun years ago but have never made it to Panshanger Park. This is my year. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, my cousin goes to this, and loves it. If you’re looking for beautiful views to appreciate while you whizz around doing your 5k, this is the place. Even the very slowest are welcome (that’s what I’m telling myself). From 9am.
Panshanger parkrun, Panshanger Park, Thieves Lane entrance, Hertford, SG14 2WN.
Illustrator Lucinda Rogers draws directly from life and is brilliant at capturing intimate details and broad views of cities around the world. In this exhibition, On Gentrification, she explores the relationship between old and new, focusing on East London’s 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats soon to be unveiled.
Lucinda Rogers House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BH
Gordon House, Curator’s Tour, Broadway Gallery, Sun 14 Jan
I loved the Gordon House exhibition and will definitely be going again before it finishes at the end of Jan. Gordon House was a fine artist and commercial designer who lived in Letchworth and studied at Luton and St Albans art schools. He was part of the London 60s art scene. It’s an uplifting exhibition and full of colour. House also designed album covers including the Beatles’ White Album. This is a tour with curator Laura Dennis who is brilliant. Recommended. 2pm.
Young Marx, Hertford Theatre, Tues 9 Jan
Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels in this new comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. It’s broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre in London. The production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. The story? It’s 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Not suitable for the younger viewer! 7pm
Young Marx Hertford Theatre, The Wash, SG14 1PS