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Fri 17 – Sun 19 Nov 2017

Rob Brydon, Gordon Craig Theatre, Fri 17 Nov

Does Rob Brydon need any introduction? I don’t think so. Here he is in St Evenage, with his sellout I Am Standing Up tour. 8pm.


Guys and Dolls, Sandpit Theatre, Fri 17 and Sat 18 Nov

This is Sandringham School’s production of Guys and Dolls, performed in the Sandpit Theatre, which is in the school grounds. Sandpit Theatre won Best Theatre in this year’s Muddy Awards and it has a fantastic reputation for drama and musicals. Be ready to sing along and dance in the aisles. This is guaranteed to be a high energy show. 7.30pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday.

Guys and Dolls

Frost Fair, Hatfield House, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Nov

The Old Palace isn’t always open to visitors, but part of the Frost Fair takes place in the Old Palace so now’s your chance to have a look around. The Frost Fair is an annual event that gets better each year, with 240 exhibitors, including Sarah Cooke of Halia Rose, who is in the Muddy Herts Little Black Book. Time to start shopping for crafty things that you won’t find in the shops.

Frost Fair

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Christmas event, Halls Green, Sat 18 Nov

Harriet Kelsall is a bespoke jewellery designer who works in a beautiful barn in Halls Green near Weston. I thoroughly recommend her Christmas event on Saturday – I’m going to pop in myself. You’ll be able to watch live demonstrations by the goldsmiths, and for children there will be festive beading workshops. From 12.30pm there will be music from singer-songwriter Zoё Wren, who recently performed at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Get in the mood for Christmas and toast the festive season with mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas shopping.  Prizes to be won in the charity raffle include a beautiful 0.40ct blue Ceylon sapphire ethically sourced from Sri Lanka, sterling silver cufflinks with hand engraved Celtic knots and a £50 Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Sterling silver gift token. All money raised will be split equally between Chain of Hope and the British Heart Foundation. Free event from 9:45am-5pm at North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Hertfordshire, SG4 7DP.

Harriet Kelsall Christmas Event

Follies, National Theatre Live, Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted, Sun 19 No

Are you a Sondheim fan? This is Follies, being staged for the first time and beamed straight in – live – to Berko’s Vyne Theatre. Get your homework done early, it’s Sunday night! It sounds fabulous and dazzlingly zingy. And it’s Imelda Staunton! And 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. 6pm.


The Navigator, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Sun 19 Nov

This sounds great. It’s a musical, inspired by the true stories of men and women who served during the Second World War. The Navigator is the story of a Lancaster bomber crew and the women who shared their lives. This evening is a chance to see the West End cast perform ahead of the show’s London debut. Second World War Bomber Command veterans will be there on the night. 6pm.


Ashlyns Craft Fair, Berkhamsted, Sun 19 Nov

There are school fairs. And then there’s the Ashlyns Craft Fair in Berko, which takes the concept of school Christmas fairs to a whole new level. Jam-packed with impressive crafty makers and bakers, this is worth making a special trip to the west of the county. From 11am.

Ashlyn’s Christmas Fair

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