Fri 19 – Sun 21 Jan 2018
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
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