Mon 25 Sept – Sun 1 Oct 2017
The Garden City Postcard Project, Broadway Gallery, Mon 25 Sept – Sun 5 Nov
I absolutely love this gallery and I’m looking forward to seeing this exhibition. It’s a celebration of the world’s first Garden City through its postcards from 1905 to 2017. You can look at the collection of Letchworth postcards from the Garden City Collection, and in addition, people have been donating cards that you can also admire. Local artists, illustrators, designers and writers have also created brand new postcards, including poems and short stories. If you don’t know the Broadway Gallery, you absolutely need to make a date. There’s a wonderful café, with loads of light, delicious cakes, and a grand piano.
Antigone, Hertford Theatre, Tues 26 September
The ancient Greek classic Antigone in a dystopian world. Bring it on! Fate is written in code, and the skies are filled with drones. You don’t know the story? It’s a battle to control Thebes. Antigone has two brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, who have died. Creon is the new ruler, who declares that Eteocles will be honoured, but decides that Polyneices shouldn’t be buried but left in limbo to relive his death over and over again for all eternity. Antigone’s not having any of it. Fuelled with grief, she dares to take on Creon. This production of Antigone is by The Actors of Dionysus and would you believe that this helps with homework? Antigone is a set text for GCSE. The performance contains real drones. 7.45pm.
Elton John’s Glasses, Watford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre has a wonderful reputation for creating its own productions. I went to see I Capture the Castle earlier in the year and it was brilliant. This is written by David Farr, who you may remember as the person who brought The Night Manager to life. It’s the tale of two brothers who are about to meet for the first time in years. It’s 1996. Dan is chasing his dream of musical stardom. Bill is brooding over the death of Watford FC’s hopes of glory at the infamous 1984 Cup Final – all thanks to a certain notorious pair of glasses. A comedy about sibling rivalry, football and unlikely friendships.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Hertford Theatre
The Tiger Who Came to Tea brought down the house during its West End season and now the tea-drinking tiger is on tour. It’s a musical, so be prepared to sing along. David Wood has adapted Judith Kerr‘s tiger tale so you’re in good hands. He also directed BFG and The Witches. Part of the Hi-jinks festival in Hertford which is supported by loads of fab businesses and locations: Leaf Books, Courtyard Arts, the museum and library.
Phill Jupitus, Hertford Theatre, Sat 30 September
You’re never that far from Phill Jupitus: he’s all over television and radio with QI, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, and of course, Never Mind the Buzzcocks. But blow me down, on Saturday night he’ll be in the county town. Stand up, poetry, and who knows what else. Hertford Theatre warns: ‘Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly’. 8pm.
Chamber Music Festival, Hatfield House, Thurs 28 Sept – Sun 1 Oct
This is a bit fancy. Chamber Music Festival in the Marble Hall at Hatfield House, with a Creation theme, and all thanks to cellist Guy Johnston, the festival’s artistic director. Four days of beautiful music in a beautiful place. The programme includes the Aurora Orchestra with Ian Bostridge, and the Navarra, Endellion and Elias String Quartets. Here’s the full programme.
Mrs Shaw Herself, Palladian Church, Ayot St Lawrence, Sat 30 Sept
Charlotte Payne Townshend was the wife of George Bernard Shaw and she lived with him at Shaw’s Corner in Ayot St Lawrence while he hid in his revolving writing hut at the bottom of the garden and completed works including Pygmalion and Mrs Warren’s Profession. In between penning plays, GB Shaw was a notorious philanderer, while Charlotte eschewed intimacy. She was a wealthy heiress and she was able to support her husband’s writing. This is her story, based on letters and diaries. The evening should be fun, and it’s in a beautiful place, a few minutes’ walk from Shaw’s Corner. There’ll be a talk from a National Trust volunteer, a harp, drinks and possible a walk in the dark back to your car after the performance so do bring a torch. Free, with retiring collection. 7pm.
St Albans Beer & Festival, Alban Arena, Weds 27 – Sun 1 Oct
Bars, beers, ciders and food stands. And a Saturday afternoon quiz. You can pay on the door and it’s free to CAMRA members. Fill your boots.