Tues 29 Aug – Sun 3 Sept
TUES 29 AUG - SUN 3 SEPT
Yerma, The Vyne Berkhamsted; Welwyn Garden City cinema; Hertford Theatre, Thurs 31 Aug
It’s Lorca, but not as we know him. Rather than rural Andalucía, this is contemporary London. The word ‘yerma’ is Spanish for ‘barren’ and Billie Piper plays a woman desperate to conceive. This has had rave reviews and you can see it in Berkhamsted at The Vyne, at Welwyn Garden City cinema, and Hertford Theatre on Thursday evening. 7pm.
Shopping in Letchworth Garden City, Thurs 31 Aug
An illustrated talk brought to life thanks to the lively team at the Garden City Collection, part of the Heritage Foundation. Letchworth has been in the news of late (for all the right reasons) and you can tune in to the wireless on the same day as this talk, Thurs 31 Aug, for a R4 programme about Garden Cities with more tasty morsels about Letchworth. 7pm. Community Museum, Letchworth SG6 3ES
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Elephant Dell, Hatfield House, Thurs 31 Aug
A Shakespearian performance by The Pantaloons surely has to be as comic as can be. An afternoon performance at Hatfield House for anyone still up for a summer holiday activity (and the holidays are not officially over until the new shoes have been scuffed). Picnics at the ready. At the time of writing, the weather looks promising. 3pm. Map.
Cinema under the stars, Knebworth House, Thurs 31 Aug, Fri 1 and Sat 2 Sept
Three nights of outdoor films at Knebworth House and may the evenings continue to be balmy. This screening is from The Luna Cinema, which has screenings all over the country, from Somerset House to Camber Sands. Doors open 6.30pm; screening 8pm. On Fri 1 Sept you can see The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Sat 2 Sept it’s Pretty Woman.
The Producers, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, Thurs 31 Aug – Sat 9 Sept
Broadway comes to Stevenage with this well known musical based on the film by Mel Brooks. A plan goes wrong when a show that should flop turns out to be a hit. Paul Easom plays Max Bialystock and Ali Bastian (Hollyoaks, Strictly) is Ulla. The Gordon Craig has issued warnings that this musical is not for the easily offended so fasten your seat belts. It’s a short run; just over one week, so be quick.
London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House, Sat 2 Sept
A day of music, dance and workshops at the magnificent Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Headlining are Lady Maisery and Jim Moray, with The Askew Sisters, Kim Lowings and The Greenwood and loads more. Free parking on Saturdays. 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY.
Goblins Peter and the Wolf, Hertford Theatre, Fri 1- Sat 2 Sept
More end of school holidays fun with this interpretation of Peter and the Wolf. Goblins is a theatre company described as offering ‘wild creativity with a dose of anarchy’ and the message of this show is kindness. Bring it on. Expect real vegetable instruments and a rocking wolf. 11am and 2pm each day.
Berkhamsted Food Festival, Sun 3 Sept
The Berko Festival is loved by all. Lots of well known names and new ones too. Puddingstone Distillery with Campfire Gin, Crockers Chef’s Table and Zims Tribe and loads more with a choice selection of tastes and great stuff for kids. Perfect Sunday fodder. Ashlyns Hall Field. 11am – 5pm.