What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 11-17 Aug 2016

What I’m hoping is that you’re busy sunning yourselves by a sparkling sea somewhere — but if, like me, you’re staycationing this year, or have already been and are back, then here are some ideas for things to do, places to go, people to see…


Open Air Theatre: The Tempest, Wimpole Hall, nr Royston, 12 Aug, 7.30pm

the tempest

Wimpole Hall is worth a visit whether there’s open air theatre going on or not — but I reckon it’d be a fantastic venue for a bit of open-air Bard.  Take a picnic to the Old Rectory Garden, then enjoy Shakespeare’s last hoorah — spirits, storms and love-at-first sight.  What more could you want?

Theatre in the Park: Much Ado about Nothing, Hatfield House, 14 Aug, 4pm

much ado about nothing

Loads of Shakespeare, indoors and out, this year.  (Anyone would think it was the 400th anniversary of his death or something…)  Hatfield House has to be a cracking backdrop for one of his best-loved comedies, performed by the all-male Lord Chamberlain’s Men in full Elizabethan costume with period music.  Seriously Shakesperean.


Delayed Live from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera: Beatrice et Benedict, Watford Palace Theatre, 14 Aug, 7pm

beatrice and benedict

More Shakespeare, only in disguise this time.  Berlioz took the wittiest elements of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and set them to music in his opera Béatrice et Bénédict.  Plenty of utterly sublime music to go along with the love-hate verbal sparring of the central pair.  Love it.


Sundown Cinema, Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford, 16 & 17 Aug, 7.30 & 7pm respectively

dirty dancing

I recently visited Hitchin Lavender for the first time, and it’s stunning.  Great setting to take in an outdoor movie on a summer night, too.  Bring a picnic (or these food and drink on site) as they kick off their six-movie series with Dirty Dancing (16 Aug) and The Spy Who Loved Me (Aug 17).

sundowncinema.co.uk/ hitchin-lavender/

Exhibition, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, 12 Aug-30 Sept

nude tin

Three very different artists sharing the space at Nude Tin Can right now.  Anastasia Russa’s work features large modern day Murals influenced by everything from Greek mythology to Japanese toys. Victoria Wolny’s abstract paintings are moody and emotional. And Irene Raspollini creates distinctive rosy-cheeked figurative characters in a range of media.


Tribal Hearts Festival, Green Park, Aston Clinton, 12-14 Aug

tribal hearts

Check out the Tribal Hearts Festival at Green Park, Aston Clinton.  It’s a brand new venture, aiming to bring together natural living, live music, great food, camping, fun, opportunities to learn and explore — as well as workshops about growing together as a family.


Yerma, Young Vic, Southwark, until 24 Sept


Fancy an evening in London?  Check out Billie Piper as Yerma, a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. This is Australian Simon Stone’s first original work in the UK — and his radical new production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece has been attracting fistfuls of stars from every critic you can imagine.


Spotlight Festival, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, 13 Aug, 12-7pm

spotlight at seven dials

Seven Dials will be transformed for just one day into the a traffic-free entertainment hot spot with an impressive line-up of live performances — music and comedy — on the open-air stage, as well as all sorts of on-street activities and in-store goodies.  If you register in advance (do it!), you can get a FREE glass of Prosecco redeemable on the day from the Prosecco truck on Earlham Street.



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