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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 15-21 Sep 2016


Evenings might be closing in — like, already — so that’s all the more reason to get out and fill your nights with good stuff and make the most of the days before they get too short.  Loads to keep you happy this week right here in Herts.

Potato Shindig, Willows Activity Farm, 10-25 Sep, 10.30am-5.15pm (at weekends)


Be prepared to get properly muddy down at Willows Potato Patch where your little ones can harvest a bag of their very own potatoes! There will also be potato inspired arts and crafts activities along with Spuddy, the potato mascot, putting on a special show. That’s dinner sorted…

Weekday times – 10.30am – 12.30pm & 3 – 5pm

Roald Dahl Open Day, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 17 Sep, 11am-3pm


Head on over and celebrate all things Roald Dahl in his centenary year. You can expect film screenings of James and the Giant Peach and The Witches as well as workshops led by pro storyteller and artist, Kathryn Holt. Fancy dress is, of course, encouraged. Start brushing up on your Roald Dahl language skills – it’s going to be a whoopsy-whiffling day!

Bette Midler & Me, Bishop’s Stortford Theatre, 16 Sep, 7.30pm


This week’s wild card goes to this brilliant show in Bishop’s Stortford. Any Bette Midler fans – and I know you’re out there — this is one not to be missed! Sue Kelvin, a lifelong fan, stars as Bette Midler, covering her life, comedy, and songs. She’s been all over the West End in shows such as Wicked, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago. But now, it’s all about Miss M – a tribute to her hero.  And if you think you can resist a puppet version of Beaches, then you’re sorely mistaken…

An Evening with Victoria Hislop, The Junction Christchurch, Chorleywood, 20 Sept, 7.30pm


Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Victoria Hislop will be in conversation about her delightful and original new novel Cartes Postales from Greece. It’s more than a novel, though – it’s full of illustrations and photos that sit alongside the story and help to tell it.  Sounds positively lovely.

Hamlet, Watford Palace Theatre, 14-17 Sept, 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat matinee)


Here at Muddy Herts HQ, we are squeaking with excitement about this new production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. For the first time in Britain, an all-black cast tell the tale of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, as Hamlet faces his greatest moral challenge – to kill or not to kill. Directed by Jeffery Kissoon (RSC, National Theatre, Robert Lepage, Peter Hall and in Peter Brook’s seminal production of The Mahabharata) and adapted by award-winning playwright Mark Norfolk, this fast-moving version gets straight to the heart of a young man’s dilemma. One not to be missed!

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is not an Option, The Radlett Centre, 21 Sep, 8pm


I can’t make my mind up about Henning Wehn, but I think he’s growing on me.  This tour is all about immigration – and whether people are, in general, competent.  (I often wonder that myself a lot…)  Would be cool checking him out in a small-ish venue like this one.

Rich Hall, Hertford Theatre, 16 Sep, 8pm


I love the grouchy, deadpan delivery that Rich Hall does so effortlessly.  Not sure I’d want to wake up to it everyday, mind you, but once in a while?  Love him.  All the absurd irony, that whip-smart wit – he’s a grumpy old man, but not the whiny sort you see on the telly.

Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South, Watford Palace, 21 Sep, 8pm


London Lad, Rob Beckett, is back with his comedy show taking on big issues such as Kit Kats and flatbread! He’s all over the TV, you can’t miss his ginormous smile and likeable personality, which totally own the stage. Definitely a good choice if you want a little giggle about the silly things in life.

Turandot on Sydney Harbour: CinemaLive, The Spotlight Theatre, Broxbourne, 15 Sep, 7pm


I do love a bit of opera – and Turandot on the outdoor water-stage in Sydney Harbour sounds stunning.  While the beautiful princess Turandot challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death, a

60-meter fire-breathing dragon, with a tail that morphs into the Great Wall, and a shimmering pagoda standing 18 metres tall will take your breath away.  I mean, seriously.  Flippin’ spectacular or what?

One Man, Two Guvnors, Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 16 – 24 Sept, 7.45pm


If good old British slapstick is your thing, look no further! This production is full of satire which will make you ‘lol’ (sorry…), and hilarious one-liners. Set in the 1960s in Brighton, we’re talking local gangsters and upper class criminals and a mix up of impersonations and hidden identities. I can’t keep up!

Sari Schorr and The Engine Room, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 17 Sep, 8pm


International star Sari has toured all over the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and now she’s in Hemel Hempstead. Grab the chance to see her up close and personal in The Old Town Hall, described by many blues pundits as a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. Her electrifying, emotionally charged performances have won her critical acclaim, and leave a lasting impression on her audiences. She has teamed up with British guitarist Innes Sibun (former Robert Plant guitarist) to form her new band, The Engine Room. A great chance to check out some new music.

Jacob Heringman and John Potter, Benslow Music Trust, 19 Sep, 8pm


You’ll encounter a slightly different musical experience if you head to Benslow Music Trust this week, where super talented lutenist Jacob Heringman and tenor John Potter will be exploring the lesser known areas of the lute song repertoire – none of those Elizabethan/Jacobean Golden Age tunes to be seen tonight!

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