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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 2-8 Jun 2106

Yes, it’s rainy and miserable outside — but don’t let that ruin your weekend.  There’s plenty to do in the warm and dry, and lots to keep you entertained across the county.  Drop your brollies at the door and enjoy!

Susan Calman: Work in Progress, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 7 June, 8pm


Susan Calman is in town next week — well, in the Old Town to be precise — and she’s trying out brand new material for her upcoming tour.  Join her for an hour as she tries out jokes and get to be the person who, later in the year, can brag that they heard it first.  Says it’s suitable for 16+ — which will be a sore disappointment to my eldest, who isn’t 16+ but has a bit of a thing for Ms Calman.

Gyles Brandreth, Court Theatre, Tring, 6 June, 8pm


Gyles Brandreth sort of comes under the heading of ‘guilty pleasure’ for me.  I feel like I shouldn’t think he’s funny and I do find him horribly annoying, but then I can’t help laughing. At least he’s ditched the hideous jumpers now. His current show is all about the powerful magic of words to ‘Conquer The World!’   Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. And Gyles B reckons he’s got ’em.

Jake Yapp, The Market Theatre, Hitchin, 3 June, 8.30pm

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And if that’s not enough comedy for you, here’s another one.  Jake Yapp — him from Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe on the telly and Pleased to Meet You on Radio 4 Extra — who will be warming up his latest Edinburgh Fringe show this Friday at Hitchin’s Market Theatre.

Clean Cakes with Henrietta Inman, Waterstones, St Albans, 2 June, 7.15-8.30pm

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Don’t know about you, but ‘clean cakes’ seems like a bit of an oxymoron to me.  Still, apparently not.  Henrietta Inman will be talking about her new book in which she loads up cakes with superfoods and banishes nasties like refined sugar, dairy and wheat to the bin.  Oh, and you get to sample them, too — and have a glass of wine.  (Hoorah!)

SOLAR | Art Exhibition, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, 3 June-30 Jul

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Another interesting selection at Nude Tin Can in St Albans, with an extended exhibition of contemporary art from local and international artists — some established, and some new to the scene, across a huge range of styles and media.  There’s a showcase night on Friday 3 June (6.30-10.30pm), and the next-door Santino’s Deli will be open late in case you need a little something.

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Alban Arena, 4 June, 7.30pm-late

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Craig Charles — formerly Lister on Red Dwarf, more recently prime-time presenter on BBC 6 Music — will be bringing his Funk and Soul Club to the Alban Arena this weekend.  Guest DJs will be pumping out non-stop music — and then Craig will take to the decks for 2 hours and do what he loves best.

Hamlet (Delayed Live Screening)


This production has had properly rave reviews, with Simon Godwin directing Paapa Essiedu as a massively intense Hamlet.  It’s such a classic (obvs) and the pain that Hamlet both endures and brings upon himself is so intense.  ‘To be or not to be ‘doesn’t even really come close at all.   There are various opportunities to see it around the county and beyond this week, so take your pick.

Watford Palace Theatre, 8 June, 7pm,

Spotlight Theatre, Broxbourne, 8 June, 7pm,

Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, 8 June, 7pm,

Educating Rita, Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 7-12 June

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Contexture Theatre had a great time at Abigail’s Party last year in town, and they’re back this time with Willy Russell’s contemporary classic Educating Rita — the story of a Liverpool hairdresser getting to grips with Shakespeare and Dickens — and a drunken professor — at the Open University.

Tomoka & Kanuka Summer Drinks Event, St Christopher’s Place, St Albans, 4 June


Try saying ‘Tomoka and Kanuka’ really fast three times.  Tricky stuff.  Instead, join them for ‘Summer Drinks’ (assuming it stops raining) at Christopher Place in St Albans this weekend.  Sample the delicious tea from Kanuka and the Sipsmith Summer Cup from Tomoka, throw in a grand piano, and you’ve got a neat break from shopping.  And we can all pretend it’s summer…

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