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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 23 April 2015

Funny old mix this week.  Opera, fashion, theatre, kids and vintage bits and bobs.  Any of that take your fancy?  If not, there’s always Morrissey – like you have never, I promise you, heard him before.  Get out there, lovelies.  There’s too much good stuff going on to stay home.

La Traviata, The Old Palace, Hatfield House, 29 Apr, 7.30pm

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I love a good opera – don’t necessarily know my Verdi from my Wagner, but enjoy it all anyway – and the prospect of seeing La Traviata, one of the biggies, in a setting like the Old Palace at Hatfield House sounds like a fab night out in the making.  Heritage Opera have performed at Hatfield House for the last two years, and they’re planning to make it better than ever this time.  Maybe make an evening of it with dinner at the Coach House beforehand – they’ve got a tasty-looking set menu if you fancy that – but be sure to email to book.

Hatfield House, AL9 5NQ,

Dalloway, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 29 Apr, 8pm

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Ah, I do like a bit of Virginia Woolf so I’m curious to check out the Dyad Productions adaption of Mrs Dalloway that’s at Hemel’s Old Town Hall next week.  The story, in case you don’t know it already, is set in just one day in post-First-World-War London, and explores the inner worlds of various different people, and I can’t imagine it being easy to adapt for the stage – particularly as a one-woman play.  This production has had some seriously good reviews, though: “entrancing,” “richly re-imagined, exquisitely evocative,” “heart-breaking poignancy and passion” – and “one of the best shows at the Fringe” – high praise, indeed.  If you make it there, let me know what you think.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE,

St Albans Family Fair, Alban Arena, 25 Apr, 10am-3pm

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If you’ve got little ones to entertain this weekend, you could always whizz them over to the St Albans Family Fair. Looks like there’s loads go on to watch and do – the Rock Choir performing, Tumble Tots and Gymboree for the very small, fun and games with Kool Kidz, goals to score with Little Kickers, Mr Belldini the magician, minibeasts from Butterfly World, and so on – you get the idea.  Entry’s free, and there’ll be plenty to keep you and your small folk busy.

Alban Arena, St Albans, AL1 3LD,

North London Vintage Market, Hatfield House, 26 Apr, 10am-4pm

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It’s all going on at Hatfield House this week.  Sunday sees the North London Vintage Fair filling up the Stable Yard with all sorts of vintage goodies for you to browse through, covering everything from the 1900s to the 1980s (no, wait, my childhood is vintage now? holy smokes…) and offering a huge range for furniture, lighting, clothing, jewellery, kitchenware, ceramics, you name it.  I dare you to make it out without buying something.  I know won’t be able to.

Hatfield House, AL9 5NQ,

Pop-Up Cimena, Ye Old Fighting Cocks, St Albans, 29-30 Apr, 7.45 food, 8.45 film

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St Albans Film Festival
 is so hip now that it’s even got its own Fringe.  The official festival kicks off on 1 May at the Odyssey (please tell me you’ve been there already – it’s gorgeous), but the oldest pub in Britain (yes, really) is getting in on the action before that with screenings of cult space classics Alien and Aliens in the pub garden.  The tickets include the movie and a take-away style dinner – soup, chicken, salad – which you can enjoy, along with your drinks, before the movie starts.  Sounds like a great way to launch a feast of space-themed film and events across the city until 3 May.

6 Abbey Mill Lane, Saint Albans, AL3 4HE,

The Vogue Festival, Royal College of Art, Kensington, 25-26 Apr, 10am-5.30pm

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If you’re all about fashion, then The Vogue Festival seems like a perfect way to spend your weekend.  £25 for a foyer ticket, and you’ll find yourself in a world of free Topshop manicures, one-to-one advice from Vogue’s top editors, a hair bar, makeovers and the like.  You can always buy tickets, too, to listen to some world-class names in fashion share their secrets.  Tickets are first come, first served though, and it’s bound to be popular so book yours now if you want to be sure of getting in.


Mexrrisey: Mexico Goes Morrissey, Barbican Hall, 25 Apr, 9pm

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Ok, this has to be one of the strangest combinations ever – but I’m listening to it right now and it’s actually strangely compelling.  As part of La Linea, London’s Latin Music Festival, you can sway along to Viva Mexrissey, a band put together specially to bring that Mexican magic to the songs of The Smiths’ down-in-the-dumps frontman.  Yes, you read that right.  Brass, accordions, guitars, the lot – and Morrissey’s classic songs, only in Mexican Spanish.  Love it.

La Linea: Mexrrissey,

Barbican Hall, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS,


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