What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 29 Sep-5 Oct

It’s definitely Autumn this week — windy, bit on the chilly side — but don’t start hibernating, whatever you do.  There’s loads going on to tempt you out and keep you busy.  See you out there!

NT Encore Screening: The Threepenny Opera, Hertford Theatre, 30 Sep, 2pm


This National Theatre production is chock-full of faces you’ll recognise — Rory Kinnear as Mack the Knife, Rosalie Craig, Haydn Gwynne and more.  And it’s had storming reviews.  Great chance to see it.  Do be warned, though: it (quote) “contains filthy language and immoral behaviour” (much like the Muddy Christmas party).


Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, Tring, 30 Sept, 6pm – 10pm



Nothing like a Friday night to get the old grey matter going at the Natural History Museum in Tring! Drop in and have a nosey around the galleries by night, meet world-class scientists and uncover some of nature’s hidden gems – all for free. Don’t mind if I do…


CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival, Alban Arena, 28 Sep-1 Oct, 11am-11pm


Calling all Muddy beer connoisseurs! St Albans is hosting CAMRA’s Beer and Cider Festival this week, with up to three hundred (phew…) different real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers.   And that’s not all: drop down for some live music, festival food, and book signings from the industry’s finest.


Joe Swift: Man About The Garden, Hertford Theatre, 1 Oct, 7.45pm


TV presenter Joe Swift digs deep (geddit?) to tell the tale of his transformation from art-school drop-out to one of the country’s top Garden Designers (there’s hope for us all). The show sounds great, even if your fingers aren’t quite as green as you’d like them to be.  He won’t be telling you how to keep your ailing plants limping along — his advice stops at, “just dig it up and put something else in and take responsibility: you killed it!” — but he’ll be entertaining the audience with tales from behind the potting shed and beyond.

hertfordtheatre.com/ joe-swift-man-about-the-garden

Glyn Maxwell: Drinks with Dead Poets, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 29 Sep, 7pm


Ok, Drinks with Dead Poets is a comic novel.  Except it’s a dream-memoir.  With a bit of criticism.  Oh, and it’s an autobiography.  Hmm.  Chances are, it’s unlike anything you have ever read before.  Glyn Maxwell, its author, is similarly complicated — poet, playwright, novelist, librettist and critic.  And he’s in Letchworth this weekend, courtesy of David’s Bookshop, reading from and talking about his latest book.  Sounds intriguing.


An Evening with Alex Hely-Hutchinson, The Junction Christchurch, Chorleywood, 3 Oct,7pm


If Deliciously Ella and Livia’s Kitchen are your thing, you’ll likely love Alex Hely-Hutchinson’s new book. It contains 100 recipes that use wholesome grains from oats to amaranth — but don’t let that put you off!  She takes inspiration from Nordic cooking and the Danish ethos of hygge, with delicious and simple (hoorah!) dishes which are both satisfying and healthy – from classic breakfast porridges, through lunchtime salad bowls to nourishing dinners – it’s all there.


CHROMA: Between Heaven And Earth, The King’s Arms, Berkhamsted, 2 Oct, 7pm

Join the CHROMA chamber ensemble for a heavenly… no, wait… an earthly… no, definitely a heavenly evening of virtuosic performances.  Enjoy Ysaÿe’s Ballade, Biber’s Passacaglia and JS Bach’s Chaconne as well as more experimental duos with David Le Page and Clare O’Connell.  I love these concerts, as I might have mentioned before…


Comedy Night, Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 29 Sept, 8 – 10.30pm


We love a good comedy night here at Muddy Herts, and Rhodes Theatre is introducing a brand new one! They’ll be hosting some of the hottest upcoming comedians on the circuit – this week the line-up includes Tiff Stevenson, as seen on The Office, Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and People Just Do Nothing, and Julian Deane, who is renowned for his perfect punchlines and delivery.  Prepare to be amused…


Arms and the Man, Watford Palace Theatre, 30 Sep-22 Oct, 7.30pm (plus matinees)


Raina is young, beautiful, and madly in love with Sergius — a dashing young officer leading a daring cavalry charge against impossible odds.  Then there’s Bluntshchli, a battle-hardened professional soldier on the losing side who suddenly appears in Raina’s bedroom, on the run and desperate, armed only with… er… chocolates.


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