What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 7-13 Jul 2016
Loads of comedy this week, as well as some great music and theatre to go with it. Have a fab time out there, my Muddy lovelies!
As Time Goes By, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 8 Jul, 8pm
Get your weekend off to a nicely relaxed start with some laid-back jazz from local duo ‘As Time Goes By.’ Bit of Latin, spot of swing, and more. Add in one of their craft gins with just a splash of tonic and I reckon that’s a pretty much perfect Friday evening right there.
Live Screening: Romeo & Juliet, Hertford Theatre & Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, 7 Jul, 7.15pm
I absolutely loved Kenneth Branagh’s recent production of A Winter’s Tale — and here comes his new version of that star-crossed classic Romeo and Juliet. Lily James (who went to Tring Park School, don’t you know) and Richard Madden heat up the stage as the young lovers, with Derek Jacobi as Mercutio (really? interesting choice) and Meera Syal (love her) as the Nurse. Good intro to Shakespeare if you’ve got a teenager hanging around (might take mine) or a jolly good watch if you’re a fan of the Bard, I’ve heard.
Lauren Housley, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 7 Jul, 8pm
If you like your blues Nashville-stylee, then you’re going to love Lauren Housley. Or chances are you do already. If you don’t, you can have a bit of a listen here. Sounds like a great night, if that sort of thing get your toes tapping, and a chance to see someone who’s heading for the big time in the delightfully intimate setting of the Old Town Hall.
Under Milk Wood, Abbey Theatre, St Albans, 1-3 & 5-9 Jul
Probably my Welsh roots showing, but I absolutely love Dylan Thomas’ gorgeous Under Milk Wood. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s beautiful. And the language is absolutely stunning. Gives me goosebumps every single time. Mr C, we’re booking tickets…
The Tringe Festival, Court Theatre, Tring, 10 Jul, 11am (doors 10am)
Have you caught any of the cracking acts that have been in Herts this month for the Tringe Comedy Festival? This weekend, there’s a chance to catch nine at once — it’s the 2016 Comedy Marathon! Settle in for a whole day of laughing your socks off and splitting your sides. There’s also a chance to see Mark Watson (oh, I do like him) and John Gordillo next week, or hypnotist Matt Hale (100% chicken free, so I’m assured) and Pete Firman the following night. Still not enough for ya? Check out Danny Bhoy and Jo Caulfield as well. Phew…
Saturday Night Comedy, Comedy Loft, Watford, 9 Jul, 8pm (doors 6.45pm)
Still fancy more laughs? Check out the Saturday Night Comedy at Watford’s Comedy Loft. Enjoy an evening with Ian Cognito, Brennan Reece, Glen Wool and Andre Vincent (the only comedian ever to have been born in Woolworth’s Department Store, Penge).
Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age, Radlett Centre, 13 Jul, 7.30pm
The comedy just keeps on coming… Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? (Er, getting closer…) Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Russell Kane reckons that’s perfectly normal, whichever way round, and more than that, it’s blisteringly-funny Oh, and whatever age you are or feel, farts will always be funny.
The Tempest, The Bury, Barton-le-Clay, 7-9 Jul, 7.30pm
I’ve said it before, but I love open-air theatre — especially when the setting is really special. This weekend, enjoy The Tempest in the grounds of The Bury. Great play, this one. Fairies, beasties, shipwrecks, magic, love at first sight, the lot.
Rhythms of the World, Hitchin, 8-10 Jul
Join the team from Rhythms of the World for a series of events this weekend in and around Hitchin.
Friday evening, it’s an evening of ‘Music from Around the Corner‘ at Club 85 — featuring five local bands from around the county. Think, guitar rock / punk / indie. That sort of thing. Saturday, there’s more going on at Club 85, with bands starting at lunchtime. Have your tea, and then it’s back again for an evening of DJ-doings, headlined by DJ Barrington and MC Five Alive. Want more? Head to the Market Square on Sunday for the ROTW Family Fun Day — loads going on and, of course, a bouncy castle. Or head over to Club 85 again for even more music.
Knebworth Country Show, Knebworth House, 9 & 10 Jul, 8.30am-5pm
There’s a new country show going on this weekend at Knebworth House. All sorts of countryside activities, championship events, entertainment and demonstrations in the grounds. Sounds good — sheep racing, the Devil’s Horsemen display team and the Rockwood Dog Display team, as well as a clay pigeon shooting festival, gun dog championships and a ‘Terrier & Lurcher’ show, plenty of family fun activities, plus traditional rural crafts and the Knebworth Folk Roots Festival.
Summer Series, Somerset House, 7-17 Jul
If you’re heading into London — or want an excuse to — this sounds perfect. The Summer Series at Somerset House has an impressive line-up of headline acts as well as some names you’ll want to watch in the future. And going to Somerset House is always worth it.
Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition, Tate Modern, 6 Jul-30 Oct
This week, a big new exhibition at Tate Modern brings together more than 100 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe — including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction. And she gets the prize for best comeback, too: “Men put me down as the best woman painter… …I think I’m one of the best painters.” I’m definitely heading into town for this one. Definitely.