The Hawthorne Theatre is in the centre of Welwyn Garden City.
There is a theatre, lounge, cafe and bar and also a cinema screen.

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Hansel and Gretel

13 - 15 Apr | See an all star cast in a magical version of the classic Grimm fairytale! We take everybody by the hand on the breadcrumb trail for a fun, lighthearted adaptation of 'Hansel and Gretel'. The show is jam packed with magic, action and slapstick comedy. With singing, cheering,...

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Carducci Quartet

Sat 12 Apr | Haydn | Shostakovich | Beethoven Based in the UK, the Carducci Quartet performs over 90 concerts worldwide each year. The Quartet continues to run their annual festival in Hignam, Glos and hold residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Highlights of the upcoming season...

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Around the World in 80 Days

9 - 11 April | An adaptation from the novel by Jules Verne the show starts out in the London Reform Club of 1873 by a wager that a certain 'Phileas Fogg' cannot travel around the entire world in just... you guessed it! 80 days. Phileas Fogg, a rich man of meticulous timing, and little-known background makes a...

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age

Mon 31 Mar | DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE BOLSHOI'S BEHALF, THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  IT WILL RETURN IN THEIR NEW SEASON In 1923, in a seaside town in the south of the Soviet Union, where trade and the mafia are flourishing, Boris falls in love with Rita – a cabaret...

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Elton John's 'The Million Dolar Piano' Concert

Sun 30 March | Free glass of wine for the mums.  Just take your ticket to the bar. CinemaLive is excited to be bringing one of the world’s most spectacular concerts to cinema screens worldwide in March 2014. World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer, the legendary ELTON JOHN performs his...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane

27 - 29 Mar | Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, live in a house on the outskirts of a rubbish dump. Their drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a new lodger, the enigmatic Mr Sloane. Provocative and sexually ambiguous, Sloane soon has both Kath and her brother Ed competing for his favours. But all is not...

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Welwyn Hatfield Schools Dance Festival

Pupils across the area are coming together to celebrate and showcase the dance that is taking place in their schools and perform on the big stage!  This years Disney theme will be sure to show imagination and creativity from local teachers and pupils. ...

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Herts Jazz: Jean Toussaint Quartet

Sun 23 Mar | Busting onto the world stage in the early 1980s with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Jean, now a UK resident, has performed widely with such greats as Horace Silver, Max Roach, Cedar Walton and McCoy Tyner to name but a few.  A tremendous musician and composer, his valuable contribution to...

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New Live American Wrestling - Title Wave

Sun 23 Mar | CANCELLED There's going to be MAYHEM as Wrestleforce debuts at the Hawthorne Theatre with a wrestling extravaganza like no other; a thrilling mix of high risk wrestling, slapstick comedy and captivating drama. American style wrestling mixed with traditional British theatre,...

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Factor 2025 starring Alex Reid

Sat 22 Mar | Starring the wonderful Alex Reid The year is 2025 and T.V talent shows have over run their welcome and have hit rock bottom.  What depths will the show producer Trenton Powell sink to in order to revive the show.  Adapted from the recently published novel of the same name 'Factor...

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Macbeth

Wed 19 Mar | William Shakespeare’s murderous tale of greed, witchcraft and madness. Macbeth and Banquo stumble on three witches who foretell of great things for Macbeth. On telling his wife they realise that King Duncan is the only person in his way. Macbeth murders him when Duncan pays a visit to their...

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Herts Jazz: Mark Nightingale with Clark Tracey Trio

Sun 16 Mar | Mark took up the trombone as a child and at the age of 15 won the prestigious award named for Don Lusher. Immediately following this he became lead trombonist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. It was while he was with the NYJO that Nightingale extended his musical prowess into the fields of...

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Louis Schwizgebel

Sat 15 Mar | Schubert | Haydn | Mozart | Chopin Louis Schwizgebel is recognised as one of the most talented pianists of his generation, praised for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert & the French Impressionists. Louis was the 2nd prize winner and the youngest finalist at the Leeds...

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Herts Jazz: Gareth Williams Trio

Sun 9 Mar | One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming professional in the early 90s.  Tonight Gareth will be paying tribute to the Bill Evans songbook. Restricted to 60...

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Cinderella

Sun 9 Mar | A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step- sisters and a  handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling. A specially commissioned score, created solely for Vienna Festival Ballet by Chris Nicholls, with music from some of Rossini’s most famous...

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Martin Shaw with Clark Tracey Trio

Sun 2 Mar | Martin is regarded as one of the top jazz soloists in the country by musicians and audiences alike; you will hear him in an extraordinary range of settings from big band to quartet, cutting edge jazz to contemporary pop and funk.  In 2001, Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the...

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The unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

Sat 1 Mar | Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: alone in her bedroom, in dressing gown and slippers; no glitz, no glamour, no masks. Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and bares all, revealing a biting intelligence, a frustrated talent and an imperfect body....

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Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon

Fri 28 Feb | Clown in the Moon, (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14), is a portrait of the poet's chaotic, frequently hilarious and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio it sets some of Dylan's famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid...

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Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio

Sun 23 Feb | Dennis is a renowned band leader and his various groups have won prestigious awards: BadBone & Co was named the Best Band of 2007 at the BBC Jazz Awards and Velocity Trio was named the Band Of The Year at Jazz Yorkshire Awards in 2012. Having won 3 "Best Trombone" awards himself, Dennis was...

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Old MacDonald had a Farm

Thur 20 Feb | Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. But Old MacDonald’s animals have gone missing! Can you help a friendly scientist and his amazing time machine get them back for him? Presented by the team behind There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and written especially for parents to enjoy with...

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Wow! This Show is Magic!

Tues 18 Feb | So you are not disappointed we have another family show, JezO's Mega Magic at 10.30am on Tuesday 18th February.  Click here for more details and to book seats ...

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JezO's Mega Magic Show

Tue 18 Feb | WOW! This Show is Magic has sold out!  However we have the fabulous JezO back for his Mega Magic Show! Featuring the star of comedy magic, JezO (CBBC's 'The Slammer'), this theatre show appeals to children from 5 - 13 and importantly, to their parents and grandparents....

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Robert Fowler with Clark Tracey Trio

Sun 16 Feb | Following ten years touring Europe with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Robert is now a busy presence on the mainstream scene.  The first thing one notices about his playing is his broad, warm, mellow, juicy tone, which is a perfect fit for his calm, measured phrasing. His  sound is...

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Kidnapped

Sun 16 Feb | FREE Q&A session after the 1pm performance “If life were easy, where would all the adventures be…?” An adventure tale for all the family, Kidnapped tells the story of Davie Balfour as he survives shipwreck and murder to dramatically escape to the Highlands of...

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Leon Greening Trio

Sun 9 Feb | Listening to Leon Greening’s playing is like hearing a history of post-Bop piano: there are authentic and yet personal echoes of everyone from Bud Powell to Wynton Kelly, Barry Harris and Horace Silver, all the more remarkable for coming from a musician of such youth. Rightly regarded as among...

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Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Sun 2 Feb | Dave has become an international figure since first making his mark with NYJO, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte.  Despite numerous jobs as a sideman (Cleo Laine, Matthew Herbert, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles etc), he has maintained his high stature as a band leader, composer and...

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Teddy Time 2

Sun 2 Feb | It’s bedtime for Lily and she knows that bedtime is never fun without a story.  With a little a bit of help from her magical storybook, be transported into the enchanting world of Lily’s imagination as she creates a special show for her teddy bears. Bring your own teddy bear...

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Ultimate Elton and The Rocket Band

Fri 31 Jan | Some tribute artists look like their idol, some sound like their idol. Paul Bacon as Elton John does both! Close your eyes and you won’t believe your ears, open your eyes and you won’t believe them either! You simply won’t find a closer tribute to Sir Elton John. A lifelong Elton John...

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Bruce Adams with Clark Tracey Trio

Sun 26 Jan | Bruce is one of the greatest trumpeters to have graced the British jazz world since leaving the commercial world.  Noted for his astonishing range, Bruce swings harder than most.  His musical partnership with Alan Barnes was one of the great pairings and widened his audience enough to make him...

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James Pearson Trio

Sun 19 Jan | A truly remarkable pianist, James has been resident at Ronnie Scott's Club for some years now, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the business including Johnny Griffin, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Greco and Dame Cleo Laine. Tonight's gig will be very much in the tradition...

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Alan Barnes with Clark Tracey Trio

Sun 12 Jan | The return of the formidable Alan Barnes, appearing in an informal setting with Clark's trio.  Alan's reputation precedes him, a consistent poll winner over decades, with a vast range of experience at the top level.  Alan is probably the most sought after musician in the...

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Fireside Tales With Granddad

Sun 12 Jan | Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad regales you with tales of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes, a giant pair of underpants and a daring escape from a hungry shark. An enchanting show guaranteed to spark the imagination of everyone from 5 – 105....

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Pentatonic

Sat 11 Jan | Beethoven | Britten | Bruckner | Mendelssohn Pentatonic is a string quintet (two violins, two violas and cello) made up of friends who have known each other and worked together for many years. The group came into existence in 2005 and since then it has performed regularly around Britain....

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Reuben James Trio

Sun 5 Jan | Reuben made a big splash at our festival last year with his trio.  Still a student at Trinity Laban, he first played at our venue with the late Abram Wilson.  He is one of the most exciting performers on the scene, drawing inspiration from Gospel, Soul and of course a healthy dose of jazz piano...

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Beauty and the Beast

21 - 31 Dec | Come along to this year’s sumptuous Family Christmas Show, Beauty And The Beast! With lavish costumes and sets, this wholly original production tells the story of Belle, who chooses to live with the hideous Beast in his castle in order to save her father. As time goes on, though, she learns that the...

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The Great Santa Kidnap - School performances

16 - 18 Dec | It is Christmas Eve and Fergus, Santa Claus’s Chief Forebrownie, is bustling about preparing Santa’s sleigh. But at the same time, outside Tommy and Anna’s house, three goblins – Sneergripe, Snottle and Bug – are plotting to kidnap Santa Claus and hold him to...

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Herts Jazz: Xmas Party

Sun 15 Dec | Gilad Atzmon, Kevin Flanagan, Simon Spillett – saxes, Steve Fishwick - trumpet, Leon Greening – piano, Dave Green - bass, Clark Tracey – drums   The end of another year and as always we're hoping to give you an amazing evening's jazz from the best in the...

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Alice in Codicote

Sunday 15 Dec | A traditional pantomime incorporating Alice in wonderland and Dick Whittington. When Alice falls down a rabbit hole she finds herself in the village of Codicote.  The people are bright and cheerful but their happiness is threatened by a plaque of Rats. Can anyone save them? And will...

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Echoes of Ellington Big Band

Under the musical direction of that fine clarinettist, Pete Long, The Echoes will be helping to commemorate the 40th birthday (to the day) of Campus West by performing in the Hawthorne Theatre.  Repertory experts of Duke Ellington’s music, this star studded line up will be at the centre of the celebrations....

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Fireman Sam: Pontypandy Rocks!

The Hero next door is back due to popular demand with his live stage show Pontypandy Rocks! Join Fireman Sam, and all his friends, as Pontypandy hosts its first ever music festival!  Station Officer Steel’s booked a surprise guest star to perform at the festival, it’s a big secret. With so much...

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The Great Santa Kidnap

It is Christmas Eve and Fergus, Santa Claus’s Chief Forebrownie, is bustling about preparing Santa’s sleigh. But at the same time, outside Tommy and Anna’s house, three goblins – Sneergripe, Snottle and Bug – are plotting to kidnap Santa Claus and hold him to ransom! Tempting the...