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I'm Still Here - Elaine Paige at the Royal Albert Hall

Thur 23 April | Elaine Paige from the Royal Albert Hall: A 50th Anniversary Celebration accompanied by a live set featuring special guests The incomparable Elaine Paige brings her sell-out Farewell Concert from the Royal Albert Hall to the big screen accompanied by a live set featuring special...

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Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan Le Terrible (LIVE)

Sun 19 April | As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark...

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London Concertante

Sat 18 April | Part of the Chamber Music Concerts London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the UK, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. Founded in 1991, the ensemble soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and...

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NTLive: The Hard Problem (LIVE)

Thursday 16 April | Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors). Hilary, a young psychology...

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Show Boat: San Francisco Opera (RECORDED)

Sun 12 Apr | Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s, is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Three times Olivier Award-winner, Francesca Zambello,  directs a grand-scale production hailed "a...

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NT Live: A View From The Bridge (ENCORE)

Thur 9 April |  Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s...

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Tales From The Willows

Kenneth Grahame's delightful children's classic is brought fabulously to life, in a pair of award-winning, modern adaptations, that delight with surprises, slapstick comedy and outrageous routines set to modern music, that will have the audience singing and clapping along! The colourful, much loved...

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Hamlet starring Maxine Peake (RECORDED) (12A)

23 & 27 March | From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as...

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NTLive: Behind the Beautiful Forevers (ENCORE) (15)

Thurs 26 Mar | Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road). Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising...

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NT Live: A View From The Bridge (LIVE)

Thur 26 March |  Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s...

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Welwyn Hatfield Schools Dance Festival

23 - 25 March |  The School Sports Partnership are proud to present our annual 3 night event Primary Schools Dance Festival.  Featuring children from primary schools in the local area.  The theme is ‘Music from Stage and Screen’ including pieces choreographed to...

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Memories of Dance

18 - 21 March | Memories of Dance presented by Carol Allen School of Dancing ...

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NTLive: Behind the Beautiful Forevers (LIVE) (15)

Thurs 12 Mar | Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road). Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising...

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Oaklands College: easyJet Talk with Carolyn McCall

Oaklands College: easyJet Talk with Carolyn McCall ...

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ENO Screen: La Traviata (LIVE)

Wed 11 Mar | La traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation. A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines...

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Poetry Evening

The newly created Polish poetry group at the parish of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Dunstable, gathers and unites professionals with theater, film and an acting experience. The group is kindly inviting you to a poetry evening which will take place in Welwyn Garden City. Poetry Evening will take place at the...

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Sherrardswood Festival of Music and Dance

Sherrardswood School is delighted to invite you to our Festival of Music and Dance taking place on Thursday 5th March.  Pupils from years 3-13 will be showcasing a range of acts including some collaborative pieces. We hope to see you there. ...

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RSC Live: Love's Labour's Won (a.k.a. Much Ado About Nothing) (LIVE)

Wed 4 March | Shakespeare's comedy about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero, was probably first performed in late 1598 or early the following year. The war is over. The soldiers have returned. Pedro, Prince of Aragon, with his followers Benedick and Claudio, visits Leonato, Duke of...

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How the Koala Learnt to Hug

Sun 1 March | Based on the best selling book by Steven Lee and written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, How The Koala Learnt To Hug is a charming tale about the magic of family and the importance of a nice, warm hug. So join Steven and a host of wild characters including Natascha the Witch, the...

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Patrick Monahan: Adventures in Monahan Land

Sat 28 Feb | Following another sell out run at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, Patrick Monahan will be on tour across the UK from February 2015 with his brand new, energetically witty and charming family show. Expect plenty of playful audience interaction from this loveable the...

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The Wihan Quartet

Sat 21 Feb | Part of the Chamber Music Concerts The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are celebrating 30 years as a quartet in 2015.   The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage,  and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string...

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Decomposed!

Thurs 19 Feb | Can Will save his brother Igor from turning into a zombie? Down on his luck, Will is forced to move back in with his smelly twin. Igor is seriously in danger of becoming a zombie, spending all day plugged into games consoles, mumbling to himself and eating baked-beans. With the help of a magical...

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RSC Live: Love's Labour's Lost (LIVE)

Wed 11 Feb | Love's Labour's Lost is an early comedy, which focuses on young love – but it has an unexpected and unsettling ending. A life of study The King of Navarre and his three companions - Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville - commit to a life of study and self-improvement for three years. This...

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The Busch Ensemble

Sat 10 Jan | Part of the Chamber Music Concerts Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this young piano trio has emerged as the leading British piano trio among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal...

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Sleeping Beauty

Following last year’s successful Christmas show “Beauty And The Beast”, The Hawthorne Theatre is proud to present the return of pantomime with “Sleeping Beauty”! Once Upon A Time, in faraway land, a beautiful Princess is born and the entire Kingdom comes to celebrate her...

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Berlin Philharmonic: New Year's Eve Gala 2014 with star guest Menahem Pressler (LIVE)

Wed 31 Dec | Now in its 4th Year the New Years Eve Gala continues to grow year on year, this year we see Pianist Menahem Pressler making a special appearance. Pianist Menahem Pressler has made recording and interpretation history for more than half a century with the Beaux Arts Trio he founded in 1955. The...

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Sleeping Booty! (Adults Only)

Directed by Guy Masterson and Written by Nick Collett Once Upon A Time, in a faraway land, a beautiful Princess was born – and the entire kingdom came for a piss up to celebrate! All except the nasty fairy, Tossimoff, who was bitter about being left off the invite list! Crashing the party and bent on revenge,...

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The Old Vic's The Crucible (RECORDED) (12A)

4 & 7 Dec | Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.   In a small tight-knit community in Salem,...

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Everybody Dance

Sun 30 Nov | The Academy Performing Arts School present “Everybody Dance” an energetic evening full of sections from Musicals, well known Pop Artists and a celebration of the students hard work.  Book your tickets today! ...

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The Rollin' Clones

Sat 29 Nov | There are no better guardians of the back catalogue of hits from The Rolling Stones, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll acts of all time. There are no better deliverers of vibrancy, edginess, masterly musicianship and charisma on the tribute circuit, and all this by the strutting,...

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Beauty and the Beast

Sun 23 Nov | Ballet Cymru, nominated by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in 2013 as Best Independent Company, presents a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairy tale. “Beauty and the Beast” toured to over 50 venues in the UK during 2011 to record audiences and overwhelming...

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The Wizard of Oz

20 - 22 Nov | Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of...

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Excellent Job Opportunities Available Now

Want to work somewhere that’s guaranteed fun every day?  Well this is your opportunity! Following the expansion and creation of new facilities within CW Entertainment we are looking for great like-minded people who thrive on a every changing role within the dynamic CWE family. This role...

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Victor and Albert

Sat 15 Nov | Join brothers Professor Victor and Dr Albert for an evening of fun and frivolity. The gents are a musical comedy duo in the age-old tradition of two men and one piano. Their highly original songs, at times risqué, cover a broad range of topics, tackling the taboo in a light-hearted yet urbane...

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Little Shop of Horrors

12 - 15 Nov | Welwyn Thalians present the ultimate in B-Movie tributes in this hilarious tale of a man-eating plant called Audrey who changes meek shop assitant Seymour’s life in an unexpected way. Packed with some toe-tapping tunes and the most surprising monster ever to appear on stage! A fun show for the...

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The Nutcracker

Sun 9 Nov | Audiences have the opportunity to catch one of Tchaikovsky’s world famous classical ballets The Nutcracker when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet company returns to town. The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker follows Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a...

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Richard Uttley

Sat 8 Nov | Part of the Chamber Music Concerts Born in Bradford, Richard Uttley studied at Cambridge University, graduating with a double first, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he became a Fellow between 2010-2012. A passionate exponent of new music, Richard has...

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The Snow Queen

Sun 2 Nov | Filled with the strange beauty of ice-cold winter and the warmth of true love, this Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale translates perfectly into one of Image Musical Theatre's much loved participation musicals.  When a boy is tricked and whisked away to the frozen north, it is only the...

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SILENT MAYHEM: Hitchcock’s 'The Lodger'

Fri 31 Oct | Classical Mayhem present SILENT MAYHEM: Hitchcock’s 'The Lodger'. Alfred Hitchcock's? classic silent movie is a torrid tale of the hunt for a serial killer set in the menacing fog of old London town. Experience the flavour and style of the silent silver...

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Pride and Prejudice

Sat 18 Oct | A highly praised and inventive new adaptation of one of the most loved novels of all time.   This production premiered at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in 2013 and delighted the sold-out audiences. Now on a full UK tour, this is your chance to catch the five Bennet sisters and the whole...

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Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Fri 17 Oct | Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster and Lee Simpson present Paul Merton’s Impro Chums in support of Tilehouse Counselling. Paul Merton’s Impro Chums create a new show every night, based entirely on suggestions from the audience with their finely honed improvisational skills and an...

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Charles Dickens' Bleak House

Wed 15 Oct | Join The Pantaloons Theatre Company for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London. When a dead body is discovered in Mr Krook's Rag-and-Bone shop, a web of mysteries starts to untangle, with far-reaching consequences. Hilarious, tragic and romantic by turns, Dickens' darkly...

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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Sat 11 Oct | Directed by Michael Woodwood “A woman doesn’t have the right to protect her old dying father, or to save her husband’s life!  I can’t believe that’s true…” Torvald and Nora Helmer have it all: a loving marriage, three beautiful children, and a secure...

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An Audience with Tim Brooke-Taylor

Sun 5 Oct | Best known as one third of TV comedy trio The Goodies, Tim has been delighting audiences with his gentle, zany humour ever since joining the famous Cambridge Footlights back in the early 1960s. As a student performer he appeared alongside Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric...

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Skampa Quartet

Sat 4 Oct | Part of the Chamber Music Concerts The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of an outstanding group of current Czech string quartets that has represented their country in major Concert Halls around the world for twenty years. Through their mentors, the legendary Smetana Quartet,...

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Billy Elliot The Musical LIVE - Anniversary Performance

Sunday 28 Sept | Live from London’s West End this special performance brings multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical to cinemas for the first time. Based on the Academy Award®  nominated film first released in 2000, Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened...

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The Haunting of Hill House

Sat 27 Sept | ENJOY A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD NIGHT OUT! Baroque Theatre Company is proud to present “The Haunting of Hill House”, the classic chiller by Shirley Jackson adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie. Sinister and foreboding, Hill House has remained empty and silent until the arrival of Dr....

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Herts Jazz Festival 2014

"One of Britain's finest jazz events"    12 - 14 Sept Friday 8.30-11.00       The Big Chris Barber Band - £25 (£20 members, £5 Students) 11.00-12.30...

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RSC: The Two Gentlemen of Verona ENCORE

Mon 8 Sept | Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not...

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RSC: The Two Gentlemen of Verona LIVE

Wed 3 Sept | Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not...

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Glyndebourne Festival 2014: La Traviata (LIVE)

Sun 10 Aug | Part of the Glyndebourne Festival 2014 At one of her brilliant supper parties, the beautiful but frail demi-mondaine, Violetta Valéry, meets the well-born Alfredo Germont, and for love of him abandons her feverish life of pleasure. Alfredo’s father intrudes on their idyllic...

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Edinburgh Festival Preview Season: Scaramouche Jones

Sat 26 July | 11pm Millennium Eve: Centenarian clown, Scaramouche, breaks fifty years silence to give his final performance and charts a bewitching odyssey through crumbling empires, comic misadventures and the 20th Century's darkest episodes, revealing the loves, the brutalities, the ecstasies and...

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Edinburgh Festival Preview Season: Anthem for a Doomed Youth

Fri 25 July | In commemoration of the Great War, the Hawthorne's Artistic Director Guy Masterson (The Odd Couple, Beauty and the Beast), has compiled 60 minutes of the finest WWI poetry and accounts from both sides of No-Man’s Land. Including works from Wilfred Owen (Dulce Et Decorum Est, Anthem...

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Edinburgh Festival Preview Season: Bill Clinton Hercules

Fri 25 July | By Rachel Mariner with Guy Masterson Come and meet the 42nd President as he cuts loose and shoots straight from the hip in his own fantasy TED talk! From the Trojan War to the future of democracy, his dreams, regrets, hopes and passions, Occupy, Hillary and Monica… Beloved stained icon and...

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Glyndebourne Festival 2014: Don Giovanni (RECORDED)

Sun 20 July | Part of the Glyndebourne Festival 2014 The legend of Don Juan tells how, at the height of his licentious career, he seduced a girl of noble family and killed her father, who had tried to avenge her. Later, seeing a commemorative effigy on the father’s tomb, he flippantly invited it to dine with...

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Andre Rieu's 10th Anniversary 2014 Maastricht Concert (LIVE)

Sat 19 July | Help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of André Rieu’s traditional summer evening concerts, staged on the most romantic city square in The Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastricht!  Be prepared for emotions to soar, during one of the most extraordinary concerts of the year as the...

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NTLive: Skylight (LIVE)

Thurs 17 July | By David Hare Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra...

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Annie Jnr

Shooting Stars Academy (who exclusively provide the dancers for the panto's at The Hawthorne Theatre) are back after the success of Peter Pan last summer. Let the talented students aged between 3-18yrs, entertain you with their energetic and professional performance, in this...

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Wed 2 July | 'I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.' - Oscar Wilde Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde's career. Four days later, he arrived at his club to find a card from the...

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Ibsen's Ghosts (Encore)

Thur 26 June | The West End Theatre Series is delighted to present Richard Eyre’s "spell-binding" adaptation (Independent) of GHOSTS by Henrik Ibsen. Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best Revival, GHOSTS transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios following a sell-out run at...

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Towards a New Garden City

Wed 25 June | Leading international planner to give the Third Garden City Lecture Planners, architects, politicians, students and lovers of garden cities are expected to flock to Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday 25th June. The attraction will be the arrival of renowned international planner, Andres Duany, to...

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RSC: Henry IV Part 2 (ENCORE)

Mon 23 June | King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him to be more concerned with earthly pleasures than with the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit...

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The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Sat 21 June | It's time to hear the Moon's story, one you will NEVER forget... Gather round, gather round for the Moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the...

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RSC: Henry IV Part 2 (LIVE)

Wed 18 June | King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him to be more concerned with earthly pleasures than with the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit...

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NTLive: A Small Family Business (LIVE)

Thurs 12 June | A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best New...

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Glyndebourne Festival 2014: Der Rosenkavalier (LIVE)

Sun 8 June | Part of the Glyndebourne Festival 2014 The opera has four main characters: the aristocratic Marschallin, her very young lover Count Octavian Rofrano, her coarse cousin Baron Ochs, and Ochs' prospective fiancée Sophie von Faninal, daughter of a rich bourgeois. At the Marschallin's...

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King Silly and Friends

Sun 8 June | Join King Silly & Friends as they perform the greatest show on Earth! Well - the greatest show in the Kingdom of Silly anyway!    The finest family friendly acrobats, magicians, jugglers, dance crews, jesters, mime artists and puppeteers are gathering at the palace grounds to entertain...

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80th Welwyn Drama Festival

2 - 7 June | Founded in 1929 and as iconic as Welwyn Garden City itself, the Welwyn Drama Festival has brought the best of amateur dramatics from Hertfordshire and further afield to compete in a series of one act plays. Our experienced play selection team carefully put together the most exciting programme...

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Up Pompeii

30 & 31 May | Based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in this full-length play. As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings,...

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Charity Wine Tasting Event

Fri 30 May at 7pm | A charity fundraising event hosted by The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind At The Old Palace, Hatfield House - The Car Park is accessed through George's Gate and is located a few hundred yards on from the Station Lodge entrance, at the mini roundabout with a large...

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NTLive: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

22 - 24 May | Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the...

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RSC: Henry IV Part 1 (ENCORE)

Tues 20 May | With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in...

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The Aurora Ensemble

Sat 17 May | Zemlinsky | Ibert | Nielsen | Jim Parker | Carter | Reicha | Bizet Established in 1996, the Aurora Ensemble is a traditional wind quintet which also expands to work with piano, strings or to explore the repertoire for wind octet. Each of the players are successful freelance musicians, all working regularly...

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Music is my Life

Informator Hertfordshire, Campus West and CVS Broxbourne and East Herts are inviting you all to a concert: "Music Is My Life". Performing artist include: Alex Gala, Mariusz Szaban and Flame. The event will, as always, provide a fantastic opportunity to come together, listen to great artist and network...

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RSC: Henry IV Part 1 (LIVE)

Wed 14 May | With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in...

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NT Live - King Lear (RECORDED)

Sun 11 May |  Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens,Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters,...

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Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special

Sat 10 May | "Blowers and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special" is a charming show for both cricket and non-cricket lovers alike. Peter Baxter was the long suffering producer of TMS for years having to corral Henry and his fellow broadcasters as they travelled the world, which has subsequently provided them...

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Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II Revival

Sun 4 May | A story of power and plotting, Richard II is the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the House of Lancaster. In the presence of King Richard, Henry Bolingbroke (who will eventually be Henry IV) accuses Thomas Mowbray (Duke of Norfolk) of embezzling crown funds and of plotting the death of...

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Grease

1 - 3 May | GREASE is a 1972 musical, set in 1959 at Rydell High School. It follows 10 working class teenagers as they navigate their way through the complexities of growing up, and was first performed in Chicago before moving to Broadway where it ran for 3388 performances before closing in 1980. It has...

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Sol Gabetta & Sir Simon Rattle: Berliner Philharmoniker LIVE

Sun 20 April | Easter Festival 2014 – Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Sol Gabetta on Easter Sunday For many years it was the done thing on the classical music scene to maintain a low profile. Flamboyant composers who gave vent to their emotions had a very difficult time. However, this has gradually changed, and...

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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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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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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...