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MAY - AUG 2018


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Welcome Welcome to your new show-bursting summer brochure.

I’m thrilled to be able to share the programme of arts events and arts activities taking place at Hertford Theatre over the next few months. We always try to make sure that there is something for everyone and this season is no exception. So dig in! But what about some up-coming highlights? Following on from the sell-out success of Gangsta Granny and prior to its West End run, the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company are back with their hilarious Horrible Histories; the mesmeric James Taylor Quartet will be hitting the stage, as will the giant dinosaurs in Dinosaur World Live! (we can’t wait!) and for theatrebuffs, We Are The Lions, Mr Manager is the brilliant story of Jayaben Desai,


Vamos Theatre: the inspirational leader of the 197678 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike; a remarkable, inspiring story. Hertford Theatre is a beacon for the arts across the district of East Herts and I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to those of you who have bought tickets in the past and a big ‘hello’ to those of you who I am sure will buy a ticket or two for the first time this season. But the theatre is not just for shows and films, why not pop in for a coffee? Treat yourself or the kids to a class? Or do a spot of work in our bright and airy foyer? We’d love to see you here. Enjoy your new brochure and happy picking! Rhys Thomas Director

Look out for... Alistair McGowan

Introductions to Classical Piano 9 August, 8pm

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four

25-28 July, 2.30pm & 7pm daily

A Brave Face Tuesday 1st May, 7.45pm “Dear mum, things are a bit tough right now. But don’t worry–I’m ok. I’ll tell you about it when I get back.” Afghanistan: 2009. Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister... Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And then, when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

Vamos Theatre presents a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival. £15, £13 concessions, £12 for Schools/ Groups of 10+ Duration approx 1hr, 15mins Suitable for audiences aged 12+ The show is accessible to hearing and deaf audiences alike

Created from two years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told. Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries, taking on challenging themes with poignancy, humour and humanity.

The Close-Up Show


Saturday 19th May, 8pm Saturday 16th June, 8pm Saturday 14th July, 8pm An intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand with 3 different magicians each date.

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£17.50, Duration 80mins, Suitable for ages 10yrs+ This event takes place in our Studio, with limited availability and unallocated seating.


Freckle Productions present

Lee Hurst


Mucking About and

Saturday 5th May, 8pm

Tiddler © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books, 2007; A Squash and a Squeeze © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s books, 2003; Monkey Puzzle © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s books, 2000; The Smartest Giant in Town © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s books, 2002

other terrific tales Friday 4th May, 1pm Saturday 5th May, 11am & 2pm Sunday 6 May, 11am & 2pm Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed from the team behind Stick Man Live!

Tickets £14 / Family Tickets £52 (for 4 people, must include at least one child)

Approx 1hr, no interval. Suitable for all ages

There's no journey or message. If you want to go on a journey, buy an airplane ticket. If you want a deep message, run your voicemail through a sub-base woofer. If you want plenty of laughs this is for you. Lee will be turning up, lobbing gags and funny stuff at you from all angles. A hilarious night is about to hit town.

TEACHERS! Bring your school or nursery group along on Friday 4th May, 1pm as part of a school trip to the theatre!

£18 Approx 2hrs Suitable for ages 16+ Live comedy contains strong language and adult topics.

Tickets cost £11 for children and adults Please email to make a reservation.





‘A delight from start to finish. A room of children laughing hysterically, all totally mesmerised by the action’

Lee Hurst, star of BBC1’s They Think It’s All Over’ is back on the road in 2018 with his brand new show ‘Mucking About’. In his new show Lee will be exploring the relationship between... No he won't, he'll be leaving that old twaddle to comedians at the Edinburgh Festival.

‘Brings such joy to children and adults alike. The show was so captivating that no one wanted to miss a moment’

Lee Nelson


Friday 15th June, 7.30pm

Due to huge demand, and over-priced lawyers, Lee is extending his smash-hit tour for a second time, adding a final 30 dates to his huge 150-show run. “In this sort of form Nelson is irresistible… there aren't many better comedians to turn to” The Telegraph “Comedy legend” The Sun





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£21 Approx 2hrs Suitable for all ages Live comedy usually contains strong language and adult topics.


The Last Resort Thursday 14th June, 8pm Last Resort is an alternative future for Guantanamo Bay. The waterboarding has stopped, the noise has been turned down and the military base has been reclaimed as a holiday destination.

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager! Tuesday 8th May, 7.45pm The remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike. She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List.

Live/Encore screenings

Romeo & Juliet Wednesday 18th July, 7pm What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?

You, the audience, are our holidaymakers. You will sit in a deckchair with a rum cocktail on arrival and feel the sand between your toes. We will be your tour guides.

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

Join 2Magpies Theatre as they take you through the tropical haze on a unique multi-sensory package holiday. This is an extraordinary rendition and it is allinclusive.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heart-breaking consequences.

Last Resort is a menacing fiction, made entirely of unimaginable fact. This immersive show was developed through a research process bringing together artists, academics and human rights organisations including Reprieve. Commissioned by The Lowry. £10 60mins Suitable for ages 14+ Please note this show takes place in our Studio, which has limited, unallocated seating.


She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. Musical direction is from acclaimed folk singer and squeeze box player John Kirkpatrick. ★★★★ ‘A powerful story, powerfully told’ Clare Brennan. The Observer £15, £13 concessions 1 hour 45mins plus a 15 minute interval Suitable for ages 14+ 6 | 01992 531500 | Each ticket price includes a £1 booking fee

£16, £13 concessions or £10 for school groups Duration tbc Suitable for ages 12+

Macbeth Thursday 10th May, 7pm Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris, will see Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Please note that Macbeth may contain scenes of a violent nature. £16, £13 concessions or £10 for school groups Duration 210mins Suitable for ages 15+


Hertfordshire Festival of Music

Stephen Hough In conversation Sunday 10th June, 8.15pm Stephen Hough is the Principal Artist of HFoM 2018. He will also perform a solo recital at All Saints’ Church on the 10th June, in the evening. Stephen Hough talks to Festival Directors Tom Hammond and James Francis Brown about his artistic life as a whole and considers the extent to which his painting is influenced by music.

The audience will be able to view a collection of Stephen’s canvases in the theatre’s attractive foyer space. These paintings will be on display for the duration of the Festival. £11 or £3 for under 18yrs or in full-time education 75mins Suitable for most ages, but aimed at an adult audience



Hancock & Co.


Saturday 2nd June, 7.30pm

Sunday 20th May, 1pm & 3.30pm

Following James Hurn’s sell-out tour of 2017, he is back by popular demand with his stunning one-man, many voices, show, celebrating over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour.

Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. “A rarity… deliciously eccentric” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show.

The new show is performed in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.

The Upbeat Beatles Friday 11th May, 8pm As the name suggests The Upbeat Beatles are a rockin’ band with tight musicianship and powerhouse vocals! You’ll be jumping from the word go! There isn’t a band to touch them - 8 bars of “Twist and Shout” and you will know why! No other band performs this song like the Upbeat Beatles!

Me and My Bee

Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike.

James Hurn is best known for his work on Dead Ringers for BBC2, as well as Scoop, The Slammer and Band of Brothers. His voice talents were put to work in Sven – The Coach, the Cash and His Lovers, Blaired Vision and for the Radio 4 play The Bid, where he starred as David Beckham and Prince William.

£8 60mins, no interval Suitable for children aged 5-10yrs and their families Please note this show takes place in our Studio, which has limited, unallocated seating

An unmissable and unforgettable night for fans of classic British comedy. £14, £12 concessions Approx 75mins Suitable for most ages, although we recommend most suitable for ages 15+ This show takes place in our Studio, which has limited, unallocated seating

From the depths of the Cavern to the Apple roof top, through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, their attention to detail will draw you into the world of the Beatles like no other show. Breath-taking harmonies and guitar solos all wrapped up in Scouse humour. With narrative and full multi-media presentation the audience will be left on an emotional high. £22, £20 concessions Approx 2hrs including an interval Suitable for most ages

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Owl and The Pussycat


Saturday 2nd June, 2pm Join Owly-cat and fellow family members, Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee, in a story inspired by the nonsense world of Edward Lear. The spongetaneous trio travel to the dolomphious land where the bong tree grows, learning all about the creatures who live there and their curious habits. Will this meloobious family return together, will they always be a three? A fizzgiggious show by Full House Theatre all about where, what and who our family really are.

£13 or a Family ticket £48 (4 tickets, must include at least 1 child) 55mins, no interval Suitable for ages 3- 7yrs

Kathy Lette’s Girls’ Night Out

Richard Herring Oh Frig, I’m 50!

Friday 25th May, 7.45pm “Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better.” So says Kathy Lette, funny, feminist author, who invites you to her new show, Girls’ Night Out.

Thursday 24th May, 8pm “I only regret the people I didn’t have sex with….. And 60% of the people I did have sex with.” “Podfather” (the Guardian) and star of Radio 4’s Relativity, Richard Herring gets to the half century (against all odds) and looks at how his life has changed in the last decade, from irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen (though given she will be 140 in 2067 , she might forget to send it).

It’s a psychological strip tease taking us from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage-daughter-wrangling, ageing, toy boys, making the Queen laugh, hiding Julian Assange in her attic, tongue kissing Prince William and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind, en route.

“A gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness” The Guardian £18.50 Approx 2hrs Suitable for ages 15+ Live comedy contains strong language and adult topics.

£17 Approx 2hrs Suitable for over 18yrs only



Andy Hamilton

Social Mama presents

Change Management

The Scummy Mummies Show

Friday 1st June, 8pm In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes. For instance, he was once a 6’4”-tall professional basketball player, until a tree fell on him. But, of course, change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Is that fair? Some changes are good, some bad. Why can’t they be more clearly labelled? How did we end up working longer hours? Where did all the sparrows go? £21 Approx 2 hours, plus an interval Suitable for ages 14+ PG Likely to be swearing and adult content

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Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Tuesday 12th June, 12pm With the funniest stars from the comedy circuit for you and soft flooring for baby, our lunchtime shows feature a brand new line up of acts each month, so bring baby and come and have a giggle with us. £12 60mins, no interval Suitable for adults with babies under 12mths/non-crawlers. Please note that we have very limited room for buggies

Tuesday 10th July, 8pm An evening of laughs for SOLD less-than-perfect parents. OUT! Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! £16 Approx 2hrs, including an interval Followed by a book signing Suitable for over 18yrs only

Photographer credit: Neil Cooper/Good Housekeeping Magazine.



JTQ - The James Taylor Quartet


Saturday 16th June, 7.45pm Lead by Hammond organguru, James Taylor, JTQ stands with one foot planted firmly in 2018 – and other, just as firmly, somewhere south of the 1970s.

‘The be st Ham m of the Atlantic ond player t his sid ’ Craig e Charle s, BBC 6

Thursday 31st May, 2pm & 4.30pm Friday 1st June, 11am & 2pm BOOK NOW BEFORE TICKETS BECOME EXTINCT! Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!

A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. Book now for this entertaining and mind-expanding Jurassic adventure, live on stage!

★★★★ ‘The perfect family show. Educational and entertaining’ The Reviews Hub

£15 each or £9.50 for groups of 10+ 50 mins + 15 min post show meet & greet with the Dinosaurs Suitable for ages 3+

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For a quarter of a century, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.

The UK Pink Floyd Experience Friday 20th July, 8pm Recreating the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd live in concert, this highly authentic show features over 50 years of hits by this iconic band. The highly acclaimed show also features over two hours of songs from both iconic albums Dark Side Of The Moon and Animals as well as Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick In The Wall and Comfortably Numb alongside impressive video projection and a stunning light show. £22 Approx 2hrs, plus an interval Suitable for all ages, but we recommend most suited to ages 14+

£21 Approx 2hrs, plus an interval Suitable for all ages





★★★★★ Netmums

Thursday 28th June, 1.30pm Friday 29th June, 10.30am and 1.30pm Saturday 30th June, 11am and 2pm The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood... Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ hit musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups direct from the West End. £13 55mins, no interval Suitable for ages 3+

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks


Saturday 21st July, 2pm & 4.30pm Sunday 22nd July, 11am & 2pm

Horrible Histories


Bring your group along on Thursday 28th June, 1.30pm or Friday 29th June, 10.30am and 1.30pm as part of a school trip to the theatre! School tickets cost £10 for children and adults. Please email rebecca.butcher@ to make a reservation.

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this hit musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. Direct from the West End with live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! £13, £48 for a family ticket (4 tickets, must include at least 1 child) 55 minutes of fun for ages 3+

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Barmy Britain Part Four © Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks 2009.

© Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2004

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun!


Wednesday 25th July, 2.30pm & 7pm Thursday 26th July, 2.30pm & 7pm Friday 27th July, 2.30pm & 7pm Saturday 28th July, 2.30pm & 7pm We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show featuring all new scenes in Barmy Britain – Part Four! Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Can Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Will you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? Mount a mutiny against King

Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man! Take a trip into the night with the night soil men and survive the first ever train ride! Prior to its West End season, Barmy Britain is in Hertford with a brand new world premiere! £15 for adults, £13 for children or £53 for a family ticket (4 tickets, must include at least 1 child) 70mins, no interval Suitable for ages 5+


Alistair Barrie & Geoff Norcott

Edinburgh Previews

Thursday 12th July, 8pm Hertford’s very own Alistair returns with his new show, fresh from Melbourne Festival, before a run at The Edinburgh Fringe, where he has twice been nominated for ‘Best Show’. According to The Guardian, ‘no one does righteous indignation with the same brio as Barrie’ – and right now he’s got plenty to be indignant about. Expect Brexit, Trump, #metoo, fatherhood and the ridiculous number of hairdressers in his adopted home town.

Simon Evans Genius

Friday 29th June, 8pm Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. “A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close” The Scotsman

Children’s Film Parties at Hertford Theatre

Geoff Norcott: ‘That bloke off The Mash Report, Live at at the Apollo and Question is working up some new material.

‘A right Laugh’ Guardian

‘An absolute tonic’ Telegraph

£11 60mins each of each act Suitable for ages 14+ Stand-up comedy contains adult topics and strong language. This show takes place in our Studio, which has limited, unallocated seating


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Serious about Superheroes? Fanatical about Frozen? Wild about Harry? (Potter!) Why not hold your child’s birthday party in our awesome River Room and make it a blockbuster event. Bring the Blu-ray and we will do the rest! For further information please contact Ben Cannell on 01992 515805 or



Ballet Theatre UK

The Little Mermaid


Sunday 17th June, 2pm Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s all-time favourite story of The Little Mermaid, who falls in love with a human Prince and gives up everything to win his love. Ballet Theatre UK’s charming and poignant ballet explores the nature of longing, how making choices have lasting consequences and how goodness can be rewarded in unexpected ways. £19, £16 concessions Approx 2hrs Suitable for all ages, but we recommend most suitable for children aged 5+ as this is a full length, classical ballet

Welcome to the amazing Cricket’s Carnival! Be astounded by the slyest of sly old foxes; gobsmacked by the awesome power of the blue fairy and watch in wonder as that chip off the old block, Pinocchio, strives with all his puppet heart to become a real child.

MUSIC Credit: Sony Music Photograph: Christopher Dunlop

Roll up, roll up!

Alistair McGowan Introductions to Classical Piano Thursday 9th August, 8pm After the success of his recent piano album (released through Sony Classical), Alistair McGowan premieres a brand new show which brings together all his talents. He will play tracks from the album and some other short classics piano pieces: from Gershwin to Grieg, Mompou to Mendelssohn, Satie to Schubert. In between the pieces, he will talk a little about history of each piece, the composer and his own connection to the music. Expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!), some interesting stories and a sprinkling of his trademark impressions. £16 Approx 2hrs

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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have a whale of a time! Chock full of sensational, splintering songs; bursting with beautifully turned dances and packed to the rafters with timber-splitting fun: The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio is a wood-not-miss Christmas present for all the family! Brought to you by the same creative team behind the smash-hit shows Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel; we guarantee you’ll be hopping in the aisles. No strings attached!



Sat 1st 1pm and 5pm Sun 2nd No Shows Mon 3rd 10.30am and 1.30pm Tues 4th 10.30am and 1.30pm Wed 5th 10.30am and 1.30pm Thur 6th 10.30am and 1.30pm Fri 7th 10.30am and 1.30pm Sat 8th 1pm and 5pm Sun 9th 2pm Mon 10th No shows Tue 11th 10.30am and 1.30pm Wed 12th 10.30am and 1.30pm Thur 13th 10.30am and 1.30pm Fri 14th 10.30am and 1.30pm Sat 15th 1pm and 5pm Sun 16th 1pm and 5pm Mon 17th No shows Tue 18th 10:30am and 1.30pm Wed 19th 10:30am and 1.30pm Thur 20th 10:30am and 1.30pm Fri 21st 10.30am Sat 22nd 11am and 3pm Sun 23rd 11am and 3pm Mon 24th 11am and 3pm Tue 25th No shows Wed 26th 2pm Thur 27th 2pm Fri 28th 11am and 3pm Sat 29th 11am and 3pm Sun 30th 11am and 3pm Mon 31st 2pm


If you’re looking to bring your school here for a fantastic festive treat, please email



Gold Shows £24, £22 concs or £88 Family Ticket Silver Shows £22, £20 concs or £80 Family Ticket

Bronze Shows £21, £19 concs or £76 Family Ticket Schools £11 Previews/Relaxed £11 £17 for Groups of 15+

“Wow! The reaction so far has been fabulous - well done Hertford Theatre. The teachers have said your staff were organised, friendly and accommodating. A great show that everyone enjoyed”

Homerswood Primary

Local Talent Inspired By Love

Eddie Farmer

The Magic Show

Saturday 12th May, 7,45pm Featuring husband and wife team, Rhys and Rowena, directors of the Hertford International Concert Series. They will perform Brahms double concerto, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night's Dream overture and Schumann's second symphony. HSO welcomes guest conductor Jonathan Bloxham for this concert. £18, £15 concessions, £6 for children/students

HSO at the Movies Saturday 7th July, 7pm HSO's final concert of the season features the music of John Williams along with classical scores from seven decades of the "big screen". £18, £15 concessions, £6 for children/ students


Young Idea:


16th May – 19th May, 7.30pm 19th May, 3pm A story of success and struggles, enthusiasm and talent with exciting, energetic dance routines - a show for everyone. Various ticket prices, including a group rate. Please see online for details.

Somewhere 2 Sing Concert

Saturday 26th May, 7.30pm An entertaining evening of singing, with a live band and a wonderful variety of songs. Drinks reception to follow the performance. £14, £10 concessions

Saturday 30th June, 8pm Following an Edinburgh Fringe sell-out! See the impossible in the new 2018 show, journeying through unpredictable magic, and misdirection from eras past to mind reading wonders. An evening of entertainment, mystery and laughter for those who seek it. £11 STUDIO SHOW

Top Hat Stage School


Peter Pan

Loss, Love & Laugher: A Musical Review

7th - 9th June, 7.30pm 9th June, 2.30pm The legend of Peter Pan has been delighting children for over 100 years with its swashbuckling adventure and infectious score; it’s guaranteed to bring out one's inner child. £17, £15 concessions

Xpression Dance

A Night With The Stars Saturday 23rd June, 3pm & 7pm Xpression Dance pupils present an exciting showcase of songs and dances from some of the most famous musical stars and legends such as Prince, The Beatles and Michael Jackson. £13, £8.50 for children under 14

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Saturday 14th July, 1pm – Welwyn & Harpenden Schools Saturday 14th July, 7pm – Stevenage & Harlow Schools Sunday 15th July , 1pm – St Albans AM & St Albans PM Schools Sunday 15th July , 7pm – Potters Bar & Hertford Schools Featuring songs from musicals from the last 20 years. Starring students from Top Hat Stage School. Performed with a live band. £16, £13 Concessions

Three Counties Youth Ballet presents

Magical Moments Saturday 4th August, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm Sunday 5th August, 2.30 pm A spectacular production that will delight any dance lover. Showcasing talented young dancers aged 7-17 in what promises to be a performance to remember. £17 Adults, £13 Children under 16yrs

The Little Mermaid Jr Saturday 11th August, 2.30pm and 6.30pm Join us for an exciting adventure as we take you under the sea with Ariel and all of her friends in this much-loved Disney classic! This family-friendly production is presented by Cassana Performance Acdemy by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) and will be performed by children aged 5 to 15 years old. £14 per adult or £12 concession

Courtyard Arts at Hertford Theatre

Resident Classes From the Studio

A cycle of paintings by Stephen Hough 8th – 17th June

Return Of The Muse Rose Gooding, Peggy Quinn, Maureen Masterman 24th April – 20th May

This exhibition reunites three friends who studied art together at Oaklands College in St Albans.

On display at Herford Theatre throughout the festival, From the Studio brings together a selection of recent paintings by this year’s resident artist Stephen Hough. The intimate display focuses on a range of new works on grease paper, complemented by a selection of paintings on canvas.


24th April – 20th May

George’s favourite media is painting in oils, which, in itself, offers a wide scope for experimenting. She has been creating paintings of a surreal nature, which often were a reflection of turbulent emotional moments, amongst her abstract and her figurative work. Art and Music help define both of their lives. Our gallery is managed by Courtyard Arts. To exhibit, please email Peer Tower on For sales or gallery enquires, please call 01992 509596

Dance/Musical Theatre

Club Carob

Elite Performers Academy

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am Classes for various ages cultivating creative play

Little Bees Music Classes

Tuesdays & Fridays Specialist music classes for under 5yr olds


Wednesday afternoons & Thursday mornings Music and dancing for children and their parents Ana on 07861399763

Peter Greening

For Adults

Pete is a self-taught artist painting geometric abstract works exploring the optical effects of linear distortion and arithmetical progression.

Ballet Barre

19th June – 15th July

Annemarie Oshelda and George Gill

For Pre-Schoolers

Richard Sutton


17th July – 12th August

Richard works mostly in his studio developing his paintings and drawing from photographs and memory, gained from his observations of day to day life in and around his home in Hertfordshire, including London.

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Tuesday mornings

BusyLizzy: Ante and Post Natal Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Classes Wednesdays evenings & Thursday afternoons Classes for babies and also mums to be yoga.

Somewhere 2 Sing Choir

An informal choir singing popular songs. Thursdays, 7.30pm-9pm

Mondays, 4.15pm Musical Theatre classes for ages 7+

Georgina Pay School of Dance: Royal Academy of Dance & Ballet Classes for children aged 4+ to Advanced 2 Tuesdays from 7pm

Stagelight School of Dance

Wednesdays Dance classes for children, teens & adults

Graham School of Dance

Tuesday afternoons & all day Saturday Ballet, street dance and tap classes for children of all ages. 01279 654423


Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays Jazz/Street dancing & singing for children/teens


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The Merry Wives of Windsor

After the success of the first ever family arts festival in Hertford last year, we’ve decided to do it all again!

Russian National Ballet

£15, or £11 for school groups

Wednesday 3rd October, 7.45pm

The Nutcracker

This eternal seasonal favourite will be an unforgettable journey during the run-up to Christmas and an ideal introduction to people of any age to the magic that is classical ballet. £22, £20 concessions

Hal Cruttenden

Stewart Francis

Saturday 15th September, 8pm

Saturday 27th October, 8pm

Hal’s literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He’s now on a diet.

The star of ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Crackerjack’ embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!!


Into The Punset


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The Snail and the Whale © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2003 – Macmillan Children’s Books.

Wednesday 12th September, 7pm

We’re joining up with Hertford Library, Leaf Café and Bookshop, Hertford Museum and Courtyard Arts with support from Hertford Town Council to create a wonderful weekend of family activities!



Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley 30th September Open a book and discover a world where anything is possible. Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moominvalley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences aged 4 to 7 years and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling experience.

Theatre of Widdershins:

The Snail and The Whale Friday 28th September, 1.30pm Saturday 29th September, 11am & 2pm Sunday 30th September, 11am & 2pm Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father... Tickets: £14 or Family Ticket £52 Schools: £11 each for children & adults

Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown 29th September Snow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were Babes in the Wood. Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds! All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest.

Booking and Information How to book Box Office: 01992 531500 Tues - Sat: 10am-5pm The Box Office closes at 5pm on non-performance days or 15mins after the evening performance has started. The Box Office is open on a Sunday only if there is an event on.


Hertford Theatre is dedicated to providing excellent service to all. Our Theatre, Café and Studio are all wheelchair and pushchair friendly. If you use a wheelchair and would like to see a show, please call 01992 531500 to book a wheelchair space at least 72hrs before a show. There is no public carpark at Hertford Theatre. Please see our website for more information.

Terms and Conditions All tickets and booking fees are non-refundable. Tickets can only be offered for re-sale when an event is sold out. A credit voucher will be issued and the booking fee retained by Hertford Theatre. A £1 administration fee will be applied to the following:

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Hertford Theatre has a hearing loop in place and our Box Office will be able to help you use this upon arrival.

· Ticket exchange for an alternative performance of the same production or film.

Opening Times

Cinema Guide

Our new size cinema guide is now out! Look out for it when you next pop in or download it via our website.

· Seat changes within the same performance

Our cafe is open Tues- Sat from 10am until the start of the evening event or the end of an interval, if there is one. If there are events on a Sunday, our cafe and Box Office will be open to cover these.

· Reprinting of tickets for any reason. Hertford Theatre does not take reservations. If you are booking for a group, please contact the Box Office. More information and our Bad Weather Policy can be viewed on our website.

Schools School groups need to go directly to our Marketing Team on 01992 531593.

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How to get here? Car Hertford Theatre is in the middle of Hertford town centre and can be accessed easily from the A414 or A10. Train Hertford East or North Stations are less than 20mins walk away and go straight to London. (60mins to Moorgate or Liverpool Street). Hertford Theatre has no parking available, including disabled bays. The nearest carpark is on St Andrew Street, a 2 minute walk away or at various other town centre carparks.

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What’s On MAY

MIME THEATRE Vamos Theatre: A Brave Face 1 May, 7.45pm £15, £13 concs, £12 Schools CHILDREN’S THEATRE Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales 4-6 May, various times £14 or £52 Family Ticket COMEDY Lee Hurst: Mucking About 5 May, 8pm £18 DRAMA We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! 8 May, 7.45pm £15, £13 concs CINEMA NTLive: Macbeth 10 May, 7pm £16, £13 concs, £10 schools MUSIC The Upbeat Beatles 11 May, 8pm £22, £20 concs LOCAL MUSIC HSO: Inspired By Love 12 May, 7,45pm £18, £15 concs, £6 for children & students LOCAL TALENT HD&OS Young Idea: Fame 16-19 May Prices/ Times vary MAGIC The Close-Up Show 19 May, 8pm £17.50 CHILDREN’S THEATRE IN STUDIO Me and My Bee 20 May, 1pm & 3.30pm £8 COMEDY Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50! 24 May, 8pm £18.50

COMEDY Kathy Lette’s Girls’ Night Out 25 May, 7.45pm £17

MUSIC JTQ - The James Taylor Quartet 16 June, 7.45pm £21

LOCAL TALENT: CHOIR Somewhere 2 Sing 2018 Concert 26 May, 7.30pm £14, £10 concs

BALLET Ballet Theatre UK: The Little Mermaid 17 June, 2pm £19, £16 concs

CHILDREN’S THEATRE Dinosaur World Live 2018 31 May – 1 June, various times £15 or £9.50 for groups of 10+

MAGIC The Close-Up Show 23 June, 8pm £17.50


COMEDY Andy Hamilton: Change Management 1 June, 8pm £21 CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Owl and the Pussycat 2 June, 2pm £13 or £48 Family ticket STUDIO COMEDY Hancock and Co. 2 June, 7.30pm £14, £12 concs LOCAL TALENT RARE: Peter Pan 7 – 9 June, times vary £17, £15 concs HERTFORDSHIRE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC Stephen Hough: In Conversation 10 June, 8.15pm £11, £3 for under 18yrs COMEDY Bring Your Own Baby Comedy 12 June, 12pm £12 STUDIO DRAMA Last Resort 14 June, 8pm £10 COMEDY Lee Nelson 15 June, 7.30pm £21

LOCAL TALENT Xpressions Dance Show 23 June, 3pm & 7pm £13, £8.50 for children under 14 CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Gruffalo’s Child 28-30 June, various times £13 or £10 for schools COMEDY Simon Evans: Genius 29 June, 8pm £15 LOCAL TALENT Eddie Farmer: The Magic Show 30 June, 8pm £11


LOCAL MUSIC HSO at the Movies 7th July, 7pm £18, £15 concs, £6 children COMEDY Social Mama presents The Scummy Mummies Show 10 July, 8pm Sold Out STUDIO COMEDY Alistair Barrie & Geoff Norcott 12th July, 8pm £11 LOCAL TALENT Top Hat Stage School Musical Review 14 -15 July, 1pm & 7pm £16, £13 Concs

CINEMA RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet 18 July, 7pm £16, £13 concs, £10 schools MUSIC The UK Pink Floyd Experience 20 July, 8pm £22 MAGIC The Close-Up Show 21 July, 8pm £17.50 CHILDREN’S THEATRE What The Ladybird Heard 21-22 July, various times £13, Family Ticket £48 CHILDREN’S THEATRE Horrible Histories– Barmy Britain Part Four 25-28 July, 2.30pm & 7pm daily Adults £15, Children £13 or Family Ticket £53

AUGUST LOCAL TALENT Three Counties Youth Ballet 4-5 August, various times £17, £13 concs

MUSIC Alistair McGowan: Introductions to Classical Piano 9 August, 8pm £16 DANCE Cassana Performance Academy 11th August, 2.30pm & 6.30pm £14 or £12 concs

Hertford Theatre is closed from 13-28 August but you can still book online!

Hertford Theatre summer brochure 2018 web version  

Find out what's on at Hertford Theatre from May-September 2018. Family shows, comedy, drama and dance!

Hertford Theatre summer brochure 2018 web version  

Find out what's on at Hertford Theatre from May-September 2018. Family shows, comedy, drama and dance!