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Welcome Welcome to Hertford Theatre and to your new infopacked brochure. We wanted to be able to share with you the dynamic range of shows, events and activities taking place in your local theatre and hope that this brochure captures more of our story and more of your imagination! We owe you - our fantastic audience - a huge vote of thanks for turning up in such numbers to enjoy all that Hertford Theatre has to offer. 85,000 of you bought tickets last year and with your support we continue to go from strength to strength. We couldn’t do what we do without you – so thank you! Hertford Theatre is the hub of all things arts across the district of East Herts and beyond. As well as presenting some first class films, music, drama, dance and comedy; we also continue to support some wonderful local performing arts organisations and companies to deliver their own home-grown shows as part of our vibrant programme.



Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf

The Autumn Season is no exception. Whether you are 6 or 106 I am sure that you will find something that tickles your fancy. Personally, I’m particularly looking forward to John Cooper Clarke (the godfather of performance poets), to hosting the Shakespeare Schools Festival for the first time and to seeing our own production of Rapunzel brought to life in time for Christmas! But those three events are just the tip of the iceberg; there really is something for everyone. So enjoy scanning the pages of your new brochure and I hope to see you at Hertford Theatre very soon.

Friday 1st September, 11am & 2pm Saturday 2nd September, 11am & 2pm Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas. Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf is a brand new show with amazing music created live with a variety of instruments and objects, combined with imaginative puppetry, physical comedy and fun interaction; the show will have children jumping for joy.

Happy choosing! Rhys Thomas Director

The show is an ideal and imaginative introduction to making music and has a positive message about being kind to the world.

BOX OFFICE: 01992 531 500 Look out for...

£9 Suitable for ages 4+ Duration 60mins, no interval STUDIO “A magical show filled with colour, great songs and a real feel-good factor.” Hertfordshire Mercury on Little Red Riding Hood


Live Screening

John le Carré

An evening with George Smiley Thursday 7th September, 7.45pm Broadcast live from London’s Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. In this one-off event, John will discuss his career and reflect on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley. Coinciding with the publication of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of some of le Carré’s most iconic Cold War characters. With a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words and live on screen.

In aid of Médecins Sans Frontières, the leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation £16, £13 concessions or £10 for groups Suitable for ages 15+ Duration approx 2hrs

Gary Delaney

“A magnificent cast, strong singers, costume and set of a high standard and excellent choreography”

There’s something about Gary

The Stage Newspaper, on Cinderella and the Glass Slipper


“Magnificent Chemistry. One of the best!” Mumsnet Hertfordshire on Hansel and Gretel

Antigone Tuesday 26th September, 7.45pm

The Big Weekend for Little People 29th Sept– 1st Oct

“Let nothing stop you from seeing them” The Times

Introducing our brand new arts festival for children!

Brought to life by innovative theatre company Actors of Dionysus, this production combines bold ideas with passionate and visceral physical theatre.

Together with Leaf Bookshop, Hertford Library, Hertford Museum and Hertford Town Council we’re delighted to bring families a weekend of fantastic shows and events, celebrating the arts.

£15, £13 concessions £10 for Schools/groups of 10+

We believe the arts should be enjoyed by everyone - turn to the centrefold to find out more!

Friday 8th September, 8pm

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Expect a wonderful enchanting show for all the family full of Christmas magic and characters you’ll love. Various ticket prices and show times - look out for a flyer or head online to find out more!

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Regular on Mock The Week, Double Sony Award Winner, Chortle Award Nominee. “A hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner” Chortle

£16 Suitable for ages 15+ Duration approx. 2hrs

Photo credit: Nadav Kandar





The Close-Up Magic Show Saturday 23rd September, 8pm Saturday 21st October, 8pm Saturday 11th November, 8pm


Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions present

An intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand with 3 different magicians each month. Close Up Magic is one of the most popular forms of the art and this unique event showcases some of the best exponents direct from the sell out shows at The Magic Circle. Audiences get to experience the magic in the intimate setting of our Studio often taking part themselves. Prepare to be amazed! Magicians of contrasting styles perform a 25-minute set in turn, typically with cards, coins and borrowed objects. There is a short interval between each act to help the audience catch their breath before the show resumes.

£17.50, Suitable for ages 10+, COMEDY/POETRY

Duration 80mins


Dr John Cooper Clarke Friday 22nd September, 8pm Dr John Cooper Clarke rose to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.


Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents. Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever and his influence just as visible in today’s pop culture. His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. His latest show, touring across the UK and Europe this year, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat - a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.



£22, £20 concessions or £16 for NUS (limited number available) Suitable for ages 14+ Duration approx. 2hrs, 30mins inc. 2 special guests and an interval


What starts off as a morning jog, becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This award-winning production, from the teams behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

Saturday 9 September 1PM & 3PM

Sunday 10 September 11AM & 1PM TICKETS £13 / FAMILY TICKET £48 (4 TICKETS)






Stick Man © 2008 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is back at Hertford Theatre!


Perfectly Imperfect Women Wednesday 13th September, 7.30pm Multi-award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller explores what drives us to want to live perfect lives as mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and bread-winners. What makes us want to be perfect? What is so bad about imperfection anyway? This is a universal story which considers one woman’s search for a richer understanding of her concept of perfection. Here we take a look in the mirror of five generations of women in one family, beginning with Danyah’s Great-Grandmother. “Poignant, sad, funny, loving and uplifting... it is simultaneously her story, my story and our story” View from the Cheap Seats Created in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017

£12 Suitable for ages 14+ Duration 1hr STUDIO



An Evening with

Nik Kershaw

Thursday 14th September, 8pm

Following the success of his 2014 Me, Myself and I tour, Nik Kershaw returns with more solo shows. An intimate evening of songs and stories in the company of one of the UK’s most respected songwriters. Raising money for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer.

£26, Duration approx. 2hrs

Paul Zerdin

All Mouth


Saturday 16th September, 8pm “A ventriloquist for the South Park generation” The Stage America’s Got Talent 2015 winner and Ventriloquist, Paul Zerdin, returns home to the UK fresh from headlining the world-famous Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets. Join Paul, Sam, Albert and Baby plus 2 crazy BRAND NEW characters for an evening of laugh-out-loud Stand-up Comedy and Ventriloquism! With over 22 million hits on YouTube, Paul is a regular on The Royal Variety Show and has been seen most recently on BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show and at The London Palladium “When you are not laughing you are simply in awe” Three Weeks Edinburgh


Lee Nelson

Serious Joker Saturday 23rd September, 7.30pm Due to huge demand, Lee’s brand-new, best-ever stand-up show has been extended into autumn 2017. You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational Serious Joker Tour. “You should be ashamed of yourself” Sepp Blatter “Get him out!” Donald Trump “Comedy Legend” The Sun

£18.50 Suitable for ages 16+ Duration approx. 2hrs

£21 Duration approx. 2hrs Discretion advised, contains adult themes and strong language.

The ultimate tribute to ABBA Friday 15th September, 7.45pm This international smash-hit tribute show brings all of ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other.

Please note: there is no flat floor seating available for this show. This is so you can get up from your seat and come down to dance!

The hugely popular show, combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for the music again and again!

£23.50, £21.50 concessions Duration approx 2hrs. Suitable for ages 8+

Record-breaking movies, smash-hit West End musicals, chart-topping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy now lives on in concert with this all-new spectacular show.

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Tuesday 26th September, 7.45pm

A brother condemned to walk forever in the shadow of death. A family teetering on the brink of catastrophe. A world where one girl dares to take a stand. This blistering new adaptation sees Sophocles’ tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies. Brought to life by innovative theatre company Actors of Dionysus, this production combines bold ideas with passionate and visceral physical theatre. “Let nothing stop you from seeing them” The Times

Phill Jupitus



“… a true comic talent” Manchester Evening News

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.

“A talented focused wordsmith” Fest

Saturday 30th September, 8pm

Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity.

£15, £13 concessions Suitable for ages 14+ Duration 1hr 20 mins, no interval

In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.

This production includes a free Q&A after the show

Phill’s theatre work includes playing Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind, the West End production of Urinetown in the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell at the Apollo Theatre and his West End singing debut in 2009 when he played Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray at The Shaftesbury Theatre.

£16 Suitable for ages 14+. (Parental Guidance - Likely to be swearing and adult content) Duration approx. 2hrs


This production is perfect for English and Drama GCSE and A Level students and workshops are available with the company. Tickets cost £10 for schools, with teachers going free. To book your seats, please email

Last tickets left! Ed Byrne

Spoiler Alert Friday 6th October, 8pm “Comedy’s Holy Grail. Go See!” Sunday Times


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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Thursday 19th October, 7.45pm This powerful, passionate and magical production features stunning contemporary African choreography from Shyne Phiri with an original soundtrack which samples traditional Malawian music. Full of humour, magic, movement and music, the show is fast paced, urban and exciting. It is powerful, passionate, and, of course, magical! By bringing together artists from Africa and Europe, the company uses the best from both continents to entertain and move audiences. The Tempest is presented in collaboration with Damon Albarn’s Africa Express. Using simple and effective technology this show will appeal to a diverse audience; young and old will see something new, vibrant and exciting in this production

£15, £13 concessions Suitable for ages 12+ Duration 75mins, no interval


RSC Encore Screening

Coriolanus Tuesday 17th October, 7pm

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu take on the title role.

Book 1 or more different live/encore screenings from the National Theatre or RSC at the same time and save 10%! £16, £13 concessions or £10 for school groups Suitable for 12+, Duration approx. 3hrs


Vienna Festival Ballet:

Sleeping Beauty

Saturday 7th October, 5pm


This production is perfect for English and Drama GCSE—A Level students. Tickets cost £10 for schools, with teachers going free. To book your seats, please email

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A classic fairy-tale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography and beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil. The wicked Carbosse casts a spell on Princess Aurora proclaiming that she will one day prick her finger - and die. The Lilac Fairy changes the spell and instead, on the fateful day, the Princess and the entire Palace fall into a deep sleep. A century later Prince Florimund revives the Princess with a kiss, the Palace awakes and a parade of fairytale characters attend the wedding. Following the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty, this ballet is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. Music by Tchaikovsky ‘’A truly spelling performance’’ Burnley Express

“This production ‘’The whole evening looks and feels was a delight’’ absolutely right” Lichfield Live Worthing Herald

£20, £18 concessions or £72 for a family ticket(4 tickets) Suitable for ages 4+. Please consider whether your child can sit quietly for the duration of the production. Duration approx. 2hrs, 30mins


The BIG weekend for little people

Gardener Jack and the Green Beanstalk Saturday 30th September, 12.15pm & 3.15pm

29th September - 1st October

Saturday 30th September, 11am & 2pm Sunday 1st October, 11am & 2pm Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised! “This Tiger is the cat’s meow” The Times

Illustrations copyright © Kerr-Kneale Productions Ltd 1968

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Glastonbabies, the hit festival show for kids, brings you the most interactive version of Jack and the Beanstalk that you will ever encounter. Featuring 8 action songs and games, live music and a 4m high beanstalk.

£13.50 or £46 for a family ticket (4 tickets) Suitable for ages 3-8yrs Duration 60mins, no interval


Sunday 1st October, 11am & 1pm

Create your own Story book with Alice Hemmings

What happens when two children’s storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think they are THE Storyteller? A head to head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical non-verbal storytelling, that’s what!

Saturday 30th September , 12.30pm A fantastic interactive session where you can create your own Animal themed book.

£2 Suitable for ages 6+. Duration 60mins RIVER ROOM

The Crazy Creatures Show Sunday 1st October, 12.15pm & 2.15pm

£9 Suitable for ages 2-7yrs. Duration 50mins, no interval



Interested in bringing your class to see this show? Our school show is on Fri 29th September, 1.30pm and tickets cost £10 for children and adults. Please email to make your reservation

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Storypocket Theatre presents

£9 Suitable for ages 2-7yrs. Duration 60mins, no interval

The Glastobabies unique interactive music jam begins and ends the show- turning into a full-on baby rave with the audience playing along! Combine brilliantly devised songs, puppets and props with their mission to involve the audience and you have the Glastonbabies experience.

“A rare and grrreat achievement” Mail on Sunday


Family fun from the winners of the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, 2014 and the Three Weeks Editors’ Choice Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2015. "Storyteller, Storyteller is quite simply the most brilliant piece of children’s theatre... superb comedic timing and expression." Arts Award Voice

£9 Suitable for ages 3+ Duration 60mins



Only Fools and Boycie

Sunday 22nd October, 1.30pm & 3.30pm ‘Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.’ Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse - Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town.

Friday 20th October, 7.45pm

An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.

With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses.

“...every child should see this.” One4Review

In this one-off show, the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, and friends and fellow performers such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Mr Challis will meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and his novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

£17 Suitable for ages 12+ Duration 90mins with a 20mins interval May contain adult content or strong language.

“This is old-school children’s theatre in all the right ways.” The List

£12 or £44 for a family ticket (4 tickets) Suitable for ages 2 – 7yrs Duration 60mins, no interval

The Hunting of the Snark


Saturday 4th November, 1.30pm All aboard! The ship is departing! All children, animals and silly people welcome!

“Full of laughs, brilliant songs, and a great story.” Primary Times Magazine

The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure.

£14 or £52 for a family ticket (4 tickets) Suitable for ages 4+ Duration 1hr, 15mins

Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem. Fresh from London’s West End and featuring five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour. A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark. Side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by an award-winning songwriter, The Hunting of the Snark is a tour de force that‘ll delight, excite and entertain. “Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a slick slapstick and zippy one-liners.” The Stage

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Hairy Maclary



Ned Boulting’s

Jeremy Hardy

Live 2017


Saturday 11th November, 8pm

Thursday 2nd November, 7.45pm “A highly entertaining evening”

“By far the best cycling-related one man show around” Al Murray

Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said he likes him “but he’s only on the radio”.

“The most entertaining in cycling” Lizzie Armitstead

However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio, his television credits include: Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk (BBC2), QI (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2), Grumpy Old Men (BBC1), Not Tonight With John Sergeant (BBC2).

British Cycling has seen more drama in the past year than your average soap opera… Journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting is in Hertford with his acclaimed sell-out ride through the world of Bikeology, featuring brand new tales from life in the cycling lane, as well as the inside scoop from his time at the 2017 Tour de France.

“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.” The Guardian

£15, £6 for the unwaged Suitable for ages 14+ Duration approx. 2hrs with an interval

What drives the cyclist (apart from a sturdy, well-oiled chain) to such ecstasies of endurance? What curious, deep-rooted passions are aroused by the sight of a simple pair of padded shorts? And what on earth is a derailleur? From the humble commuter to the winner of the Tour de France, Boulting takes an off-centre look at what it means to ride a bike, drawing on his own underwhelming adventures in the saddle to his 14 summers spent hurtling around France in pursuit of the sport’s biggest names including Cavendish, Wiggins, Froome and of course Armstrong. A breakneck descent through the history of the ever popular sport followed by a lung-bursting climb into the present day - all two-wheeled life is here. Keep your wits about you, as you might find yourself up on stage to compete in Ned’s search for the nation’s Number 1 Bikeologist!

£21 Suitable for ages 14+ Duration approx. 2hrs

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present


The world’s largest youth drama festival Wednesday 1st November, 7pm

Join us for a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by your local schools. Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, we invite you to an exhilarating evening of theatre where you will see Shakespeare’s stories brought to life like never before. Details of the schools performing can be found on SSF’s website: SSF is a cultural education charity, transforming lives through the unique power of Shakespeare. In the celebratory finale of their Festival journey, 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country will unite in their local professional theatre in thrilling performance evenings. It promises to be the most exciting Festival yet!

£9.50, £7 concessions, Groups/Schools £6.50

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The Great British Take Off ft. Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare

Friday 3rd November, 8pm

Starring Culshaw & Bill Dare Radio 4’s Ringers Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to Hertford for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year. Join us for an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting. You, the audience, help choose which characters appear and what direction the show takes. With a few surprises thrown in for good measure, The Great British Take Off is topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining; it’s never the same show twice.

£21 Suitable for ages 15+ Duration approx. 2hrs


Schmuck For a Night Friday 8th December, 8pm

Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances Omid recently starred in Dickensian (BBC1), Lucky Man (Sky1) and Going Forward (BBC4) with Jo Brand.


“Confident, engaging, thoughtful show... did someone say national treasure?” Metro “One of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has” The Telegraph “Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle” Sunday Times


The Counterfeit Stones


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Book by Richard Bean • Music by David Arnold • Lyrics by Richard Thomas Directed by Hailey Budd • Musical Direction by Keith Willis • Choreography by Heidi Koutselinis

Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society presents

Dance JAM Academy presents

Centre Stage

Made in Dagenham 10th– 14th October 7.30pm each night plus 2.30pm on 14th

Set in 1968, Rita lives in Dagenham and like many local TUESDAY 10 – SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017Ford plant performing the women, she works at the HERTFORD THEATRE specialised task of sewing upholstery for car seats. It’s intricate work carried out in sweltering conditions. So why, she wonders, are the workers paid the same as unskilled labourers? Is it because the work is unskilled. Or is it in fact because they are women. Made In Dagenham shows how, with a little help from political firebrand Barbara Castle, the Dagenham women managed to overturn an age old hypocrisy.

Saturday 21st October, 12pm & 3pm Something to suit everyone, young and old, as the talented children and adults at Dance JAM Academy perform a variety of Dance and Musical Theatre numbers.

Based on the Woolley / Karlsen / Number9 Motion Picture • Financed by the BBC, BMS Film Finance, BFI and Lip Sync Productions • Directed by Nigel Cole • Screenplay by William Ivory

The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

Tickets: 01992 531500 or

£15, £13 concessions

This Amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.

Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society presents

Nell Gwynn Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale

Various ticket prices, please check online for details. Q YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS

By L. Frank Baum, with music & lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen & EY Harburg Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay


Sat 28th October, 2.30pm & 7:30pm Sun 29th October, 2.30pm and 7:30pm Based on the MGM movie, this production features some of the best local young talent. A fantastic story, this show will be a massive hit with families

£17, £15 concessions

Friday 10th November, 7.45pm Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones? Their latest shakedown, Satis-fiction, promises another night of pure, unadulterated Xerox-rock. Now in their 26th year, these pie-eyed pipers continue to deliver the best Rolling Stones’ “rusical ” on the circuit. Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of “Spinal Tap” humour, it’s Satis-Fiction guaranteed.

“The most famous Stones band in England” Sir Mick Jagger

“Your contribution was much remarked upon” Buckingham Palace

“They’re hilarious” Jerry Hall

“Better than the originals” The Guardian


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We follow Nell from humble beginnings as an “orange seller” in Cheapside to her WEDNESDAY 15 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017 unlikely career as the first female star of the stage and her HERTFORD THEATRE relationship with Charles II. The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

Tickets: 01992 531500 or An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Action travels from the playhouse to the palace and we see bold performances, raucous rehearsals and dressing room dalliances.

Various ticket prices, please check online for details. Don’t forget! Christmas Craft Fair Sun 19th November, 10am 4pm Local makers will be selling some fantastic Christmas presents.

Resident Classes For pre-schoolers

For adults

For children & teens

Little Bees Music Classes

Hertford Yoga Shala

Elite Performers Academy

Tuesdays & Fridays

Zumbini £22 Please note this is a standing event. Suitable for ages 14+ Duration approx. 2hrs

This bawdy and surprisingly modern romp won the 2016 Olivier award for Best New Comedy.

Quirky Youth Theatre presents

Wizard of Oz

15th - 18th November, 7.45pm

Wednesdays & Thursdays Suzi: 07908195919

Zumba music and dancing for 0-3yrs Wednesdays Ana: 07861 399763

Somewhere 2 Sing Choir


There are often one-off workshops or courses running throughout the year, please check our community board or website for information.

Fridays, starting 8th September

Debutots Family Story Play

Wednesdays, starting 13th September

Thursday, 7.30pm-9pm

Mondays 4.15pm - 5.45pm

Graham School of Dance Tuesdays and Saturdays

Hertford School of Dance Wednesdays

Xpression Dance

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday



“A magical show filled with colour, great songs and a real feel-good factor.” Hertfordshire Mercury on Little Red Riding Hood

“A magnificent cast, strong singers, costume and set of a high standard and excellent choreography” The Stage Newspaper, on Cinderella and the Glass Slipper

“Magnificent Chemistry. One of the best!” Mumsnet Hertfordshire on Hansel and Gretel

SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER - MONDAY 1st JANUARY Rapunzel longs to untangle herself from the hair-curling clutches of the cruel witch, Mother Gothel, but she is trapped in the tower of towers and hasn’t had a haircut in ages! Will Rapunzel escape? Where have all those mice come from? And who will pull the enormous purple parsnip?! Come and find out this Christmas at Hertford Theatre as we journey deep into the misty, magical Black Forest for the hair-raising adventures of Rapunzel.

Chock-full of fabulously frizzy fun and cracking corkscrew capers; Rapunzel is brought to you by the same team that created the smash hits Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and last year’s blockbuster show Little Red Riding Hood. Whether you are 4 or 104, this wonderful family Christmas show is a sure-fire remedy for any bad hair day! So come on: let your hair down this Christmas at the best show in town: Rapunzel.

Relaxed Performance £10

Specially designed for children and their families with special needs, the show is also signed by a BSL interpreter. Enjoy the show without extra stimuli and we have a chill out space available. Please contact the Box Office as these tickets cannot be bought on line. All ticket prices include a £1 booking fee. For school groups - £10 per ticket, free ice cream for each child and 1 teacher goes free with every 10 children. Groups of 15+ £15 per person – organiser goes free and receives a free programme.

The Magical Santa Christmas Show Saturday 16th December, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm Sunday 17th December, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm Join Santa & his assistant, Ellie The Elf as they try to get everything ready for Christmas in time in this brand new Christmas show. Combined with spectacular magical tricks and sing-a-long Christmas songs for all the family, this show is the perfect Christmas treat for young children. The show stars Sammy Magic Magic, Children’s entertainer and magician, as Santa. After the performance, children will get the chance to meet Santa and receive a special Christmas gift.

£10 for children with present £7 for accompanying adults Suitable for ages 2-5yrs Duration approx. 60mins, no interval

Booking and Information How to book Box Office: 01992 531500 Tues - Sat: 10am-5pm Sun: open for events only In person: Hertford Theatre The Wash Hertford SG14 1PS

Opening Times Tues – Sat: 10am– 5pm The Box Office and Café open again for evening and Sunday events. The Café closes after the interval.

August Closure Hertford Theatre is closed from 13th - 30th August, reopening on 31st August. You will still be able to book online via our website. Christmas Opening Times vary. Please check our website nearer the time.

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

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.

Terms and Conditions All tickets and booking fees are non-refundable.

Courtyard Arts at Hertford Theatre Our gallery is managed by Courtyard Arts. To exhibit, please email

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: · Ticket exchange for an alternative performance of the same production or film. · Seat changes within the same performance · Reprinting of tickets for any reason. Hertford Theatre does not take reservations. If you are booking for a group, please contact the Box Office. School groups need to go directly to our Marketing Team on 01992 531593. More information and our Bad Weather Policy can be viewed on our website.

Amanda Alexander Four Painters 30th August - 24th September

24th October - 19th November

I have lived in Hertford for 20 years and took up photography whilst running, just snapping shots on my iPhone, usually without stopping.

Painting has wandered in many different directions. Anthony Cleyndert, John Little, Ben Slater and Peer Towers offer their personal approaches, veering between figurative, abstraction and somewhere in-between.

It’s become my greatest passion; I’ve captured some lovely views in the early mornings.

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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Hertford Women’s Society 26th September – 22nd October

Women’s Society are hosting a fashion event showing their latest collection through photography. Fashion photography has its own aesthetic enhancing the model, garments and accessories in a particular setting. Fashion is about the individual and making a difference for that person. Clothing is important to us all as it can evoke emotions and give us confidence in situations; it is essentially a form of expressionism.

‘The Elegant Universe’

Kim Major-George & Steve Thorp 21st November – 24th December A collection of hand pulled prints by the established artist printmaker Kim Major-George and connecting poetry by Steve Thorp. The works are inspired by Gaia’s relation to man, the planet and universe.

What’s on













Goblin’s Peter & The Wolf Fri 1st- Sat 2nd , 11am & 2pm Live Screening with John Le Carré Thurs 7th , 7.45pm Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary Fri 8th, 8pm CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Stick Man Sat 9th, 1pm & 3pm Sun 10th, 11am & 1pm DRAMA

Perfectly Imperfect Women with Danyah Miller Weds 13th, 7.30pm MUSIC

An Evening With Nik Kershaw Thurs 14th, 8pm MUSIC

Abba: Thank You For The Music Fri 15th, 7.45pm COMEDY

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth Sat 16th, 8pm

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Sun 1st , 11am & 2pm Storyteller, Storyteller Sun 1st, 11am & 1pm

Ned Boulting’s Bikeology Thurs 2nd, 7.45pm

The Crazy Creatures Show Sun 1st, 12.15pm & 2.15pm COMEDY

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert Fri 6th October, 8pm DANCE

The Great British Take Off: Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare Fri 3rd, 8pm CHILDREN’S THEATRE

The Hunting of The Snark Sat 4th, 1.30pm

Vienna Festival Ballet: Sleeping Beauty Sat 7th, 5pm




Counterfeit Stones: Satis-fiction Fri 10th, 7.45pm

HD&OS: Made In Dagenham Weds 10th - Sat 14th See Inside For Timings CINEMA

RSC Encore Screening: Coriolanus Tues 17th, 7pm

Jeremy Hardy Sat 11th, 8pm MAGIC

The Close-Up Magic Show Sat 11th , 8pm LOCAL TALENT

HD&OS: Nell Gwynn Weds 15th- Sat 18th, 7.45pm


The Tempest Thurs 19th, 7.45pm AN EVENING WITH…


Dr John Cooper Clarke Fri 22nd, 8pm

John Challis: Only Fools And Boycie Fri 20th, 7.45pm



Lee Nelson: Serious Joker Sat 23rd, 7.30pm

Shakespeare Schools Festival Weds 1st, 7pm

Dance Jam Academy: Centre Stag Sat 21st, 12pm & 3pm

CHRISTMAS Christmas Craft Fair Sun 19th, 10am- 4pm




The Close-Up Magic Show Sat 21st, 8pm

PANTOMIME Hertford Theatre Productions: Rapunzel Sat 2nd Dec – Mon 1st Jan See Inside For Timings




The Close-Up Magic Show Sat 23rd, 8pm Antigone Tues 26th, 7.45pm CHILDREN’S THEATRE

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Fri 29th, 1.30pm Sat 30th, 11am & 2pm CHILDREN’S MUSIC

Hairy Maclary Sun 22nd, 1.30pm & 3.30pm LOCAL TALENT

Quirky Youth Theatre: The Wizard of Oz Sat 28th, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 29th, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night Fri 8th, 8pm CHILDREN’S THEATRE

The Magical Christmas Santa Show Sat 16th & Sun 17th See Inside For Timings

Gardener Jack and The Green Beanstalk Sat 30th, 12.15pm & 3.15pm CHILDREN’S AUTHOR EVENT

Alice Hemming: Create Your Own Storybook Sat 30th, 12.30pm COMEDY

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity Sat 30th, 8pm

BOX OFFICE: 01992 531 500 | @HertfordTheatre


Hertford Theatre Autumn Brochure Sept-Dec 2017  

Live shows at Hertford Theatre from September to December 2017