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Autumn half term round-up
ABBEY THEATRE, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans Details: 01727 857861, abbeytheatre.org.uk
Parisian architect and lothario Bernard has three beautiful air-hostess fiancées who are unaware of each other until the flight-schedule changes and all three arrive in his apartment at the same time! Marc Camoletti’s riotous farce is set in the 1960s, full of the era’s style and exuberance and the recent West End revival and Broadway transfer enjoyed widespread acclaim. Thursday 12 September to Saturday 21 September.
The Master Builder
David Edgar presents a new version of Ibsen’s timeless classic, which sees main character Halvar Solness at the top of his architectural career. Fearing the next generation might eclipse his success, he exerts control over everyone around him until young Hilde bursts into his life. She demands he build her the kingdom he promised her as a child. Enraptured by her youth and vivacity, the balance of power that Solness has been so careful to preserve starts to shift. Thursday 10 October to Saturday 19 October.
April De Angelis adapts Emily Bronte’s gothic tale of love and revenge for today’s audiences but remains faithful to the original text. Cathy and Heathcliff are inseparable as children, and their friendship grows into a passionate love. But when Cathy chooses to marry the wealthy Edgar Linton, what will become of them both, and how will the decision influence the fate of the next generation? Thursday 14 November to Saturday 23 November
THE ALBAN ARENA, Civic Centre, St Albans. Details: 01727 844488, alban-arena.co.uk
Sean Lock-Purple Van Man
A brand new stand up show fone of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and original comedians. We all know what white van man thinks about the world we live in but it’s time to hear a different voice, purple van man’s voice. Filled with gags, opinions, deft observations and some silly voices this is Sean Lock doing what he does best. Tuesday 10 September
he hunks are back in 2013 with their brand new ‘Fit and Famous’ tour. They have flexed their muscles on The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Pineapple Dance Studios, Loose Women, This Morning and The Only Way Is Essex. Expect an action packed two hour show from start to finish. Friday 13 September.
The Osmond American Jukebox Tour
The legendary Osmond brothers, Merill, Jay and Jimmy, return to the Alban Arena in their all new ‘American Jukebox’ show. Bop along to classic hits from ‘One Bad Apple’ and ‘Down By The Lazy River’ to ‘Love Me For A Reason’ and ‘Crazy Horses’ together with a jukebox full of chart topping classics. Saturday 21 September
He was the cheeky and beloved star of Father Ted but lurking beneath Ardal’s mild-mannered demeanour resides a sharp and probing comic brain. In a comprehensive set, he talks about not just the things that matter but also about the things that don’t matter at all. Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly, but always punchy. Saturday 12 October.
Alexander Armstrong and his band
This acclaimed comedian, actor and presenter celebrates his love of music, introducing us to the songs he loves, from jazz standards and rock classics to some lesser known pop delights. His powerful baritone and versatile band, breathes new life into a wonderfully diverse range of numbers with intruiging new arrangements. Expect an evening of good music alongside Armstrong’s wonderful self-deprecating humour. Tuesday 15 October.
Reginald D. Hunter-In the Midst of Crackers
One of the most acclaimed comedians on the British comedy circuit returns with his new show. A popular guest on many of the UK’s best-loved TV shows including ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’, expect to be truly entertained. Saturday 2 November.
Paul Merton's Impro Chums
A new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience. Merton’s Impro Chums include: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, who will join Paul to showcase their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off. Tuesday 12 November.
Ed Byrne-Roaring 40s
A self-confessed 'miserable old git' since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his 40s. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age. Sunday 1 December.
THE MALTINGS ART THEATRE, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans. Details: 0844 8700 887, maltingsartstheatre.co.uk
Boudicca at Verulamium
This new play by OVO's Imogen de la Bere is a spirited and visceral retelling of the last days of legendary queen of the Iceni, Boudicca. In this performance, she has laid everything to waste and now faces her final test - should she meet the Romans in pitched battle or retreat to fight another, different battle? Original music by David Podd and costumes from fabric artist Patchwork Toad. Thursday 5 September to Thursday 12 September
Under the Blue Sky
StageSpell Theatre Company returns to the Maltings Art Theatre with this award-winning play by Eldridge. It is a delicate yet truthful depiction of all the degrees of love - from fondness and affection through to the headier extremes of a drunken romp. Set in London between 1996 and 1998 and featuring six teachers, several half-drunken confessions and one tragic loss Wednesday 9 October to Saturday 12 October.
On Saturday 6 December 1969 over 300,000 people arrived for the West Coast’s version of Woodstock. Altamont was the Rolling Stones’ vision of free music. But as dusk descended, celebration turned to carnage, bringing the peace-and-love ethos of the 60s to a violent end. Written and performed by John Stenhouse of Peppermint Muse, this show is inspired by the tragic events at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival and the film Gimme Shelter, reliving one man’s experience of life, death and music. Wednesday 30 October to Thursday 31 October.
The History Boys
In Alan Bennett's seminal noughties play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about education and its purpose. Featuring an unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university, a maverick English teacher at odds with a young, shrewd supply teacher, a headmaster obsessed with results and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. The play received critical acclaim in the West End and on Broadway. Wednesday 6 November to Saturday 16 November.