Top five things to do in the city this week:

Beer and Cider Festival

The premier and largest beer and cider event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town with live music. Thursday evening will see music by The Zipheads, Saturday lunchtime the Bagatelle String Quartet, Saturday afternoon the Festival Pub Prize quiz with superb beer related prizes will run and then more music Saturday evening the Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD, Wednesday, September 28 until Saturday, October 1. Details: 01727 844488,

The Showstoppers – Improvised Musical

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into an all-singing, all-dancing production with unpredictable and hilarious results.

The Radlett Centre, Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8HL, Thursday, September 29, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 857546,

Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave

After a sell-out tour of their previous show, Up and Down, Ga Ga Theatre presents an hour-long show combining live theatre, original music and magical projections to tell the tale of Mrs Armitage, her faithful dog Breakspear and their custom-made surfboard as they enjoy the Californian sunshine while waiting for the next big wave.

Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 2DL, Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6, 10am and 2pm. Details: 01727 857861,

Halfway to Paradise

Billy Fury was Britain's own Elvis and now his band, the all original Furys Tornados, re-play live his 29 timeless hits, Last Night Was Made For Love, Wondrous Place, I Will, Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and many more.

The Radlett Centre, Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8HL, Wednesday, October 5, 8pm. Details: 01923 857546,

London Wall

Set in a City solicitor’s office at that time. It’s a fascinating and touching play that strongly evokes the atmosphere of the time, and the concerns of working women across inequality and sexual politics.

Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 2DL, various dates from Friday, October 7. Details: 01727 857861,