Michael Portillo

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy. A historian at heart, listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Friday, October 14, 8pm. Details: 01923859291


A journey into Mediterranean and Brazilian atmospheres inspired by the Sardinian roots of award winning vocalist Filomena Campus and guitar player Giorgio Serci. The title Scaramouche refers to the mask of the Commedia dell’Arte, infusing moments of theatre in their performance through poems by legendary beat poet Jack Hirschman as well as a tribute to Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Friday, October 14, 8pm. Details: 01442 228091

Watford and Bushey Art Society Autumn Art Fair

Watford and Bushey Art Society’s autumn fair will include over 100 framed works from local artists to browse and for sale in many styles and mediums, including cards, books and ceramics.

Intu Gallery, Intu Watford, Watford, Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23. Details: wbas.org

Operation Crucible

Set against the backdrop of the Sheffield Blitz, Operation Crucible is the story of four ordinary men in extraordinary times. On the 12 December 1940, a single bomb reduced the Marples Hotel, which stood proudly in Fitzalan Square, from seven storeys to just fifteen feet of rubble. Only one of the ten compartments in the hotel’s cellars withstood the blast. Within it, trapped, were four men. This is their story, from beginning to end.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, October 15, 8pm. Details: 01442 228091

Snow White

Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their unmissable production of Snow White. World premiere choreography propels this timeless fairytale and answers the question: who is the fairest one of all? Based on the traditional Grimm brothers’ story, this ballet incorporates all the important elements – a beautiful girl, an enchanted mirror and a poisoned apple. Hip-hopping dwarves help Snow White find her Prince Charming. This spellbinding ballet promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, October 15, 2.30pm. Details: 01923859291


Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Sunday, October 16, 2pm. Details: 01923 225671

Autumn Concert

This concert provides an opportunity to hear virtuoso playing from Francesca Barritt, a noted violinist, equally at home as a concert soloist, orchestral leader and chamber musician. Francesca will be accompanying talented local musicians from the Dacorum area in what promises to be an uplifting and memorable classical concert.

Rudolph Steiner School, Langley Hill, Kings Langley, Sunday, October 16. Details: dacorumso.org