Our pick of events to help you make the most out of your weekend...

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The Songs of Nick Drake

Strange Face

Writer and performer Michael Burdett discovered a Nick Drake recording in a skip in the 1970s. Thirty years later he decided to share it in a unique and extraordinary way. This one-man show charts how Michael Burdett randomly stopped 200 strangers and asked if they wanted to hear the track in return for being photographed. The result is a collection of photographs and stories featuring people from all over Britain. A quirky, funny and award-winning show that celebrates life, coincidence and the legacy of Nick Drake.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Friday, February 24, 8pm. Details: 01442 228091

Quiz Night with Shaun Wallace

Celebrate Michael Sobell Hospice’s 40th anniversary in style, alongside VIP guest host Shaun Wallace, AKA ‘The Dark Destroyer’ from ITV’s quiz show The Chase, as he hosts a general knowledge quiz like no other.

Michael Sobell Hospice, Lecture Hall, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Friday, February 24, 7.30pm. Details: 020 3826 2362

Tango Fire

Direct from Peacock Theatre. International tango superstar German Cornejo’s dance troupe The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is a true global phenomenon and the world’s leading tango company. The art of tango has never been so superb and dynamic, with multiple sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people. German Cornejo’s extraordinary choreography and vision have captured the world’s imagination.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Friday, February 24, 7.30pm. Details: 01727 844488

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Dire Streets

Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time. Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, February 25, 7.30pm. Details: 01923859291

Pyar Actually

A rehearsed reading of a new play by Rifco Associate Sukh Ojla. 1987, Bhangra band Premi are performing Nachdi Di Gooth Khulgaye at a day timer gig. Outside, dressed in her best indo-western outfit Polly has been abandoned by her best mate. Nervously, Bali approaches Polly, he doesn’t know her but he knows he wants to make her smile. 30 years on and Polly has a caring husband, two kids, a mundane job at the council and a double garage. She may not have lived the life she dreamed of back when she was a teenager, but she’s comfortable. Bali is now a successful businessman. Loving his jet set lifestyle, he swore he’d never return to the small town he grew up in. So why is he back?

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25. Details: 01923 225671

The First Hippo on the Moon

From Number One bestselling children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of three and over.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Saturday, February 25, 2pm and 4pm. Details: 01923 225671

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Dinner to Dine For

Dinner to Dine For is coming to Hertfordshire, with lots of tasty samples and lots of ways to save money, by enjoying your home more. The roadshow, which is in its 4th year, is visiting over 40 Tesco Extra stores, meeting people from local communities who are looking for a way to treat themselves this winter without having to go out or spend a fortune. Cooking and enjoying a night in is definitely becoming the on-trend way to go. And the new trend is set to save UK consumers a whole pile of money, meaning at-home treats can be enjoyed more often.

Tesco Extra, 239-241 Lower High Street, Watford, Saturday, February 25, 10am to 6pm. Details: dinnertodinefor.co.uk


Not just another covers band, Co-Jones play an eclectic mix of classic music from Latin grooves to the latest rock and funky beats. A band that’s full of energy with tracks from past to present that make them a must-see.

The Horns, 1 Hempstead Road, Watford, Saturday, February 25, 9pm. Details: 01923 225020

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Dr Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond, NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic, combines both of his 2016 sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows in one unforgettable evening.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, February 25, 8pm. Details: 01442 228091

The Victory Sisters

A melodic journey through the tribulations and jubilations of the Second World War. Pack up your troubles and come along for the ride as the sisters sing their way through all your favourite songs of the era.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Sunday, February 26, 3pm. Details: 01923859291

The Skylarks

One of the hottest Retro bands in the land bringing you pure dance energy – Jive, Jitterbug, Twist and Boogaloo.

The Horns, 1 Hempstead Road, Watford, Sunday, February 26, 4pm. Details: 01923 225020


Delayed live from the National Theatre. Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Sunday, February 26, 2pm. Details: 01923 225671