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The 90s Britpop era will be celebrated at a new music festival coming to Knebworth Park this summer – and you could be there for the weekend if you win our great Cool Britannia ticket competition.

There may be a more amusing version of The Marriage of Figaro than this one from English Touring Opera, but I haven’t seen it and don’t expect to. This ingenious English translation by Jeremy Sams rhymes and it’s cheeky. When Antonio, the gardener describes seeing a man fall out a woman’s bedroom window and he’s asked where the is man now, he sings: “I don’t know, he buggered off.”

army

More than 240 independent record stores across the UK will be celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday – including shops in Hitchin, Baldock and Letchworth.

BBC

A leading tribute show to Roy Orbison will be entertaining fans of the legendary singer in Stevenage.

Gordon Craig Theatre

A limited number of day tickets for Standon Calling 2018 have gone on sale after festival organisers announced the day splits.

Paloma Faith

Theatre

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Paris

Everything that opera can do is here. English Touring Opera’s double bill of short Puccini operas, which reached Cambridge Arts Theatre this week (April 16-21) included the tragic Il Tabarro (the cloak) and the comic opera Gianni Schicchi named after a character who deceives all the others to do a good deed.

On the first night of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895 the story goes that the father of Oscar Wilde’s lover, Bosie, planned to disrupt the play by throwing rotten fruit. Wilde got wind of the plan and The Marquess of Queensbury was refused entrance to the theatre. If the playwright had seen this production by The Original Theatre Company, he might have welcomed him in.

The moment Paul Nicholas walked onto the stage on the first night of Quartet at Cambridge Arts Theatre, I thought how alluring he was, aged 73.

India

The evil Rob Titchener, the wicked husband in Radio 4’s The Archers, who personified “coercive control” and ended up both being jeered at in the street and asked to open village fetes, stole the show on the opening night of The Winslow Boy at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Robert Morton

Days Out

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Do you have relatives from Royston who served in the First World War? Then town researchers would love to hear from you – and record any stories or material you might hold – for a new exhibition.

A music evening with a twist is taking part this weekend in Litlington Village Hall.

A Tornado jet used in counter-Islamic State operations in the Middle East has gone on display at IWM Duxford.

A major food festival is returning to Knebworth this summer with organisers promising more gastronomic treats than before.

The wet weather has forced organisers to cancel today’s Easter Monday jousting planned for Knebworth House.

Community Events

Monday, April 2, 2018

The wet weather has forced organisers to cancel today’s Easter Monday jousting planned for Knebworth House.

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