What’s on where around Luton: listings, May 11 edition

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Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Luton over the coming week. Please email editorial@lutonnews.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.

WEDNESDAY MAY

Adults with learning difficulties arts and craft sessions. Every Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 1pm at Arttrend, Arundel Road, Luton. Social and creative activity for adults with learning difficulties, engaging in all types of art and craft work such as painting in acrylics, papier mache, salt dough, cross stitch, rug making etc. Please see the website www.arttrend.co.uk and go to Art ALD, then see the gallery of work already done. Tel 07794 987796 if you would like more details. 10.30am to 12.30pm Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm Saturdays – but you can come and go at any time. £6 per session including materials and refreshments.

Luton Irish Forum holds a weekly Tuesday and Wednesday Club from 11am to 1.30pm at 102 Hitchin Road. This is a great chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. Refreshments are all included along with soda bread, scones with jam and monthly chicken and chips. Entry costs £1, plus optional £3 for two games of bingo and a raffle.

With live music of the Martyn St James Band, We’ll Meet Again is an afternoon show of real variety with a tribute to our Armed Forces of yesterday and today. With all the great songs and music of the war years, the show takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 2.30pm. Tickets £12.50. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

Six Characters in Search of an Author is an absurdist work dealing with the relationship between authors, their characters and theatre practitioners, as well as being a discussion about art and life. It is being performed by Dunstable Rep at Dunstable Little Theatre at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £10 for members and £14 for non-members. Call 07940 105864 to book.

THURSDAY MAY 12

TADS Theatre Group in Toddington presents its own production of Romeo and Juliet, promising a powerful, gritty interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless love story. Students attending the show will be able to attend a pre-show talk by the director and her cast, and will be given a copy of the director’s notes on request. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 for adults, £6 for concessions. Call 07952 633234 or visit www.tadstheatre.org to book.

Six Characters in Search of an Author is an absurdist work dealing with the relationship between authors, their characters and theatre practitioners, as well as being a discussion about art and life. It is being performed by Dunstable Rep at Dunstable Little Theatre at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £10 for members and £14 for non-members. Call 07940 105864 to book.

St Andrew’s Players present the American country musical Pump Boys and Dinettes at Stopsley High School at 7.45pm. A bar will be open all evening. Call 07778 241457 to book.

An open musical jamming session is being held to raise awareness of the help and support available from mental health services across Bedfordshire and Luton. Carers, service users, charities, partner organisations and members of the public are invited to the event organised by Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services. It is being held at the Robin Pinto Gym Unit off Calnwood Road in Luton from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tuesday’s Garden will play songs covering classic rock, rhythm and blues, alternative and modern pop. Visitors will be welcome to play along with the band, or just enjoy listening to the music. Food and drink will be provided. The jamming event is free to attend. Email Julia.renton@elft.nhs.uk for details.

FRIDAY MAY 13

David Bowie tribute show Starman comes to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 7.30pm, promising a highly entertaining, emotional and thought-provoking musical celebration.

The many personas of David Bowie and songs from all eras of Bowie’s celebrated career are performed in this highly charged show. Tickets cost £20. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grove

theatre.co.uk to book.

As a stand-up and acclaimed actor, Omid Djalili’s credits range from Hollywood movies and television to live productions on the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances, Omid has appeared on UK and US TV, and starred in films such as the Golden Globe nominated Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mr Nice, Gladiator, Sex And The City 2, The Mummy and The Infidel. He is known for his intelligent, provocative and entertaining stand-up routines. He performs at Luton Library Theatre from 8pm. Tickets £22. Call 01582 878100 to book.

Six Characters in Search of an Author is an absurdist work dealing with the relationship between authors, their characters and theatre practitioners, as well as being a discussion about art and life. It is being performed by Dunstable Rep at Dunstable Little Theatre at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £10 for members and £14 for non-members. Call 07940 105864 to book.

St Andrew’s Players present the American country musical Pump Boys and Dinettes at Stopsley High School at 7.45pm. A bar will be open all evening.

Call 07778 241457 to book.

SATURDAY MAY 14

Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era will come to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 7.30pm. Presented by The Nick Ross Orchestra, the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £20/ £19.50 Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

As a stand-up and acclaimed actor, Omid Djalili’s credits range from Hollywood movies and television to live productions on the West End stage. He is known for his intelligent, provocative and entertaining stand-up routines. He performs at Luton Library Theatre from 8pm. Tickets £22. Call 01582 878100 to book.

St Andrew’s Players present the American country musical Pump Boys and Dinettes at Stopsley High School at 7.45pm. A bar will be open all evening.

Call 07778 241457 to book.

SUNDAY MAY 15

Encore screening of Carmen.Maquia and Club Havana from the Mesa Arts Center, Arizona. Ballet Hispanico perform an imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best. Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Carmen.Maquia is a Picasso inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. It is being screened at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 2pm. Tickets £10 and £22. Call 01582 878100 to book.

Join the first public guided walk of the summer season, Discover Dunstable’s Hidden Priory, at 11am at Priory House, High Street South, Dunstable . Discover the location of the ‘hidden priory’ and what life was like for the medieval community of Augustinian Canons that lived there, learn about an Anglo-Saxon saint with miraculous powers whose relics were in the Hidden Priory and hear about one of the most momentous events that took place in the Hidden Priory that dramatically changed the history of England forever. Numbers are limited and tickets, costing £5 each, can be bought in advance at the Tourist Information Centre, Priory House, 33 High Street South, Dunstable LU6 3RZ or purchased on the day.

TUESDAY MAY 17

Polly Wiseman’s new wartime theatre production Somewhere in England tells the moving story of what happened when thousands of American GIs arrived in rural East Anglia during the Second World War. The show takes place at the Hat Factory, Luton at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 or £8 for concessions. Call 01582 878100 or visit lutonculture.com to book or for more information.

WEDNESDAY MAY 18

Broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden main stage. A story of betrayal, curiosity, life, death and, above all, love, it inspires Scarlett to explore the very depths of human nature and our need to find acceptance and a place in the world. The screening starts at 7.15pm. Tickets £15. Call 01582 602080 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

THURSDAY MAY 19

Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre is brought to life in Mountview’s innovative musical staging of this timeless story at Luton Library Theatre. In addition to the production, there is a connected Acting for Stage Workshop run by Sally Ann Gritton from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts taking place earlier in the day. The workshop is recommended for budding professionals aged 14 years and over, plus adults. For full information, and to book tickets for the workshop or the performance, go to www.lutonculture.com or call the box office on 01582 878100.

TADS Theatre Group in Toddington presents its own production of Romeo and Juliet; promising a powerful, gritty interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless love story. Students attending the show will be able to attend a pre-show talk by the director and her cast, and will be given a copy of the director’s notes on request. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 for adults, £6 for concessions. Call 07952 633234 or visit www.tadstheatre.org to book.

FRIDAY May 20

Bye Bye Baby takes audiences on a journey through the career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. From their early beginning in the 1950s, when Frankie first joined the group, this show celebrates great hits such as Beggin’, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Let’s Hang On and Grease through to a superb grand finale medley of more of the group’s greatest hits. Snappy choreography and a vast catalogue of hits makes for a memorable and unforgettable night of nostalgia. The show takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 7.30pm. Tickets: £18.50. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.