What’s on where around Luton: listings, September 16 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 SEPTEMBER 16

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 can come and go at any time. £6 per session including materials and refreshments.

Quiz night every Wednesday from 8pm. £1 entry per person, maximum of six per team. St Vincents Social Centre, Houghton Regis. Prize for the winning team.

Join Houghton Regis Craft and Coffee to craft or just chat and have a coffee. They meet on the second Wednesday and last Friday of the month from 10am to 3pm at Houghton Regis Community Centre.

The first session is free.

Email houghtonregiscraftandcoffee@hotmail.co.uk or call 07519 539554.

Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th century, live at Watford Colosseum. Burt Bacharach (, with Hal David, penned some of the most memorable hits in pop history , including Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There To Remind Me, Close To You, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Magic Moments,Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more. The production is performed by the three West End singers accompanied by a live ten-piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits. Tickets cost £21.50 and £18.50, plus fees. Visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk for more information and to book online 24 hours a day, or call 0845 075 3993.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17

It’s 1895, and that master of all detectives, Sherlock Holmes, is back in action. Only this time, the pursuer looks like becoming the pursued. The Victorian play Sherlock Holmes has found an atmospheric setting in Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society’s own Victorian theatre, in the heart of Toddington. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234 for tickets more information, and see page 21 for further details.

Aaron Sorkin’s electrifying courtroom drama A Few Good Men is being performed at the Library Theatre, Luton. The powerful play tells the story of two rookie lawyers in the US Navy who uncover more than they bargained for when they defend two US Marines on trail for murdering a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay naval base. The play was made into a highly successful film in 1992 starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Tickets, £10 for adults, are available on the door and from the box office at www.griffinplayers.co.uk.

Following a successful spring tour and a two-week run at London’s Soho Theatre, Andy Parsons is on the road this autumn – and is coming to the Palace Theatre in Watford. Andy has enjoyed huge success as a writer and performer on television, radio and the live comedy stage. Tickets cost £15. To book, or for more information, visit www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01923 225671.

Kevin Precious will be the compere as three acclaimed comics take to the stage for the Barnstormers night at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable. Tickets are £12.50 in advance and £15 on the door. Visit grovetheatre.co.uk or call 01582 60 20 80. See page 20 for details.

Toddington’s Victorian theatre provides the atmospheric setting for a production of Sherlock Holmes. The play is being presented by Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette and directed by Chloe White, the play is set in 1895, with the master detective Sherlock Holmes back in action. Only this time, the pursuer looks like becoming the pursued. Tickets cost £8 and £6. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18

The Victorian play Sherlock Holmes has found an atmospheric setting in Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society’s own Victorian theatre, in the heart of Toddington. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234 for tickets more information, and see page 21 for further details.

Aaron Sorkin’s electrifying courtroom drama A Few Good Men is being performed at the Library Theatre, Luton. Tickets, £10 for adults, are available on the door and from the box office at www.griffinplayers.co.uk. See entry under September 18 for more.

Marking 40 years in the business, the three original vocalists, Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith are together once more with The Real Thing. With three million selling hit singles including You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel The Force plus further top ten success with You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing and Whenever You Want My Love, the band’s brand of commercial sweet soul music, mixed with disco influences, established The Real Thing as the UK’s best loved soul band. The UK’s best-selling black group of the late 70s, Mojo magazine founder, Paul Du Noyer, credits them alongside Deaf School with restoring Liverpool’s musical reputation in the 1970s. They play The Stables in Wavendon at 8pm. Tickets cost £23.50. Call 01908 280800.

Stopsley Badminton Club at Inspire, 8pm to 10.30pm. Contact gsjones204@btinternet.com

Sherlock Homes is being presented by Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette and directed by Chloe White, the play is set in 1895. Tickets cost £8 and £6. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19

The Victorian play Sherlock Holmes has found an atmospheric setting in Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society’s own Victorian theatre, in the heart of Toddington. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234 for tickets or more information, and see page 21 for further details.

Aaron Sorkin’s electrifying courtroom drama A Few Good Men is being performed at the Library Theatre, Luton. Tickets, £10 for adults, are available on the door and from the box office at www.griffinplayers.co.uk. See entry under September 18 for more.

Sherlock Homes is being presented by Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette and directed by Chloe White, the play is set in 1895. Tickets cost £8 and £6. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234.

American slide blues and roots guitarist John Emil will bring his celebrated style to the Bear Club in Luton. John has performed at major music festivals around the world. Emil creates a unique style by integrating country blues, folk, bluegrass and lush Hawaiian sounds into his repertoire. His instrumental tracks have been used by American TV shows Dateline, The Voice, ESPN and several international wildlife and nature documentaries. The show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are £6. Visit www.the-bear.club for more.

Whipsnade Zoo is holding an ‘Elephantastic’ weekend in celebration of the elephant. Through elephant encounters, family activities and fascinating talks, the event will raise money for international science and conservation charity ZSL’s Asian elephant conservation and research projects. Normal entry charges of £25 adults and £18 children apply. Visit www.zsl.org for more.

The Big Fat Karaoke Sing Offs start at act Around in Bute Street, Luton at 6pm. There will be seven heats over seven weeks, with a panel of three judges. The prize is £250 and a chance to record in a studio. Entry costs £10. There is a licensed bar and a DJ until 1am. Admission to the event costs £3 on the door. Call 01582 510459 or visit www.actaround.co.uk for more information.

Sherlock Homes is being presented by Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette and directed by Chloe White, the play is set in 1895. Tickets cost £8 and £6. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Sherlock Homes is being presented by Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette and directed by Chloe White, the play is set in 1895. Tickets cost £8 and £6. Visit www.tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26

Luton Poetry Society hosts its annual Luton Poetry Festival at Luton Central Library (Conference Room) from 2pm to 4pm. Their theme this year is Dreams and the festival will include poetry readings by local poets, interactive discussions on the theme, and some classical music performance at intervals, including refreshments.

Visit www.lutonpoetrysociety.com