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January at South Mill Arts in Bishop's Stortford: Spring Museum Trail, Storytime, The Adult Panto, ballet, National Theatre live and Mrs Harris Goes to Paris





As we head into 2023, South Mill Arts has plenty of entertainment lined up to brighten the next few cold and dark months ahead.

The team at the South Road venue take you through its new year line-up, with something for all the family.

Spring Museum Trail - From January 2

Spring trail (61571529)
Spring trail (61571529)

Jack has found some other boxes to jump out of - can you find him hidden in the museum as part of this fun free trail? And what did the boxes hold?

Storytime - Should a Wolf Wash? - Wednesday January 4, 10am. Free

Join us for Storytime at the museum. Enjoy a story and some colouring. Suitable for children aged 2½ to 5. Free drop-in. No need to book tickets.

Storytime (61571525)
Storytime (61571525)

The Adult Panto: Cinderella and Her Naughty Buttons - Thursday January 5, 7.30pm. Tickets priced £21.50; Concessions £19.50. Not suitable for under 16s.

Back on the road for their 19th year, the Market Theatre Company are out to corrupt another fairy-tale classic beyond recognition with an adult pantomime like no other.

The fearless company of three actors returns to bring you an evening of corny jokes, raunchy plots and blatant sexual innuendo using a minimum of set props and costume.

Get ready for another evening of slick, fast-moving, farcical fun and bawdy sexual innuendo (did we mention the innuendo?).

The Adult Panto: Cinderella and her Naughty Buttons (61571523)
The Adult Panto: Cinderella and her Naughty Buttons (61571523)

Lecture Lunchtime - Hannah Barlow & Agnete Hoy: The first and last female artists employed by Doulton Lambeth - Tuesday January 17, 12.30pm. Free

Locally born Hannah Barlow was employed by Doulton's at Lambeth from 1871, when she joined their art department of then just one, until 1913 when she retired.

She maintained a similar style of artwork throughout this whole period. Agnete Hoy joined them in 1952 when they decided to revive their art department after the 1951 Festival of Britain and worked there until the Lambeth Pottery was closed down in 1956.

Hannah Barlow talk (61571527)
Hannah Barlow talk (61571527)

The lives and work of these two artists will be reviewed and compared.

ROH: Like Water For Chocolate - Thursday January 19, 7pm.

A modern Mexican classic of magic realism provides the basis for The Royal Ballet's new full-length work, reuniting artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter's Tale into dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.

The ballet is inspired by Laura Esquivel's novel, a captivating family saga where the central character's emotions spill out through cooking to influence everyone around her in startling and dramatic ways.

Like Water for Chocolate (61571517)
Like Water for Chocolate (61571517)

In this co-production with American Ballet Theatre, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra also acts as musical consultant for Talbot's newly commissioned score, and Wheeldon has worked closely with Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story into an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.

NT Live: The Seagull - Tuesday January 24, 7pm. Tickets £16.50

A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times.

In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.

The Seagull (61571515)
The Seagull (61571515)

Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss' adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic play to stage. Filmed live in London's West End.

★★★★★ 'A brutally beautiful production' - The i

★★★★ 'Emilia Clarke is irresistible in Jamie Lloyd's ultra-stripped back take on Chekhov's masterpiece' - Time Out

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (PG) - Thursday January 26, 2pm & 7pm showings. Tickets £7.50

A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress and decides she must have one of her own.

The film stars Alba Baptista, Lesley Manville and Jason Isaacs, and is directed by Anthony Fabian.

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (61571533)
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (61571533)

Retunesday - Tuesday January 31, 7.30pm. Tickets £15

The fabulous Bishop's Stortford-based charity Retune inspires young people to improve their mental health through creative outlets, especially music. The team are joining us for regular music nights at South Mill Arts.

Retune founder Tom Ryder performing for 'Retunesday' at South Mill Arts (61571448)
Retune founder Tom Ryder performing for 'Retunesday' at South Mill Arts (61571448)


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