What's on in Watford and Hertfordshire this weekend, 22nd and 23rd February, 2020

Shark in the Park

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope, but wait, is that a shark in the park? From the creative team behind The Hairy Maclary show, see all three of Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books live on stage.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, various times. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Present Laughter

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Sunday, February 23, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Swan Lake

Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious swan-woman by the lake, Odette, and is captivated by her. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences. Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, this legendary love story is a must-see.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Sunday, February 23, 3pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Peter Pan

Join Peter and the Darling family on a magical adventure as they are whisked away to Neverland. With a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure and magical storytelling, Peter Pan is guaranteed to bring forth one's inner child. You will not be disappointed by this incredibly talented young cast of under 19s who are back at the Radlett Centre following the sell-out success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2017.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, until Saturday, February 22, various times. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

The Music of Judy Garland

Join original Nolan Sister, West End leading lady and internationally renowned cabaret star Denise Nolan with her band of West End musicians for an evening of remarkable music including The Man That Got Away, Stormy Weather, Zing Went The Strings, and the timeless classic Somewhere Over The Rainbow. With anecdotes about Garland’s life, Nolan brings her own vibrant style and world class vocals to classic Garland hits.

Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth, Saturday, February 22, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 711063 watersmeet.co.uk

The King is Back

Ben Portsmouth made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, crowning Ben as the Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, the first artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. Internationally renowned, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma and will show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Saturday, February 22, 7.30pm. Details: 01727 844488 alban-arena.co.uk

Dial Up

The Dial Up Open Mic Events are all about enjoying live performance in a vibrant, fun and welcoming atmosphere. Whether your passion is music, poetry, drama, dance, or anything else, these events provide a platform for professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs to share their passions.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Saturday, February 22, 6pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Sewing Tasters for Children

Learn a new skill with a sewing taster for children.

Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Watford, Saturday, February 22, 11am to 12.30pm. Details: 0300 123 4049

Curious About Cryptocurrency

Learn about Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptomining and more at a cryptocurrency talk.

Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Watford, Sunday, February 23, 2pm. Details: 0300 123 4049

20/20 Vision – 200 Years of History

To mark the new decade, this exhibition plays on the phrase 20/20 vision. It concentrates on items in the museum’s collection from 1820 and 1920 with additional loan items completed in 2020. During the 1820 Dr Thomas Monro settled in a cottage in Bushey. He occupies an outstanding position in the history of British watercolour art. His encouragement of artists continued when he moved to Bushey, and he also produced a number of talented artistic sons - work executed during the 1820s by John and Alexander feature in this exhibition. In 1905 Lucy Kemp-Welch took on the mantle of Herkomer’s Art School and then passed the teaching over to her assistant, Marguerite Frobisher in 1926. Consequently during the 1920s Bushey continued to be a thriving centre for artists.

Bushey Museum, Rudolph Road, Bushey, until Sunday, May 24. Details: 02084 204057 busmt@busheymuseum.org

1940s Experience Day

Have a fun and friendly experience at the WWII headquarters of US 8th Airforce Fighter Command. Enter a 1940s house and try original items in history corridor including games and clothes. Take part in the Blitz experience, try air raid shelters, and learn about rationing and dig for victory gardens.

Lincolnsfields Children’s Centre, Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey, Sunday, February 23, 10.30am to 4pm. Details: 01923233841 info@lincolnsfields.co.uk

Hunton Park Hotel Wedding Fair

Visit this venue and meet a variety of trusted suppliers on hand to help inspire you with ideas for your special day. Licensed for ceremonies and with rooms to cater for up to 550 for a wedding breakfast and 800 for an evening ceremony. Tours will be available for couples looking for a venue around the rooms in the Queen Anne Mansion and the spacious 550 capacity Garden Marquee.

Hunton Park Hotel, Essex Lane, Kings Langley, Sunday, February 23, 11am to 3pm. Details: 01424 310580

Hertfordshire Wedding Fair

This wedding fair hosts over 70 quality exhibitors and includes some of the oldest and best known wedding companies in the region. There are two professional fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm featuring dresses from a number of bridal shops, and you can also view the latest menswear on the catwalk. There will also be surprise live entertainment which in the past has included everything from a string quartet to a comedian.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Sunday, February 23, 11am to 4pm. Details: 01727 844488 alban-arena.co.uk