Music and art paint a Shakespearean picture at orchestra's annual family concert in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:05 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:22 04 November 2016

The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with live art and storytelling by author/illustrator James Mayhew

The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra presents A Midsummer Night's Dream along with live art and storytelling by author/illustrator James Mayhew

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Classical music, live art and children's theatre are all on the menu this month at the Weston Auditorium in Hatfield.

Children's author and illustrator James MayhewChildren's author and illustrator James Mayhew

Sunday, November 13 sees the hugely popular de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra family concert with James Mayhew.

Music, art and literature combine in this annual event, with the Hatfield-based orchestra performing music from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with live art and storytelling from acclaimed children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew.

Shakespeare’s much-loved play is the inspiration for this enchanting afternoon of music, art and words.

The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra presents 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' - a family concert with live art and full orchestra - with illustator James Mayhew at the Weston Auditorium in HatfieldThe de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra presents 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' - a family concert with live art and full orchestra - with illustator James Mayhew at the Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

The story of Puck, Bottom, Oberon and Titania comes thrillingly to life in this family-friendly retelling by James Mayhew, who will paint illustrations live on stage as the de Havilland Philharmonic play Felix Mendelssohn’s glorious music.

Conducted by Robin Browning, this is sure to be an unforgettable introduction to both Shakespeare and classical music.

There are two performances of the hour-long concert in the Weston Auditorium on November 13, at 2pm and 4.30pm.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show can be seen at the Weston Auditorium on the Univeristy of Hertfordshire's de Havilland Campus in HatfieldThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Show can be seen at the Weston Auditorium on the Univeristy of Hertfordshire's de Havilland Campus in Hatfield

A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £36.

Full price adult tickets are £15, concessions £13 and children £8.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers.

Now the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.

Carle’s books have captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and reading itself.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories – The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The show can be seen at the Weston Auditorium on Saturday, November 26 at 1pm and 3.30pm, with tickets £12.50, and family £45.

• For tickets, call the box office on 01707 281127 or book online at UH Arts’ new website www.uharts.co.uk

The box office at the Weston Auditorium is open 10am to 12noon, Monday to Friday, and one hour before a performance.

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