Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, April 14, 8pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Wizard Stonering

Meet the amazing Wizard Stonering in this colourful and exciting show with lots of comedy, participation and surprising magic.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, April 14, 11.30am. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

A Spoonful of Sherman

A spoonful of Sherman is a new musical stage show featuring the songs of the Oscar-winning brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman including songs from Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Charlotte’s Web, and The Aristocats.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, April 15, to Tuesday, April 17. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk


Cinderella is the ultimate fairy-tale ballet about the girl whose life with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters is filled with hardship. However, her Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful dress so she can go to the ball at the palace. The Harlow Ballet Association are proud to present a full-length production with beautiful costumes, scenery and classical ballet involving all the company’s members, set to the immortal music of the great Johann Strauss.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, until Sunday, April 15, various times. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com

Mosaic Craft Exhibition

A selection of mosaic pieces showing different styles and materials.

Loughton Arts Centre, 187b High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF, Saturday, April 14, to Friday, April 27, 10am to 4pm. Details: 07532 053194

Birds and Butterflies – Crafty Kids

Build, make and decorate in this hands-on fun packed creative craft workshop for children and their parents led by professional crafter Gemma Compton. Create an item to take home inspired by this week’s theme.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, April 14, 10am. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Ring Carving Workshop

Ever wanted a ring for a particular finger, that perfect signet or wedding band? DIY duo Katie and Kirstie of The Workbench London are setting up in the Barbican Shop. Participants get to carve their own personalised rings from jeweller’s wax, which will be cast into solid silver, professionally polished and delivered within 2–3 weeks.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, 10.30am. Details: barbican.org.uk

The London Coffee Festival

Allegra Events loves a celebration. So, seven years ago when London was rapidly becoming the most relevant and exciting city on the world coffee map, it was obvious what had to happen. A party had to be thrown, and The London Coffee Festival was born. With over 7,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors in its first year, it became pretty clear that the festival was giving the coffee and creative community exactly what it wanted. So what should you expect from the event? All the tastings your heart could desire? Check. Demonstrations from world-class baristas and interactive workshops? Of course. Live music, DJs, art exhibitions and coffee-based cocktails? Obviously.

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL, Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15. Details: londoncoffeefestival.com

London Gaming Market

The London Gaming Market is THE place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place. Brought to you by Replay Events and Showmasters, The London Gaming Market is the first event of its kind held in the heart of London.

Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, 38-51 Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG, Sunday, April 15, 11am to 4pm. Details: londongamingmarket.com

Chingford Rotary Club Spring Quiz

Proceeds in aid of Waltham Forest Multiple Sclerosis and other rotary charities.

St Teresas Hall, North Chingford Catholic Church, Station Road, Chingford, Saturday, April 14, 7.30pm. Details: 020 8529 3851

A Discovery of Fire

Over two days, participants will learn about the mystery and magic of fire and how to harness it to survive in even the harshest conditions. They will be shown how to prepare a safety fire, prepare kindling and even light a fire with a mobile phone or digital camera. Traditional methods using flint and steel will also be revealed. This course is a must for outdoor enthusiasts who want to learn more about bushcraft and survival.

Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, Broxbourne, New Nazeing Road, Nazeing, EN10 6TD, Saturday, April 14, to Sunday, April 15. Details: visitleevalley.org.uk