The Stevenage Fringe - 2021

If you want to know more or would like to be involved then please contact us by email, facebook or twitter using the links at the foot of this page.

There are a huge variety of events celebrating the arts in Stevenage surrounding and during the festival that aren't part of the main programme.

With COVID having reduced the number of possible performances at the Gordon Craig Theatre, the festival also includes some smaller events in and around Stevenage which are detailed below.

2019 Fringe Programme

Tuesday 1st of June to Saturday 10th of July 2021
Click on links below to jump lower down the page for more details about the events.


The Life Gallery at Lister HospitalOpen
Shakespeare's Stratford1st June
Virtual Tour of London3rd June
Norton Asbury on David Hockney10th June
Tales from Hertfordshire15th June
Virtual tour of the City of Westminster17th June
Alfred Naujocks: The Man Who Started the War22nd June


Open 24 hours/day to view, 9-5 to purchase Art

Lister Hostpital,
Ground Floor, Main Block

Image of painter advertising the Life Gallery

The Life Gallery Exhibition

Recognising the therapeutic value of the arts, a major new gallery space has been launched at the Lister Hospital giving exhibition opportunities for local artists. If you are visiting the Lister why not pop in and see their work. See and for more information.

Entry to the Gallery is FREE.


Tuesday 1st June at 10:00am

Community Arts Centre (on Zoom)

Photo of William Shakespeare's birthplace

SKAG Presents: Shakespeare's Stratford

Katie Alcock is a Blue Badge guide and will take us on a virtual tour of Stratford upon Avon telling the story of Shakespeare’s life through the buildings that he would have known and seen and examining his legacy in the town of his birth.

Tickets: £ FREE, Contact Hilary by email to book a place.


Thursday 3rd June at 10:00am

Community Arts Centre (on Zoom)

SKAG Presents: Virtual Tour of London

Katie Alcock is a Blue Badge guide and will take us on a virtual tour of London

Tickets: £ FREE, Contact Hilary by email to book a place.


Thursday 10th June at 10:00am

Community Arts Centre (on Zoom)

Hockney's painting A bigger splash

SKAG Presents: Norton Asbury on David Hockney

Norton Asbury will outline David Hockney's work.

Tickets: £ FREE, Contact Hilary by email to book a place.


Tues 15 June at 7:00pm (till 9)

Herts Libraries (on Microsoft Teams)

Clip from poster showing the story teller

Herts Libraries present:
Tales from Hertfordshire

Tales from Hertfordshire: An adult storytelling event. Hertfordshire storyteller Vickie Holden-Swinton presents stories from our county, from the delightfully dastardly, to the downright daft!

Those of you who have discovered the local studies collections at any of our libraries, explored Hertfordshire Names Online or even visited Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) at County Hall in Hertford, will know that our county is full of fascinating history and brimming with brilliant anecdotes!

Herts Libraries are delighted to be hosting local storyteller Vickie Holden Swinton who will be presenting Tales from Hertfordshire: A storytelling event for adults. Join us for an entertaining evening jam packed full of anecdotes and adventures inspired by our historic county. We are celebrating the diversity of reading and everyone is welcome to enjoy brilliant stories without opening a book!

A trained actor, Vickie has been performing and storytelling since 2000 in street theatre, festivals, events, panto (Oh no she hasn’t!) and films. Vickie has a wealth of experience combining storytelling and acting and is co-director of Pakiki Theatre CIC.

Tickets: £ Free, Book a place via Eventbrite here: Tales from Hertfordshire - tickets


Thursday 17th June at 10:00am

Community Arts Centre (on Zoom)


SKAG Presents: Virtual tour of the City of Westminster

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Tickets: £ FREE, Contact Hilary by email to book a place.


Tuesday 22nd June 7.00pm

Herts Libraries (Online - on Microsoft Teams)

Clip of poster image showing both Alfred Naujocks and the Lecturer

Herts Libraries present:
Alfred Naujocks: The Man Who Started the War

The astonishing career of SS special agent Alfred Naujocks, whose activities spanned the war – from the capture of British agents in Holland to the manufacture of millions of pounds of forged currency. Most significantly, he led the SS team that started the war in 1939 with a false flag raid on a German radio station.

Historian Roger Moorhouse tells his fascinating story.

Tickets: £ 3
HCC booking icon  Book here.
Please note: this link uses a shortened link that redirects you the HCC Civica payment site on an appropriate page to pay the fee for the event. Click on the link "Item details" to select the number of tickets you need and fill in registration details. You MAY need to register on the Civica website to complete payment.

For information about other events that took place during this Festival please see the following page of Festival Events.

Stevenage Festival

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