The Old Town Hall Arts Centre

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre
The Old Town Hall Arts Centre
High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AE
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Alina Bzhezhinska Band

Alina Bzhenzhinska is one of the most exciting and dynamic harpists based in the UK. Her imaginative programmes have established her reputation as a harpist of exceptional accomplishment. She has had the honour of playing at European Parliament, at the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle and at the King…

Thu 13 Dec

The Cellar Club

£13.50 (£11.50)

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Alvin Youngblood Hart is continuing in the path laid down by acoustic blues practitioners like Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, and other '90s blues revivalists, but his roots go back much further than that, to the classic stylings of Bukka White, Charley Patton, Leadbelly, and Blind Willie…

Sat 17 Nov

£13.50 (£11.50)

Ankusha and Other Mysteries

An eclectic evening of world-class contemporary and Indian dance, film and music. With three distinctive solos, an explosive trio and a multi award-winning dance film, Kamala Devam Company (KDC) seeks answers to unanswerable questions. Does fate or free will have a greater hand in shaping the course of our lives? How do…

Tue 27 Nov

£14.50 (£12.50)

Barb Jungr and John McDaniel: Float Like A Butterfly – The Sting Songbook

Internationally renowned singer Barb Jungr and Grammy & Emmy award winner John McDaniel are together again with their newest collaboration. Float Like A Butterfly – The Sting Songbook has audiences and critics glowing. The pair continue to have worldwide success with live concerts and the CD of their Beatles…

Sat 13 Oct

£15 (£13)

Bessie Smith

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers. Returning to The Old Town Hall, Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe (internationally…

Tue 23 Oct

£14.50 (£12.50)

Beverley Beirne Band

Raised on a diet of Jazz and 80s pop, British Jazz singer, Beverley Beirne, has combined the two with her latest freewheeling, stylistically expansive new album Jazz Just Wants to Have Fun. Singing with an honest and heartfelt, deep-soul sensuality and scatting with abandon in places that would do Ella proud, she swings…

Thu 27 Sep

The Cellar Club

£13.50 (£11.50)

The Black Cat

Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by reimagining a macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes. An enigmatic writer adapted Poe’s original story and handed scripts over to two performers who are now taking merciless liberties with the words, like a madman taking out a furious rage on a…

Fri 26 Oct

£14.50 (£12.50)

Coolsville

Coolsville is an homage to the music of Rickie Lee Jones, brought to you by a group of expert and seasoned professional musicians who share a love of Rickie's extraordinary works and music. Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, blues…

Thu 29 Nov

The Cellar Club

£13.50 (£11.50)

The Darkest Hour

  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Chris Gorak
  • Cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, Max Minghella, Joel Kinnaman
  • UK release: 13 January 2012

Five young people lead the fightback against aliens in a war-torn Moscow.

Tue 25 Sep

Darkest Hour

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendlesohn, Ronald Pickup
  • UK release: 12 January 2018

May 1940: the situation in Europe is worsening, and Britain needs a new prime minister. The latest in a very long line of recent Churchill performances is by far the best: Oldman is virtually unrecognisable and attacks the part with relish, with Scott Thomas excellent as his wife Clemmie. It may veer into hero worship but…

Tue 25 Sep

The Devil's Bride

Based on the chilling story by classic Victorian Gothic horror author Sheridan Le Fanu. Aspiring 17th Century painter Godfried Schalken seeks an apprenticeship with famous artist Gerard Douw, and falls in love with Douw's niece Rose. But Douw achieved his fame by making a pact with the Devil, and when Gerard attempts to…

Wed 31 Oct

£14.50 (£12.50)

Enter the Dragons

An archetypal Hero is reframed as a mature woman in the modern world. Gripped with fear at her advancing years, she sets off on an epic quest to defeat Chronos, the god of time, and halt the inevitable - ageing. Will she succeed? Enter the Dragons is an hilarious, surreal odyssey through the challenges of growing…

Fri 16 Nov

£14.50 (£12.50)

Finding Your Feet

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • UK / Canada / Australia
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Loncraine
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley
  • UK release: 23 February 2018

Snobbish Sandra (Staunton) is disturbed to find that her husband Mike (Sessions) has been having an affair with best friend Pamela (Lawrence) but her free-spirited sister Bif (Imrie) helps her loosen up. Familiar but pleasant comedy-drama for mature audiences with a dash of daring.

Wed 28 Nov

George Egg: DIY Chef

Direct from total sell-outs at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and Brighton Fringe 2017, and following sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell-out UK tour, award winning comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a BRAND NEW SHOW demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud…

Sat 29 Sep

£14.50 (£12.50)

The Greatest Showman

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.

Tue 30 Oct

The Greatest Showman - Sing-A-Long (PG) EVENING SCREENING

Come and sing along to this bold, original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that…

Tue 30 Oct

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 2h 4min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mike Newell
  • Cast: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown Findlay
  • UK release: 20 April 2018

Juliet (James) is a successful writer in post-WWII London who discovers the eponymous book club, and learns about their lives under the German occupation of the island. Don’t let the twee title put you off, as it’s a beguiling and affecting celebration of friendship, courage and the joys of reading, full of warmth and…

Tue 13 Nov

Halloween Ghost Walks

A new town, a new development. Centuries have passed and we take for granted what we have now. Ever wondered what was here before? Who was here before? Want to talk to them and find out? Come and meet the ghosts of Hemel Hempstead's Old Town and hear their stories in our Haunted House. Do you dare……? All tickets £4…

Sun 28 Oct

Hereditary

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 7min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ari Aster
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro
  • UK release: 15 June 2018

Annie (Collette) is an artist who crafts a dollhouse depicting the traumas of her life, but then her family begins to feel they’re being haunted by her late mother. Unnervingly oppressive debut from Aster, exploring maternal guilt and family anxiety. Collette has one of her best roles in years.

Sun 28 Oct

A Hundred Different Words for Love

Three years ago, James met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love and landing broken-hearted. It’s also about him being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding. And it’s the story of a quest: to find the right words to make sense of love. A hilarious…

Fri 12 Oct

£14.50 (£12.50)

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Following total sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, 2016 and 2017, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton embarks on her first UK tour with her critically-acclaimed docu-comedy in which she investigates the power of kindness. Most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves - let alone others. So is being nice…

Fri 30 Nov

£14.50 (£12.50)

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri

For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience. 2018 marks Kiki’s 55th year in…

Fri 2 Nov

£19 (£17)

Let Me Look at You

Phil McIntyre presents "Mark Pinkosh hails from Hawaii, Godfrey Hamilton from Essex, but together they form one of the most exciting theatrical partnerships around today.” - The Evening Standard Let Me Look At You is the newest performance piece from award-winning Starving Artists Productions, UK. A gay man wanders…

Fri 9 Nov

£14.50 (£12.50)

Let's Build a Planet!

Sam Quinn presents Imagine designing your own planet. What colour would the sea be? How many legs would a donkey have? What would the farts smell like? Well now’s your chance to choose! Zoom through the weird and wonderful wormhole with Gill and Boo, a couple of crafty World Builders (and clowns) on a…

Sat 8 Dec

Lucy Porter: Pass It On

A brand new stand-up show from the TV favourite Lucy Porter. As seen on QI, Room 101, Live at the Apollo. As heard on Radio 4s News Quiz and The Now Show. Always warm, witty and thought-provoking, this is Lucy’s best show yet. She muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations.

Sat 2 Feb 2019

£15

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ol Parker
  • Cast: Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Hugh Skinner, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Dylan, Cher, Dominic Cooper, Andy García
  • UK release: 20 July 2018

Sequel to the feel-good ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Despite its absurdities and shoe-horning of ABBA songs, at its heart is a touching mother-daughter love story and an irresistible esprit de corps.

Tue 11 Dec

Matt Richardson: Slash

A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh, very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy. From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone…

Sat 8 Dec

£14.50 (£12.50)

Me and My Bee

“A rarity… deliciously eccentric,” Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and…

Sat 13 Oct

£7

Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks

Join time travelling magic duo Morgan & West for an evening chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC). Join these…

Sat 24 Nov

£14.50 (£12.50)

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (And Childish Grown-ups!)

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza! Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be…

Sat 24 Nov

£7

Peter Rabbit

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US / Australia
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Will Gluck
  • Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, James Corden
  • UK release: 16 March 2018

Mischievous bunny Peter (Corden) and his sisters Flopsy (Robbie), Mopsy (Debicki) and Cotton-Tail (Ridley) contend with Thomas (Gleeson), an uptight cottage garden owner. The interweaving of CGI animals with live action is flawless, Gleeson proves to have fine comedy chops and there’s a lot of slapstick, but anyone…

Sat 29 Sep

Phil Nichol: Your Wrong

Energetic humour and surreal improvisations as Canadian stand-up Phil Nichol presents his brand of mischievous rantings.

Fri 5 Oct

£14 (£12)

Santa's Marvellous Magical Toyshop

Christmas is coming, but after 164 years of service, Santa’s Chief Elf would like to retire. He’s getting old, and he wants to spend Christmas with his little family. But, poor Santa is left with a very big problem. Who will make all of the toys for the good girls and boys? It’s a very BIG job, and Santa must find…

Fri 21 Dec

£8

Sat 22 Dec

Sun 23 Dec

£8

Mon 24 Dec

£8

Screaming Blue Murder Christmas Party

Join our comics for some festive cheer down in The Cellar Club this Christmas. David Ward and Diane Spencer join club compere Bennett Arron for this special seasonal edition of SBM. David Ward, recognisable from BBC Three's We Are Klang, David Ward is one of comedy's most sought after presenters, writers and comedians.

Mon 17 Dec

The Cellar Club

£9.50 (£7.50)

Screaming Blue Murder - November

Start the week with a smile at our monthly Monday night comedy club, SBM. This season sees the return of some old favourites, plus some rising stars on the comedy scene. Gigs are compered by our resident hosts, either Bennett Arron or Windsor. The Cellar Club bar opens at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Mark…

Mon 26 Nov

The Cellar Club

£9.50 (£7.50)

Screaming Blue Murder - October

Start the week with a smile at our monthly Monday night comedy club, SBM. This season sees the return of some old favourites, plus some rising stars on the comedy scene. Gigs are compered by our resident hosts, either Bennett Arron or Windsor. The Cellar Club bar opens at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Mark Maier…

Mon 29 Oct

The Cellar Club

£9.50 (£7.50)

Screaming Blue Murder - September

Start the week with a smile at our monthly Monday night comedy club, SBM. This season sees the return of some old favourites plus some rising stars on the comedy scene. Gigs are compered by our resident hosts, either Bennett Arron or Windsor. The Cellar Club bar opens at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Brennan Reece…

Mon 24 Sep

The Cellar Club

£9.50 (£7.50)

Shivers

A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin."The Book of Darkness Light" contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages.You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is…

Fri 7 Dec

£14.50 (£12.50)

Stephen Bailey: Our Kid

Everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record), stand-up comedy star, Stephen Bailey is back on tour with his brand new show ‘Our Kid’ – a story full of Northern warmth, some working class guilt and a bit of blue. 2018 has been an exciting year for Stephen. The past six months have seen him embark on his first…

Sat 16 Feb 2019

£14 (£11)

Stephen J. Smith – ‘My Ireland’ Tour featuring Enda Reilly

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views. In 2017, he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My…

Fri 19 Oct

£12

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • UK / US
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage
  • UK release: 12 January 2018

Exasperated by the police’s failure to catch her daughter’s murderer, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) buys ad space on the titular billboards to tear a strip off the police chief (Harrelson). McDonagh’s latest delicately balances the lingering pain of the crime itself with dark comedy, and a superb cast is topped by a…

Tue 9 Oct

To Hell in a Handbag

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination” Oscar Wilde While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian…

Wed 21 Nov

£14.50 (£12.50)

Ventoux

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain…

Tue 2 Oct

£14.50 (£12.50)

Woke

by Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough From the creator of the hit show, Black Is the Color of My Voice, comes a new story about the 20th-century African-American experience. Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the…

Wed 17 Oct

£14.50 (£12.50)

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