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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Alison Raynor Quartet

Raestar Promotions presents The Alison Raynor Quartet's imaginative and assured playing is superbly suited to Rayner's compositions and reflect a confidence inspired by working intensively together, touring their first album, August. The music is bursting with melodic and harmonic references from jazz, classical and…

Andre Canniere Band

Raestar Promotions presents Trumpeter Andre Canniere presents the music from his latest album ‘The Darkening Blue’ (Whirlwind Recordings). Inspired by poems of Rainer Maria Rilke and Charles Bukowski, this project imaginatively combines the haunting and mystical elements of Rilke with the grit and boldness of…

Thu 29 Jun

Andy Parsons - Work in Progress

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War 3? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but like everything else has now…

Barbara Nice - Raffle!

Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket! Catch Barbara Nice as she sets out to be all-conquering with a four-part BBC Radio 2 series due for broadcast in March 2017. Better still, experience this critically…

Benet Mclean Violin Trio

Raestar Promotions Presents Celebrated for his quirky genius and virtuosity Benet McLean and his band perform music from his latest album The Bopped and the Bopless. As a gifted composer, singer, jazz pianist and jazz violinist Benet Mclean is a huge and unique talent following in the steps of Stephane Grappelli…

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  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US/UK
  • 117 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: Roald Dahl (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall
  • UK release: 22 July 2016

Eight year old Sophie (Barnhill) looks out her window one evening to discover something terrifying – the Big Friendly Giant (Rylance), who unlike his giant brothers doesn't actually want to eat her. Magical, funny and surprising stuff from Spielberg, lacking only some of the menace of Dahl's original, but genuinely…


What better way to celebrate St Davids Day than an evening in the company of an iconic Welshman. Burton vividly presents the life of the great actor from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom in his own words. Beautiful women (not least Elizabeth Taylor), wealth, booze, notoriety both on and off stage and screen…

Cardboard Carnival

Lempen Puppet Theatre Trunk, Tail, Ears or Wings? Carnival creates itself from all sorts of things! This is "Carnival of the Animals" but not as we know it. Dissected for body part potential to create the "ultimate animal" we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Charles Darwin…

Cautionary Tales for Daughters

Tales of the hapless, feckless and foolish stand as warnings in this darkly-comic, beautifully animated new show of song and live music. Cautionary Tales is a musical foray into the heart of growing up and the peculiarities of parenting. Imagine the playfulness of Victoria Wood with the satirical bite of Tim Minchin…

Chopping Chillies

A hit at Edinburgh 2016: From Kerala to Camden, an epic, mystical tale of love, loss and soul-food. A cobbler and a cook concoct a delicious transcontinental enchantment as tragedy and chance entwine. Katie dreams of curries and chapattis; Ajna, of holy souls and reincarnation… A delightful, poetic, magical yarn that…

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Eamonn Fleming in association with Little Mighty Join Eammon Fleming, writer, performer and 'O' level biologist (GradeC) as he stumbles through the amazing world of Memory Palaces, False Memories and Werther's originals. Confabulation is a funny and startling show about not being able to trust a single thing you…

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

You've heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl but what is a Hounslow Girl? From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is the funny, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up in London in a traditional Muslim family. Suitable for 14yrs up Tickets £14, £12…

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

Blunderbus Theatre Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina! The very funny tale of a small…

Dr Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond - NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic - combines both of his 2016 sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows in one unforgettable evening. Laugh, sort your life out, stay sane, plan your death and save the NHS - all in only 99 minutes. “If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should…

The Explorer

Lori Hopkins presents An unexpected crash-landing and a whole host of surprises… will the Explorer ever make it back home? A delightful new marionette show performed by puppeteer, Lori Hopkins, (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt for Little Angel Theatre). After crash landing on an unusual island, the brave Explorer…

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • New Zealand
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi
  • Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima te Wiata
  • UK release: 16 September 2016

Urban malcontent Ricky (Dennison) reluctantly goes to the NZ countryside with foster aunt Bella (te Wiata) and her gruff husband Hec (Neill). When a tragic event prompts Ricky to run off, Hec goes after him, but the authorities assume that Hec's kidnapped Ricky. Simple, affecting comedy that builds into full-on action…

Huw Warren Trio Brasil

Trio Brasil is award-winning Welsh pianist Huw Warren’s celebration of his lifelong love affair with the music of Brazil. Re-interpreting familiar and less familiar Brazilian classics by Hermeto Pascoal, Tom Jobin, Joyce, Guinga, Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha and more… The incredible diversity of Samba, Baião, Forró…

I, Daniel Blake

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK/France
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Newly widowed Newcastle joiner Daniel (Johns) has worked all his life, but when his doctor tells him that his heart condition means he can't work, the welfare system disagrees. Familiar territory for Loach and screenwriter Laverty but despite unapologetic heartstring-tugging, the subject – the system's intrinsic cruelty…

Irish Mythen

KJM Music presents Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour - an Irish-born Canadian folk artist who has been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. Her presence and charisma simply command attention, and regardless of where she takes the stage, she delivers a musical and emotional…

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It's OK I'm Dealing With It

The Hiccup Project The Old Town Hall is delighted to present a preview of The Hiccup Project's latest show, It's Ok I'm Dealing With It. Meet Cristina and Chess, the two ‘okay’ experts. They welcome you to our foolproof, step-by-step guide in ‘how to be okay’. No tears, no problem, no stress. They’ve sorted it, and…

Jeff Williams Band

Raestar Promotions Like all masters of a genre, Jeff Williams has profoundly internalised the traditions of jazz without being tyrannised by its conventions. Fusing and remixing his influences into his own unique voice, he refuses to constrain himself to a single stylistic approach. Jazz gig in the Cellar Club.…

Thu 30 Mar

Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian

Katy Brand’s hit Edinburgh Festival show I Was a Teenage Christian is an honest, fascinating and funny exploration of her self-imposed conversion and total immersion in evangelical Christianity. One Sunday, aged 13, Katy went to a local church service and became a fundamentalist Christian. From then on she attended…


The Old Town Hall in association with Trestle The Old Town Hall is delighted to present a collaborative project between Trestle Theatre Company and M-ask, a new theatre group formed of young people from Dacorum, culminating in this devised theatre piece that integrates mask and physical theatre. The project has looked…

Metropolitan Opera: amorphosis

Adapted by Stephen Berkoff from the novella by Franz Kafka Waking to find himself transformed into a dung beetle, Gregor must now seriously consider his options. One of the most resonantly strange stories ever brought to the stage, this highly acclaimed adaptation by Berkoff plunges into the extremity of Kafka's…

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Mitch Benn: Don't Fear The Reaper

It's been a morbid time for "the country's leading musical satirist" (The Times); he's turned 46 - over the hill by anyone's standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him…Mitch confronts his - and YOUR…


Big Wooden Horse One day Monty found a book 'Inventions Very Rare' Create yourself a monster friend BUT ONLY IF YOU DARE! This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters…

Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-ups!)

Electric Talent Time travelling magic duo 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 extravanganza! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of…

Romeo and Juliet

Sweaty, stripped back Shakespeare. The Actors, The Audience. The Text. Merely Theatre Company's minimalist, gender-blind emphasis on accessibility and clear storytelling, bring Shakespeare's words to vivid life. Romeo and Juliet; young love in all its raw and savage beauty. The show drives through action-packed…

Sara Pascoe: Animal

Intelligent observations and quirky storytelling from the actress and stand-up.

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Screaming Blue Murder

In The Cellar Club Do Mondays always feel like the worst day of the week? then come on down to The Cellar Club and let the best and brightest comedians on the circuit put a smile on your face! Screaming Blue Murder (or SBM to its friends) is The Old Town Hall's resident monthly comedy club. Don't miss out! Early…

…and 2 more dates until 26 Jun


  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • Directed by: Garth Jennings
  • Written by: Garth Jennings
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson

A koala named Buster Moon hosts the world's greatest singing competition in the hope of restoring his theatre to its former glory.

Steve Gribbin: Shunted Again

Veteran train traveller and highly experienced stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of Britain’s Railway system. Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that’s enough to drive you to drive. It’s the antidote to Michael…

Strange Face - Adventures with a lost Nick Drake Recording

Writer and performer Michael Burdett discovered a Nick Drake recording in a skip in the 1970's. Thirty years later he decided to share it in a unique and extraordinary way. He set off round the country offering strangers the opportunity to listen to it in exchange for being photographed. Billy Bragg, Tom Stoppard, Fearne…

Stuart Goldsmith - Compared to What

Fresh from appearances on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central’ (Comedy Central), ‘As Yet Untitled’ (Dave) and a month of packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe, Stuart Goldsmith presents a new hour of funny, not entirely about becoming a parent. The host of the ‘Comedian’s Comedian Podcast’ (over 6 million downloads…

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The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Pigtail Productions "My name is Moon and I have a story to tell…" Gather round, gather round for the Moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea.

The Thing That Came From Over There

It’s 1912, and as Scott and Amundsen begin their race across Antarctica, the hapless explorer, Captain Reginald Cranston, has accidentally landed on the wrong side of the continent. As Cranston and his motley band set up base camp, a meteor crashes nearby. Deciding to investigate, they set out towards the crash site…

Tina May

Tina May returns to The Old Town Hall with her band to celebrate her favourite ‘Divas’ - Ella Fitzgerald in particular in this centenary year of her birth. She is joined by a swinging band of musicians: Frank Griffith on saxophone, John Pierce on piano, Dave Green on the double bass with Steve Brown on the drums.

The Vanishing Man

“I’ve been able to work out, deconstruct and rebuild every trick I’ve ever seen. Except this one.” Hugo Cedar was an Edwardian magician known as The Vanishing Man; he created the perfect trick and then disappeared forever, but his story lives on… Directors and performers Simon Evans (magical consultant to the…

Wow! Said the Owl

Little Angel Theatre Company Explore the wow-world of colours with this curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what day light brings. From the warm pink glow of dawn through to a day filled with the bright colours of green leaves, blue sky, grey clouds and, finally, a stunning rainbow — ‘WOW!’.

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