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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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…

Bastille Day

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Watkins
  • Written by: Andrew Baldwin
  • Cast: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Kelly Reilly
  • UK release: 22 April 2016

Sean Briar (Elba) is a tough CIA agent who uncovers a bomb plot in Paris. Frenetic thriller which comes across like Elba's audition for 007; the France terror attacks of November 2015 make it seem ill-timed but it's fast, furious and (sometimes unintentionally) funny.

Belshazzar’s Feast

Playpen On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow…

The Cabin in the Woods

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Drew Goddard
  • Written by: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
  • UK release: 13 April 2012

Five sex- and booze-fuelled teenagers get more than they bargained for when they holiday in an isolated log cabin. Co-creators Whedon (Buffy) and Goddard (Cloverfield) deliver the most original horror movie of the year, with something in its box of tricks to scare everyone.

Christmas Gothic

Dyad Productions Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations. A time of ghosts. Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting…

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The Collector

Kathryn Barker productions The Collector is a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq and born out of Henry Naylor's own experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase in 2003. Relevant, political theatre, it was one of the most highly-acclaimed shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a…

Tue 1 Nov

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

One of the best loved classics for children comes to life, literally. Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie.

Daoirí Farrell

Powerful Irish traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell from Dublin, is the new voice of Irish traditional music. In Daoirí Farrell distinct, perceptive and fluid vocals are teamed with an instrumental musicianship honed through years of study, all driven by a deep love of Irish…

Thu 17 Nov

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…

An Elephant In The Garden

Poonamallee Productions and Northcott Theatre, Exeter Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary…

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Eye in the Sky

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gavin Hood
  • Written by: Guy Hibbert
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

When a military operation to bring in a radicalised Englishwoman turns into a planned drone strike, commanding officer Katherine Powell (Mirren) and her colleagues have to juggle military necessity with saving civilian lives. Nerve-shredding and thought-provoking against-the-clock thriller which probes the moral grey…

Finding Dory

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton
  • Written by: Victoria Strouse
  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe
  • UK release: 29 July 2016

In the sequel to the much-loved Finding Nemo, annoyingly forgetful Dory goes on an adventure to find her family, crossing three oceans to get to them with Marlon and Nemo just a swish behind her.

Florence Foster Jenkins

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 110 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
  • UK release: 6 May 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) is a wealthy, cultured New York socialite, who insists on performing as a soprano in spite of a total inability to sing. Streep throws herself endearingly into the role, Grant is wonderful as her debonair husband and Frears keeps a confident balance of uproarious laughs and genuine pathos.

Get Set Go Dacorum - Let's Dance

Get Set Go Dacorum: Let’s Dance – a happy fusion of getting active, getting involved and getting healthy through the power of dance and movement. If you are 55 years and over, looking to mix dance and fitness then this may be the activity for you. There are two dance classes held in the theatre at The Old Town Hall on a…

…and 3 more dates until 12 Dec

Haunted Halloween

The beautifully restored Old Town High Street creates the perfect backdrop for Halloween fun this October. Will you brave the ghost train and other freaky fairground rides? Or perhaps you'll have an eerie encounter with one of the Old Town Ghosts…And watch out for the stilt walkers as they parade up and down the High…

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The Haunting Of Exham Priory

HP Lovecraft's classic Gothic chiller is given a high Gothic adaptation by Rumpus Theatre Company.

A Hologram for the King

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • UK/France/German/US
  • 98 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Tykwer
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Side Babette Knudsen, Ben Whishaw, Sarita Choudhury
  • UK release: 20 May 2016

Alan Clay (Hanks) is a washed-up American businessman trying to set up an IT deal with the Saudi King. Based on Dave Eggers's 2012 novel; although the female roles are underwritten, Hanks is on song as the central character in a quirky adult maturation story told with real panache and atmosphere.

Jay Phelps

The Old Town Hall in association with Raestar Promotions Trumpeter Jay Phelps is a Vancouver-born Canadian with an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone. He was tutored by the city’s top jazz and classical trumpeters and distinguished himself early on as the youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International…

Thu 24 Nov

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The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

Key Change

Open Clasp Theatre Company What do women in prison say to a captured audience of men? Devised with women in Her Majesty's Prison Low Newton to tour to male prisons, Key Change carries the stories of some of the UK’s most marginalised women over the razor wire through an intense, raw and illuminating portrayal of…

Fri 18 Nov

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Love & Friendship

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • Ireland/Netherlands/France/US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Whit Stillman
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry

Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) is penniless, selfish and keen to marry off her nelfected daughter to the nearest wealthy dolt, but she's also smart, witty and beautiful. Stillman gives a wickedly droll adaptation of Jane Austen's short novel, choicely acted by the whole ensemble.


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…

The Nice Guys

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Shane Black
  • Written by: Anthony Bagarozzi, Shane Black
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
  • UK release: 3 June 2016

Los Angeles, 1977: gruff enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) teams up with rather useless private eye Holland March (Gosling) to investigate the murder of a porn star. Obscenely entertaining period comedy from director/co-writer Black, sublimely silly and wonderfully inappropriate. Gosling is superb, while Crowe displays a…

Our Kind of Traitor

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Susanna White
  • Written by: Hossein Amini (screenplay), John le Carré (novel)
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Mark Gatiss
  • UK release: 13 May 2016

Middle-class couple Perry (McGregor) and Gail (Harris) are dining in a Marrakech restaurant when a wealthy Russian criminal (Skarsgård) invites himself into their lives. despite all the cover-ups and conspiracies, it works best as a study of Perry and Gail's frayed relationship. Solid rather than spectacular.


The Long Nose Puppet Company present a puppet show based on the book written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Polly Dunbar. Suitable for all ages, particularly ages 2–8.

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A Real Fairy Story

Ripstop Theatre A show full of wonder, mayhem and close encounters of the fairy kind. Miss Amelia Buttersnap is an expert on fairies but she has never even seen one! She needs to photograph one for her book but how can she get one? With the help of an assortment of gadgets and her wise cat she finds herself in…

Sara Pascoe - Animal

Sara Pascoe is an animal. After publishing a book exploring the evolution of the female body, Sara now considers further issues - will pornography lead to our extinction? Are humans naturally bad? How do we become better? Do we really have to die? and gulp, should she have a baby? As always Sara is honest and…

Screaming Blue Murder - Christmas Edition

It's that time of year again….The festive chuckle-fest that is the Christmas Screaming Blue Murder. The probability of snow is high, sightings of reindeer are on the increase and the chance of getting the present you always wanted instead of socks / bathsalts are stacked in your favour. OK, maybe not. But you'll…

Screaming Blue Murder - October

Dates for your diary Monday 19 September, 9pm Monday 31 October, 9pm Monday 14 November, 9pm Screaming Blue Murder (or SBM to its friends) continues to entertain down in the murky depths of The Cellar Club. If Mondays always seem like the worst day of the week, cheer yourself up with a dose of belly-laughs!

ShooShoobaby's Christmas Party

The "effortlessly funny" musical double act, ShooShooBaby, have a well-earned reputation for excellent singing and musicianship. Their unashamedly sparkly and flamboyant Christmas Party includes witty new arrangements of much-loved songs alongside some less well-known vintage gems such as 'Angie the Christmas Tree Angel'.

Stephen K Amos: World Famous

Bound and Gagged presents Globe-trotting laughter master Stephen K Amos returns with his new touring show. In the last twelve months, Stephen has performed his unique brand of feel-good comedy all over England, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Australia…

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