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 Rayner Quintet

Raestar Promotions presents The Alison Rayner Quintet'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

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…

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…

Confabulation

Eamonn Fleming in association with Little Mighty Join Eammon Fleming, writer, performer and 'O' level biologist (Grade C) 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

Commissioned by Ovalhouse Supported by Black Theatre Live 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…

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

Adapted from the best selling children's book by Anna Kemp, Blunderbus Theatre Company present the story of a plucky young puppy who believes he can be a ballerina.

The Girl on the Train

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tate Taylor
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux

Rachel (Blunt) spies on people from her commute to work, including ice queen Megan (Bennett) and her neighbour Anna (Ferguson). Then Megan disappears. Glossy but strangely unsuspenseful thriller which sticks too close to the book to be unpredictable, but there are refreshingly many decent roles for women, and Blunt is raw…

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…

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. Kit Downes (A Mercury nominee) on…

Thu 30 Mar

Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

  • 2 stars

The comedian tells the true story of when she was the member of a teenage church group.

Kubo and the Two Strings

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Travis Knight
  • Cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei
  • UK release: 9 September 2016

One-eyed origami expert Kubo (Parkinson) joins forces with no-nonsense Monkey (Theron) and goofy human/insect warrior Beetle (McConaughey) on a quest to defeat the Moon King (Fiennes). Breathtakingly beautiful stop-motion animation, maybe too scary for young kids, but with plenty of humour, fine voice performances and a…

Lion

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • Australia/UK/US
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Garth Davis
  • Written by: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies
  • Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.

M-ask

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…

March of the Penguins

  • 3 stars
  • 2005
  • France
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Luc Jacquet
  • Written by: Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler

Delightful if fairly routine (in a Discovery Channel kind of way) documentary which follows the Emperor Penguins' annual attempt to bring new life into the freezing climbs of Antarctica. Morgan Freeman's rich, cheesy voice-over makes the film.

Mark Thomas - Predictable - Work in Progress

Few predicted the events of the past year. Mark sets out to find what the future has in store for us by asking the audience what their predictions for the future are, creating a fantastical, hilarious and sometimes accurate vision of the world. This show is all about gambling on the future. Based along the lines…

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 dark…

Moana

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Cast: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk
  • UK release: 2 December 2016

Moana (Carvalho) is a plucky Polynesian girl who revives the voyaging tradition of her island tribe, with the help of buffoonish demigod Maui (Johnson, exuberantly sending himself up.) The unabashed positivity is pure Disney but Bush's zingy screenplay satirises the studio's princess obsession and there's a refreshing…

Monstersaurus

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…

Phill Jupitus - Work in Progress

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus as he tries out new material ahead of Edinburgh Fringe! Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. As well as live stand up shows all over the UK…

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.

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…

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

  • 1954
  • US
  • 102 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Stanley Donen
  • Cast: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

When a backwoodsman takes his wife to his home farm in Oregon back in 1850, his six brothers realise they would also like to find wives.

Sing

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

Koala impresario Buster Moon (McConaughey) decides to save his ailing theatre with a singing competition. Most of the humour comes from cute critters singing occasionally inappropriate songs; the plot is spread far too thin and there no real surprises, but it ticks the usual boxes.

Some Like It Hot

  • 5 stars
  • 1959
  • US
  • 120 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E Brown, Pat O'Brien

Two impecunious male musicians inadvertently witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre and take refuge in Florida with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators, an all-female band. Brilliant, brittle, crackerjack farce with all concerned at a peak in their careers.

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…

Storks

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 89 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
  • Written by: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

Storks used to deliver babies, but now they run an Amazon-style delivery service; then ambitious stork Junior (Samberg) and colleague Tulip (Crown) have to deliver an actual baby. Colourful animation and some amusing voice work can't fix the gigantic plot holes, which will leave both parents and kids scratching their heads.

A Street Cat Named Bob

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Cast: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head
  • UK release: 4 November 2016

James (Treadaway) is a homeless heroin addict who gets onto a support programme, which offers him a flat on condition he stick to the rules. Enter the titular cat, which forces James to care for something else. Based on a true story; Treadaway is very watchable, and Bob the cat is (largely) played by himself. Gritty and…

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
  • UK release: 2 December 2016

The story of pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (Hanks), who became an unassuming hero in 2009 after successfully ditching a US Airways Airbus 320 on the Hudson River. Eckhart gives strong support as co-pilot Jeff Skiles but the film belongs to Hanks, whose understated performance, with the skilful re-enactments of the…

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.

Trolls

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mike Mitchell
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani
  • UK release: 21 October 2016

Trolls are cute creatures who love EDM and warm hugs, but they're preyed on by Bergens, toothy monsters who think eating Trolls will bring happiness. Hyperactive buddy movie with dazzling visuals and lots of ditzy fun, but not as fresh or original as some of the competition.

A United Kingdom

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
  • UK release: 25 November 2016

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

Write Here Write Now: Script Showcase Night

A creative evening of script readings presented by writers from The Old Town Hall's scriptwriting group, Write Here Write Now. Come and listen to some works in progress, with colourful characters and imaginative settings in the intimacy of The Old Town Hall's Cellar Club. £2.50

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