Take your pick from trio of entertainment at Hemel’s Old Town Hall

Mandela: Let Freedom Reign is at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead.
Mandela: Let Freedom Reign is at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead.

A trio of drama, talented jazz musicians and entertaining comedy is booked in for Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall.

The popular venue has an adaptation from Darryl Van Leer of the remarkable story of Nelson Mandela’s early life and time spent in prison.

There’s also a selection of music from jazz composer Charles Mingus from Arnie Somogyi and then on Saturday, October 18 the entertaining Candian comic Peter Johansson with his Several Jokes.

Scenes in the City led by Arnie Somogyi on bass, features Karen Sharp - Baritone, Tony Kofi - Alto, Jeremy Price - trombone, Mark Edwards - piano and Clark Tracey - drums.

It draws its repertoire from the music from the great jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus and will be at the High Street venue on Thursday, October 16 at 8pm.

Tickets cost £12, £10 concessions, £8 Herts Jazz members/Dacorum Card holders, £5 students and under 21s.

Mandela: Let Freedom Reign sees Nelson Mandela return from the grave to retell his remarkable, inspiring story from his early life, the struggle against the evil apartheid regime through to taking up the leadership of the South African people.

He describes the 27 dark years spent in prison, including the time on Robben Island. The performance details his victorious release from prison, to his election as the first black President of South Africa and ultimately to his renowned inaugural address in which he urges all in the new Rainbow Nation to ‘Let Freedom Reign’.

It is written and performed by Darryl Van Leer and will be on the Old Town stage on Friday, October 17 from 8pm.

Tickets cost £12, £10 concessions, £9 for Dacorum Card holders and £5 Upstaged.

After touring the country with Reginald D Hunter, Pete Johansson is bringing his solo tour - Several Jokes - to the Old Town Hall.

His performance has been described as ‘supremely entertaining’ by The Independent.

Johanssonhas a number of notable television appearances under his belt, including Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, CTV’s Comendy Now, CBC’s Comics! and CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.

Several Jokes, at the Old Town Hall on Saturday, October 18 from 8pm, is suitable for those aged 16 and over. Tickets cost £12, £10 concessions.