Get ready for a Red hot chilled summer season

England Away is one of the shows on at Old Town Hall for what is a red hot chilled summer season
England Away is one of the shows on at Old Town Hall for what is a red hot chilled summer season

The Old Town Hall summer programme promises to be as varied as the weather over the next few months.

From red hot to ice cool, the Old Town Hall is putting on something to tempt all lovers of the arts this season.

The Cellar Club has been ‘remarkably transformed’, from fondly remembered ugly duckling to thoroughly modern elegant swan, the OTH will be holding a celebratory launch event be later this year.

Drama makes a welcome return this season, with a special mention for England Away on Saturday May 3, local boy Eddie Brimstone tells the tale of the nature of Englishness and a certain football match where our winning margin was 5-1.

New writing comes in the form of Bitch Boxer and The Sistren. Powerful pieces that punch above their fighting weight. In commemoration of the centenary of the commencement of the First World War OTH presents War Correspondent – a music/drama composition that has played to critical acclaim in London and the north west.

HG Wells is honoured in the re-telling of The Time Machine, take a hearty chuckle at the expense of Downton Abbey with The Only Way is Downtown and in The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe witness the final hours and minutes in the life of the iconic screen goddess.

A spokesman for OTH said: “This is a drama season to leave you breathless.

“But there are some musical big hitters this season too from both home and away, starting with Polly and The Billets Doux with their mad fusion of blues, rock n roll, folk and pop.”

Spiritually travel across the sea to Ireland for the haunting melodies of Caladh Nua; indulge in the folk/world music of The Hut People and then welcome a slice of Canada in the form of Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.

Added to the mix is the regular Acoustic Café gigs (currently taking place in the High Street’s Rose and Crown). And finally there is the inaugural Dacorum Folk Fest on Saturday July 19.

Tickets for England away, which remembers the night before England thrashed Germany 5-1 in 2011 are £12, £10 concessions.

War Correspondents takes place on Thursday May 8 and Friday May 9, at 8pm. Tickets are £14, £10 concession while The Only Way is Downton is on Saturday May 10 at 8pm. Tickets are £12, £10 concession.

Box office 01442 228091.