There’s a spring in the step of the team at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall as the new year begins – because more eagerly-anticipated improvements are on the cards at the historic venue.
The second phase of a refurbishment project is now getting started, and will run until May.
Sadly that means that the new gallery and cafe bar will have to shut up shop for the duration, but the OTH team promise it will be worth the sacrifice.
The refit will enable them to open up the Cellar Club for the first time in 12 years, and sights are firmly set on establishing it as one of the best small performance venues in Hertfordshire.
But before then there’s a varied programme of events on offer, and tickets go on sale at noon next Friday, January 10.
There will be folk and blues music evenings with award winning artists Jackie Oates and the Young’uns, sax legend Snake Davis and a special acoustic showcase compered by popular local performer Daria Kulesh.
On the comedy front it’s funny women to the fore – firm favourites Susan Calman and Jo Caulfield are both booked in.
So is shaggy haired shaggy dog story expert Tom Wrigglesworth, and the Screaming Blue Murder comedy club will be doing their bit to dispel the winter chills as well.
For the romantics, Valentine’s Day will feature a screening of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and recent big screen hits like Captain Philips and Philomena will also be screened at family-friendly prices.
On the family front, there’s a varied programme of performances created with little ones in mind to enjoy.
You can book tickets on 01442 228091 or online at oldtownhall.co.uk, and that’s the address to use if you want to sign up to the mailing list and be kept in the picture about forthcoming shows.