Read Hall about it, Hemel Hempstead venue is back for a new season with a new look

In theatre parlance Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall has been ‘dark’ over the summer – that’s what the luvvies say when the doors are closed and there’s nothing going on.

The doors may have been closed, but there’s been plenty going on behind the scenes.

Brian Appleton

Brian Appleton

There was a string of family-friendly shows mounted elsewhere in the borough, for starters.

But workers have also been beavering away at a refit to make the venue more welcoming to all.

And you can see the results of that when the doors open again next week.

The first show on offer in the autumn season is a blockbuster movie, but with young families in mind.

If you steered clear of Skyfall at the cinema because your little tots made a trip out too tricky to organise or too expensive, then take advantage of the Baby Blockbuster deal – the film is screened next Thursday, September 19 at a family-friendly 11am and it only costs £3 a ticket.

There’s a Baby Blockbuster show at the High Street venue once a month as well as family films on a Saturday morning – keep an eye on the website at for all the details.

There’s also a family feel to the first ‘live’ show of the season, on Saturday, September 21 at 2.30pm.

Garlic Theatre’s There’s A Monster In My Piano show is billed as suitable for children aged four and over, and promises a magical, musical, monsterrific masterpiece which delights children and adults and stars puppets, clowning, animation and a very highly strung monster indeed.

Grown-ups are catered for with comedy from Brian Appleton’s History of the World in Three Darts on Tuesday, September 24 – bitter and twisted media studies lecturer Brian is another slice of spot-on character comedy from Graham Fellows, who is also the creator of cult figure John Shuttleworth.