Harpenden Public Halls shepherd in new season

A NEW season is about to get underway at Harpenden Public Halls with a mixture of contemporary classics, comedy, live music and family shows culminating in this year’s pantomime Aladdin.

The Swinging Blue Jeans, the band behind such hits as Hippy Hippy Shake, Good Golly Miss Molly and You’re No Good, get the season off to a flying start on September 9.

Elio Pace follows on September 15 as he launches his new album with a UK tour while on November 13, Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds play their eclectic style of punk tunes on folk instruments.

The Icarus Theatre Collective put on a contemporary new production of Macbeth on September 26 while two young boys escaping the ravages of World War II get more than they bargained for in Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Friend or Foe on November 7.

The theatre also plays host to a number of comedians starting with Canadian funny man Craig Campbell on September 22 who promises an eccentric night of live comedy.

Dave Spikey takes a turn on October 13 as part of his Words Don’t Come Easy tour while Shappi Khorsandi returns with her new Edinburgh show Me and My Brother in our Pants Holding Hands on October 28.

Lee Hurst, who visits on November 20 with his show Man vs Woman, is performing live for the first time in a decade and new comedy is represented by Dan Antopolski.

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“Mr Nice” Howard Marks talks about his life and his autobiography at the theatre on October 15 while on November 4 it is the turn of cricket commentator Henry Blofeld.

Politics are represented by Ann Widdecombe on October 20 and Tony Benn, November 8, who discuss life at the forefront of the British political scene.

Antiques expert Eric Knowles drops in on November 11 and will be evaluating people’s items before the show.

For children, there is a return visit for Blunderbuss performing the classic children’s tale Elmer the Elephant on October 17 and Scamp Theatre also returns with The Stick Man on November 5, an adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson.

The season ends with Aladdin from December 15 to 18 starring CBBC stars Big Howard Little Howard.

Tickets for all shows are now on sale from the box office on 01582 767525 or go to www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk