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Watford Palace Theatre

Based in the heart of Watford, the Palace engages tens of thousands of people each year through its produced, commissioned and presented programme of high-quality theatre and dance, community events and exciting opportunities to participate. The Palace also screens film and boasts an extensive programme of live and recorded screenings of theatre, dance and opera.

The beautiful 600-seat Edwardian Palace Theatre is a grade 2 listed building. Refurbished in 2004, the theatre offers modern and accessible facilities including its own rehearsal studio and wardrobe and scenic workshop.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £825,000
  • 2013-2014: £825,000
  • 2014-2015: £825,000

Video feed

Cast and Creatives talk about Shiver

Director Derek Bond, writer Daniel Kanaber and the cast of our new play Shiver talk about funerals, father-son relationships and squeaky shoes in our latest video interview. Shiver will open at Watford Palace Theatre on 3 February, starring David Horovitch, Ben Caplan and Ilan Goodman. Tickets from £10 Film by Dan Rollings Photography by Manuel Harlan

Christmas is coming to Watford Palace Theatre

This year's panto is Robin Hood! 6 - 28 December Join us for a proper family pantomime, with live musicians onstage, stunning sets and costumes, plenty of audience participation, and song, dance and slapstick performed straight from the heart by a talented company of first-rate actors, most of whom have performed in previous Palace pantomimes.

MummyJi Presents - The 2012 Highlights

MummyJi is on a mission to search out the best talent, introducing you to more fresh and exciting British Asian variety artists. MummyJi returns to Watford Palace Theatre from 7 to 9 November 2013, with a whole new line up of exciting talents. MummyJi Presents (2012) was written and Directed by Pravesh Kumar. Produced by Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre. Commissioned by BBC and Arts Council for 2012.

Ideal World Season

Three new plays commissioned by Watford Palace Theatre - performed in rep - that explore the human consequences of the digital revolution. 19 Sep - 19 Oct #PERFECTMATCHplay by Gary Owen #VIRGINplay by E. V. Crowe #OVERRIDEplay by Stacey Gregg

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Interviews with the cast of Equally Divided

To introduce you to the characters of Equally Divided we have filmed some interviews with the cast and rehearsal titbits. Equally Divided is Ronald Harwood's all-too-human comedy about the ever-dutiful Edith and her glamorous sister Renata, who has always got all the attention (and all the husbands). The play begins just after the funeral of their mother, who has left behind an impressive collection of antiques, provoking a visit from the handsome, widowed family solicitor. This major revival of Equally Divided is directed by the Palace's Artistic Director and stars Beverley Klein, it opens on 7 February. Click here to find out more and book tickets.

The Tempest - building the set time lapse

Our next production is a fun and inventive, hour-long version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, performed by four actor-musicians. From the rehearsal room, here's a time lapse video of cast & crew building the set. Presented by Watford Palace Theatre in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council Children's Services.

The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

To mark the opening of Mother Goose at Watford Palace Theatre we have worked in collaboration with students at West Herts College to produce this unique film. Charming illustrations by Alex Graham come to life to introduce you to the central characters of our Pantomime, in an animation by Dan Rollings. Mother Goose opens at the Palace next Friday, 7 December and runs until 29 December. Find out more and book tickets:

Watership Down

Watford Palace Theatre in partnership with HCC Children's Services present Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre's "WATERSHIP DOWN".

Audience reactions to Medea at Watford Palace Theatre

Audience members share their thoughts after watching Medea at Watford Palace Theatre. Mike Bartlett's modern adaptation is a shockingly contemporary take on Euripides' chilling tragedy. A co-production by Watford Palace Theatre, Headlong and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

Audience reactions to Lost in Yonkers

On the opening night of Lost in Yonkers at Watford Palace Theatre, audience members tell us what they thought. Neil Simon's bittersweet Pulitzer prize-winning play, set in 1940s New York, tells the story of teenage brothers Jay and Arty whose lives are turned upside down when they are sent to stay with their steely Grandmother Kurnitz .

Derek Bond on Lost in Yonkers at Watford Palace Theatre

Director Derek Bond discusses his upcoming play at Watford Palace Theatre, Lost in Yonkers. Neil Simon's bittersweet Pulitzer prize-winning play, set in 1940s New York, tells the story of teenage brothers Jay and Arty whose lives are turned upside down when they are sent to stay with their steely Grandmother Kurnitz .

Watford Palace Theatre Autumn 2012 Season

Watford Palace Theatre is delighted to announce this season's Multibuy offer: GET TICKETS TO FOUR BRILLIANT PLAYS FOR THE PRICE OF THREE! Lost in Yonkers: Neil Simon's bittersweet, Pulitzer prize winning play set in 1940s New York. 13 - 6 October Medea: Euripides' classic tragedy re-imagined by acclaimed playwright Mike Bartlett (Love, Love, Love). 16 - 27 October Our Country's Good: Timberlake Wertenbaker's breathtaking play about the redemptive power of art in the first convict colony. 6 - 10 November Duet for One: Multi-award winning play about a violinist's journey of self-discovery. 20 - 24 November

The Secret Life of Ants - After the Rainfall

Watford Palace Theatre's co-production with curious directive, explores human interaction in relation to the habits and customs of ants. We wanted to know more, and thought you might to, so we asked their scientific advisor, Simon Watt to explain. Did you know ants invented farming long before we did? See After the Rainfall at Watford Palace Theatre 30-31 August "...intelligent, highly original theatre" Telegraph ★★★★

Imagine Watford 2012 Photography Competition

A slideshow of all of the wonderful entries we had for #iwphotocomp, and announcing our winner!

The Real

Henry is a brilliant and celebrated playwright. His new play examines the complexity of love and infidelity, with his wife Charlotte in the starring role. But Henry's reality and fiction blur when passions ignite and his own marriage becomes entwined with that of Charlotte's co-star Max -- and Max's wife Annie. As Henry struggles to write, the players in this game of deceit and lust are all searching: but can any of them find The Real Thing? Sparklingly witty and genuinely moving, this is one of his most enduring and richly acclaimed works (Evening Standard Award: Best Play, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award: Best Play, Tony Award: Best Play). English Touring Theatre, the producers of last November's 'Tartuffe' and co-producers with the Palace of 2011's 'Great Expectations', join forces with the celebrated West Yorkshire Playhouse to stage this electrifying new production of Stoppard's cunning exposé of love and betrayal.

Imagine Watford 2011 Highlights

Following the huge sucess of last year's festival, Imagine Watford is back from 21 June -1 July 2012. For two remarkable weeks Watford Town centre will be transformed by incredible world class performance on our streets. Experience the unexpected - for free! Watford Town Centre will be transformed into a hub of live art, from a range of international companies. From giant insects to bungee-assisted dance, hair sculpture to a sweetshop with a difference, Imagine Watford 2012 is set to be a memorable event...

Our Brother David - Cast and Creative Team Interviews

Our Brother David - Watford Palace Theatre - 13 - 28 April 2012

Our Father - Director & Cast Interview

Our Father Trailer

See the world-premiere production of Charlotte Keatley's major new play Our Father at the Watford Palace Theatre from 17 Feb - 3 Mar. Our Father is a powerful and gripping story of fear and forgiveness. A young woman on the eve of her 30th birthday returns to her parents' home in the sweeping hills of the Peak District. But the house is full of memories, and down by the reservoir she hears a voice from a drowned village. In time, every secret must come to the surface...

Pooja Ghai on Rifco Arts: A Celebration

We sat down with Pooja Ghair (Eastenders, Doctors, Great Expectations, The Deranged Marriage) to talk about how rehearsals are going for Rifco Arts: A Celebration! Playing: Thu 26 May at 7.45pm Fri 27 May at 7.45pm Call 01923 225671 to book, or visit our website for more info and to book online.

Ameet Chana on Rifco Arts: A Celebration

We sat down with Ameet Chana (Bend It Like Beckham, Bollywood 2000 Tour, Eastenders, Casualty) to talk about how rehearsals are going for Rifco Arts: A Celebration! Playing: Thu 26 May at 7.45pm Fri 27 May at 7.45pm Call 01923 225671 to book, or visit our website for more info and to book online.

Time Of My Life - Director Brigid Larmour

'That was probably one of the best, the happiest moments of our lives. Only the trouble with those sorts of moments is that you seldom ever realise what they are -- until they've gone...' It is Laura Stratton's fifty-fourth birthday and a small family celebration has been organised by her husband Gerry at their favourite restaurant. All seems well on the surface, but scratch a little deeper and the cracks begin to show... With finely observed characters and truly authentic dialogue, Time of My Life paints a deftly comic picture of the excruciating tensions that can underlie family get-togethers, and the fragility of both success and true happiness. You can be sure that disaster lies no farther than a brandy glass away. The Palace's Artistic Director, Brigid Larmour, directs this modern classic by one of the greatest British playwrights of our time. Brigid's recent productions include the sell-out Von Ribbentrop's Watch, Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian (nominated for 2010 TMA Best New Play award), My Mother Said I Never Should and Ayckbourn's Absent Friends.

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