What You Need To Know About Watford Palace Theatre:
Watford Palace Theatre is an Edwardian venue, which opened in 1908 and seats around 600 people. Today it is used for both live performances and film screenings.
You can choose from drama, dance, comedy, opera and children’s theatre, all of which regularly appear on the bill. There’s also an annual pantomime on offer to mark the festive season.
If it’s drama you’re after, you’re in the right place. The theatre works with a wide range of both new and established writers, which in recent years has included some of the most exciting names in theatre. Recent examples include Gary Owen, E.V. Crowe, Tom Wells and Stacey Gregg.
The theatre regularly collaborates with theatre companies who work with a diverse range of cultural groups in Britain, including tiata fahodzi and RIFCO Arts. In fact, Watford Palace Theatre was even awarded joint winner of the Promotion of Diversity Award at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015.
In 2004 the Grade II listed building went under a significant refurbishment. The building now boasts a rehearsal room and wardrobe space, as well as a new café/bar area.
Watford Palace Theatre’s current Artistic Director is Brigid Larmour.
Top Facts About Watford Palace Theatre:
- Watford Palace Theatre’s Creative Associates include the playwright Gary Owen, who is the author of Iphigenia In Splott, playwright and translator Timberlake Wertenbaker, and choreographer Kate Flatt.
- Touring company Up In Arms; tiata fahodzi, which is Britain’s leading African theatre company; British Asian theatre company RIFCO Arts; and the celebrated children’s theatre company Scamp Theatre are all on its list of Creative Associates.
- During the 1960s, the theatre was run by Jimmy Perry, who is best known as the co-author of Dad’s Army.
Key Information About Watford Palace Theatre:
Train: The closest train station is Watford Junction (mainline and London Overground trains), which is a ten-minute walk from the venue. You can also travel to and from Watford High Street (London Overground), which is 12-minutes’ walk from the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 318, 336, 352, 500, 501 and R2 all travel close to the theatre on Clarendon Road. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
The closest car parks are the intu Charter Place car park. You can also use the Sutton car park, which is accessible via Estcourt Road. Both are located very close to the theatre.
Watford Palace Theatre is completely wheelchair accessible and is fitted with lifts.
Wheelchair spaces are available in the Stalls, however they must be booked in advance. There are also accessible toilets.
The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red hearing system and headsets can be rented for a £5 deposit from the box office.
Working dogs are welcome in the theatre, including in the auditorium.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on: 01923 225671.
The theatre holds regular Audio-described and Captioned performances. Please visit the theatre’s website or call the box office to find out about future performances.
There is an in-house bar at the theatre where you can purchase drinks and light snacks before the performance and during the interval. The bar opens one hour before a performance starts.
The theatre is also located within easy walking distance of a large number of independent and chain restaurants in Watford.