2018 marks the 110th Watford Palace Theatre anniversary. The historic venue was established in 1908 and it is still a beloved piece of local architecture which is adored by the local community. The Palace Theatre will celebrate its anniversary with a series of special performances. An online exhibition will also showcase the theatre’s past.
The Watford Palace Theatre was built in June 1908, and it opened to the public in December that year. Watford residents would attend variety performances and pantomimes at the grand new theatre. In addition to hosting touring shows, the Palace Theatre has produced original content for more than 100 years. The theatre is a Grade II listed building.
Jimmy Perry became the manager of the Palace in the 1960s. He was a respected writer who created classic sitcoms such as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, and also Hi-De-Hi. Perry also wrote the well-known Dad’s Army theme tune, Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler? The actor and writer is an important part of Watford’s past.
In 2008, the theatre underwent extensive renovation. A grant from the lottery meant that the theatre could be refurbished, with a new cafe and restaurant added. The front of the building has also been modernised.
To mark the Watford Palace Theatre anniversary, there will be a special performance of Much Ado About Nothing. The Shakespeare classic will be performed by an all-female cast. This is a first for the Palace Theatre. Archive materials relating to the theatre will also be published online. The free collection can be accessed online.
Finally, the occasion will be marked with a series of short performances. Local author Ian Scleater has created several short pieces which reflect on each of the eleven decades of Palace Theatre history. The performances are exclusively online. Scleater is the author of The Story of the Palace Theatre. The book is available locally. Check out Watford’s bookstores to find a copy. You could also check it out at Watford Library on Hempstead Road.
The Plumber Watford team loves a trip to the theatre. The Palace is perfect for staff nights out, and also for fun with friends and family during our days off. From Shakespeare to contemporary works, there is something for everyone at the Palace Theatre. Go during the day to check out the dining facilities. The theatre hosts workshops for children and adults, and it is also a great venue for school performances, private events, and even weddings.
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