Watford Palace Theatre is proud to be announcing a thrilling new vision, ambition, and season of work for Watford’s stunning 115-year-old venue. Complete with a full front of house makeover promising “the best cuppa tea in town” with a BYO food offer, plus brand-new opportunities for young people and communities to get involved.

New CEO & Director of Programming Steve Marmion said: “I’m thrilled to be
unveiling this programme of work and activities for this important and brilliant
theatre. Going right back to our Music Hall roots we have something for everyone
across a packed season of the very best in theatre, music, drag, comedy, and cabaret.

The Watford Palace Young Company has been re-imagined mirroring what we have
on our stage through regular groups and masterclasses covering everything from
stand-up to singing, drag and dance! We are also delighted to be re-launching our
front of house facilities with fast Wi-Fi, charging points and comfy chairs – you can
even bring a packed lunch – just let us do the drinks!”

World Premiere

The theatre will be marking Windrush day, and the scandal around the British
government’s treatment of those involved, with a brand-new stage adaptation of hit
BBC film Sitting in Limbo, produced by Viva Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre
The story follows Anthony Bryan, who, after 50 years in the UK, is wrongfully
detained by the Home Office and threatened with deportation.
The 2020 BBC film won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama. It was written by Bryan’s
half-brother, novelist Stephen S. Thompson and has been adapted for the stage by
Shenagh Cameron.

Running from 19 – 22 June 2024 at Watford Palace Theatre.


World Premiere, with a transfer to HOME, Manchester, and National Tour in 2025

A co-production between Watford Palace Theatre and Northern Players Theatre
Company and starring Barry Sloane (Jerusalem; Capt. Price in Call of Duty) and
Richard Short (Jerusalem; Grease) the story takes place six years after the bitter
break-up of The Beatles.

Paul pays a visit to John’s apartment in New York City. Unannounced. It would be the
final time they ever met. Two of Us is what may have happened that day and is the
story of two working class boys who loved each other.

Two Of Us was a major motion picture (Paramount) written by Mark Stanfield and
directed by Sir Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The play has been written by Stanfield, Short & Sloane with Scot Williams directing the production. It will also be touring to HOME in Manchester.

Running 13 – 21 September 2024 at Watford Palace Theatre – followed by a national
tour in 2025.


UK Premiere of the new version of this show, following a USA Tour (during the
election season: Charleston, Blacksburg, Boston, Ann Arbor, Durham, Minneapolis)

Coinciding with the (very likely) election activities of the Autumn this local
powerhouse has managed to tempt international theatre masters Ontroerend Goed
to perform their UK premiere of Fight Night, a show in which the audience all have
keypads and democracy runs riot as the actors are voted off the stage.

“Without even a single political reference, Ontroerend Goed’s Fight Night makes a
precarious analysis of the consensus politics our democratic system has fallen into.
That’s impressive.” – Evelyne Coussens, De Morgen

Running 24 – 26 October 2024 at Watford Palace Theatre.



A new pantomime written by Steve Marmion and directed by James Williams. Join
us for a magic carpet ride like no other, as Aladdin takes to the skies of Watford. Evil
baddie Abanazar – check! Glamorous Princess – check! Magical and funky genie –
check! And, of course, all the classics you expect from one of the longest running
pantos on the planet – big songs, great gags, and Dame Widow Twanky herself.
Consider all your Christmas wishes granted!

Christmas means Aladdin is landing his magic carpet at the Palace. This year will see
the show re-invigorated as the theatre combines it’s 100-years of panto producing
history with Steve’s huge experience of the style – having helmed iconic productions
at the Lyric Hammersmith, Oxford Playhouse and Hall for Cornwall.
Running 30 November – 31 December 2024 at Watford Palace Theatre.


Produced by Watford Palace Theatre, written by Charlie Josephine (Cowbois (RSC)),
directed by Prime Isaac and designed by Hazel Low.

“Women can’t box? You watch.”

The 2012 London Olympics is the first-time women are allowed to compete and Chloe Jackson is going to absolutely smash it, but sometimes life smashes back.
Channelling her aggression, fears, and determination into the disciplined world of
boxing, will Chloe defeat all in, and outside of the ring?

A show about love, about family, about destroying society’s expectations, and about
rebuilding them…See you in the ring.

Charlie Josephine’s (Cowbois at the RSC and I Joan at The Globe) debut play receives
its first major production in 10 years – at the theatre where they grew up. As a
former member of the Palace’s youth theatre, they began their working relationship
with new CEO Steve Marmion on a young people’s show at the theatre in 2005.

Running 28 February – 10 March 2025 at Watford Palace Theatre followed by a
National Tour in 2025.


Produced by Watford Palace Theatre and written and conceived by Jill Rogati,
Whipped Up! is an interactive performance for the trickiest of audience members –

It follows an eager-to-please 50s-style diner server on their first day on the job –
where the baby is the customer, and caregivers are along for the ride. As the server
waits on their “demanding” clientele (imagine babies doing what babies do best –
creating adorable chaos!), the server grows increasingly frazzled – and more and
more entertaining! Stimulating for tiny audience members, and hilarious for

Watford Palace Theatre will be taking the show out on the road and touring the
region in 2025.

Drag, dance and variety make a strong showing with Ballet Black, Black is the Color
of My Voice, Frozen Light’s The Bar at the Edge of Time, the return of Queenz: Drag
Me To The Disco, and Halloween treat Shock Horror: A Ghost Story. The Palace are
also co-producing and touring a new live version of the hit BBC podcast Uncanny.
They also aim to engage with local gamers in Watford by bringing a variety of
computer game titles to the stage, bridging the gap between the virtual and
theatrical worlds. The South Asian Comedy Festival in partnership with Soho
Theatre, will be showcasing the best in the business from across the globe.

The community continue to share this local cultural jewel with the return of Cassio
Productions with their performance of Our House, a massive Diwali celebration in
November, and a Chinese Culture Show produced by Watford Chinese Association
for Chinese New Year 2025. All this is alongside various community groups using the
front of house café and bar as their regular meeting space (get in touch with the
theatre directly if you’d like to do the same).

The Autumn is packed with their world-class programme of big-name stand-ups and
comedians including Russell Kane (Evil Genius), Rob Beckett (Rob & Romesh Vs…), Ed
Gamble (Traitors Uncloaked), Bring Your Own Baby Comedy and The Scummy
Mummies Greatest Hits Show.

Bands and talks include Watford Jazz Junction, Stewart Copeland (The Police), and
tribute acts including: Tiny Dancer (Elton John), Legend (Bob Marley), Taylor Swift
Tribute and Lost In Music.

Families have a very full programme which includes, Horrible Histories, Room on the
Broom, Comedy Club 4 Kids, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Science Museum LIVE,
Morgan & West Massive Magic Show for Kids, Milkshake! Live on Holiday and
Errol’s Garden.

Watford Palace Theatre was delighted to announce earlier this year its big Young
Company summer production The SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition. The musical,
specially tailored for young actors, will run over six performances at Watford Palace
Theatre from 2 to 4 August 2024.

Watford Palace Young Company, formally Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre, has
been performing at Watford Palace Theatre for the past 20 years with productions
including James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and Peter Pan.

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