Theater-goers can look forward to a mix of comedy and drama and all-women production this autumn at Watford Palace Theatre.
Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre, Brigid Larmour, recently announced its autumn programme. The season opens with the theatre’s first production of Shakespeare’s play in 10 years – “Much Ado About Nothing” with an all-female cast. Directed by Larmour, the production opens on October 9, 2018 with previews and is on view through October 27, 2018.
Up next is Gurpreet Kaur Batti’s “Dishoom!” – a co-production with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Rifco Theatre Company. This comedy drama, directed by Pravesh Kumar, features songs from the smash hit Hindi film ‘Sholay.’ It opens on September 13, 2018 before heading out on U.K tour. “The play is set in the summer of 1978, when Simon and his friends should be looking forward to leaving school. When Simon’s cousin Baljit comes to stay, she introduces him to the Bollywood classic, ‘Sholay.’ Inspired by the film’s dynamic duo, Jai and Veeru, Simon and Baljit find their inner superheroes and set out to change their world forever,” says the release.
Then there’s Alan Ayckbourn’s classic “Absurd Person Singular” which has Jill McAusland and Terence Frisch. The production opens on March 12, 2019.
“February sees the return of Arinze Kene’s “Good Dog” which made its premiere at Watford Palace Theatre in February 2017. Directed by Natalie Ibu, it runs from January 31, 2019 to February 2, 2019. For families this year, Watford Palace Theatres’ Christmas show “Jack and The Beanstalk” returns to the theatre directed by James Williams. In addition, Roald Dahl’s classic “The Witches” is presented by the Hertfordshire County Council youth theater from November 2-4, 2019,” says the release.
As per the release, Brigid Larmour, Artistic Director and Chief Executive says, “As part of Watford Palace Theatre’s 110th celebrations, I’m delighted to be directing this all-female production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. We’re setting it in 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain, inspired by the new roles women found themselves playing in the Services during the War. I have a personal connection here, as my mother Nancy worked with the code breakers at Bletchley Park. Expect lots of vintage fun as we welcome you to a 40s atmosphere front of house, including Dogberry recruiting for Home Guard volunteers. There’s a Watford link too: Jimmy Perry, one of my predecessors as Artistic Director here at the Palace, based the character of Pike in Dad’s Army on his own youthful experiences in the Watford Home Guard.”