Celebrating 110 years of Watford Palace Theatre

Great stories that entertain, provoke and inspire, on our stage and in our streets.

To celebrate the theatre turning 110 we have created a series of podcasts covering the past eleven decades.

We will be adding more in the coming weeks, read by current and recent cast and creatives in celebration of our past, present and future.

To listen, click play on the soundcloud links below. 

 

Audio production for the podcasts by Pamela Glintenkamp, www.glintenkamp.com

1989 - 98

During the late 1980s, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lou Stein, the Palace  started to try and open up to all sections of the Watford  community, with a local focus, alongside a national ambition, very much as the theatre operates today.  

 
This podcast is read by our Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Brigid Larmour.

 

1979 - 1988

Producing Theatre, Made in Watford, by the early 1980’s the Palace had established itself as a producing theatre, creating its own original productions from scratch in Watford. 

 

This podcast instalment is read by actor, comedian and writer Sukh Olja who’s first play Pyar Actually was produced on the Watford Palace stage by Rifco Theatre Company.

 

1969 - 1978

A disproportionate number of successful actors and theatre makers seem to have had their careers kick-started at the Palace, this episode covers a few of those from the 70's and also some more recent names.

It is read by actor Hannah Morrish, who made her stage debut at Watford Palace Theatre, playing the leading role of Raina in Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw in 2016. She has since gone onto work for the RSC and National Theatre.  

1959 - 1968

This sixth instalment talks about the evolving theatre during 1959 to 1968 and how Watford Palace Theatre 's commitment to participation began in the 1960s.

 

It is read by Associate Director, James Williams, who is directing Jack and the Beanstalk this year and Kenny Dada a former Youth Theatre member and now Board Member.

 

 

 

1949 - 1958

This fifth instalment talks about the evolving theatre during 1949 to 1958 and how Watford Palace Theatre was just the start for some of the 20th Century's greatest comedy and acting talents.  

 

It is read by actor, Jill McAusland, who has made several appearances at Watford Palace Theatre, including the last six pantomimes. Jack and the Beanstalk will mark her seventh pantomime with us!

 

 

1939 - 1948

This fourth instalment talks about the evolving repertory company during 1939 to 1948 and how Watford Palace Theatre has epitomised the 'Show Must Go On' sentiment during WWII. 

 

It is read by Sita Thomas, a Creative Associate of ours and Movement Director & Choreographer for Jack and the Beanstalk & Much Ado About Nothing. Some of you might recognise Sita from Channel 5's Milkshake!

 

 

1929 - 1938

This third instalment talks about the evolving repertory company during 1929 to 1938 and how Watford Palace Theatre has always championed young talent. 

 

It is read by actor Assad Zaman, who you might remember from 2016's Arms and the Man.

 

 

1919 - 1928

This second instalment talks about the Palace's Music Hall origins from 1919 to 1928.

 

It is read by Palace favourite, actor Terence Frisch who you will of course recognise as our beloved Pantomime Dame.

 

 

1908 - 1918

This first instalment covers the theatre's opening in 1908 - 1918. 

 It is read by Ian Scleater, our honorary archivist and Author of The Story of the Palace Theatre Watford.