King Lear by William Shakespeare adapted by Jo Emery

“After a long, successful career, the ageing Lear is dividing up his Property Development business empire between his three daughters.  The onset of dementia has made his behaviour erratic and dangerous and threats of a hostile French Corporate take-over bid are circling.  His rash decision to give up all his power has devastating and fatal consequences for him, his family and Executives.  A modern day, reduced version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, referencing mental health, homelessness and knife crime.

Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th May 2021

7.45 pm nightly

Please note this has changed to a Live Streamed/No audience Event : Tickets £14

Tickets must be purchased before 5:45pm on each night of the performance in order to obtain the YouTube streaming link in time.

Box Office: 0333 666 3366

Visit website:      and Facebook page “Jo Emery Productions”


The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

“How does anything come to be? I mean to say: really, and truly, begin?”

Henry Jekyll is a doctor and a man of God. Respectable. Upstanding. The child born on the Sabbath Day. So why does he long for the darkness? And isn’t that… blood on his cuff?

Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic short story, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ is a timely meditation on the evil that men do in pursuit of all that they can be…

“I dare say you’ll think me mad. Indeed, perhaps that is so…”

Performed and streamed completely LIVE from the Pump House Theatre stage, this online offering is the perfect way to get your fix of theatre during lockdown.

For more information on how to watch the show, please visit


Show dates/times:

20:00 (GMT) – Thursday 26th November

17:00 (GMT) – Friday 27th November

20:00 (GMT) – Friday 28th November


40 mins (approx)

Dillie Keane – Love and other bad ideas

DILLIE KEANE – new solo show

Love And Other Bad Ideas

“A rare performer who can produce sharp, piercing satire and deliver heartbreaking songs with élan.”  Huffington Post * * * * *

After far too much bloody gardening leave (thank you Covid!), Dillie is back where she belongs – on a cabaret stage, accompanied by the marvellous Michael Roulston.  Her take on life, love and government is cheerfully sour, gently savage and peculiarly mordant – but the beautiful music softens the effect.  She freely admits she has a voice like a dying crow being crushed beneath an angry sheep, but that’s never stopped her.  In fact, she will be singing some perfectly wonderful songs by other songwriters which she recently discovered in New York.  As well as a raft of her own songs too, of course.  A delightful evening.

Dillie Keane is best known as one third of the satirical trio, Fascinating Aïda.   She has also done a fair bit of legitimate theatre:  nominated for Best Actress in the Manchester Evening News for playing Maggie in DANCING AT LUGHNASA.  In 2018, she appeared at the Watermill as Madame Armfeld in Paul Foster’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, since when she has performed her solo show HELLO DILLIE all over the UK, at the Adelaide Comedy festival and in New York’s prestigious 59e59 Theatre, where she received her fourth nomination for a Drama Desk Award.

Dillie is currently pondering an update of the recent Fascinating Aïda show which started out with a three week run over Christmas 2019 and New Year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.  It was then followed by a stonking sell-out national tour that was sadly cut short by you-know-what.  Three times nominated for an Olivier Award and three times nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award, the three of them are champing at the bit to get back on the road.

A recording of that show will soon be available on the usual channels.

“Exudes faded glamour, a bit like Brighton Sea Front.”  Daily Mail * * * * *

“The wonderful Dillie Keane wears her genius lightly.”  Onstage * * * *

“Life, love and the songwriting process are celebrated in this richly layered cabaret.”  The Stage * * * *

“Her world view is laconic, her lyrics lacerating, her voice now capable of going deeper than a Chilean miner.”  The Telegraph * * * * *

POSTPONED-Spotlight series – Ep.3 – Panto Special!

***POSTPONED to a future date***

Unfortunately due to today’s announcement placing Watford into Tier 3, our Saturday 19th December Spotlight Series event will be postponed to next month. The amazing line up of star guests will still be joining us next year so do look out for future updates.

After a brief pause for Lockdown 2.0 The Spotlight Series is back (Oh yes it is!)! Join us for a festive and funny evening where our host will be joined by Watford’s own and legendary Pantomime Dame – Martyn Knight, the Olivier award nominated and creators of Potted Panto Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner PLUS Winners of Britain’s Got Talent The Champions Twist and Pulse.

The Pump House Theatre in Watford have teamed up with West End and International theatre producer Chris Wheeler (whose credits include ‘The West End Men’ at the Vaudeville Theatre, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ for Curve in Leicester and ‘The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson’ for Glynis Henderson Productions) to launch its ‘Spotlight Series’. A season of staged interviews and masterclasses with top arts industry professionals from across the world.
The 90 minute ‘episodes’ will be once a month and promises audiences (who will be socially distanced) a rare and unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with special guests from all areas of the arts industry.

Guests in the series will include writers, directors, performers and practitioners from theatre, music, television and film industries. The full line up for the season is still to be announced.
Each episode will take audiences on a thrilling insight and experience into the lives and work of some of the world’s finest talent as well and include exclusive performances, masterclasses and Q&A sessions.

More episodes to be announced…

Watford Fringe 2020

WatFringe 1st to 25th October 2020

See for full, latest details

The Watford Fringe is still going ahead. The worsening general COVID-19 situation has meant that we had to make changes to our Fringe plans to enable it to go ahead safely. So reluctantly, at short notice, we have implemented some of our contingency plans, which does mean some major changes to the schedule. There are 12 online only shows continuing online between 1st – 4th October, and 22 shows move to dates between 9th – 25th October that will have socially distanced audiences.

All existing ticket holders will be contacted and full refunds will be given for any cancelled show. Thank you for your support.

The Watford Fringe is back from Friday 1st October 2020 with
Music | Drama | Comedy | Improv | Dance | Poetry | Musical Theatre

We have worked hard to plan a flexible set of safe festival that incorporates social distancing and other safety considerations. We have added online streaming facilities so that the events can additionally reach an audiences that cannot or are reluctant to attend live events in person. We also contingency plans to cope with any last-minute changes in government or health advice.

isoVision song’ish contest

Watch the show live from 7pm here –

A just for fun, created from isolation, song’ish competition and online show for Watford and the surrounding areas

While the Eurovision song content may not be the first major event you would put in your list of “cancelled events I was looking forwarded to”, it is probably the one that would generate silliest, fun entertainment. But now the highly creative people of Watford and surrounding areas do not have to miss out.

isoVision is a very lighthearted competition of short songs or comedy or fun items created by people while in isolation.  It will use the Eurovision format including jovial juries and “completely unbiased” public voting.  We have hosts and our very own Graham Norton stand in, to take us through the show.

When: The show will be streamed live on our Pump House YouTube channel on Saturday 9th May from 7pm.  The pre-recorded entries will be shown, followed by jury votes from each jury representative and finally the public vote will be added to find a “winner” live at the end of the show.  There are no prizes, it is just for fun, but you could gain many local bragging rights.

To enter you need to:

  1. Choose somewhere or some group to represent.  You can choose one of the Eurovision countries, or any country or even a local area or group or organisation or even your road (it does not have to be a country).
  2. Produce a clip between 30 and 60 seconds long.  It can be a part of a song or a funny sketch or spoof.  It does not have to relate to Eurovision but if it can that would be great.  For example you can recreate part of a past iconic Eurovision performance.
  3. Record the people involved in your submission waving and saying something like “Hello we are”.  Please keep this to 5 seconds or less.
  4. Upload your video clip (any common format is fine) and information via entry request form before the deadline of Monday 4th May

We are looking for jury representatives as well

If you want to represent a local group or organisation and form a jury (in the same way Eurovision has a jury giving votes from each country) then we want to hear from you.  At some point during the week starting 4th May you will need to view the entries and then a representative will submit a recording of announcing their 12 points (full guidance and instructions will be given).  Contact if you are interested in being a jury.

Tips for recording

To get the best out of your recorded item try the following:

  1. Ensure the recorded subject/person is facing the light source (lamp or window) and there is plenty of light
  2. If using a phone please record in landscape (phone on its side)
  3. Please make sure any sung or spoken words are clearly audible over any backing tracks or music
  4. Please do not use any full names or address or anything else that may identify your exact location to the general public
  5. We hope to have a wide age range of audience so please no bad language or adult content


We Happy Few

Comedy-drama about an all-female theatre company who tour Britain during World War 2. While the men are fighting Hitler and the bombs are falling on London, this group sets out in an old Rolls-Royce to entertain a culture -starved Britain. The Show commemorates the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.


Performances October 21st – October 24th 2020 eves at 7.45 pm matinee on 24th  at 2.45pm

Tickets: Wednesday Evening & Saturday Matinee £13.50/12.00 concessions (under 18/over 60)

Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evening  £14.00 / £12.50 concessions

Box Office 07917324179 (open 1st July)

Bella’s Barmy Book Club

A delightful comedy about Book-lover, Bella. She is hosting the first night of her Barmy Book Club in a fabulous Vintage Theatre. She is expecting an interview with the BBC, but she is NOT expecting…The Theatre’s resident ghost!! Add to the mix, a loopy bunch of new members and a relentless Ghost-Hunter, and we have the makings of a very entertaining evening!



Legally Blonde – The Musical

Based on the hits movie “Legally Blonde” follows the famously perky Elle Woods who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner . In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.

Thursday 27th August-Saturday 29th August

Show starts 7.30pm (2.30 pm Saturday matinee)

Tickets £8.50

Box Office -07914999984