Theatre events

Theatrical events coming soon at the Pump House…

The Pump House – Theatre

While we are unable to fully open our doors, we and our creative Pump House community of artists and organisations are carrying on some activities with social distancing and online.  Watch out for details about upcoming masterclasses, workshops and events.

As the situation progresses and we get past the initial lockdown, we will also offer ways that you can enjoy art, shows, clubs and events safely either onsite or online through live broadcasts.

Keep safe and keep creating.

Please help The Pump House continue through and beyond Covid-19

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The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre has been running for over 46 years and there have been so much incredible Art, Music Dance and Drama to ooze out of this old Pumping Station over that time. This year alone we have had over 20,000 people from all ages and backgrounds step over the threshold to either entertain or be entertained. The biggest story however is that all of this is run by volunteers – over 1500 per year which is remarkable. This is truly a community theatre and arts centre and if you were to start this from scratch it would be very hard to recreate this incredible community place.

92% of our income comes from our doors being open, with only 8% coming from funding streams. In this day and age that is pretty remarkable, however with our doors closed then it is hard to generate this income. We have not however been sitting on our laurels. The Pump House and our community have been putting plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied online. Our Children and Youth had an online Cabaret; EUTV was developed by the amazing Electric Umbrella; Jazz has been played online weekly; Ghost stories are being told; Shakespeare Monologue workshops with the incredible Tom Kanji and IsoVision has been set up to help people get over the devastation of the Eurovision being cancelled…or not possibly just for fun. All of this is free for you to access by going to We will be publishing everything we are doing here.

We do however, need your support if possible. To be able to keep our doors open and be here for the future we need some help. Are you able to do a fundraiser for us or are you able to donate? Your support will help us ensure that The Pump House doors remain open for generations to come. Thank you.

Spotlight series

The Pump House Theatre in Watford have announced they’ve 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 centre will stage the 90 minute ‘episodes’ once a month from September 19 2020 7.30pm in the theatre and promises audiences (who will be socially distanced at first) 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.

  • Episode 1 - Sat 19 Sep -  featuring James Meteyard and Olivia Sweeney - the creators of the multi award winning and sell out Gig-Theatre play ‘Electrolyte’.
  • Episode 2 - Sat 24 Oct - featuring West End star Emma Hatton

More episodes 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.

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 * * * * *

NRYA presents:

The Wind in the Willows

Join Ratty Mole, Badger  and Toad as they journey through the seasons, whilst trying to stop the Weasels getting their hands on Toad Hall.

Performances Weds 3rd February -Saturday 6th February 2020 eves 7.30pm

Matinee performances on Saturday  (times to be confirmed)

All tickets £12.00

Box Office 07702965851

Jo Emery Productions presents:

Presented by Jo Emery Productions

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.  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, with reference to mental health, homelessness and knife crime.”


Tuesday 30th March to Saturday 3rd April 2021

8pm nightly with Saturday matinee at 2pm


Seated tickets and online streaming tickets available

Adult: £14;  Concession: £11;  Streaming: £11

Box Office: 0333 666 3366


Rickmansworth Players presents:

Far from the Madding Crowd

Immerse yourself in Hardy's Wessex with Far From The Madding Crowd, a vibrant insight into life in Dorchester. Be transported  by the journey of Bathsheba Everdene as she fights to be independent in a man’s world and deal with three very different suitors and a huge farm that she inherits.

Featuring a talented cast, Rickmansworth Players are proud to present a theatrical adaptation of this fascinating story, which is not to be missed.

Performances Tuesday 11th May-Saturday 15th  May eves at 7.30 pm  matinee on 15th May at 2.30 pm

Tickets price £13.00 - Tuesday night & Saturday matinee £15.00 all other performances

Box Office 0333 663366

Celebrate Jazz Watford presents:

Celebrate Jazz Watford ‘Future Now Gala Concert featuring Emma Smith’

A special one-off evening featuring the Emma Smith Quartet plus fabulous Jazz musicians of the future from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Purcell School for Young Musicians.

This one-off gala concert is an opportunity to hear both the talent of tomorrow and share in the acclaimed vocal gifts of Emma Smith with a rare local performance.

With a full bar and a pop-up bistro kitchen serving cold creole treats, this promises to be a memorable Friday evening both to relax and enjoy the very best of young jazz - getting a taste of the vibrant modern UK scene.

Tickets: £20 on Eventbrite or email