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

Donate here - www.justgiving.com/campaign/PumpHouse

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 www.pumphouse.info. 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.

Watford Fringe 2020

WatFringe 1st to 25th October 2020

See WatFringe.co.uk 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.

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

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 jazzwatfordlive@gmail.com