Watford Palace Theatre has announced its Spring 2014 season which includes three newly commissioned plays, a new premiere production for families and first time visits by a number of touring companies.
3 – 22 February Shiver – World Premiere.
This haunting, warm and funny play about family, identity and love is written by Daniel Kanaber and directed by Derek Bond (following his five-star success of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, Watford Palace Theatre 2012). Daniel Kanaber has previously written for the Royal Court and Soho Theatre writers’ groups. His short film Strays, long listed for a BAFTA, is being developed as a feature.
16 April – 3 May An Intervention – World Premiere.
This world premiere production from Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (author of Love, Love, Love, adaptor of Medea and West End’s Chariots of Fire) is from the team behind Jumpers for Goalposts (nominated for UK Theatre Awards Best New Play, 2013). It’s a touching, funny play about what happens when you hate your best friend.
21 – 24 May Fourteen – World Premiere
1983. Election fever hits Watford. Brainbox Tina loves the Jam and Keats and Cassiobury Park. She’s planning to wipe the floor with the Lower Sixth girls in the school debate. But thirty years later, Tina’s life hasn’t turned out quite how it was supposed to…
Written by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, who grew up in Watford, Gurpreet’s plays have been produced at Soho Theatre, Belgrade Coventry, and Birmingham Rep.
28 – 30 March Pirate Gran – World Premiere, co-production with Scamp
A magical swashbuckling story from the team behind Stick Man, Friend or Foe and Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, this new production, based on the book by Geraldine Durrant, opens at Watford Palace Theatre prior to an extensive national tour.
Watford Palace Theatre will also be welcoming for the first time touring productions from Talawa and the National (Moon on a Rainbow Shawl), Tiata Fahodzi (The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo), Phoenix Dance (Mixed Programme) and Arthur Pita’s dance company (The Little Match Girl).
Other special events include Watford’s first British Asian Film Festival presented in association with Rifco, the return of HCYT following the success of Fantastic Mr Fox and Celebrate Vaisakhi.
We will bring you more details of each of these plays closer to their opening dates at Watford Palace Theatre
Box Office: 01923 225 671 or online: www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk