Watford Palace Theatre

Rifco are a Resident Theatre Company at Watford Palace Theatre and regular producing partner.

Watford Palace Theatre is a local theatre with a national reputation.

The creative hub at the heart of Watford, the Palace engages people through commissioning, creating and presenting high-quality theatre, and developing audiences, artists and communities through exciting opportunities to participate. Contributing to the identity of Watford and Hertfordshire, the Palace enriches people’s lives, increases pride in the town, and raises the profile of the area. The beautiful 600-seat Edwardian Palace Theatre is a Grade II listed building, busy with live performances and film screenings seven days a week, offering world-class art to the tens of thousands of people visiting the Theatre each year.

The quality of work on stage and beyond is central to the Theatre’s ethos. Recently, the Palace has enjoyed critical acclaim for its productions of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, Charlotte Keatley’s Our Father, Julian Mitchell’s Family Business, Gary Owen’s Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian (TMA Best New Play nomination) and Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs (TMA Best Supporting Performance in a Play nomination).

Work created at Watford Palace Theatre regularly tours nationally. Recent co-productions include Britain’s Got Bhangra with Rifco Arts and Warwick Arts Centre, Tanika Gupta’s Great Expectations with English Touring Theatre, The Human Comedy with the Opera Group and the Young Vic (nominated for the Evening Standard award for Best Musical), Marks and Gran’s Von Ribbentrop’s Watch with Oxford Playhouse and Stick Man with Scamp, which continues to tour nationally and internationally.

The Palace has co-produced a number of acclaimed new plays including After the Rainfall by curious directive, Bunny by Jack Thorne, a Fringe First winning production in association with nabokov and the Mercury Colchester, Young Pretender by E V Crowe, co-produced with nabokov and Hull Truck Theatre in association with Mercury Colchester and Dusk Rings a Bell by Stephen Belber, co-produced with Hightide Festival Theatre.

Projects such as Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, Celebrate Eid, Diwali at the Palace, Celebrate Vaisakhi and Black History Month have brought together the creativity of Watford’s diverse communities. These build on the regular programme of Palace and Hertfordshire County Youth Theatres, adult workshops, backstage tours, community choir and extensive work with schools.