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500-SEATER: Pop up Stage in the Park coming to Watford’s Cassiobury Park this summer

 Published on: 28th May 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

After the long-awaited return of the performing arts, residents will be delighted to hear that a new 500-seater pop up venue is coming to Cassiobury Park this summer.

The open-air venue called The Stage in the Park is a special collaboration between Watford Palace Theatre, Harlequin Theatricals and Watford Borough Council.

The venue in the park will host theatre, comedy and music performances between July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can be really innovative about how we deliver for our residents. Many people have missed seeing live shows and going to the theatre over the past 18 months, so it’s great to be able to host this pop-up theatre in Cassiobury Park which will provide a COVID-secure way for people to enjoy the arts over the summer.”

Daniel Clarkson from Harlequin Theatricals said: “Watford is such a collective mix of all different people coming from all walks of life, this project is our love letter for the community. The performances will be really diverse, from comic performances to music and community theatre.

“What’s brilliant about The Stage in The Park coming together is we are all put at the same level. No matter how big or known you were everyone was stopped in their tracks by COVID. The venue will give us a chance to provide a mixture of old and new, a real celebration of the arts and all coming back together.”

Brigid Larmour, Chief Executive at Watford Palace Theatre (WPT) said: “We are really excited about the industry reopening. We all missed being back with an audience and it was a bit emotional going back until the theatre. The Stage in the Park is a good steppingstone in getting back to the theatre.”

Organisers say The Stage in The Park will have something for everyone, with a relaxed atmosphere and fully licenced bar and food stalls for park-goers to enjoy.

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Picture credit Daniel Gardiner

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