Line-up of theatre and comedy for new Watford outdoor stage

Showstopper, Adam Kay, a Friends-inspired comedy and lots of children’s shows are among the line-up at The Stage in the Park this summer in Watford

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Adam Kay, Friend, Showstopper, The Lion Inside and Errol’s Garden

From musical theatre to children’s shows, the line-up has been announced for Watford’s new outdoor theatre, The Stage in the Park.

Running from 23 July to 8 August in Cassiobury Park, the programme will include improvised musical troupe Showstoppers, with versions of their shows for adults and children, and a concert of West End stars singing hits from the musicals.

Brendan Murphy will perform his popular Friends-inspired comedy Friend, telling the TV series’ story from the perspective of coffee shop owner Gunther.

Children’s theatre will include The Lion Inside, based on the book about a timid mouse by Rachel Bright and Jim Field, and interactive musical Errol’s Garden about two children creating a community garden.

Performers will include comedian Adam Kay with his show This is Going To Hurt Live based on his experiences as a doctor, CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth, Basil Brush and Sooty. More shows are still to be announced.

The Stage in the Park has been created by Harlequin Theatricals in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Watford Borough Council. With food and drink also available, it will have a socially distanced capacity of 500 people.

For the sake of health and safety and to be compliant with any possible Covid-19 restrictions, the organisers have decided to move the venue from its original spot of the bandstand to a picturesque area by the park’s landmark cedar tree.

In a joint statement, Harlequin Theatricals’ Daniel Clarkson and Watford Palace’s artistic director Brigid Larmour said: “From music to comedy to family favourites and spectacular theatre, we’re bringing you great household names as well as impressive home-grown talent. So whether you’re looking for an entertaining treat for the kids, beers and belly laughs or just some food for the soul, there really is something for everyone.”

stageinthepark.co.uk

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