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An important milestone in the refurbishment of the Watford Colosseum was reached yesterday when Watford Borough Council officially handed over the historic building to HQ Theatres...

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For immediate release 18 August 2011 PR 1998

Handover of Watford Colosseum to HQ Theatres

An important milestone in the refurbishment of the Watford Colosseum was reached yesterday when Watford Borough Council officially handed over the historic building to HQ Theatres.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: Im so pleased with how it looks and feels! This is another fantastic project, completed on time and in budget, that is about investing in the future of the town. We have given the Colosseum the best chance of success with this refurbishment, and I am confident that residents are going to love it.

The dazzling two-storey glass-fronted foyer houses a new caf bar, a stylish new restaurant called the Forum, and customer lift; a refurbished auditorium with new retractable, loose and fixed seating for up to 1,400, plus new sound and lighting systems.

The stunning refurbishment of the celebrated concert hall will boost the live entertainment scene in Watford, with highlights this season including John Barrowman, Jools Holland and the Watford Colosseum Grand Opening Classical Gala with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Saturday 1 October. For families, there is Peppa Pigs Treasure Hunt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Russian Ice Stars Christmas production of Cinderella on Ice.

Derek Nicholls, Chief Executive of HQ Theatres Ltd who manage the Colosseum for Watford Borough Council, said: We are all excited by the opportunity to bring such an iconic venue back to life. When we show people around the Colosseum, they are stunned by the wonderful refurbishment, delighted with the performance programme, and impressed with the hospitality opportunities which the Colosseum will offer to the people of Watford.

In our first year of operation, we expect to present more than 150 ticketed performances, plus banqueting, conference, rehearsal, party and recording dates. Very strong advance bookings suggest that people have been keenly anticipating the re-opening of the venue, where our aim will be to provide the very best in entertainment and hospitality, backed by outstanding service to customers.

Visit: www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk for more information and to book online 24-hours a day. Tickets are also available from the Colosseum ticket office and by phone, 0845 075 3993, Monday-Friday between 10am-6pm. Tickets are also available from The Ticket Shop in John Lewis, Harlequin Centre, Watford.

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Photo shows Dorothy Thornhill and Derek Nicholls

Watford Colosseum

The Assembly Hall was opened in 1940 and over the years became known as Watford Assembly Halls. The design of the hall resulted in acoustics which still have the reputation for being some of the finest in Europe. In 1994 the venue changed its name to Watford Colosseum.

Over the years the Colosseum has hosted performances from world renowned performers such as Elton John, Oasis, Genesis, The Who, Robbie Williams, The Kinks, Slade, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, as well as top comedians such as Victoria Wood and Lenny Henry. The Oscar / Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings film soundtrack was also recorded at the Colosseum.

After a major 5.5 million refurbishment, the Watford Colosseum is opening as a major hospitality and entertainment venue, conveniently located in the heart of Watford with access to ample adjacent parking and quick and easy access to national rail and road networks including the M1 and M25. The Colosseum offers two flexible spaces, the Forum and the Main Hall, both benefiting from natural light, which can cater for between 36 to 1400 delegates. The refurbishment of the Colosseum has been a major success with all the character of the beautiful listed building preserved, whilst all the facilities of a modern hospitality and entertainment venue have been added with a dazzling two storey glass extension providing extensive foyer space as well as new cafe and restaurant.

About HQ Theatres

HQ Theatres is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qdos Entertainment Plc. The companys core belief is that successful regional theatres are not born from standardisation or centralisation. All HQ Theatres are individual businesses with localised and responsible leadership, guided by the companys senior management team based in London. Chairman Nick Thomas is the founder and principal shareholder of Qdos Entertainment. A genuine passion for entertainment is the driving force behind the success of all HQ Theatre, with a bespoke high quality programme and an unrivalled hospitality offering at each venue.

Handover of Watford Colosseum to HQ Theatres

An important milestone in the refurbishment of the Watford Colosseum was reached yesterday when Watford Borough Council officially handed over the historic building to HQ Theatres.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: Im so pleased with how it looks and feels! This is another fantastic project, completed on time and in budget, that is about investing in the future of the town. We have given the Colosseum the best chance of success with this refurbishment, and I am confident that residents are going to love it.
The dazzling two-storey glass-fronted foyer houses a new caf bar, a stylish new restaurant called the Forum, and customer lift; a refurbished auditorium with new retractable, loose and fixed seating for up to 1,400, plus new sound and lighting systems.

The stunning refurbishment of the celebrated concert hall will boost the live entertainment scene in Watford, with highlights this season including John Barrowman, Jools Holland and the Watford Colosseum Grand Opening Classical Gala with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Saturday 1 October. For families, there is Peppa Pigs Treasure Hunt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Russian Ice Stars Christmas production of Cinderella on Ice.

Derek Nicholls, Chief Executive of HQ Theatres Ltd who manage the Colosseum for Watford Borough Council, said: We are all excited by the opportunity to bring such an iconic venue back to life. When we show people around the Colosseum, they are stunned by the wonderful refurbishment, delighted with the performance programme, and impressed with the hospitality opportunities which the Colosseum will offer to the people of Watford.

In our first year of operation, we expect to present more than 150 ticketed performances, plus banqueting, conference, rehearsal, party and recording dates. Very strong advance bookings suggest that people have been keenly anticipating the re-opening of the venue, where our aim will be to provide the very best in entertainment and hospitality, backed by outstanding service to customers.

Visit:
www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk for more information and to book online 24-hours a day. Tickets are also available from the Colosseum ticket office and by phone, 0845 075 3993, Monday-Friday between 10am-6pm.

Tickets are also available from The Ticket Shop in John Lewis, Harlequin Centre, Watford.


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