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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...
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.
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.