Hertford Theatre Week 2023

Hertford Theatre Week 2023, Monday 27th March to Saturday 1st April

After a successful Hertford Theatre Week in 2022 at the splendid setting of the Ayckbourn Theatre on the Haileybury College campus, just three miles from the Hertford town centre, I am pleased to announce we will again be there for the 2023 festival while works continue on the refurbishment of Hertford Theatre in the centre of town.

2023 will see the 60th anniversary of this nationally recognised festival for full-length productions, so we do hope you will be able to join us, either as audience members or as part of a participating entry.

The programme and further details will be available early in the New Year, and we look forward to receiving entries from potential competing teams towards the end of 2022. In the meantime, please make a note of the date in your diaries!

For those wishing to take part, more information will be available in the Autumn of 2022.

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Steve Onyon
Hertford Theatre Week

Hertford Theatre Week is a six-night drama festival with a different production every night in the heart of Hertford. Teams travel from all over the country to compete for trophies and the chance to compete in the NDFA All Winners Festival. 2019 was the 58th Hertford Theatre Week and brought the number of productions to 342.

The Festival was instigated when a small committee from Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society, investigating the possibilities of further stimulating amateur drama, invited neighbouring societies and drama groups to perform one of their own productions under festival conditions. With rules agreed and sufficient support promised to ensure a full week's programme of six different plays, 1962 saw the first Hertford Theatre Week.

Sponsorship of the first ten years was provided by the directors of the Hertfordshire Mercury and County Press, the publishers of our local newspaper and supporters of local drama. Since 1972 Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society has not only been the hosts and organisers but also the main sponsors.

In recent years the Festival has been completely self-financing and, unlike many full-length play festivals which draw sponsorship from their local authority or commercial organisations, our only revenue comes from the Box Office sales.

The Festival is run by a team of unpaid volunteers from HD&OS, some of whom give up a week of their annual holiday to work on the competition and whose only reward is their love of theatre and the satisfaction of being involved in what has become recognised as one of the leading full-length drama competitions in the country.

We are proud to say that in a number of past years, Hertford Theatre Week provided the winner of the NDFA British All-Winners Drama Festival.


The 2023 programme will be available early in 2023

The programme for 2022 featured the six productions below:

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Steve Canny and John Nicholson, presented by The Company of Players
Bette and Joan by Anton Burge, presented by White Cobra Productions
Natural Causes by Eric Chappell, presented by Global Theatre Company
A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, presented by Barn Theatre Club
Eventide by Barney Norris, presented by The Company of Players
Deckchairs by Jean McConnell, presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

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Cover for flyer of 2023 Hertford Theatre Week