After a successful 60th Hertford Theatre Week in 2023 we are pleased to announce the 2024 festival will again be presented at the Ayckbourn Theatre in the splendid setting of the Haileybury College campus, just three miles from Hertford town centre.
A little later in the year than our regular time of late April (when we were able to use Hertford Theatre, still in the process of rebuilding), and later than the 2022 and 2023 festival weeks by a couple of months, we hope you will be able to support us, either as audience or a competing team, for the 61 st Hertford Theatre Week.
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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.
Hertford Theatre Week 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.
Since 1986 the Hertford competition has been affiliated to the National Drama Festivals Association and we are proud to say that in a number of past years, Hertford Theatre Week provided the winner of the NDFA National Drama Festival (formerly the British All-Winners Drama Festival).
More information on the NDFA can be found at www.NDFA.co.uk
The programme for 2003 featured 6 productions:
September in the Rain by John Godber, presented by The Barn Theatre Club
Babes in Arms by Rogers and Hart, presented by Masters Performing Arts College
Hay Fever by Noel Coward, presented by The Cuffley Players
Peggy for You by Alan Plater, presented by The Company of Players
Quartet by Ronald Harwood, presented by Hoddesdon Players
Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett, presented by Kytes Theatre Group
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Paul Fowler has been involved in the amateur theatre all his adult life, spending more than 25 years as an actor, director, and stage manager, company committee member, chairman and festival organiser.Read more »