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 2015 featured 6 productions:
After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber, presented by Barn Theatre Club
Touch And Go by Derek Benfield, presented by The Good Companions ADS
A Slice Of Saturday Night by The Heather Brothers, presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society
Bomber\'s Moon by William Ivory, presented by Heath Players
Witness For The Prosecution by Agatha Christie, presented by The Company Of Players
The Shakespeare Revue by Christopher Luscombe & Malcolm McKee, presented by White Cobra Productions
Doors open at 7:15pm with curtain up at 7:45pm.
You can purchase tickets for individual performances or for the entire week.
This year there is NO INCREASE on ticket prices from last year, making Hertford Theatre Week superb value for money!
Nightly tickets are £12 each, or Weekly tickets (for all six evenings) are still only £38 - just over £6 per night if you see all six performances!!!
AVAILABLE FROM 2nd MARCH 2015
Tickets may be purchased with cash, cheque, Maestro, Visa or MasterCard from the Box-Office, by telephone on 01992 531500, or online at www.hertfordtheatre.com.
For postal bookings please send a stamped addressed envelope with your cheque payable to EHDC to:
Hertford Theatre Week Bookings, The Box Office, Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford SG14 1PS
The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Hertford Theatre Week is an adjudicated Drama Competition and a qualifying festival for the National Drama Festivals Association All-Winners Festival.
In fairness to the competing teams latecomers will not normally be admitted to the auditorium until a suitable break in the performance.
Weekly Ticket holders are eligible to vote for the Audience Appreciation Award on the final evening.
The presentation of the awards will take place after the Saturday performance.
Please note, in extreme circumstances, the programme may be subject to change without notice.
Refunds can only be given if there is no performance.
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Chris Jaeger is Chief Executive of Worcester Live which runs Huntingdon ConcertHall, the Swan Theatre, the Worcester Festival, the Historic Ghost Walk of Worcester, Shakespeare at the Commandery, Shakespeare at the Cathedral, the Worcester Repertory Company and the Swan Theatre School.Read more »