A new 500-seater outdoor theatre with a fully licensed bar is coming to Cassiobury Park.

Watford Palace Theatre is collaborating with Watford Borough Council to launch the new open-air venue at the heart of Cassiobury Park from July 23 to August 8.

Its launch will bring a range of theatre, comedy and other live venue performances to the park, and attendees will have access to food, various stalls and a licenced bar.

Harlequin Theatricals is teaming up with the council and theatre to bring the ‘Stage in the Park’ project to life.

Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “In Watford we are rightly proud of the range of wonderful cultural and entertainment events organised throughout the year.

“Despite the recent challenges, I am so pleased that we will be able to bring our town together in this way. Working with Watford Palace Theatre and Harlequin Theatricals, we are looking forward be showcasing some of the country’s top artists and performers, supporting local jobs and businesses and providing fantastic events for people of all ages."

He added that arts, entertainment and culture will “play a vital part” in rebuilding public confidence in returning to a post-pandemic normality.

Dan Clarkson of Harlequin Theatricals said: “It is with great excitement that we are able to bring The Stage in The Park to Cassiobury this summer.

“Sharing this brand-new outdoor experience with the community means so much to us.

“I am delighted to be collaborating with both Watford Borough Council and the Watford Palace Theatre, presenting a dynamic season of diverse cultural entertainment from popular children’s shows to top comedy performances, from electrifying music to engaging community theatre, from emerging local artists to well-known names.

“This is a chance for us all to safely come back together and enjoy the arts like never before right here on The Stage in the Park.”

Creatives and local performers who wish to be involved in the project is asked to contact takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk