Shiver with theatre spring season launch

The big professional theatres in Beds, Herts and Bucks are announcing their spring seasons just as panto season starts so put down that mince pie and look ahead to 2014.

Monday, 9th December 2013, 8:35 am

Watford Palace Theatre continues to strengthen its reputation for new and bold drama with the February world premiere of Daniel Kanaber’s Shiver starring David Horovitch, Ben Caplan and Ilan Goodman.

Shiver is a haunting, warm and funny play about family, identity, and love. When Sadie dies, her husband (a lapsed Jew), their son (an atheist), and a trainee Rabbi, gather together at her home to remember her in the tradition of sitting Shivah...

Daniel Kanaber has previously written for the Royal Court and Soho Theatre’s writers’ groups, as well as Theatre503 and Watford Palace Theatre Creative Associate Company – Nabokov. His short film Strays (directed by Robert McKillop), long-listed for a BAFTA, is being developed as a feature.

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Shiver runs from February 3-22.

The spring season has a total of three newly commissioned plays, a new premiere production for families and first time visits by a number of touring companies.

The world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s new one, An Intervention, takes place on April 16.

Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett is the author of Love, Love, Love, adaptor of Medea and West End’s Chariots of Fire.

It’s a touching, funny play about what happens when you hate your best friend.

Premiere number three-Fourteen opens May 21. Set in Watford 1983. Written by Watford -raised by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

Children will love Pirate Gran, a co-production with Scamp, running March 28-30.

It’s a magical swashbuckling story from the team behind Stick Man, Friend or Foe and Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. This new production, based on the book by Geraldine Durrant, opens at WPT prior to an extensive national tour.

For more and ticket info contact the box office 01923 225671 or visit