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about us

arts for everyone

The Pump House has been the vibrant hub for community arts activities in Watford for over 50 years. During that time, we’ve become known as the home to the best local talent. We mix the quirky and eclectic with popular, quality entertainment from theatre and music to dance, comedy, the spoken word and visual art.

We used to be the old pumping station supplying water to the Watford area. In the early 1970s the building was converted to provide a theatre auditorium and rehearsal room and we’ve been entertaining audiences ever since. We’re all about arts for everyone – whatever your age or background.

We maybe a little theatre but we’ve got a big heart. We’re here to nurture new talent and champion the arts. As part of this, we’re the driving force behind the annual Watford Fringe Festival, which brings together great performances of theatre, music, comedy, dance, magic and family fun.

In these tough times, the arts are a social and emotional lifeline for our communities – and we’re proud to be home to diverse groups supporting children, those living with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia.

how we’re run

The Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust is a registered charity. It is run by a Board of Trustees led by chairman Lee Farman and is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. A huge thank you to the dozens of individuals who give their time and expertise to help us run the show.

our patrons

We have two fantastic patrons who are supporting our future plans and helping raise awareness of the Pump House:

dan dark obe

Executive VP of Worldwide Studio Operations for Warner Brothers

“I’m so proud to have been accepted as a Patron of the Pump House Theatre, it does a fantastic job of nurturing local talent and is a real champion for arts in the community.”

chris luff mbe

CEO of Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce

“It’s a huge privilege to be connected with and to serve as a patron to the Pump House theatre, it’s a massive community asset connecting people from all walks of life, long may it continue!”

our supporters

The Pump House is proud and very grateful to work closely with and have the support from the following partners:

Corporate organisations and individuals who have signed up to our membership scheme and have provided much appreciated support:


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