Latest news / 22 February, 2016

New Theatre Director At Watford Colosseum

Julian Russell, Chief Executive of HQ Theatres & Hospitality has announced that Jo Ditch has been appointed as Venue Director for Watford Colosseum.

Jo joins Watford Colosseum from the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, where she worked for over a decade. Whilst in her previous role Jo led Central Bedfordshire District Council’s new £16m arts and entertainment venue, from conception to opening, and built a hugely successful comedy programme starring names such as Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock and Romesh Ranganathan, to name but a few.

Jo has also enjoyed success in the West End where she was previously manager of Trafalgar Studios, overseeing the transformation and re-development from the Whitehall Theatre, and prior to that at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s Charing Cross Road, as well as the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the team at Watford Colosseum,” said Jo Ditch. “I’m looking forward to building on the strong comedy programme that the Watford Colosseum enjoys, and to developing the range of performances and events presented at the venue which encompasses live music, comedy, dance, sporting events, musicals and family entertainment. Watford Colosseum is also the perfect venue for conferences, events and a meeting space and I look forward to developing further the many hospitality-based opportunities that the venue hosts,” Jo added.

Welcoming Jo to HQ Theatres & Hospitality, Julian Russell, Chief Executive, said: “Jo has a wealth of experience in running venues and booking and presenting shows which will appeal to Watford audiences. Watford Colosseum is an important venue within the HQ Theatres & Hospitality portfolio which I am sure will flourish under Jo’s leadership.”

Watford Colosseum is owned by Watford Borough Council and managed by HQ Theatres & Hospitality, the UK’s second largest theatre operator. HQ Theatres & Hospitality’s parent company, Qdos Entertainment, is one of the UK’s biggest, broad-based entertainment groups.