Current Programme

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December Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th at 7pm + Sat & Sun matinées at 2:30 pm

Father Christmas - The Pantomime

Headgate Theatre Productions

Christmas morning and no present for Dreadful Deidre, she's on the naughty list again! To get her revenge on Father Christmas she sends her two henchmen, Snaffle and Snatchett, to the North Pole to change things once and for all! Join the Headgate's Panto gang for a fun-filled festive adventure!

Tickets:£11, £9 (children/students only)

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December Monday 12th at 7:30pm

Mr Pickwick's Christmas  by  Robert MacCall from 'The Pickwick Papers' by Charles Dickens

Robert MacCall

This one man show performed by storyteller Robert MacCall captures all the zest and humour of the original. Mr Pickwick, and his friends travel by stagecoach to enjoy an exuberant country Christmas at Dingley Dell. All the delights of Christmas are brought vividly to life.

Tickets:£12, £10 (conc), £6 (children)

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December Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th at 7pm

Scrooge an Adaptation of Christmas carol

Theatricool students

Theatricool tell the story of Scrooge with a twist. Although mostly based in Victorian England with a Dickensian feel our cast also time travel forward to the present day to add a modern element to the piece.

Tickets: £10 & £8

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January Friday 13th - Saturday 14th at 7:30pm and Sat 14th Jan at 1pm and 5pm

Snow White – the Panto  by  Sarah Young


Queenie traps her psychic, Mystic Merv, in a mirror so he can confirm she is the fairest in the land 24/7. Unfortunately Snow White is fairer, so she must be eliminated. Mole and Wart are volunteered for the job. What can possibly go wrong? Who will save the day.....?

Tickets: £11, £9.50 (children/students)
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January Saturday 21st at 2:00pm and 4.00pm

Jack Frost  by  Venetia Twigg

Moon on a Stick Productions

A magical, wintery production brings Jack Frost to life through puppetry, live music and enchanting storytelling. Meet our mischievous sprite as he takes us on a snowy adventure and spreads winter wherever he goes. But wrap up warm or you’ll catch him nipping at your fingers and toes!

Tickets: Children £6, Adults £8, Family of Four £25

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January Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th at 7:30pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

The Graduate  by  Terry Johnson

Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Paper Lantern Theatre Company, who achieved sell-out success with their production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams, brings you ‘The Graduate’. Based on the iconic 1967 film, this highly comic play features many of the same cast and production team, a contemporary 60’s soundtrack and custom-built set.

Not suitable for under 12s. Mild sexual scenes, partial nudity, smoking of herbal cigarettes.

Tickets: £12, £10 (under 16s/students/unwaged/over 65s)

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February Saturday 4th at 7:45pm

Poseurs  by  Reese-Lee Ellis

NJ Theatre Academy

‘Poseurs’ is a hilarious new comedy set in a West London beauty salon. It’s the Salon of the Year contest; the ruthless owner of Poseurs, Siobhan, wants to win more than anything! But can her dysfunctional team help her grab the coveted prize?

Not suitable for young children.

Tickets: £10

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February Sunday 19th at 7:30pm

I Wish to Register a Complaint

The Mayor’s Troupe

A selection of classic comedy sketches and stand-up in aid of The Mayor of Colchester’s charities.

Contains some strong language.

Tickets: £8, £5 (students/income-related benefits)

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February Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st at 7:30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

Are you still undecided about the existence of a spirit world? So why not come along, listen to Ronnie, and then make up your mind. He will communicate with people there, and pass on their messages to members of the audience.

Tickets £13

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February Thursday 23rd at 7:30pm

Hits from the Blitz

Triangle Productions Ltd

Five Star Swing perform the unique “feel-good” 1940s’ show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Gala Nights. Famous war-time tunes and sing-a-long songs brought to life by the singers and multi-instrumentalists of the Five Star Swing band, ("Superb, they swing like crazy!" - Sheila Tracy, BBC). Featuring Simone (Ivy Benson Orchestra) plus Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for Glenn Miller’s brother, Herb and the BBC Radio Big Band.

Tickets: £13, £12 (conc)

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February Friday 24th at 7:30pm

West African Blues Project

Ramon Goose (guitar and ngoni) and Modou Toure (vocals)

A meeting of minds; a meeting of cultures and two styles of music that seem to blend so well together it just seems natural. Modou Toure and Ramon Goose create a beautiful tapestry of voice and guitar. This concert will be preceded by an open workshop and demonstration of West African music and instruments from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Tickets £12, £10 (students)

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February Saturday 25th at 7:30pm

Beyond Belief

Bailey Barnham

Bailey Barham brings his debut stage show to you! Captivating you from the start with dangerous magic to impossible money magic! Bailey is 16: His youthful, bubbly energy is brought directly onto the stage! If you love magic, you will not want to miss this for the world!

Recommended for 13+ only (contains needle swallowing).

Tickets: £10, £7.50 (under 16s/over 65s)

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March Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

Daisy Pulls it Off  by  Denise Deegan

Colchester Theatre Group

oin the ‘gels’ of Grangewood School for jolly-hockey-sticks adventure, spiffing suspense and lashings of fun. Will new scholarship pupil Daisy conquer the snooty prejudices of her posh classmates and win the hearts of school? Come and see her try! “Affectionate, sharp-eyed, keen-eared pastiche” (Sunday Telegraph).

Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)

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March Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm

The History Boys  by  Alan Bennet

Mad Hatter Productions

Mad Hatter Productions are delighted to present Alan Bennett's much-loved British play "The History Boys". Taking place in a grammar school in the 1980s, this classic play is part serious drama, and part witty comedy. We urge you all to see this gem of British theatre.

Contains strong language, sexual references and adult themes.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)

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March Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

A Kind of Alaska + The Collection  by  Harold Pinter

Headgate Theatre Productions

Directed by Andrew Hodgson and Sheila Foster, two of Pinter’s most acclaimed plays: "A Kind of Alaska&", winner of several Best Play awards, was inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks' book "Awakenings" and is a personally emotional and dramatic work dealing with memory and loss. Written in the early 60s,"The Collection" is a cool and stylish comedy, layered with Pinteresque ambiguities and implications of threat. A stimulating evening of theatre celebrating one of the most influential of modern British dramatists.

Tickets: £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)

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March Wednesday 29th - Saturday 1st at 7:30pm + Sat matinée at 2pm

A Streetcar Named Desire  by  Tennessee Williams

Paper Lantern Theatre Company

From the company that brought you "The Graduate&" in January. It is 1947, Blanche DuBois, a schoolteacher from Laurel, Mississippi, arrives at the New Orleans apartment of her sister, Stella Kowalski. Following their sell-out performances at the Sir John Mills Theatre Ipswich, "A Streetcar Named Desire"returns to the Headgate. Do not miss this rarely performed play which is regarded as among the finest of American plays of the 20th century and cemented Williams's reputation as one of the most influential writers of our time.

Tickets: £12