Current Programme


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February Sunday 7th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

The Farnadale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Macbeth  by  David McGillvray & Walter Zerlin Jnr

Headgate Play Readers


No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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February Monday 8th - Tuesday 9th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Come and decide for yourself about the existence of a spirit world, on the evidence given by Ronnie as he passes on communications to members of the audience from their friends and relatives who have passed over.

Tickets: £13
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February Wednesday 10th - Thursday 11th at 8pm

Romancing Miss Bliss or 'The Dentist's Dilemma'  by  Anne Pearson

Jubilant Productions


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance will take the form of a semi-staged rehearsed reading with Christine Absalom in the title role. Ignatius Anthony will direct.

So the performance you will see will still be funny and entertaining but the cast will be working with scripts and the set and technical aspects will be slightly less than the full-scale production. However, we guarantee you a great show.

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)
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February Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

The Marriage of Figaro  by  Beaumarchais translated & adapted by Rod Green

Colchester Theatre Group


The original revolutionary play on which Mozart based his famous opera. Figaro is now in the employ of Count Almaviva and his wedding plans are thrown into disarray - all in a day's work at Castile Almaviva. Are the servants as good as or better than their masters?

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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February Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th at 7.45pm

Assassins  by  Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman

Mad Hatter Productions


Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us. 'Assassins' suggests otherwise...

Tickets: £12, £10 (students)
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March Friday 4th - Saturday 5th at 7:30pm

The Theory of Nat and Mike  by  Jazz Ely

Stage Write


The play takes a close look in a honest but sometimes humorous way at the abuse mentally and physically that goes on between two people that are stuck in what feels like a vicious cycle, exploring what happens when someone is pushed into treating another inhumanely and whether they have lost their humanity. Age 15 +. Contains semi-nude scenes and strong language

Tickets: £6, £4 (conc)
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March Sunday 6th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

The Winslow Boy  by  Terence Rattigan

Headgate Play Readers


No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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March Friday 11th - Saturday 12th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

The Maid of the Mountains  by  Harold Fraser Simson

PLATFORM musicals & plays


A rare opportunity to see one of longest running and most popular British musicals of the last century in a concert performance. The charming and nostalgic score, combines the romance of Franz Lehar with humour of Gilbert and Sullivan and includes such memorable songs as "Love Will Find A Way" and "A Paradise For Two". Not to be missed!

Tickets: £11
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March Sunday 13th Workshop: 2pm Concert: 4:45pm

Virtuoso Guitar at the Headgate

Gary Ryan


One of the top performers in the world today, Gary is seen by many as the natural successor to the great John Williams, with whom he has been playing duos this year. He has won international critical acclaim for his exceptional technical control, profound musical insight and entertaining recital programmes.

Tickets: £20 (workshop participant + concert), £15, £12 (students) (workshop observer + concert), £12 (concert only)
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March Thursday 17th at 7:45pm

Swing 'n' Sinatra

Five Star Swing


Celebrating 100 years of Sinatra, an evening of the famous songs spanning Sinatra's career from the Tommy Dorsey band to Hollywood, Vegas' "Rat Pack" to recordings with the Count Basie band. Five Star Swing's singers and multi-instrumentalists have appeared with TVs "Military Wives", BBC "Children in Need", Blackpool's Tower Ballroom and TV's "Strictly Dance Fever" contestant.

Tickets: £12
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March Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th at 7:45pm

A Chorus Line  by  Marvin Hamlish and Edward Kleben

OD Productions


OD Productions' second outing brings to you this popular classic, focussing on the lives of a group of performers auditioning to be in a 'Broadway chorus'. The show begins in the middle of an audition and takes us on a journey from rehearsal to opening night, revealing the trials and tribulations each performer has had to endure to finally make it.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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April Sunday 3rd at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

Strangers on a Train  by  Craig Warner

Headgate Play Readers


No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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April Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Annie

Polka Dot Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds


This intensive workshop will end with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. Please call the box office for details, an application form and to book.

Tickets: £80
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April Saturday 9th at 7:30pm

Another Evening of Song

Quattro Amici


This exciting vocal quartet (Natasha Bennett, Fiona Morris, Gerry Bremner, Howard Brooks) returns to the Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Gilbert & Sullivan, via Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hammerstein, to Lloyd Webber and Schoenberg

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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April Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

A Matter of Life and Death  by  Tom Morris and Emma Rice.
Based on the film by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Headgate Theatre Productions


945. Peter, a young airman, jumps to his death from his burning aircraft. His last words are to June, who he has never met. But, in the fog, his guardian angel fails to catch him, and Peter lives, meets June and falls in love. Heaven is missing an angel, and they need Peter to take the stairway to Heaven!

Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)
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April Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th at 7.45pm

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett  by  Samuel Beckett

Headgate Theatre Productions


Winnie spends her day performing her ritual tasks. What else can she do? She is half buried in a mound of earth and Willie, her husband doesn't seem to be inclined to help her. Her indomitable spirit provides humour in the face of desperation. There will be a TALKBACK after the performance on Thu 28th April.

Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)
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May Sunday 8th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

Arcadia  by  Tom Stoppard

Headgate Play Readers


No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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May Sunday 8th at 7.30pm

Music on a Spring Evening

Colchester National Trust Group


A Fundraising Concert for the Colchester National Trust Group in the intimate atmosphere of the delightful Headgate Theatre, presenting live music in a comfortable setting by local musicians - folk and traditional music from around the world; ballads, jazz, blues and even pop. All profits will go to support local National Trust properties.

Tickets: £10, £8
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May Tuesday 10th 7.30pm for 8pm

CFMC End of Season Showcase

Colchester Film Makers Club


Join Colchester film-makers' gala evening and watch their award winning movies compete for the coveted Film of the Year Boudicca Award. Besides the season's best competition entries, ranging from documentary to Five Minute and Open categories, viewers will also see rare vintage footage of the town from the club's archive.

Tickets: £4, £3 (under 20/over 60), £2 (CFMC members)
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May Friday 13th at 7pm

Double Bill: An Evening of Classical Guitar & Jazz

Jim Parbury and Sam Plackett Organ Trio


Join classical guitarist Jim Parbury and The Sam Plackett Organ Trio for a double bill of outstanding guitar music from around the world. Take a musical journey - from European classical guitar through to Jazz guitar.

Tickets: £10, £7 (conc)
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May Wednesday 18th at 7.45pm

TBA

Colchester Theatre Group


For the latest news on Colchester Theatre Group's May production go to www.colchestertheatregroup.org or call the Headgate Theatre box office on 01206 366000.


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May Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th at 7.30pm

Ordinary Days  by  Adam Gwon

Colchester Institute Musical Theatre Level 3 Extended Diploma Students


A refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point). It tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfilment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc), £5 (CI students)
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June Friday 3rd at 8pm

And So It Goes

Singdicate vocal Ensemble


A celebration of song

Tickets: £7