Current Programme


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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
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April Sunday 2nd at 3pm and 7pm

Pygmalion  by  George Bernard Shaw

Chameleon's Web Theatre Company


Chameleon's Web end their spring tour at the Headgate with Shaw's brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of Pygmalion that later became the successful musical 'My Fair Lady'. Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very common Eliza who he believes he can turn into a duchess at ease in polite society.

Tickets: £10, £8 (unemployed/over60s/student)
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April Monday 10th - Thursday 13th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Aladdin

Headgate Workshops with Polka Dot Arts


Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this 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: £85
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April Thursday 20th at 7:30pm

Metamorphosis  by  Franz Kaffka adapted by Steven Berkoff

Theatrical Niche Limited


Waking to find himself transformed into a dung beetle, Gregor must seriously consider his options. One of the strangest stories ever brought to the stage, this acclaimed adaptation by Steven Berkoff plunges into the extremity of Kafka's dark humour. Theatrical Niche tour this wonderful monstrosity, using signature touches of Physical Theatre and Puppetry.

Tickets: £12, £10 (over 65s), £8 (Students & groups of 6+)
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April Saturday 22nd at 8pm

An Evening of French Music & Song

Acoustic East


Acoustic East presents an evening of French music and song: BOF! Play traditional French and Breton songs and tunes using traditional instruments. Gwendal Moële (vocals) and Paul Riley (guitar) perform classic/modern French chansons from artistes such as Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel.

Tickets: £10, £8 (over 60s/students/unemployed)
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April Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Bernstein on Broadway

PLATFORM musicals & plays


Following the success of previous “composer themed” concert performances, Platform Musicals & Plays are pleased to bring you a thrilling concert of Leonard Bernstein’s music. Including music from his well-known productions such as West Side Story, On the Town and Candide, this concert will also explore the fabulous songs and music in some of his lesser known works.

Tickets: £12
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April Sunday 30th Workshop at 1pm. Concert at 5pm

Guitar Workshop and Recital

The English Guitar Quartet


All the current members of the EGQ met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. This line-up, formed in 1987, have performed at the Wigmore Hall, toured Australia, and played concerts all over the UK.

Tickets: Workshop performers £15, Concert only £12, £10 (students)
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May Monday 1st Workshop 2pm to 4pm Concert 5pm to 6pm

Guitar Workshop and Recital

Graham Anthony Devine




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May Friday 5th - Saturday 6th at 7:30pm

In on the Act

Stagestruck Academy


'IN ON THE ACT' a Drama showcase featuring students of Stagestruck Academy presenting three short ensemble performances. We see students battle a troll determined to turn their primary school into a gold mine, win over the school bully with the power of storytelling, and discover if there really is such a thing as 'getting away with it'?

Tickets: £11, £9 (over 60s/under 14s)
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May Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

Yes, Prime Minister  by  by Anthony Jay & Jonathan Lynn


The hugely successful political comedy returns in Jay & Lynn's stage revival. follow the exploits of Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley as they get to grips with financial disaster, Europe flexing its muscles and an offer from a foreign power they cannot refuse. Not to be missed. Some strong language & adult themes.

Tickets: £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)
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May Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

The Last Five Years  by  Jason Robert Brown

Eastern Edge Theatre Company


Eastern Edge Theatre Company bring you a powerful and intimate staging of Jason Robert Brown's iconic musical. The Last Five Years is an emotionally strong and personal musical telling the story of Jamie and Cathy, two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

Tickets: £12
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June Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th at 7.30pm

Seasons with Swing

Colchester Operatic Society



Tickets: £12.50
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June Saturday 10th Doors open 6.45pm Show starts 7.30pm

Charity Concert

When Rivers Meet and Inside Out Trio


Charity Concert in aid of MIND

Join us for an evening of music entertainment with local bands :

"Inside Out Trio" and "When Rivers Meet"

"When Rivers Meet" a husband and wife duo, formerly known as Holmes & Bond, perform masterful vocals and rich harmonies, having received acclaim after reaching number three in the UK Independent Music Charts leading to airplay throughout Europe.

"The Inside Out Trio" play a mixture of genres, including songs you know, songs you don't know and little known obscurities, all played with vim, vigour and "plectrums!". For many years they have produced some amazing songs - with a splash of humour.

Tickets: £8