Current Programme

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October Thursday 8th - Friday 9th at 7.30pm

Tartuffe  by  Molière

Theatrical Niche

Theatrical Niche's hysterical adaptation of Molière's famous comedy puts Commedia Dell'Arte, Physical Comedy and Original French Excerpts centre stage in this full-tilt version. Can impostor Tartuffe seduce the proud Orgon so completely that he will surrender both family and fortune - or will this dog finally meet his day? A tale of hypocrisy at its most extreme here sashays back onto the stage in a fantastic new guise. Suitable for 12+.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc inc students)
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October Saturday 10th at 8pm

An Evening of French music and 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, £7 (conc)
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October Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Rent  by  Jonathan Larson

OD Productions

This iconic rock opera tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving, counter-cultural days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Rent ran for an incredible 12 years on Broadway, winning a Pullitzer Prize as well as Tony Awards. The intimate feel of the Headgate will give added intensity to the humour and sadness in every character's story. Come and share the experience.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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October Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th at 7.45pm

A Letter of Resignation

Headgate Theatre Productions

In a Scottish castle on a summer evening in 1963, the Conservative Prime Minister is brought news of a scandal that threatens to rock the government and damage foreign policy. It is, of course, the 'Profumo Affair' - a story of call girls, sex parties and possible Soviet interference. It is a world that Harold Macmillan knows little of, and his reaction reveals a great deal about his politics, and the moral dilemma he faces knowing that his own personal life cannot withstand scrutiny. A topical masterpiece not to be missed.

Tickets: £9, £11 (conc)
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October Sunday 25th at 7pm

Leading Ladies of Stage & Screen- Part Two

Aurora Voices Productions

A cast of talented ladies sing some of the best songs from Musicals including Cell Block Tango (from 'Chicago'), Maybe This Time (from 'Caberet') and some great tunes from 'Mamma Mia'. A great family night out!

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)
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October Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th from 9.30am to 4.30pm


Polka Dot Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds

This 4-day 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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October Saturday 31st at 7.30pm

Music Night in aid of LLL Colchester

La Leche League

Join us for a special night of music to celebrate the 20th anniversary of La Leche League (mother-to-mother breastfeeding support) in Colchester. To entertain you: Blue Town jazz,, 'a cool quintet ranging from blues, to swing, modern, Latin, and rock' and The Four Blokes, who 'play the songs of life to sparkling tunes, Modern American Folk Country and Blues'.

Tickets: £10
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November Sunday 1st

Fen  by  Caryl Churchill, facilitated by Ian Amos

Headgate Play Readers

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November Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th at 7.45pm

Chimps  by  Simon Block

Colchester Theatre Group

The future looks bright for Stevie and her partner, Mike, until a casual appointment with a couple of door-to-door salesmen turns into a nightmare sales pitch that splits open their relationship and ultimately threatens the very foundation of their life together. 'A blisteringly funny black comedy'. Contains very strong language/mild violence.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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November Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  by  Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

PLATFORM musicals & plays

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond. An innovative and thrilling work, Sondheim's beautiful and ingeniously crafted score accompanies a darkly comic and moving tale in Andrew Hodgson's stark and intimate new production.

Tickets: £12
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November Friday 27th at 7.30pm

Celebrating Musical Theatre

Trevor Thurston. Featuring Fiona Gaudion with special guest west end star Craig Mather.

Trevor Thurston is pleased to bring his debut concert to Colchester's Headgate Theatre. Celebrating the world of Musical Theatre where he presents a collection of well-known classics and hand-picked favorites. Including, Bring Him Home, Somewhere, Unchained Melody, The Lion King and Anthem . After privately training in London, Trevor is happy to present an evening to relax, enjoy and listen to your favourite west end songs.

Ticket Prices: £8 Adult, £6 Disabled and Children
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November Sunday 29th

Virtuoso Guitar at the Headgate

Vincent Lindsey-Clark

Guitar performed by one of Britain's Most Prominent Soloists and Composers

Workshop for Performers, Students, and Enthusiasts 2:00 - 4:00pm Concert 4:45 - 6:00pm (no interval) Performers places limited - call Tim on 0773611306 to book your place.

Ticket prices: Workshop Performer and concert £20 Workshop Spectator and concert £15 Concert Only £12
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December Sunday 6th


Headgate Play Readers

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December Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th at 7pm + Sat 12th & Sun 13th at 2.30pm

Peter Pan- the Panto  by  James Barry based on the book by J M Barrie

Headgate Theatre Productions

his highly entertaining version of a traditional story involves sea, sky, jungle and Red Indians! Pan, Hook, Smee, Tiger Lily, the Darlings, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys will set the showing flying. Book early!

Tickets: £11, £9
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December Monday 14th at 7.30pm

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Robert MacCall

"A complete transformation into the world of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit." (Wivenhoe News). Robert MacCall gives a costumed performance of tremendous energy and authenticity. Prepare to be transported directly into the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, as they come vividly alive in this powerful performance: The perfect way to begin Christmas. Suitable for age 10+

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc), £6 (under 16)
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December Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th at 7.30pm

The Nativity

Milk Bottle Productions

A beautiful and simple staging of episodes from the East Anglian N-Town mystery plays, telling the story of the birth of Jesus, as written by the anonymous playwrights of the 15th Century. Performed as part of Milk Bottle Productions' Before Shakespeare project - producing neglected classics of medieval drama

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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December Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th at 7pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Somerhouse Productions

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Join us in a celebration of the season with a selection of Christmas carols and festive favourites sung by a choir of great local performers plus guest professional singers. Audience participation mandatory!

Tickets: £10
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December Sunday 20th at 4pm

That's Entertainment

Donovan's Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts

Donovan's Academy Colchester branch will be hosting their first ever Dance, Acrobatic and Musical Theatre Showcase.

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc OAP, child, student)