Current Programme


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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 5th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

Murderer  by  Anthony Shaffer

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 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 Barham


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


Join 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 Sunday 5th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

The Lady's not for Burning  by  Christopher Fry

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 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
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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

The Last Five Years  by  Jason Robert Brown

Eastern Edge Theatre Company



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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