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October Sunday 1st at 7.30pm

Musical Evening for Gateway

Vocalise Comunity Choir


Vocalise, the large community choir of amateur singers will be performing to raise funds for the local charity,Colcheste Gateway Clubs. They enable adults with learning disabilities to access leisure and social activities in the community and campaign for and with adults with learning disabilities.

Tickets £10, £8 (people with disability)
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October Friday 6th at 7:30pm

The 60's BritPop Girls Show

Helen Abbey


A superb show celebrating the songs and the stories of the big four British female pop stars of the swinging sixties. Supported by her acclaimed live band, Helen Abbey sings the classic hits of Cilla, Dusty, Lulu and Sandie Shaw including - Alfie, Puppet On A String, Look Of Love, Shout.

Tickets: £12
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October Wednesday 11th at 7:30pm

Lady Windermere's Fan  by  Oscar Wilde adapted by Venetia Twigg

Theatrical Niche


When a mysterious beauty enters high society, the in-crowd are sent scattering out. Wilde's raucous comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette and flips expectation rump-over-head. Exploiting themes of superficiality and sacrifice, this high-speed adaptation uses touches of Commedia Dell'Arte, and stylised choreography. Free & bespoke workshops - please reserve in advance. Suitable 10+

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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October Friday 13th at 7.30pm

Stand-Up at The Headgate

Zahra Barri and Charmian Hughes


Zahra's a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she's a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. "Terrific" (Venue Magazine). In 'Soixante Mirth' Charmian Hughes explores what it would be like to meet your younger self. 'Playful, poignant, painful, sweet, achingly familiar' (Theatreview.org.nz). This event is part of the Colchester Comedy Festival

Tickets £6
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October Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Grow Up Grandad  by  Gordon Steel

Headgate Theatre Productions


Grandparents! Look past the title of the play. This is an inter-generational story that deals with love and loss, hope and sadness as the relationship between Poppy and her Grandad is first thrown together and eventually torn apart. Poppy is 11, has attitude, but dreams of dancing in Blackpool. Ken is something of a hermit, a man living in the past with no television, no computer and no patience. While their relationship is volatile, it's also very funny and strewn with moments of real tenderness. This play is provocative, touching and not at all predictable! A UK mainland amateur premiere. Contains mildly offensive language.

Tickets: £13, £11 (65+), £10 (student)
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October Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Beauty and the Beast

Headgate Workshops run by Polka Dot Pantomime


Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this workshop will use extracts from the popular musical 'Beauty and the Beast' and finish with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. To reserve a place please call the box office on 01206 366000.

Tickets: £85
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October Tuesday 31st at 7:45pm

Old Time Music Hall

Headgate Theatre Productions


For one night only!! It's time to dress-up (optional) and come and join us for an evening of fabulous fun, splendiferous singing, mesmerising magic and terpsichorean turns with mine host Kevin Topple as your barmy, boisterous but charming Chairman, who may indulge in the occasional tortuous torments!

Tickets: £12
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November Friday 3rd at 7:30pm & Sat 4th Nov at 3pm

The Writing's on the Wall

The Untapped Writers


For many years The Untapped Writers have staged sell out performances at The Headgate and, as always, the emphasis is on entertainment. A collection of poetry, stories and sketches accompanied by music from celebrated guitarist Tim Pells will cover an eclectic range of subjects from the topical to the whimsical.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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November Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée

Marking Time  by  Michael Snelgrove

Colchester Theatre Group


Two teams of exam markers are hard at it in the Teachers' Centre. One team is coping well with marking schedules, guidelines, matrix grids and marked samples. The other team - Egos, personalities and chaos collide so get set for the Grand National Curriculum Chase.

Tickets: £12, £10 (students and 65+)
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November Monday 13th at 7:30pm

The Old Curiosity Shop  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company


Nell Trent and her grandfather flee their London shop after losing everything to the villainous loan-shark Quilp. Roaming the countryside, the pair fall in with a succession of colourful characters, some friendly, some ominous. After their acclaimed touring production of The Count of Monte Cristo in 2015, Common Ground return with this riotous, theatrically inventive adaptation, featuring original live music by Pat Whymark.

Tickets: £10, £7 (under 21s/unwaged)
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November Wednesday 15th - Thursday 16th and Sat 18th November at 7.45pm

Mad Hatter at the Movies

Mad Hatter Productions


Mad Hatter return to the Headgate with a concert of some of the best songs ever written for film, performed by some of Colchester's most talented young vocalists. Every thing from Moulin Rouge to Breakfast at Tiffany's (and a ton of Disney thrown in too!)

Tickets £10, £8 (conc)
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November Friday 17th at 7:30pm

Tim Pells and his Friends

Virtuoso Guitar at the Headgate


An evening of classical guitar, with Tim Pells (guitar) Teresa Pells (soprano) and Andrew Allen (guitar). This programme is a celebration of Tim's many styles of music and features guitar duo and soprano performing music from the 16th to the 21st Centuries.

Tickets: £12, £10 (student)
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November Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Sunday in the Park with George  by  Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Platform Musicals & Plays


'Sunday in the Park with George' is inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat. A complex work, with a lovely, wildly inventive score, the show revolves around a fictionalised Seurat, immersed in a single-minded concentration while painting his masterpiece and the people in that picture. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see on the most acclaimed of Sondheim's musicals.

Tickets: £13
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December Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th at 7pm + Sat 9th at 1pm and 5pm + Sun 10th Dec at 2pm

Puss in Boots  by  Gary Sullivan

Headgate Theatre Productions


When the Miller dies, Ruffalino, his youngest son inherits only a cat, a mat and a flap. However, when FlibbertyWitch makes a mistake in her spells, the cat suddenly can talk. Together they hatch a plan to rid the town of the plague of rats, and win the hand of Princess Elsa. A fun, traditional pantomime for all the family. For group bookings please call the box office on 01206 366000.

Tickets: £12, £9 (under 16s)
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December Monday 11th at 7:30pm

The Chimes  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Robert MacCall

Robert MacCall



Tickets: £12, £10 (unemployed/65+), £6 (child)
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December Saturday 16th at 8.00pm

Lady's inconvenience

Lady's inconvenience


Essex based improv troupe LADY'S INCONVENIENCE are back after their acclaimed debut show at The Headgate earlier this year. They will be joined by other local comedy troupes to bring you an evening of festive improv fun! There will be music, mince pies and laughter. Christmas jumpers are encouraged.

This will be a BSL interpreted performance.

Tickets: £8(carers go free)
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