Current Programme


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October Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

The Play What I Wrote  by  Sean Foley

Headgate Theatre Productions


In 1977 over 28 million people watched the Morecambe and Wise Christmas show. This play is an affectionate homage to Eric 'n' Ernie. Meet Joe and Ben, a double act with aspirations of their own for serious drama…and a special guest star too. Part of Colchester Comedy Festival.

Tickets:£11, £9 (students)
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October Monday 10th at 8pm

Stand-up Comedy

Rosie Wilby & Jessica Fostekew


Acclaimed comedians Jessica Fostekew and Rosie Wilby bring their polished stand-up to the Headgate for the first of two evenings of stand-up comedy. Part of Colchester Comedy Festival.

Tickets:£10
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October Tuesday 11th at 8pm

Stand-up Comedy

Jay Sodager, Dave Green & Ben Akers


Top comedy from Jay Sodagar (“What night would not be complete without the razor sharp acerbic wit of Jay Sodagar” BBC) plus Dave Green and local comic Ben Akers. Part of Colchester Comedy Festival.

Tickets:£10
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October Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

Entertaining Angels  by  Richard Everett

Headgate Theatre Productions


In a part made famous by Penelope Keith, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Following the death of her husband, she is enjoying a new-found freedom, but the return of her sister, together with some disturbing revelations, force Grace to confront the truth of her marriage.

Tickets:£11, £9 (conc)
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October Sunday 23rd at 7.30pm

Rock Opera

Rock Choir


Rock Choir Concert in aid of Gateway

Tickets : £10, £8(conc)
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October Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Alice in Wonderland

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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October Saturday 29th Doors: 7:30pm for 8pm

An Evening with Mr Shillaker


Mr Shillaker, raconteur, diarist, sherry connoisseur and disgraced former man of the age, invites you to an evening of entertainment unlike any other! Dramatic excerpts read aloud from Mr Shillaker's thrilling memoir! Piquant poetry and marvellous monologues! Baffling illusions! Short but improving film presentations! Sherry! Come and join Feltham-cum-Latterly's favourite son at Colchester's prestigious Headgate Theatre. Sponsored by Grantley's Tudorbethan Cream Sherry

Tickets:£5
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October Sunday 30th Workshop: 2pm Concert: 4:45pm

Acoustic Guitar Workshop & Concert

Stuart Ryan


Concert + workshop performers:£25 (5 maximum. Contact Tim Pells prior to booking a place on 07736 711306 or Timpells@aol.com).
Concert + workshop observers:£15, £10 (students) Concert only:£12, £10 (students)

“A world class guitarist, one of the finest of his generation” (Martin Taylor MBE).


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November Wednesday 2nd at 7.30pm

Dido & Aeneas: Remixed

NMT Automatics


Dido & Aeneas: Remixed, a play, adapted from Virgil's The Aeneid. A unique mixture of Purcell's opera with a new sampled, beat driven soundscape; text, corporeal theatre and urban/lyrical dance.

An epic tale of a people torn from their land by war, searching for a new home, whilst struggling against a climate of prejudice and fear: a tragedy that is sadly still relevant today. NMT Automatics bring this classic to a contemporary audience in an engaging & accessible way.

Tickets: £11(Full), £10(Senior), £9(Student)

Party bookings please call the box office

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November Friday 4th at 7:30pm and Sat 5th November at 3pm

Hot Potatoes

The Untapped Writers


Light the blue touch paper and retire to enjoy an evening of poetry, prose and sketches from the Untapped Writers with musical interludes from guitarist Tim Pells.

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)
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November Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

Di and Viv and Rose  by  Amelia Bullmore

Headgate Theatre Productions


Three students at a northern university decide to share a house in 1983. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. Amelia Bullmore's play is a touching, funny and thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life and life's impact on friendship. A big, warm-hearted piece about female friendship which doesn't - as friends don't - shy away from occasional, hard-hitting, home truths.Some language may offend.

Tickets:£11, £9 (students)
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November Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

Mindgame  by  Anthony Horowitz

Colchester Theatre Group


When Mark Styler, writer of 'true crime' paperbacks, tries to get an interview with Easterman, a notorious serial killer, he has no idea what he's walking into. First he has to get past Dr Farquhar, the quixotic head of Fairfields, the asylum where Easterman is kept. But soon he discovers that nothing is what it seems.

Tickets:£11, £9 (conc)
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November Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

On The Twentieth Century  by  Adolph Green, Betty Comden and Cy Colman

PLATFORM musicals & plays


Book & lyrics by Adolph Green & Betty Comden, Music by Cy Colman ('Barnum', 'Sweet Charity'). This dazzling and tuneful Broadway hit musical is set on a luxury train travelling from Chicago to New York in the 1930s. Bankrupt producer Oscar tries to cajole glamorous Hollywood star Lily to play the lead in his new, but not yet written, Biblical epic and perhaps rekindle their temperamental romance!

Tickets:£12
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November Sunday 27th Workshop: 2pm Concert: 4:45pm

Classical Guitar Workshop & Concert

Andrey Lebedev


Concert + workshop performers:£25 (5 maximum. Contact Tim Pells prior to booking a place on 07736 711306 or Timpells@aol.com).
Concert + workshop observers:£15, £10 (students)
Concert only:£12, £10 (students)

“An enthralling performance” (Canberra International Festival).


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December Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th at 7pm + Sat & Sun matinées at 2:30 pm

Father Christmas - The Pantomime

Headgate Theatre Productions


Christmas morning and no present for Dreadful Deidre, she's on the naughty list again! To get her revenge on Father Christmas she sends her two henchmen, Snaffle and Snatchett, to the North Pole to change things once and for all! Join the Headgate's Panto gang for a fun-filled festive adventure!

Tickets:£11, £9 (children/students only)
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December Monday 12th at 7:30pm

Mr Pickwick's Christmas  by  Robert MacCall from 'The Pickwick Papers' by Charles Dickens

Robert MacCall


This one man show performed by storyteller Robert MacCall captures all the zest and humour of the original. Mr Pickwick, and his friends travel by stagecoach to enjoy an exuberant country Christmas at Dingley Dell. All the delights of Christmas are brought vividly to life.

Tickets:£12, £10 (conc), £6 (children)
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