Current Programme


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May Sunday 4th

84, Charing Cross Road  by  Helene Hanff

Headgate Play Readers


See Headgate Play Readers on our "about us" page.


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May Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th at 7.45pm

Moonlight and Magnolias  by  Ron Hutchinson

Headgate Theatre Productions


The most successful film in box office history was written in five days by three men with only bananas and peanuts for sustenance. This stage version of a hilarious Hollywood true story reveals the passion that gave us the number one movie line of all time, "Frankly, my dear....".

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

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May Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th at 7.45pm

A Patchwork of Plays

Colchester Theatre Group


Two of four very different plays coming together to form a patchwork of contrasting moods. For more information consult www.colchestertheatregroup.org:

The Donahue Sisters by Geraldine Aron

Three sisters reunited at their mother’s funeral relive a horrific secret. Not suitable for children.

Made in Spain byTony Grounds

Explores four contrasting females in their journey of self-discovery and independence.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

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May Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th at 7.45

A Patchwork of Plays

Colchester Theatre Group


Two more of four very different plays coming together to form a patchwork of contrasting moods. For more information consult www.colchestertheatregroup.org:


In By The Half by Jimmie Chinn

Madam, once a distinguished actress, lives in seclusion looked after by her ex-dresser. Their peaceful routine gives way to a poignant drama with the arrival of Madam's estranged daughter who nurses a bitter secret.

The Resounding Tinkle by N.F. Simpson

A classic of the Theatre of the Absurd featuring an elephant in the garden.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

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May Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th at 7.45pm + Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

The Boys from Syracuse  by  Rodgers and Hart

Platform Musicals


Take Shakespeare's comedy of twins and mistaken identity, "The Comedy of Errors" – and add in the American wit, songs and lyrics of Rodgers and Hart…and you have this rarely performed delight of a musical. Classic songs include "Sing for your Supper", "This Can’t Be Love" and "Falling in Love with Love".

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)

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May Sunday 25th at 2pm and 6pm

Beauty and the Beast

Big Events for Little Stars


Big Events for Little Stars is a new amateur dance and theatre company that puts on various events for children with a passion for dance and theatre arts. Get lost in the magical Disney world of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and see how the beast, with a little help from his friends, finds happiness and love with the kind Belle. Suitable for the whole family!

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc), £4 (children) 2 yrs and under free

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May Tuesday 27th at 7.30pm

The Black and White Tour

Andrew Dee


The Black and White Tour - a demonstration of clairvoyance. Everything in life is Black or White. Why then do we  allow the 'grey' to creep in and confuse us? Spirit Medium, Andrew Dee is here to guide you and lift the lid on any questions you may have about this life and the hereafter. 

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)

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June Sunday 1st

Separate Tables  by  Terence Rattigan

Headgate Play Readers


See Headgate Play Readers on our "about us" page.


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June Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

From Stage To Screen (and back again)

Colchester Operatic Society


This year's programme showcases successful musicals which have been made into films, as well as films which have been made into blockbuster Broadway and West End shows. Included will be excerpts from productions such as 'Chicago', 'Mamma Mia', 'Annie', 'Hair', 'Sister Act' and ‘Matilda'!

Tickets:£12

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June Sunday 8th from approx 2pm (please check with box office)

One Act Play Festival

North Essex Theatre Guild


This festival promises to be an entertaining day with comedy and drama productions presented by various groups in the Guild. You certainly get value for money with at least six productions to watch. Refreshments are available.

Tickets: £3 for 1st or 2nd session, £5 for both

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June Sunday 15th at 2.30pm & 5pm

Parting Shots 2014

Catherine Pickering's School of Dance


Catherine, Fanny and Stephanie are giving their senior dance students a last chance to perform their own choreography, before leaving for university: It promises to be a night to remember! Younger pupils will perform in works choreographed by Catherine, Fanny and Stephanie.

Tickets: £8, £4(children)

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June Saturday 21st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

Tara Bennett Vocal School Production


This years show features songs from the 'Disney Songbook', with hits from 'Frozen', 'The Lion King', 'Toy Story', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Hercules' and 'Enchanted' to name but a few! You will be in for a treat. Hope to see you there!

Tickets: £8

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June Thursday 26th at 7.30pm

The Storybook of Leopold Thorn – Tale 1: The Princess and the Candlesticks

Darren Gooding


Leopold Thorn: Conjuror, Liar, Visionary and Strutting Dandy is facing his most daunting challenge; telling bedtime stories to entertain his precocious and insomniac six year old daughter. Magical tales for grown-ups written and performed by Darren Gooding, with music by Tina Gooding.

Occasional strong language.

Tickets: £10, £6 (conc)

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June Friday 27th at 7.45pm

Sanditon  by  Jane Austen, Anna Lefroy & Chris Brindle


Rehearsed reading of a new play by a local cast. The first half comprises a loving adapation Jane Austen's last unfinished and funniest work. The second half starts with her niece’s continuation. Chris then ties both fragments together and gives them the most probable and surprisingly contemporary ending.

Tickets: £5

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June Saturday 28th at 7.30pm

Music on a Summer Evening

Colchester National Trust


A concert of music in support of the National Trust and their properties in the East of England, with live music in a comfortable setting by local musicians - folk and traditional music from around the world; ballads, chansons, blues and even some songs you know and love.

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)

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July Sunday 6th at 1pm & 3pm

We've Got Talent

DOT Productions


DOT Productions brings together its youth performing art groups for a fun summer show that includes songs, scenes and dances! In this imaginary talent show you might also recognise some of the judges!!

Tickets £5

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July Monday 7th - Tuesday 8th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie's aim is to convince us of the existence of a life after death, by re-connecting members of the audience with friends and loved ones in the spirit world. By passing on descriptions of them, and anything they wish

Tickets £12

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July Friday 18th - Sunday 20th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

The Sound of Musicals

Platform Musicals


To support the Crohn's and Colitis UK Charity, and to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, Platform Musicals proudly present a concert looking back at some of their previous productions and at the work of such composers as Richard Rodgers, Ivor Novello, Marvin Hamlisch and Stephen Sondheim. A treat for all musical theatre lovers! BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: £10

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July Friday 25th - Saturday 26th at 8pm

Half-Arsed History

Stapled to a Chicken


The funniest thing in ages! Join this rip-roaring, comedic, knock- about, whirlwind tour though time. A slightly dubious take on all things historic. Featuring rampant royalty, animal animosity and military machination from 2,000BC to modern times.

Contains adult themes and occasional strong language.

Tickets: £10

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August Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd at 7.30pm

The Love of Lyrics


The Love of Lyrics will display an energetic array of exciting performances from jazz to the wonderful Broadway stage. With a range of talented soloists and group vocalists you are promised to be entertained, surprised and amazed! Join us on this musical journey directed, choreographed and composed to perfection!

Tickets £8, £7 (conc)

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August Monday 4th - Friday 8th from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Polka Dot Musical Workshop for 8 to 16 yr olds


This five-day workshop will culminate in 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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August Friday 15th at 7.30pm

The School for Husbands  by  Molière


DOT Productions is pleased to return to The Headgate with Molière’s commedia dell'arte romp, or Rom Com in Corsets, 'The School for Husbands'. Fun, witty and punctuated with political satire, this production is a great evening’s entertainment and a reminder of how stories can be told.

Tickets £12, £10 (conc)

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August Saturday 16th at 7.30pm

One Night of Impro

Collective Theatre Productions


Collective Theatre Productions returns to the Headgate Theatre with its totally un-rehearsed show - One Night of Impro! It is the show where YOU, the audience, decide what our actors do, say and more! After selling out around Essex for the past few years, the show returns to Colchester with funny-man Ethan Lawrence from BBC3’s Bad Education. Don’t miss out on the hilarity! Not suitable for under 12s. May include explicit language.

Tickets £8 (£5 if bought before 1st July)

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August Monday 25th - Tuesday 29th from 9am to 4.30pm

Shakespeare Workshop

Scenario Performing Arts


This utterly fun course will lead children through the world of William Shakespeare. Have the chance to bring Shakespeare to life. Lose yourself in a world that will make Shakespeare easy and fun - most of all fun. For ages 7 to 16 years.

Tickets: £80