Current Programme


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July Monday 25th - Friday 29th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Grease

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: £90
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July Friday 29th - Saturday 30th at 8pm

Laughed Out of Court

Stapled to a Chicken


Criminal Acts, Suspect Sketches, Funny Sentences. Stapled to a Chicken are summoned back to the Headgate for another hilariously arresting show; this time they're tackling crime and punishment. Only a ball and chain should stop you coming to see this comedy spectacular.
May contain strong language and offensive material.

Tickets: £11
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August Friday 5th at 7:30pm

Two and One More  by  Tom Hampson

What Might Have Been Theatre


A boy breaks into a London house during the Blitz and is discovered by the man living there. However, the real question is what lies in the room next door? Tom Hampson and James Robert Rutherford bring an atmospheric, enigmatic and thought-provoking story to the stage.

Tickets:£6, £5 (conc)
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August Saturday 20th at 7:30pm

24-hour Mystery Musical

Banrayban Productions


This brand new musical comedy that nobody has heard of…not even the writers!

This one-off musical will be composed, written, directed, cast and rehearsed within the space of 24 hours. Organised by Barney Fritz to help fund his tuition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Tickets:£10
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August Friday 26th - Saturday 27th at 7:45pm

A Night to Remember

Mad Hatter


Featuring some of Colchester's best amateur performers, Mad Hatter presents an unmissable evening of Musical Theatre. Featuring classic songs from 'Wicked', 'Les Miserables','Chicago' and 'Hamilton'. Join us as we say farewell to those who leave us for Drama School and University.

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)
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August Monday 29th at 7:45pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream: In Concert  by  William Shakespeare, Music & Lyrics by Wade Ablitt

Wide Eye Productions


After the success of the Ipswich production in 2015, the production transfers to the Headgate Theatre for one night only! A contemporary musical adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most-beloved plays, presented in a stripped back setting featuring a full cast of some of the most talented young people in Suffolk and Essex.

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)
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September Sunday 25th Workshop: 2pm Concert: 4:45pm

Classical Guitar Workshop & Concert

Laura Snowden


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 brilliant international career awaits her over the coming decade”. (Classical Guitar Magazine).


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September Wednesday 28th

Dr Faustus  by  Christopher Marlowe in a new adaptation by Venetia Twigg

Theatrical Niche Ltd


Greatness. Is there any price too high? Puppetry, Physical Theatre and Circus Artistry throw petrol over the flames of Marlowe's hellish pride tale in the battle for one circus leader's soul. Under the straining tent poles, one final tactic is used to achieve glory - Black Magic. "Superb… West End Quality" - Kent Messenger. Suitable for 12+. Free Puppetry Workshop - group bookings: Phone the box office for details.


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September Friday 30th 7pm to 9:30pm (doors: 6:30pm)

Colchester Comedy Festival Launch


Featuring local comedians, the best funny videos from our "Laugh a Minute" comedy video competition and a whole load of fun, as well as the chance to meet Comedy Festival organisers and supporters. Come join the party!

Free
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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 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 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  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 - Sunday 11th 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)