Current Programme

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May Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th at 7.30pm

Ordinary Days  by  Adam Gwon

Colchester Institute Musical Theatre Level 3 Extended Diploma Students

A refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point). It tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfilment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc), £5 (CI students)
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May Tuesday 31st

A Sparkling Evening of Entertainment

The Suzie Lowe Agency

In aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Tickets: £25
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June Friday 3rd at 8pm

And So It Goes


If you enjoy captivating singing mixed with bold and extravagant harmonies, then this is the evening you've been waiting for. Having been described as "young, vibrant and energetic", Singdicate will bring to you all of these things and much more, offering audiences the chance to enjoy popular and lesser-known works.

Tickets: £7
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June Saturday 4th at 7.30pm

5-Part re-Inventions

Colchester New Music

Last year we challenged composers around the world to write for the mysteriously neglected combination of recorder quartet with harpsichord. In this concert we premiere a selection of beautiful new pieces in which the sweetness and coolness of the recorders encounters the bright, clean sound of the harpsichord. Played by Dulcis Venti recorder quartet with harpsichordist Francis Knights.

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)
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June Sunday 5th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

The Forsyte Saga  by  Pat and Derek Hoddinott

Headgate Play Readers

No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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June Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Dolls 'n' Guys

Colchester Operatic Society

An evening exploring the role of women as portrayed through musical theatre. From the love-lorn to the murderess, musicals have depicted a wide range of women. Whatever the role, musical theatre has given them the glory, the comedy and the pathos to enthrall audiences. Come and enjoy this journey of the female character!

Tickets: £12
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June Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Under Milk Wood  by  Dylan Thomas

PLATFORM musicals & plays

A lyrical play about life in a Welsh fishing village called Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood. Join the townsfolk as Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and rhythm of a day, from the first light of dawn into a busy morning and through the long, slow afternoon. It follows a 24-hour period of the town, but you get to see behind the curtains, underneath the bed sheets and behind the closed doors.

Tickets: £12, £10 (students)
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June Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm

Constellations  by  Nick Payne

A man and a women meet. They have so many possibilities; happy, sad, ordinary, short-term or will last a lifetime. This innovative two-hander explores them all. Winner of Best Play, Evening Standard Awards 2012. "An astonishingly fine new play" (The Independent).
Contains some strong language.

Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)
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June Thursday 30th at 7:45pm

The Clockwork Girl - A Tale of Leopold Thorn

Darren Gooding

Written and performed by Darren Gooding, music by Tina Gooding, Magical Advisor - Dean Allen Jones. A bereaved Clockmaker is stirred from his frozen grief by the arrival of Miss P.T. Wilby. The Deceptrix is about to offer a commission; the most fabulous and terrible creation to which Jameson Holtz could ever turn his astounding engineering skills. The laws of nature are about to be re-written.
Some strong language - not suitable for young children.

Tickets: £9, £7 (conc)
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July Saturday 2nd at 2pm and 7pm

Summer Spectacular!

Voice Works Essex Production

A performance showcasing some of Colchester's finest talent with students of vocal coach Tara Wilcox. With a variety of different genres being played, including some spectacular original songs, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! Please come along and support.

Tickets: £8
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July Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7:45pm

Urinetown: The Musical  by  Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! A side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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July Sunday 10th at 7pm

Songs from Stage & Screen

Aurora Voices Productions

A selection of songs from great West End and Broadway shows including West Side Story, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line, Grease, Ragtime & many more. If you like to listen to popular tunes sung by talented local singers, this is the evening out for you!

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)
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July Saturday 16th at 7:30pm

Joe Boyd - Live

Joe Boyd + Special Guests

Joe Boyd is an Essex based singer/songwriter who has crafted a reputation as an exciting and energetic live act and recording artist. A strong fanbase has been established following performances with his live band at world famous music venues such as The Jazz Cafe and Hippodrome Casino. Joe has been featured by the likes of BBC 6 Music, XFM Radio and Q Magazine, acknowledging his music as a unique mix of genres ranging from Blues and Funk to Soul and Jazz.

Tickets: £10
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July Sunday 17th at 1pm and 3pm

Myths and Legends

DOT Productions

DOT Productions Youth Groups host their annual summer show, a selection of Songs/Dances and Scripts all based on Myths and Legends, written by Louisa-marie Hunt. DOT Productions is pleased to welcome Smart School Steps of Dance to the production.

Tickets: £6
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July Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th at 7:30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

Still unconvinced about life after death? Come along and decide for yourself as Ronnie passes on communications from people in the spirit world to their friends and family in the audience.

Tickets: £13
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July Saturday 23rd at 7:30pm

The Importance of Being Earnest  by  Oscar Wilde

DOT Productions

DOT Productions presents one of the funniest plays in the English language. Oscar Wilde billed his play as 'a trivial comedy for serious people' and its witty dialogue and fabulous characters are sure to delight both serious and flippant audiences alike. Six versatile actors and DOT Productions renowned style bring this much loved masterpiece to you in all its satirical glory.

Tickets: £12
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July Monday 25th - Friday 29th from 9:30am to 4:30pm


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