Current Programme


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September Sunday 7th

Absent Friends  by  Alan Ayckbourn, facilitated by Andrew Hodgson

Headgate Play Readers




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September Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th at 7.45pm

The Star Spangled Girl  by  Neil Simon

Headgate Theatre Productions


From the mind of comedy genius, Neil Simon, comes this story, set in San Francisco in the late 1960s, of what happens when you take a writer for a subversive magazine, his editor - who will do anything to keep his publication going - and an All American girl with conservative beliefs. Add in a little unrequited love and shake!

Tickets:£10, £8(conc)

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September Saturday 27th at 7.30pm

No Loose Ends  by  Tobias Nicholls

Purple Dreams Productions


Spencer is enjoying his week off work until Anita announces that her flamboyant brother is coming to stay. It becomes apparent that Theo has come with an agenda, but it’s not until his uninvited guest arrives that this comedy threatens to become a tragedy. Includes adult content, 12 years +.

Tickets: £10

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October Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 8pm

God of Carnage  by  Yasmina Reza translated by Christopher Hampton

Headgate Theatre Productions


What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse - much worse.

Tickets £10, £8 (conc)

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October Sunday 5th

Boeing Boeing  by  Marc Camoletti, facilitated by Liz Mullen

Headgate Play Readers




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October Saturday 11th at 7pm

Two Kool Kats

Dancing Giraffe CIC


Our event involves singer Aindre Reece-Sheerin, an opera singer from Guernsey. All proceeds will go to helping disabled people in the community.

Tickets: £15, £12.50 (conc)

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October Monday 13th at 7.45pm

Ground Rules  by  Eric Chappell

Outloud Productions


When a pleasant evening in the local pub turns into something completely different, long-suffering Gerry soon realises that even his wife Judith’s skills in counselling cannot control the events that are triggered – perhaps they should have let sleeping dogs lie. A brand new comedy from Eric Chappell.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

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October Wednesday 15th

The Paul Francis Band

SOLD OUT




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October Friday 17th - Saturday 18th at 7.30pm

Write On

The Untapped Writers


The evergreen Untapped Writers present their usual light-hearted approach to poetry, prose and sketches linked by the music of Simon and Elizabeth Hurley.

Tickets: £8, £6

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October Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

The Hypochondriac  by  Molière adapted by Roger McGough

Colchester Theatre Group


Molière’s classic comedy of a man obsessed with medicine, a wife with money, a daughter with her ‘music teacher’, a maid with meddling and much, much more in a marvellously modern adaptation by Roger McGough. To be swallowed whole with water!

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

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October Sunday 26th Workshop: 1pm Concert: 4.30pm

Virtuoso Guitar at the Headgate

Gary Ryan


Gary Ryan is one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists. He captivates audiences with his exceptional virtuosity and creative genius and has won universal acclaim for his formidable blend of flawless technique, profound musical artistry and highly varied concert programmes. “... jewel-like precision... technical prowess... such fluency and musicality.” (The Daily Telegraph)

Tickets: £20 Workshop participant & Concert,
£15 workshop listener & concert, £12 concert only

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October Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Cats

Polka Dot Musical Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds


This four-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: £80

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November Saturday 1st at 7.30pm

Sing for their Supper

Richard Brazear


A concert in support of Christian Aid and their work to assist communities throughout the world; to develop their economic, social and agricultural structures and to alleviate poverty.

Tickets: £8. £6 (conc)

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November Sunday 2nd

Juno and the Paycock  by  by Sean O’Casey, facilitated by Sara Green

Headgate Play Readers




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November Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th at 7.45pm + Sat Mat. 2.30pm

Waiting for Godot  by  Samuel Beckett

Headgate Theatre Productions


Estragon and Vladimir are tramps who are on a road, near a tree, waiting for Godot, who may, or may not, come today - or tomorrow. They meet Pozzo and Lucky who are on the same road, and from time to time a boy brings them messages. The play is about --- Well, Beckett famously never said what it is about and we are not going to try. Come and make up your own mind about what it’s saying. Whatever you decide, you can’t be wrong!

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)

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November Sunday 9th at 7pm

Leading Ladies of Stage & Screen

Aurora Voices Productions


A selection of songs from musicals and films. A great evening’s entertainment for all the family including songs made famous by Ruthie Henshall, Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzal and many more fabulous leading ladies of the West End.

Tickets: £9, £6 (conc)

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November Saturday 15th at 8pm

Tony Winn Trio


Essex singer/songwriter/guitarist Tony Winn will be performing a set of, mainly, his more serious songs accompanied by Steven Turnbull on piano and Andy Trill on bass. It has been said: “magic songs” (Making Music), “a writer of some strength and calibre” (Rock ‘n’ Reel), “a very talented man” (Essex County Standard) - Come and see for yourselves!

Tickets: £10

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November Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Promises, Promises  by  Burt Bacharach, Neil Simon & Hal David

Platform Musicals


Corporate Manhattan is the setting for this hilarious musical adaptation of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Apartment. Slick and hip, at its heart Promises, Promises is a touching boy meets girl tale. An incisive, deeply humorous Neil Simon script coupled with Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s acclaimed pop score puts this musical into a class by itself. “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and the title tune are two favourite song standards. A musical with bite, bounce and bravado that will boldly dance into your heart!

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)

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November Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Look Back in Anger  by  John Osborne

Chameleon’s Web Theatre Company


Jimmy Porter, an educated disillusioned, university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values. At a time when British theatre was dominated by ‘safe’, commercial plays, it shocked with its political energy and blunt portrayal of post-war concerns. Look Back in Anger was the turning point in post-war British theatre; widely considered to mark the beginning of modern drama.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

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December Sunday 7th

Hobson's Choice  by  Harold Brighouse, facilitated by Anne Tomkinson

Headgate Play Readers




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December Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th at 7.30pm Matinées Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December at 2pm

Rumpelstiltzkin  by  Norman Robbins

Headgate Theatre Productions


A traditional family pantomime ... with songs that will appeal to both young and old, there is plenty of comedy and drama as this tale of misunderstandings unfolds. Can Grettle spin flax into gold in order to marry her prince? Will Mother Hubbard get her man? What does happen to Baron Bludshot? Join us as we find out how the folk of the Kingdom of Mirth outwit the wicked goblin to save the day and be happy!

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc). Groups rates - please call box office.

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December Monday 15th at 7.30pm

The Further Adventures of Mr Pickwick  by  Charles Dickens

Robert MacCall


The Further Adventures of Mr Pickwick. From 'The Pickwick Papers' by Charles Dickens, adapted and performed by Robert MacCall.

Following on from their Christmas at Dingley Dell, a series of hilarious events ensue when Mr Pickwick and his friends take the coach to Bath. A warmhearted evening of comedy.

Tickets:£12, £10(conc), £6(child)

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December Friday 19th at 8pm

Ed Hall: In Pieces

Ed Hall


Spend some time with Ed Hall - comedian, philanthropist, aromatherapist, shoplifter and deluded alcoholic - for an evening of sketches, stand-up and serious silliness...all gift-wrapped and presented by a total legend/git.
Contains strong language and adult themes.

Tickets: £10