Current Programme


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May Friday 1st at 7.30pm

Food for Thought


Join a group of talented local musicians in a fundraising event to help support the great work carried out by those fine people at the Colchester Foodbank. With acts including Towering Angels, Paul and Gwendal and with the fabulous Fishclaw headlining, this promises to be a great evening's entertainment.

Tickets: £10, £7 (conc)
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May Sunday 3rd

The Birthday Party  by  Harold Pinter, facilitated by Ian Amos

Headgate Play Readers




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May Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7.45pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.45pm

Dad's Army Live  by  Jimmy Perry and David Croft

Shane Diggens Productions


In aid of helping Colchester's wounded soldiers in association with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Germany's surrender in WW2. An evening of laughs and some tears, as we re-create a classic British sitcom on stage. We are performing Godiva Affair, Mum's Army and, of course, Deadly Attachment.

Tickets: £10, £8(conc)
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May Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th at 7.45pm + Sat 16th May 2pm and 7pm

The Mikado  by  W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Platform Musicals and Plays


Come and meet the gentlemen of Japan (not to mention the Three Little Maids!) as Platform present all the songs from this well-loved production, enchantingly linked together with extracts from the dialogue, and narration by Liz Mullen

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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May Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Stepping Out  by  Richard Harris

Colchester Theatre Group


This warm and funny play follows the lives of the members of an amateur tap dance class. Each attending for their own reasons, they struggle to conquer their inhibitions or dance technique or both whilst preparing to stage a dance routine for a local show.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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May Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Come Fly With Me

Colchester Operatic Society


COS invite you to "Come Fly with Me" on a journey around the world. Take a seat and enjoy the in-flight entertainment as they take you to destinations such as Paris, Bangkok, Africa and New York. All proceeds will be split between 3 fantastic charities - Cruse, Arthritis Research UK and The Rob George Foundation.

Tickets: £12.50
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June Tuesday 2nd at 8pm

An Evening of Easy Listening

Sin𝄞dicate


Popular Melodies from Stage, Screen and Showbiz.

Tickets: £5
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June Thursday 4th at 7.30pm

Lines and Loops

Steve Bingham


Undoubtedly one of the most musically diverse violinists in the world today, Steve Bingham is internationally renowned for his work as leader of the Bingham String Quartet and for his solo recitals on violin and electric violin. This concert will showcase a wide and eclectic range of live-looped violin arrangements and original pieces, featuring music by Colchester musician Phil Toms, Mike Oldfield, Daft Punk, Coldplay, George Harrison, James Macmillan and more...

Ticket prices: £10 and £5 (concs.)
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June Sunday 7th

The Lion in Winter  by  James Goldman, facilitated by Bernard Forrester

Headgate Play Readers




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June Sunday 21st at 2.30pm and 7.45pm

Sondheim: An 85th Birthday Celebration

Somerhouse Productions


Join West End performers and many of the best singers in Colchester as they celebrate the 85th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, the world's greatest living composer of Musical Theatre. Featuring songs from 'West Side Story', 'Into The Woods', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Gypsy' and many more shows.

Tickets: £10
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June Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th at 7.30pm

And This One's For You... (Live Lounge Edition)

Arianna Bland Productions


This extraordinary and unconventional cabaret will have you both 'feeling' the hits of today, as well as taking you back with some old tunes. It is performed by a group of young adults, all supporting the work of the Macmillan Cancer Support Nurses. The evening is given in loving memory of Peter Bland.

Tickets: £7, £5 (conc)
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July Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7pm + Sat matinée at 2pm

Gargling With Jelly  by  Brian Patten

Chameleon's Web Theatre Company


Jenny is a lively streetwise girl with a special talent for writing zany poems. Sadly, everything in Jenny's world is grey and boring. It's all because of the evil Dr Sensible and her terrible medicine. Jenny is the last child to resist the Doctor's evil clutches and she now has 4 days to find the antidote and save the world! Suitable for all the family!

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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July Saturday 4th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members).
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July Saturday 4th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre Skills Workshops - Raising the Stakes

Colchester Theatre Group


Led by Dr Paul T Davies, who proved an inspiration for many during our previous workshops. Do you know the seven states of tension? You will, as we're going to focus on the seven levels of drama, raising the tension stakes each time!

Tickets: £6 (CTG members), £8 (non-members)
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July Saturday 11th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Summer Spectacular

Tara Bennett Vocal School Production


Please come and join us for our annual summer concert showcasing the talents of singers and musicians from Essex and Suffolk. You will be treated to an eclectic mix of acoustic, love and lounge songs, jazz, folk and country music, and even some opera and musical theatre. This will be a wonderful show to see, so come and support your local singers and treat yourself to a fabulous time as well!

Tickets: £8
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July Sunday 19th at 1pm and 3pm

Our British Classics  by  Tom Wells

Tom Wells


DOT Productions Youth Groups brings you a summer spectacular full of British Classics! Our talented groups with special guests 'Smart Steps School of Dance' will entertain you with plays, songs and dance all from British masterpieces.

Tickets: £5
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July Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie aims to prove the existence of an afterlife to members of the audience by passing on information from their friends and relatives in the spirit world. Details seemingly trivial to everyone else, are evidential to the recipients and can convince them that their friends are alive and well in the afterlife!

Tickets: £13
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July Thursday 23rd at 7.45pm

The Terror Beneath the Boards

Truelove Tours


Written and Performed by Darren Gooding, Music by Tina Gooding and Magical Advisor - Dean Allen Jones. An unspeakable Terror invades Steinmann & Pennyflute's Theatre of Magic. Can ultimate rationalist Max Steinmann explain away a headless horror lurking beneath the boards, before his performers resign en-mass? Leopold Thorn returns to the smoggy streets of Victorian London. Occasional strong language. Not suitable for young children.

Tickets: £9, £7 (conc)
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July Friday 24th - Saturday 25th at 8pm

Hit and Myth

Stapled to a Chicken


"These jokes are Classics." A laughfest of legendary proportions. Those monsters of comedy, Stapled to a Chicken, brazenly invite you to witness a (K)night of heroism, narcissism and nepotism; featuring comic sketches straining to contain the deepest derring do and merriest mythology known to man. (Features specifically strong language and adult themes. No Dragons were harmed in the making of this show)

Tickets: £10
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July Monday 27th - Friday 31st from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Jersey Boys

Polka Dot Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds


This 5-day 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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August Saturday 8th at 7.30pm

Northanger Abbey  by  Jane Austen

DOT Productions


Catherine Morland lives in a small village, Fullerton, with her family. Friends invite Catherine to visit tourist hot-spot Bath with them. Catherine's views of life outside of her small town are highly coloured by the romantic Gothic novels she reads Will Catherine's imagination be her downfall? DOT Productions brings you this witty adaptation of 'Northanger Abbey' in its usual comedic style.

Tickets: £12
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August Tuesday 25th 9am to 3pm

Summer Dance Day 2015

Catherine Pickering School of Dance


A creative fun day of dance. A brilliant summer holiday activity. 6 years +. Everybody welcome. For more information contact Stephanie 07723 589020 or stefficook8@aol.com

Tickets: £15
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August Sunday 30th at 7pm

An Evening with Stray Kats

Stray Kats


KATS has had its home at the Headgate since its beginning and over the years has encouraged many young people to develop their confidence and self-esteem through drama. For one night only some of the original KATS reunite to present old favourite sketches and new hilarious material.

Tickets: £7, £5 (conc)
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September Saturday 12th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre Skills Workshops - Up Close and Personal

Colchester Theatre Group


We welcome back professional director, Wendy Smith, who will get us involved in intimate and personal scenes without embarrassment. These workshops are ideal whether you are a complete novice or fancy a refresher. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £6 (CTG members), £8 (non-members)
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September Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

Quartet  by  Ronald Harwood


Three elderly former opera-singers live in a home for retired musicians. They are about to be joined by newcomer Jean, who was once a great opera star. These four were famous for their rendition of the Quartet in Verdi's 'Rigoletto'. Will they sing together once again for the gala concert despite Jean's adamant refusal?

Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)
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September Sunday 27th at 2pm and 6pm

Hats off to Laurel and Hardy

Headgate Theatre Productions


This popular show about the lives of Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Stan) and Norvell Hardy (Ollie) will guide you through their early lives, their steady rise to international stardom, the decline of their movie careers and their phoenix-like revival on the stages of Europe. It details their unerring devotion to each other. Expect highlights from their huge canon of work, accompanied by a little singing and some questionable dancing. You will laugh your socks off before finally having your heart broken.

Tickets: £12