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February Saturday 24th at 7.45pm

Live music in tribute to the Beatles  by  Lennon/McCartney/Harrison

Glass Onion


The Glass Onion four-piece band proudly presents a fab evening of music celebrating many memorable classics (and some rarities....!) of the Beatles. This local band has achieved sell-out shows and standing ovations. With great harmonies, let Glass Onion 'Come Together' and provide you an opportunity to 'Get Back' to the sensational sixties. The appeal of the Beatles spans every generation and Glass Onion will 'Help!' you through all of the different eras of the Fab Four's music including an intimate and fun acoustic set not to be forgotten!

Tickets: £12
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February Sunday 25th at 7.30pm

Is this the right show for an Argument?

The Mayor's Players


A collection of extremely memorable, witty and hilarious sketches and songs familiar to all lovers of great comedy performed by the most talented artistes in the Colchester area. Laughter is guaranteed.

There will be bad language and adult themes

Tickets: £12
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February Monday 26th - Tuesday 27th from 5.00pm to 9.00pm Performance: 28th February 7.30pm

Pandora's Box  by  Jonathan Young

NMT Automatics


A spellbinding new play, fusing drama, storytelling, illustration, music and dance, performed by a cast of professional actors and a chorus of community members. Like the sublime stories and mystical worlds of J.K. Rowling and Phillip Pullman, this is a timeless tale that appeals to all ages; an epic story of friendship, courage and sacrifice. Suitable for 7 +

Contact nmtautomatics@outlook.com for details on free workshops and the exciting opportunity to be part of the community chorus!

Tickets: £11, £10 (seniors), £9 (students/under 16)
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March Friday 2nd at 7.30pm

The Sam Plackett Trio

The Sam Plackett Trio


The Sam Plackett Trio will be returning to the Headgate for an evening of hard-bop, Latin and modern jazz. Colchester-born guitarist Sam Plackett will be accompanied by the remarkable drumming of Tom Jiggins and the legendary Pete Whittaker on Jazz Organ. The members of the ensemble are currently performing their soon-to-be released album and this show at the Headgate is a chance to hear their new material before anyone else. Strictly age 12+. The show will contain loud music.

Tickets: £10, £8 (students, people with disabilities, ISM/MU members)
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March Saturday 3rd at 7.45pm

Blood From the Weeping Birch  by  Reese-Lee Ellis

Nj Theatre Academy


A serial killer, known by the media as The Slasher, is terrorising a London suburb. Two young flatmates start receiving anonymous phone calls, and realise that one of them could be next. Everyone connected to their block of flats soon becomes a suspect.

This is a stage school production, featuring teenagers but is not suitable for young children.

Tickets: £12
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March Friday 9th - Saturday 10th at 7.30pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Songs For A New World  by  Jason Robert Brown

Yellow Beetle Productions


It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... having to take a stand... or turning round and going back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Recommended age 12+ due to some strong language

Tickets: £12
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March Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Bazaar and Rummage  by  Sue Townsend

Headgate Theatre Productions


Set in 1981, the play sees a group of agoraphobic women and their well- meaning social workers stage a jumble sale to raise awareness of their condition. Confessions and secrets are shared in this bittersweet comedy looking at the strength and frailty of women battling this awful condition.

Contains sexual themes and VERY adult language. Not suitable for children.

Tickets: £13, £11 (seniors), £10 (students)
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March Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th at 7.45pm

Blood Brothers  by  Willy Russell

Mad Hatter Productions


Mickey and Edward are twins who are separated at birth due to their mother's financial and personal struggles. How will their different upbringings affect their adult lives? Mad Hatter return to the Headgate with a new production of this British classic.

Contains strong language and sexual references

Tickets: £12, £10 Concessions (OAP, Students, Children)
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March Sunday 25th at 3.00pm and 7.30pm

"Ivor Novello - his life and music"

Platform Musicals and Plays


Platform Musicals perform the work of one the most celebrated musical theatre composers of the 20th Century. With selections from some of Ivor Novello's most popular shows, including "The Dancing Years", "Perchance to Dream" and "King's Rhapsody", the Platform singers will perform much loved songs such as "Waltz of My Heart", "We'll Gather Lilacs" and "Someday My Heart Will Awake". A nostalgic journey back to Novello's musical world of melody and romance that is not to be missed!

A special concert given to support the work of Crohn's and Colitis UK.

Tickets: £13
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March Friday 30th at 7.30pm

Saigon and Beyond

fourAmore


THE ULTIMATE MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S BEST MUSICALS AND MORE... Featuring the vocal group fourAmore - a group of West End and International performers who have all played leading roles in West End musicals from Les Miserables, The King & I, Starlight Express, Hey Mr. Producer, Pirates of Penzance, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Miss Saigon.

Video footage will be shot during this event

Tickets: £16
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April Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Madagascar Workshop

Polka Dot


Headgate Workshops run in association with Polka Dot Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Based on the stage show from the movie, the workshop will be packed with fun and new skills to learn. There will be 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 01206 366000 for details, an application form and to book. Tickets not available on line.

Tickets: £90
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April Saturday 7th at 7.45pm

From Zimbabwe with Love  by  Michael Angus

Serendipity Theatre Company


One man's journey across continents and cultures in an uplifting story about family ties, love and honesty. Meet Robert Matalsie, professional footballer. Hear his funny, touching, and explosive journey from his Shona Tribe in Africa to Norwich after being spotted by premiership scouts in Zimbabwe. Witness the agonising decision he must make and its consequences. Suitable for people 10yrs and over

Tickets: £10, £9 (conc)
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April Wednesday 11th at 7.45pm

Ink on the Road


A surprise package of entertaining short plays by East Anglia's finest writers. Includes the world premiere of 'The Famous 5', an extraordinary collaboration by five celebrity fans of INK, Richard Curtis, Esther Freud, Blake Morrison, Steve Waters, and Libby Purves. They weave five magical tales from the same mysterious suitcase into the same short play! Suitable for age 14+

Tickets: £12 (full) £10 (conc)
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April Thursday 12th at 7.30pm

Swing 'n' Sinatra

Five Star Swing


Celebrating 100 years of Sinatra and Swing Music! - Five Star Swing return with a journey through the decades of this unforgettable genre - with the greatest singer of the time! These four talented musicians and singers have appeared at London's Leicester Square Theatre, TV's "Military Wives", BBC "Children in Need" and ITV's "Strictly Dance Fever" contestants...tickets will sell fast!

Tickets: £15, £14 (conc)
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April Saturday 14th at 7.30pm

Another Evening of Song

Quattro Amici


This popular and exciting vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from opera and operetta, to modern musical theatre via Broadway musicals, and modern pop. With a wide variety of quartets, duets and solos (and a live piano accompaniment), there will be something for all to enjoy.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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May Sunday 27th at 4pm

The Adventures of the Little Brown Mouse  by  Annie Vasconcelos

Jesters TA


Join the Little Brown Mouse as she takes on a journey of epic proportions on her way to her best friends wedding. I wonder who she will meet along the way? A fun filled play with familiar songs performed by a very energetic group of children.

Tickets:£8, £5(conc)
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June Sunday 3rd at 6pm (Doors open at 5.15pm)

The Dream  by  Annie Vasconcelos

Jesters TA


The Dream Written and Adapted by Annie Vasconcelos based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

An imaginative and fun filled musical from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream. Join familiar characters as they venture through the woods whilst the fairies get up to mischief! A very funny and entertaining show.

Suitable for ALL ages

Tickets:£9, £6(conc)
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