Current Programme

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May Sunday 28th from 2:30 to 5:30pm

James Eastwood + Four Blokes Trio + Angela Dennis

James Eastwood is an accomplished songwriter who is currently recording his latest EP. The Four Bloke Trio are a well renowned country/folk trio who perform classic songs in their own unique style. Angela Dennis is a country/folk singer with a catalogue of original songs that go back nearly 30 years.

Tickets: £5, £3 (ESA - proof required on day)

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June Friday 2nd at 8pm

Bringing You Home

Singdicate Vocal Ensemble

'Bringing You Home' is an intimate evening's entertainment which celebrates the world of song, with popular classics through to lesser-known tunes. Singdicate, an all-female vocal ensemble, brings a fresh, vibrant energy to its exciting arrangements, all of which will have you captivated from the very start.

Tickets: £8

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June Saturday 3rd at 2:30pm and 7:30pm


Flux Dance Collective

Flux Dance (Essex) are proud to present our first collection of new dance work. 'One' is a collection of engaging and diverse choreographic work created and performed by the members of Flux Dance Collective. Audience feedback: "Brilliant, Clever.....Imaginative performance."(Fling Festival), "Was that Contemporary dance? I loved it!" (Firstsite). Recommended age 10+.

Tickets: £10, £7 (over 65s/students)

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June Sunday 4th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

Our Town  by  Thornton Wilder (facilitated by Ian Amos)

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 Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th at 7.30pm

Seasons with Swing

Colchester Operatic Society

Colchester Operatic Society performs a concert of well-known swing-style songs taking you on a journey through the seasons. Renowned for their fantastic chorus and beautiful harmonies, let COS entertain you with their unique mix of songs, proving that "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"

Tickets: £12.50

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June Saturday 10th at 7:30pm

Charity Concert in aid of MIND

Inside Out Trio & When Rivers Meet

Join us for an evening of musical entertainment with local bands the Inside Out Trio and When Rivers Meet. Based around masterful vocals and rich harmonies, they will deliver their self-penned material played with vim, vigour and 'plectrums', with songs to please everyone.

Tickets: £8

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June Thursday 15th at 8pm

God's Waiting Room  by  Karen Bartholomew

Motormouse Productions

Mother is dying slowly, the wait is unbearable, the pressures insurmountable, the thoughts unbelievable. Surely a gesture towards God's bigger plan is needed? Sisters, Stella and Connie may be different, but share a profound love for their Mother. Can things really continue as they are? "If you're going to see one play about the end of life make it this one, as you will laugh far more than you will cry." Rosemary Branch Theatre 2016


Tickets £13, £11 (over 65s/students)

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June Friday 16th - Saturday 17th at 7pm + Sat matinée at 2pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream  by  William Shakespeare adapted by Claudia Haas

Starz Performing Arts Academy

A wonderful adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy. The story is framed by The Dreamer, a modern-day student who is visited by Puck, an impish fairy, who sweeps the sleeping girl into the play and into a world of mischief, magic and love.

Tickets: £10, £8 (over 65s, student, registered disabled)

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June Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th at 7:45pm

Messy  by  Olly Medlicott

OD Productions

An original musical, 'Messy' is set in a village pub on karaoke night, telling the stories of an assortment of characters as they wrestle with the difficulties and dilemmas that the different stages of life inevitably bring. As their lives intertwine and collide, the ensuing mayhem is touching, hilarious, and ultimately all too familiar. 'Messy' features an ensemble cast of Colchester's finest acting and singing talent. Colourful language and adult themes, not suitable for children.

Tickets: £10, £8

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June Wednesday 28th - Saturday 1st at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

For Services Rendered  by  W. Somerset Maugham

Headgate Theatre Productions

Written in 1932, this new production, featuring a very strong cast, offers a rare opportunity to see this powerful and moving drama. Modern critics have hailed Maugham's insightful and, in its day, controversial play, where the lessons of World War One are written so clearly across the lives of the characters who, less than a decade later, would find themselves at war again. Not to be missed!

Tickets £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)

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July Monday 3rd - Tuesday 4th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

Ronnie's evenings are to re-connect members of the audience with friends and relatives in the spirit world. Sceptical? Come along, listen and then decide for yourself.

Tickets £15

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July Saturday 8th at 7.30pm

Songs on a Summer Evening

Quattro Amici

This exciting SATB vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from Verdi, Delibes, Bizet and Gilbert & Sullivan, and via Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein to Lloyd Webber, The Beatles and Abba!

Tickets £12, £10

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July Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th at 7.30pm

Betty Blue Eyes  by  George Stiles & Anthony Drewe

Mad Hatter Productions

The Second World War has been won and the whole world is eagerly awaiting the upcoming Royal Wedding. The hoity-toity local council are planning a fine hog roast for their upcoming private function and one uninvited couple will do anything to be there...perhaps even steal the pig. Some mild strong language.

Tickets £12, £10 (child/over 60/student)

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July Friday 21st at 7.30pm

Unforgettable Nat King Cole

Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony and his fantastic quartet will be celebrating the music and life of the great Nat King Cole. Mark and his band have received sell-out shows and standing ovations with this wonderful performance. The show features Nat's greatest hits including 'Unforgettable', 'Mona Lisa' and 'Let there be love'. Don't miss this lovely show.

Tickets: £13

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July Monday 24th - Friday 28th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Legally Blonde

Headgate Workshops run by Polka Dot Academy

Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this 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.

Places: £95
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July Friday 28th - Saturday 29th at 8pm

What Planet Are You On?

Stapled to a Chicken

Essex's premiere sketch comedians are back, bending reality into humorous shapes and taking you to fantastic new worlds of funny. Join them on a spoof-tastic voyage that has to be seen to be believed. Contains strong language and adult humour.

Tickets: £11

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August Friday 4th - Saturday 5th at 7:30pm

Blink  by  Phil Porter

Phoebe Stringer

This is the tale of Jonah, Sophie and a fox called Scruffilitis. It's a love story. A dysfunctional, voyeuristic and darkly funny love story, but a love story all the same.

Tickets: £12, £10 (students/over 65s)

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August Wednesday 30th - Saturday 2nd at 8pm + Sat matinée at 3pm

Bouncers  by  John Godber

The Reject Theatre Company

Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men-in-black as they tell the tale of one night in a provincial disco in the 80s. All the gang are out on the town; the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ, the late-night kebab man and the taxi home, all under the watchful eye of the Bouncers. "You'll be rolling in the aisles" (Daily Mail). Contains strong language and graphic content.

Tickets: £12.50, £10