February Sunday 19th at 7:30pm
I Wish to Register a Complaint
The Mayor’s Troupe
A selection of classic comedy sketches and stand-up in aid of The Mayor of Colchester’s charities.
Contains some strong language.
Tickets: £8, £5 (students/income-related benefits)
February Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st at 7:30pm
An Evening of Clairvoyance
Are you still undecided about the existence of a spirit world? So why not come along, listen to Ronnie, and then make up your mind. He will communicate with people there, and pass on their messages to members of the audience.
February Thursday 23rd at 7:30pm
Hits from the Blitz
Triangle Productions Ltd
Five Star Swing perform the unique “feel-good” 1940s’ show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Gala Nights. Famous war-time tunes and sing-a-long songs brought to life by the singers and multi-instrumentalists of the Five Star Swing band, ("Superb, they swing like crazy!" - Sheila Tracy, BBC). Featuring Simone (Ivy Benson Orchestra) plus Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for Glenn Miller’s brother, Herb and the BBC Radio Big Band.
Tickets: £13, £12 (conc)
February Friday 24th at 7:30pm
West African Blues Project
Ramon Goose (guitar and ngoni) and Modou Toure (vocals)
A meeting of minds; a meeting of cultures and two styles of music that seem to blend so well together it just seems natural. Modou Toure and Ramon Goose create a beautiful tapestry of voice and guitar. This concert will be preceded by an open workshop and demonstration of West African music and instruments from 5pm to 6:30pm.
Tickets £12, £10 (students)
February Saturday 25th at 7:30pm
Bailey Barham brings his debut stage show to you! Captivating you from the start with dangerous magic to impossible money magic! Bailey is 16: His youthful, bubbly energy is brought directly onto the stage! If you love magic, you will not want to miss this for the world!
Recommended for 13+ only (contains needle swallowing).
Tickets: £10, £7.50 (under 16s/over 65s)
March Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm
Daisy Pulls it Off by Denise Deegan
Colchester Theatre Group
Join the ‘gels’ of Grangewood School for jolly-hockey-sticks adventure, spiffing suspense and lashings of fun. Will new scholarship pupil Daisy conquer the snooty prejudices of her posh classmates and win the hearts of school? Come and see her try! “Affectionate, sharp-eyed, keen-eared pastiche” (Sunday Telegraph).
Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)
March Sunday 5th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge
The Lady's not for Burning by Christopher Fry
Headgate Play Readers
No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.
£2.50 is payable on the night.
March Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm
The History Boys by Alan Bennet
Mad Hatter Productions
Mad Hatter Productions are delighted to present Alan Bennett's much-loved British play "The History Boys". Taking place in a grammar school in the 1980s, this classic play is part serious drama, and part witty comedy. We urge you all to see this gem of British theatre.
Contains strong language, sexual references and adult themes.
Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
March Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm
A Kind of Alaska + The Collection by Harold Pinter
Headgate Theatre Productions
Directed by Andrew Hodgson and Sheila Foster, two of Pinter’s most acclaimed plays: "A Kind of Alaska&", winner of several Best Play awards, was inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks' book "Awakenings" and is a personally emotional and dramatic work dealing with memory and loss. Written in the early 60s,"The Collection" is a cool and stylish comedy, layered with Pinteresque ambiguities and implications of threat. A stimulating evening of theatre celebrating one of the most influential of modern British dramatists.
Tickets: £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)
March Wednesday 29th - Saturday 1st at 7:30pm + Sat matinée at 2pm
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Paper Lantern Theatre Company
From the company that brought you "The Graduate&" in January. It is 1947, Blanche DuBois, a schoolteacher from Laurel, Mississippi, arrives at the New Orleans apartment of her sister, Stella Kowalski. Following their sell-out performances at the Sir John Mills Theatre Ipswich, "A Streetcar Named Desire"returns to the Headgate. Do not miss this rarely performed play which is regarded as among the finest of American plays of the 20th century and cemented Williams's reputation as one of the most influential writers of our time.
April Sunday 2nd at 3pm and 7pm
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Chameleon's Web Theatre Company
Chameleon's Web end their spring tour at the Headgate with Shaw's brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of Pygmalion that later became the successful musical 'My Fair Lady'. Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very common Eliza who he believes he can turn into a duchess at ease in polite society.
Tickets: £10, £8 (unemployed/over60s/student)
April Monday 10th - Thursday 13th from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Headgate Workshops with Polka Dot Arts
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.
April Thursday 20th at 7:30pm
Metamorphosis by Franz Kaffka adapted by Steven Berkoff
Theatrical Niche Limited
Waking to find himself transformed into a dung beetle, Gregor must seriously consider his options. One of the strangest stories ever brought to the stage, this acclaimed adaptation by Steven Berkoff plunges into the extremity of Kafka's dark humour. Theatrical Niche tour this wonderful monstrosity, using signature touches of Physical Theatre and Puppetry.
Tickets: £12, £10 (over 65s), £8 (Students & groups of 6+)
April Saturday 22nd at 8pm
An Evening of French Music & Song
Acoustic East presents an evening of French music and song: BOF! Play traditional French and Breton songs and tunes using traditional instruments. Gwendal Moële (vocals) and Paul Riley (guitar) perform classic/modern French chansons from artistes such as Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel.
Tickets: £10, £8 (over 60s/students/unemployed)
April Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm
Bernstein on Broadway
PLATFORM musicals & plays
Following the success of previous “composer themed” concert performances, Platform Musicals & Plays are pleased to bring you a thrilling concert of Leonard Bernstein’s music. Including music from his well-known productions such as West Side Story, On the Town and Candide, this concert will also explore the fabulous songs and music in some of his lesser known works.
April Sunday 30th Workshop at 1pm. Concert at 5pm
Guitar Workshop and Recital
The English Guitar Quartet
All the current members of the EGQ met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. This line-up, formed in 1987, have performed at the Wigmore Hall, toured Australia, and played concerts all over the UK.
Tickets: Workshop performers £15, Concert only £12, £10 (students)
May Monday 1st Workshop 2pm to 4pm Concert 5pm to 6pm
Guitar Workshop and Recital
Graham Anthony Devine
May Friday 5th - Saturday 6th at 7:30pm
In on the Act
'IN ON THE ACT' a Drama showcase featuring students of Stagestruck Academy presenting three short ensemble performances. We see students battle a troll determined to turn their primary school into a gold mine, win over the school bully with the power of storytelling, and discover if there really is such a thing as 'getting away with it'?
Tickets: £11, £9 (over 60s/under 14s)
May Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm
Yes, Prime Minister by by Anthony Jay & Jonathan Lynn
The hugely successful political comedy returns in Jay & Lynn's stage revival. follow the exploits of Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley as they get to grips with financial disaster, Europe flexing its muscles and an offer from a foreign power they cannot refuse. Not to be missed. Some strong language & adult themes.
Tickets: £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)
May Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm
The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown
Eastern Edge Theatre Company
June Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th at 7.30pm
Seasons with Swing
Colchester Operatic Society
June Saturday 10th Doors open 6.45pm Show starts 7.30pm
When Rivers Meet and Inside Out Trio
Charity Concert in aid of MINDJoin us for an evening of music entertainment with local bands :
"Inside Out Trio" and "When Rivers Meet""When Rivers Meet" a husband and wife duo, formerly known as Holmes & Bond, perform masterful vocals and rich harmonies, having received acclaim after reaching number three in the UK Independent Music Charts leading to airplay throughout Europe.
"The Inside Out Trio" play a mixture of genres, including songs you know, songs you don't know and little known obscurities, all played with vim, vigour and "plectrums!". For many years they have produced some amazing songs - with a splash of humour.