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December 2021

Jack ’n’ the Beanstalk

SHOWING: Fri 3rd December 2021 - Sat 11th December 2021

We present a fast-moving, up-to-date retelling of this classic folk tale about brave young Jack Nimble, Daisy the dancing cow and a life and death struggle with the cannibal giant Mr. Bigg. Will love triumph over greed? Can Greenville be saved from the forces of evil that threaten to swallow up the village and everyone in it? All will be revealed as our traditional English panto unfolds! Suitable for all the family. The show contains bright flashing lights, loud noises and haze effects. ...

03 Dec
7:00 pm


Mon 25th October 2021 - Mon 6th December 2021

Act V have been meeting now for 25 years - and get involved in all things theatre! Our weekly sessions at the Headgate run on Monday mornings from 10.15am- 1pm in our friendly, supportive environment, and are open to those aged 50+ (or thereabouts!). ...

06 Dec
10:15 am

Abigail’s Party

SHOWING: Tue 14th December 2021 - Sat 18th December 2021

Suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their neighbours, Angela,Tony and Susan. Susan’s teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing a party and Susan is not invited. Over the canapés, fatuous small talk abounds. As tensions escalate, the strains in Beverly and Laurence’s marriage surface and Susan’s anxieties intensify. Eventually, the suburban smugness is shattered ...

14 Dec
7:45 pm

A Merry Little Christmas

SHOWING: 3:00pm and 7:00pm

All the warmth and joy of a perfect Christmas wrapped up in your favourite seasonal songs. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas with us at the Headgate Theatre! ...

19 Dec
3:00 pm
January 2022


SHOWING: Thurs 6th January 2022 - Sat 8th January 2022

Created by the writing team best known for their hugely successful Christmas shows for Eastern Angles, don’t miss this classic comedy mystery peppered with Common Ground’s trademark sparkling wit, ingenious staging and hilarious songs. ...

06 Jan
7:30 pm

The George Harrison Project

A live music celebration of songs written and performed by George, from the Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, and his successful solo career. My Sweet Lord, Got My Mind Set On You, Give Me Love, What Is Life, Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun, Handle With Care, All Things Must Pass, Blow Away, Cheer Down, and many more! ...
22 Jan
7:30 pm
February 2022

Beautiful Thing

SHOWING: Wed 2nd February 2022 - Sat 5th February 2022

Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in South London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and their awkward but joyous relationship develops. Underscored by a Mama Cass soundtrack, this play perfectly captures the wonder of first love. ...

02 Feb
7:45 pm

how to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit movie musical ‘cats’

A show that provides a jellicle discussion about the jellicle aspects of the jellicle cats in 'Cats' and how you can apply them to your life in order to make it truly jellicle. A one man comedic parody that celebrates one of the biggest cinematic flops of recent years. Come along for a silly, ridiculous, very queer and unquestionably jellicle time full of “too many penis jokes” (The Guardian). “The tonic we all need” ★★★★★ — London Theatre 1 “Insanity at its greatest” ★★★★★ — Epigram “Witty, unique and sidesplittingly funny” ★★★★★ — Theatre Reviews UK “Why I love theatre” ★★★★½ — West End Best Friend ...
09 Feb
7:45 pm

Colchester Fringe Presents Horse Country

SHOWING: Tues 15th February 2022 - Sat 19th February 2022

HORSE COUNTRY by CJ Hopkins Directed by Mark Bell (The Play that Goes Wrong) Performed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams and Michael Edwards Two clowns shoot the breeze, drinking bourbon and playing cards. While hunting the elusive nine of diamonds, they casually dissect capitalism, sea-lions, western culture, fishing, genocide, you know… stuff like that. Sam and Bob are not so much waiting for Godot, nor are they waiting for the audience to keep up. Their window on the world is one of menace, hilarity, disappointment and improbability, all delivered with a magnificent high-octane comic brio. Anarchic and surreal, this delightful and confusing satire surprises and provokes in spades… or the nine of diamonds… ...

15 Feb
7:45 pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop

RUNNING: Wed 16th February - Fri 18th February 9:30am-4pm

HEADGATE THEATRE WORKSHOPS Following the success of our 2021 workshop exploring The Tempest, facilitator Annie Eddington returns to help youngsters have fun in the woods with the mechanicals, lovers and fairies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Annie excels at bringing the text to life and incorporates movement, music and games to help make the process enjoyable. For 8-12 years ...

16 Feb
9:30 am

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

SHOWING: Mon 21st February 2022 - Tues 22nd February 2022

If you’re not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide? He’ll communicate with loved ones in the spirit world and pass on messages to members of the audience with information relevant only to the person concerned. ...

21 Feb
7:30 pm
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