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3
December
7:00 pm

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. ...

6
December
10:15 am

ACT V

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!). ...

14
December
7:45 pm

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 ...

19
December
3:00 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! ...

6
January
7:30 pm

SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS COUNT DRACULA

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. ...

22
January
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! ...

2
February
7:45 pm

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. ...

9
February
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 ...

15
February
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… ...

16
February
9:30 am

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 ...

21
February
7:30 pm

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. ...

23
February
7:30 pm

JEKYLL AND HYDE

Don't Go Into The Cellar In a new and enthralling one-man stage adaptation of the classic tale of terror, acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays both Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Journey with us to Victorian London, and experience the unbridled horror of this perennial favourite. The City is paralyzed with fear when the repugnant and wicked Mr Hyde embarks upon his criminal spree. But what is his shocking secret, and what possible connection can he have with the dour and respectable Dr Jekyll? Goodwin performs in a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer. Suitable for ages 12+ ...

24
February
7:30 pm

Greatest Songs From The Movies

Triangle Productions From Pinewood to Hollywood! – Join us for an unforgettable mix of themes and songs from the greatest movies of all time - Star Wars, James Bond, Lawrence of Arabia… Performed by multi-Instrumental / vocalists Five Star Swing, who have famously played for Pinewood Film Studios, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Winner, Jeremy Irons, Michael Caine, Film & Television Veterans Association. ...

2
March
7:45 pm

I Love You Because

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

Headgate Theatre Productions I Love You Because is an exciting modern day musical set in New York City following the lives of 4 singletons looking for love. Newly single Austin is an uptight greeting card writer who goes on to meets Marcy a free-spirited photographer who has spent years looking for Mr Right in all the wrong places. Austin’s brother Jeff and Marcy’s best friend Diana both offer their support and well-meant advice along the way resulting in a unique union of their own. I love You Because offers a modern-day twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Music by Joshua Salzman, Lyrics & Book by Ryan Cunningham. Suitable for ages 16+ ...

15
March
7:45 pm

Chinese Boxing

Written and performed by Mark Kitto An entertaining and enlightening one-man play about China and ‘The West’, based on the siege of the foreign quarter in Peking during the 1900 ‘Boxer’ Uprising (as seen in ‘55 Days at Peking’). It’s a lecture in 1912 and Sir Claude MacDonald, British commander during the Siege, promises to ‘take you back to Peking in 1900’. He does just that, to the Imperial Palace, where you witness the Chinese side of the story. The battle rages outside, Sir Claude is absent, who can guide you to safety and conclude the story? What does it mean for Britain and China today? Sounds of battle and gunshot, mild vulgarity and descriptions of brutality. Age 14+ ...

18
March
7:30 pm

Pirates of the Curry Bean

SHOWING: Fri 18th March 2022 - Sat 19th March 2022

KATS Anchors away and set sail for swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas in this piratical musical that’s sure to shake your booty! Young twins Jack and Liza Periwinkle yearn for adventure, so imagine their joy at discovering a real life treasure map! However when Captain Redbeard and his pungent pirates steal the map and kidnap their mother, the race is on to rescue her, reclaim the map and find the treasure. With colourful characters, toe tapping songs and a witty script as sharp as a cutlass, this show is dripping with piratical style! This production is suitable for all ages By Craig Hawes ...

25
March
7:45 pm

April In My Mind

Award-winning pianist and composer, Mátyás Bacsó is back at the Headgate Theatre to introduce his brand new album of piano compositions 'April In My Mind'. The compositions were written during the first lockdown, when Matyas decided to set himself a composition marathon, writing a piece for the piano every single day for the month of April 2020. Join us for an engaging evening of energising and reflective music, a musical diary of an unusual month, punctuated by Mátyás' entertaining anecdotes. ...

7
April
7:45 pm

Stephen Sondheim: “There’s Always a Woman”

SHOWING: Thurs 7th April 2022 - Sat 9th April 2022

Platform Musicals Devised by Neil Somerville and Andrew Hodgson, this informal revue features songs from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, from the point of view of his iconic female characters. A cast of 5 singers will perform numbers from "Follies", "Into the Woods", "Company" among many others. This is a treat that all lovers of musical theatre will not want to miss! Book now! ...

11
April
9:30 am

Jungle Book Musical Theatre Workshop

RUNNING: Mon 11th April - Thurs 14th April 9:30am-4:30pm

HEADGATE THEATRE WORKSHOPS The story of Mowgli has been made famous through film. Our version will allow the participants to explore the stories and the animal characters, and to have fun learning song and dance routines with popular facilitator, Alice Fillary. Our workshops help youngsters to work co-operatively, to build new skills and friendships, and provide the opportunity to present the final version in our theatre for friends and family. £110 earlybird price for places booked before 1st Mar 2022 (applicable to first child only). Standard price £120 (£10 sibling discount for second child) 8-16 yrs ...

13
April
7:45 pm

My Other Half

Raising Cain Productions H and B are a young couple struggling with the pressures of their relationship. When a freak event causes them to switch bodies, they must learn to face their problems from an entirely new perspective. The more they learn, the more their lives descend into chaos. How far down can the human mind sink when given a new identity? Raising Cain Productions brings you this new dark comedy thriller by Christopher Sainton-Clark, about love, relationships, trust and identity. Written and published in lockdown and produced at Sheringham Little Theatre and St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, this one-act thriller received backing from the Arts Council, huge critical acclaim and was immediately chosen by Holt Festival to perform there in 2021. Now, join “My Other Half” for its second outing and delve into this head-spinning, side-splitting, gut-wrenching journey into the human psyche. ‘a fascinating exploration into the minds of all the characters with exceptional performances by the talented cast’ – Marcus Romer (The Knife That Killed Me, Universal Pictures) 12+ Age recommendation, dark themes and mild language ...

27
April
7:45 pm

Wuthering Heights

SHOWING: Wed 27th April 2022 - Sat 30th April 2022

Colchester Theatre Group April De Angelis’ adaptation of Wuthering Heights brings Emily Brontë’s passionate and spellbinding tale of forbidden love and revenge to life on stage. Set on the wild windswept Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights is the tempestuous story of free-spirited Catherine and dark, brooding Heathcliff. Suitable for ages 14+ ...

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