Current Programme

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July Saturday 27th at 7.30pm

A Summer Caberet

Trevor Johnston-Thurston featuring Sam Young


Trevor Johnston-Thurston returns to the Headgate Theatre accompanied by a live band. In this cabaret show, Trevor will be performing a selection of his favourites from musical theatre and pop, including numbers from Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, and Dreamgirls, as well as songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647384

Tickets: £10
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August Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd at 8pm

Hippocratic Oafs

Stapled to a Chicken


Stapled to a Chicken emerge from the lab, having brewed yet another comic formula; this time they're stimulating your funny bone by tackling Science and Health. Putting their finest material under the knife to organ-ise their sharpest show yet, this year's comedic yield is as pure as they've ever produced! Strong language, may offend.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313724

Tickets: £12
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August Saturday 10th at 2.30pm and 7.45pm

10 Mad Years

Mad Hatter Productions


Mad Hatter celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection of favourite songs from all their previous productions. Featuring an incredibly talented troupe of performers from Mad Hatter's past, present and future.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313727

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
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August Sunday 11th at 7.05pm

Eclipse


Chill out as Eclipse play some hot summer vibes.

Come and join Caroline, James, José, Paul and Ian for another evening of great live music. What a lovely way to end your summer weekend with some top summer tunes including hits from Bonny Raitt, Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, George Micheal, Michael Bublé, Paulo Nutini, Shakatak and John Legend, Jack Savoretti and many more.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/t-qkjmad

Tickets: £12
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August Monday 12th - Friday 16th 9.30am-4.30pm

Alice in West-End-Land Performance Workshop for 8-16 year olds

Headgate Workshops


Alice falls asleep on the train to London and wakes up at a station where she sees a white rabbit disappearing into the distance. Then she finds herself in the West End, where a series of chance encounters lead her to realise what is most important in life. Using songs from popular West End musicals, this workshop will help develop performance skills and confidence for all ages.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/644854

£120 per child. (Early booking discount available - Full information and application form available from the Box Office)
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August Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm

The "IN' Crowd: Jazz in the 60's

Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet


Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. He also performs some inspired new jazz re-workings of songs from pop hit-makers of that period - from The Beatles, The Kinks and Burt Bacharach, to Ray Charles and Joni Mitchell.

"Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig" - (More Opinions/JAZZ NIGHTS

"Fantastic, what a great voice!" - Sir Trevor McDonald

"Impresses greatly" - UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647627

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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August Saturday 31st at 8pm

The Comedy of Magic

Martin Cox and Friends



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647393

Tickets: £12
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September Wednesday 4th - Thursday 5th at 7.30pm

Lucas and Albert (film)


Lucas and Albert ("a double act with gonads") is the story of two ageing hitmen who have been put together on what could be their last job. The film is a black comedy thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you accompany Lucas and Albert on their journey.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313857

Tickets: £10, £7.50 (OAP, FTS, under 16's and jobseekers)
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September Friday 6th - Saturday 7th at 7.30pm

Sense and Sensibility  by  Jane Austen

DOT Productions


The Dashwood sisters have very different approaches to their love lives. Elinor has much more sense, but Marianne has a great deal of sensibility. With its heroes, heartbreak, debonair villains and a dashing duel, this adaptation will have you falling in love with Jane Austen's classic novel. A cast of five actors and DOT's renowned comedic style make this comedy of manners a production not to be missed.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313859

Tickets: £13
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September Monday 9th at 7.30pm

The Witching Hour  by  Jonathan Goodwin, directed by Gary Archer

Don't Go Into The Cellar!


Montague Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror! Brave the horrors lying in wait within "An Episode of Cathedral History"! Witness the spectral malevolent seeking revenge in "A Warning to the Curious"! One-man show and follow-up to our successful touring production of "Old Haunts".

Jonathan Goodwin plays M R James in a show scripted by himself, and directed by Gary Archer.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgate/t-qgrlzv

Tickets: £10
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September Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th at 7.45pm

Spring Awakening - Music  by  Duncan Sheik, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Mad Hatter Productions


In 19th century Germany, young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence.... discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/e-alrkxg

Tickets: £14, £12 (over 65, FTS, under 16)
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September Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th 9.30am-4.30pm

Directing Two-Day Workshop

Headgate Workshops


Matthew Morgan-Stevens (Director, Actor, Lecturer in Acting) invites those with a passion for directing (from novice through to experienced!) to this practical two-day workshop focusing on a number of techniques for approaching text both inside and outside the rehearsal room. The aim of the workshop will be to introduce participants to a variety of ways of dealing with text (and actors!) and explore how to get the most out of rehearsals. Participants are encouraged to bring material from past/future directing projects, although scenes will also be provided if you're not currently directing!

Matthew trained at East 15 Acting School and, after a few years of touring theatre and festivals, found himself teaching at Colchester Institute on both the Acting and Musical Theatre courses, where he has directed a whole range of productions from full-scale Musicals to devised pieces on-board the Colne Lightship! He is currently studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent experience includes: Assistant Director 'Of Mice and Men' (UK Tour), Director of Tom Allen's 'Life/Style' (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Assistant Director 'Living History' (East 15 Acting School). Workshops with John Wright, Philippe Gaulier, Mel Churcher, Sarah Davey-Hull, John Gillett and Brigid Panet.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/649137

Cost: £60 for both days
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September Sunday 15th at 7.30pm

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'


For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul's trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in ' Simple Truth', through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of 'Crystalline', to the haunting mystery of 'Catalonia', 'Pavane' takes us on an inspiring musical journey.

Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Andy Watson (Classical Guitar), Natalie Rozario (Cello), Chris Ingham (Piano), Jerome Davies (Double Bass), George Double (Drums).



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/t-dxenqj

Tickets: £15, £13(conc)
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September Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th at 7.30pm

A Sidecar Named Despair

Common Ground Theatre Co


Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

Dick's quiet suburban life is shattered when his brother Julian returns suddenly from The States, for "health" reasons. But his shady American "associates" have unfinished business with him, putting both their health at risk. Their dad's old bike and sidecar, which Dick has been "doing up', might come in handy as their getaway vehicle!

A black comedy with original music by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries and starring Julian and Dick Mainwaring - reprising the characters they created for Common Ground's 2013 comedy, Stuff In The Attic ("Pat Whymark's latest play is very funny indeed" East Anglian Daily Times, "Good music and plenty of well-judged comic touches" In Suffolk, "Moments of pure farce alternate with real conflict" What's on Stage). Expect "The Odd Couple" versus the Mob!

Common Ground have been bringing their distinctive brand of music theatre - with strong narrative, strong emotion and just a touch of the surreal - to venues across East Anglia, since 2008.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/e-povbbr

Tickets: £12, £7 young people and unwaged
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September Friday 20th at 8pm (Doors open 7.15pm)

Kinks UK


For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ... They're all there, alongside many other Ray Davies classics in a night not be missed if you like your 60s swinging. Support will come from THE MOD SQUAD, who will be performing a set of mod floor-fillers to get the party started.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/632388

Tickets:£12.50
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September Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm

Uncle Vanya  by  Anton Chekhov

Theatrical Niche


Chekhov's tragicomedy in a bittersweet, multi-disciplinary new adaptation. A weary country household plunges head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives. As the estate sale is announced, the strains of repression bubble, until Uncle Vanya hits boiling point. Physical Theatre & Rural Art intertwine in this witty Russian masterpiece examining desperation, and the need for affection... at all costs.

Suitable for ages 12+



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/t-pxlare

Tickets: £12 (full) £10 (OAP, FTS, groups
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September Saturday 28th at 7.30pm, 2.30pm Matinée

Valli - the boy from Jersey


Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written 'Big Girls Don't Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December 63, Can't Take My Eye's Off You' and many more!



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/310068

Tickets: £14, £12(conc)
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October Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th at 7.45pm, Matinée Saturday 2.30pm

The Vicar of Dibley

Headgate Theatre Productions


A stage play by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. With kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions

Director David King has assembled a cast with fantastic comedy pedigree for this Headgate Theatre Production's version of this modern iconic tale.

Based quite faithfully on episodes from the first two series of The Vicar of Dibley we meet all the wonderful characters that made up the parish that Geraldine Grainger descended on.

Headgate favorites Kevin Topple (The Play What I Wrote, Waiting for Godot and many a Headgate panto) and Kim Anderson (Call Me Madam, The Pajama Game and the title role in Carmen) lead a company also containing faces old and newer to the Headgate, but who we can guarantee will raise a smile or two.

The introduction and development of the lovely characters such as Mrs Cropley, Frank Pickle and of course Alice build throughout the show and come to a hysterical conclusion, when our wardrobe department are let loose with creating the bizarre fantasy straight from Miss Tinker's mind!

We expect ticket demand to be high. With our new facilities at the theatre we have been able add an extra date to our run, so you have six performances to choose from.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgate/e-alglzo

Tickets: £14
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October Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Beauty Queen of Leenane  by  Martin Mcdonough

Colchester Theatre Group


Spinster Maureen cares for her mother Mag and dreams of leaving home. News comes of a farewell party for neighbour Pato, Maureen grabs her chance, prompting deep revelations and shocks! Funny, dark and unforgettable, expect the unexpected! Contains strong language and adult themes.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/e-pomqrb

Tickets: £13, £10 (OAP, FTS)
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October Saturday 26th Doors open 7.00pm

Memories are made of this

Rich Clifford and The Young Once


'An evening to stir memories and toes as Rich Clifford and The Young Once re-tell the story of the revolutionary early days of the pop explosion. Featuring the songs of Cliff, the sounds of The Shadows, and many others including Haley, Holly, Cochran, Clapton and the best of Liverpool, you're sure to leave this Show with a smile........'



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/t-lmnvoy

Tickets: £12.50


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