Current Programme

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December Friday 14th - Saturday 15th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 15th

Happy Holidays

Mad Hatter Productions


A concert chocked full of reinvented seasonal favourites. Featuring classics such as Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas, Fairytale in new York and Merry Christmas Everyone. The perfect treat to get you into the holiday mood.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/257827

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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December Sunday 16th 5pm

Fourtissimo: 30 years on

Fourtissimo


The Fourtissimo guitar quartet plays an early evening concert of music written or specially arranged for four guitars. Ian Ridgley, Rod Protheroe, Martin Smith and Christine Garrington last performed together 25 years ago and are reuniting for a special concert to raise money for the blood cancer research charity, Bloodwise.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/525408

Tickets: £8
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December Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd at 7.30pm Matinée 4pm Saturday 22nd

The Scarlet Pipistrelle  by  Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company


They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven, or is he in Hell, Or a small theatre in Essex - who can tell? The year is 1793. Paris is gripped by the Jacobins. The Compte de Crème-Brûlée is to be guillotined on the morrow. His only hope is a daring swoop by that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, who has already undertaken several rescues of aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/257829

Tickets: £14, £7 (under 21, income support)
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January Thursday 3rd at 7.30pm

Hits From The Blitz

Five Star Swing


The unique "feel-good" 1940's show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Gala Nights, with original Dad's Army cast! Wartime "sing-a-longs" brought to life by the singers and multi-instrumentalists of the Five Star Swing band, including Simone from Ivy Benson's orchestra plus Chris Smith, composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/576281

Tickets: £15, £14 (conc)
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January Friday 4th - Saturday 5th at 6.30pm, Saturday Matinée 2pm

IDC Does Christmas

Ilaz Dance Company


A Song and Dance variety show featuring some of Colchester's most talented performers. Festive, fun and upbeat, this event promises to be enjoyable for all.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/279466

Tickets: £10, £5 (conc)
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January Friday 11th at 7pm Saturday Matinée 1pm and 5pm

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies  by  Craig Hawes

KATS


When the evil Sheriff of Nottingham threatens the villagers of Sherwood, feisty Maid Marion hires a band of freedom fighters for protection. However, when Robin and his Merry Men arrive she soon discovers they're not exactly what she ordered! Follow the most outrageous outlaws in history as they try to defeat the Sheriff, rescue Maid Marion and overthrow King John - all without laddering their tights!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/281000

Tickets: £12, £9 (conc)
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January Friday 25th at 7.30pm for pre-show drinks

A Feast of singing for the Soul

Amoroso


Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of wonderful music. The evening starts with canapés and drinks followed by an eclectic collection of swing, jazz, classical and popular music. Singing with an eight-piece band, Amoroso will tempt you with three courses of choral music in their own unique style. Amoroso - lovingly performed from our hearts to your soul.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/576474

Tickets: £15, £13 (conc) 7.30pm for pre-show drinks
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January Wednesday 30th - Saturday 2nd at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Romeo and Juliet  by  William Shakespeare

Priory Players


In this play, adapted by Lorraine Haworth but still faithful to Shakespeare's original script, the ageing Romeo and Juliet are residents in 'Verona', home for the elderly. Romeo resides in Montague wing with his friends Mercutio and Benvolia, and the newly arrived Juliet is in Capulet wing. But all is not well as the residents bicker and fight, egged on by the fiery Tybalt. Meanwhile, Juliet's offspring are eager to marry her off to their rich acquaintance Paris before their inheritance slips away. This is a story of irresistible love in later life, a secret marriage and heart-breaking tragedy.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/279581

ickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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February Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Vortex  by  Noel Coward

Paper Lantern Theatre Company


Paper Lantern, who achieved sell-out success with their productions of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Graduate', now present 'The Vortex' by Noel Coward. This revolutionary play with its depiction of sex and drugs in the Jazz Age, stunned the critics and caused a sensation within the theatre-going public. Coward explores emotional blackmail, drug abuse and shattered relationships. The Vortex is as relevant today as it was 90 years ago.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280500

Tickets: £15, £12 (conc)
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February Monday 25th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie tries to reconnect members of the audience with their friends and loved ones in the spirit world, and passes on messages and information generally only significant to the recipients. Sceptical? Come and see for yourself!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/576510

Tickets: £15
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February Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm

Miss Rosie Sings the Divas

Headgate Jazz Steve Wright


Inspired by the great vocalists from the Golden Age of Jazz, Miss Rosie & The Moonshyne Runners are on a mission to resurrect the spirit of swing. Their repertoire draws from the Great American Songbook as they celebrate the music of that period, made famous by legendary artists such as Billie Holiday, Chris Connor and Anita O'Day.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/576479

Tickets: £14, £12 (conc)
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March Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd at 7.30pm

Dr Todd's Emporium of Inexplicable Delights

The Academic Magician


Travel through time to the worlds of alchemy, madness, the macabre tales of Edgar Allan Poe, the deductions of Dupin and Holmes, and the inner thoughts of a young boy during World War II. Celebrated Magic Circle and Academic Magician Dr Todd Landman brings you an evening that will leave you baffled, educated, and entertained.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280503

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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March Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Big Fish, Book  by  John August Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Mad Hatter


Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids.His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's incredible tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fanciful account of his life. When Edward's health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father's "true" life story.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280511

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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March Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Pajama Game, Book  by  George Abbott and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler

Platform Musicals


A union strike at the 'Sleep-Tite' Pajama Factory generates plenty of 'Steam Heat' in this toe-tapping comedic love story! 'The Pajama Game' is a classic award-winning 1950's musical comedy that was made into a popular film starring Doris Day. The score includes 'Hernando's Hideaway', 'Hey There' and 'Once a Year Day', you won't want to miss this musical treat!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280515

Tickets: £15
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March Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th at 7.45

Rockstar Olly Medlicott

OD Productions


Rockstar is an original musical telling the story of a band's meteoric rise from obscurity to international success. As the pressures of fame begin to take their toll on band members, creative differences and romantic tensions threaten to tear the group apart, forcing each member to consider how much they are prepared to sacrifice to be successful. Content warning - Bad language, references to drugs and sex.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280516

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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April Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Playhouse Creatures  by  April De Angelis

Headgate Theatre Productions


The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time. Of vital importance to the development of drama is the appearance of the first actresses upon the English stage. April De Angelis has taken five famous figures - Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton - and given us a fascinating look at the precarious lot of actresses at that time. A moving and often comic account of the true lives of Restoration actresses.With some earthy language!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280519

Tickets: £13, £12 (conc)
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April Sunday 7th at 7.30pm

Catherine Lima Quartet: The Allure of Miss Lee

Headgate Jazz Steve Wright


The Catherine Lima Quartet explore Peggy Lee's rise from humble beginnings in North Dakota, to her first break as a big band singer with Benny Goodman, and her successful solo career as a singer/songwriter and one-time Hollywood actress. Expect hits such as 'Fever', 'I'm A Woman', 'He's A Tramp' and some of the jazz icon's lesser-known back catalogue.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/576508

Tickets: £14, £12 (conc)
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April Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

All My Sons  by  Arthur Miller

Colchester Theatre Group


Arthur Miller gives us a weekend in late 1940's America following the war, when a family comes face to face with the consequences of past events, their own hidden and manifest actions and the impact of these on their present lives, with some surprising and disturbing outcomes. There will be a gunshot during the performance.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280523

Tickets: £13, £10 (conc)
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April Monday 15th - Thursday 18th from 9.30am. - 4.30pm

"Champions" Holiday Workshop

Headgate Workshops


Join us for 4 days of fun! Learn singing and drama skills in a safe, supportive environment. The workshop will cater for 8-16 year olds, and there is a free presentation for friends and families on the final day. For more detailed information, ring 01206 530257. Application forms available via the box office only.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/578104

Cost: £100, £90 (if paid before 1st March)
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April Friday 19th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm

INK on the Road

INK


Back by popular demand INK on the Road returns to The Headgate with a selection of the best new short plays directly from The INK Festival. INK on the Road offers a rare evening of contrasting and exciting works by the very best writers from East Anglia.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280532

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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April Saturday 27th at 7.30pm

Another Evening of Song

Quattro Amici


This exciting vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of songs to suit all tastes - from Classical, through Opera and Operetta, to modern Musical Theatre and Contemporary!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/578110

Tickets: £15
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May Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7.45pm

Shakers  by  John Godber & Jane Thornton

Reject theatre Company


'The Reject Theatre Company welcome you to the trendiest bar in town for a wickedly funny look behind the Porn Star Martinis and plastic palms at SHAKERS Cocktail Bar. Meet Carol, Adele, Nicky and Mel on a night out to remember! Our four long-suffering waitresses take you on a hilarious, heart-warming journey through their lives and loves, from checkout girls on the town to drunken lads on the pull! Contains adult language.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280547

Tickets: £14.50, £13.50 (conc)
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May Monday 6th - Saturday 11th at 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday Matinées 2pm

Macbeth  by  William Shakespeare

Protocol Theatre


Protocol Theatre (Professionals Together in Colchester) bring the bard's dark classic play, Macbeth, to the stage in a way you've not seen before. Ambition, power, betrayal - a show you'll be talking about for days … just don't say it's name! Protocol are proud to both present this at the Headgate theatre, and to facilitate and celebrate the local professionals of Colchester for audiences local and further afield.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/281227

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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May Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Browning Version  by  Terence Rattigan

Headgate Theatre Productions


Widely regarded as Terence Rattigan's finest play, 'The Browning Version' is a compelling and moving drama about an unpopular schoolmaster whose marriage and career are unravelling. However when he receives an unexpected gift from a pupil, he has the chance to change his life for ever… Directed by Andrew Hodgson and featuring an acclaimed cast, this is not to be missed!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280549

Tickets: £13, £12 (conc)
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May Wednesday 22nd at 730pm

The Bakewell Bake Off

UCC Musical Theatre


An eclectic mix of contestants compete to have the 'ultimate' and 'exclusive' recipe for the 'Bakewell'. The combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation guaranteed to put a smile on your face in this glorious musical!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/578759

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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May Friday 24th - Saturday 25th at 7.45pm

Shakespeare's Daughter and the Vicar  by  Marion Wells

Cameo Players


It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon. A new vicar, curious about Shakespeare's plays, is sent to the town. He seeks out the person who still has first-hand knowledge of the Bard, Shakespeare's daughter Judith Quiney.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280932

Tickets: £12


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