Current Programme

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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.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/163377

Tickets: £12
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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 available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/159984

Tickets: Workshop performers £15, Concert only £12, £10 (students)
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May Monday 1st Workshop 2pm to 4pm Concert 5pm to 6pm

Guitar Workshop and Recital

Graham Anthony Devine


Graham Devine studied with Gordon Crosskey at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. He moved to Brazil at the age of nineteen and quickly became known there as a teacher and performer

He has recorded three CDs for Naxos Records, and other recordings for Granary-Guitars including the first recording of Federico Moreno Torroba's Sonata-Fantasia.

Graham Anthony Devine is known for his varied use of tone colour on the guitar, a style which many have compared with that of Julian Bream.

He is currently principle guitar tutor at Trinity College of Music, and Chamber Music coach at the Guildhall School.

Ticket prices are:

Workshop Performers £25 - includes concert ticket.

Audience Workshop and Concert £15 and £10 Students

Concert only £12


Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/159981


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May Friday 5th - Saturday 6th at 7:30pm

In on the Act

Stagestruck Academy


'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 available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/163379

Tickets: £11, £9 (over 60s/under 14s)
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May Sunday 7th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

The Cemetery Club  by  Ivan Menchell (facilitated by Dawn King)

Headgate Play Readers


No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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May Sunday 7th at 2pm

Grow Up Grandad

Read Through




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May Monday 8th at 7pm

Grow Up Grandad

Auditions




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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 available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/163380

Tickets: £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)
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May Sunday 14th at 1pm and 3pm

May Moments, Musicals and Madness!

DOT Productions


DOT Productions brings its youth groups together with special guests 'Smart Steps' for its Annual Summer Show. Be prepared for lots of fun and silliness with this collection of work, from Plays, Musicals, Scenes and Dances.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176837

Tickets: £6
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May Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30 pm

The Last Five Years  by  Jason Robert Brown

Eastern Edge Theatre Company


Eastern Edge Theatre Company bring you a powerful and intimate staging of Jason Robert Brown's iconic musical. The Last Five Years is an emotionally strong and personal musical telling the story of Jamie and Cathy, two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/164019

Tickets: £12
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May Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Miss Julie  by  August Strindberg

Colchester Theatre Group


A country estate and it's Midsummer Eve. Miss Julie, the Count's daughter sleeps with the valet Jean. The resulting conflict between sexual passion and class is portrayed with striking and revolutionary modernity. Written in 1888 it was criticised for its immorality and had many problems with the censors.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/177941

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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May Sunday 28th from 2:30 to 5:30pm

James Eastwood + Four Blokes Trio + Angela Dennis


James Eastwood is an accomplished songwriter who is currently recording his latest EP. The Four Bloke Trio are a well renowned country/folk trio who perform classic songs in their own unique style. Angela Dennis is a country/folk singer with a catalogue of original songs that go back nearly 30 years.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176841

Tickets: £5, £3 (ESA - proof required on day)
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June Friday 2nd at 8pm

Bringing You Home

Singdicate Vocal Ensemble


'Bringing You Home' is an intimate evening's entertainment which celebrates the world of song, with popular classics through to lesser-known tunes. Singdicate, an all-female vocal ensemble, brings a fresh, vibrant energy to its exciting arrangements, all of which will have you captivated from the very start.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176845

Tickets: £8
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June Saturday 3rd at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

One

Flux Dance Collective


Flux Dance (Essex) are proud to present our first collection of new dance work. 'One' is a collection of engaging and diverse choreographic work created and performed by the members of Flux Dance Collective. Audience feedback: "Brilliant, Clever.....Imaginative performance."(Fling Festival), "Was that Contemporary dance? I loved it!" (Firstsite). Recommended age 10+.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/174633

Tickets: £10, £7 (over 65s/students)
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June Sunday 4th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

Our Town  by  Thornton Wilder (facilitated by Ian Amos)

Headgate Play Readers


No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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June Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th at 7.30pm

Seasons with Swing

Colchester Operatic Society


Colchester Operatic Society performs a concert of well-known swing-style songs taking you on a journey through the seasons. Renowned for their fantastic chorus and beautiful harmonies, let COS entertain you with their unique mix of songs, proving that "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/163208

Tickets: £12.50
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June Saturday 10th at 7:30pm

Charity Concert in aid of MIND

Inside Out Trio & When Rivers Meet


Join us for an evening of musical entertainment with local bands the Inside Out Trio and When Rivers Meet. Based around masterful vocals and rich harmonies, they will deliver their self-penned material played with vim, vigour and 'plectrums', with songs to please everyone.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/170632

Tickets: £8
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June Thursday 15th at 8pm

God's Waiting Room  by  Karen Bartholomew

Motormouse Productions


Mother is dying slowly, the wait is unbearable, the pressures insurmountable, the thoughts unbelievable. Surely a gesture towards God's bigger plan is needed? Sisters, Stella and Connie may be different, but share a profound love for their Mother. Can things really continue as they are? "If you're going to see one play about the end of life make it this one, as you will laugh far more than you will cry." Rosemary Branch Theatre 2016

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176867

Tickets £13, £11 (over 65s/students)
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June Friday 16th - Saturday 17th at 7pm + Sat matinée at 2pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream  by  A Midsummer Night's Dream

Starz Performing Arts Academy


A wonderful adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy. The story is framed by The Dreamer, a modern-day student who is visited by Puck, an impish fairy, who sweeps the sleeping girl into the play and into a world of mischief, magic and love.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176828

Tickets: £10, £8 (over 65s, student, registered disabled)
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June Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th at 7:45pm

Messy  by  Olly Medlicott

OD Productions


An original musical, 'Messy' is set in a village pub on karaoke night, telling the stories of an assortment of characters as they wrestle with the difficulties and dilemmas that the different stages of life inevitably bring. As their lives intertwine and collide, the ensuing mayhem is touching, hilarious, and ultimately all too familiar. 'Messy' features an ensemble cast of Colchester's finest acting and singing talent. Colourful language and adult themes, not suitable for children.

Tickets: £TBC
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June Wednesday 28th - Saturday 1st at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

For Services Rendered  by  W. Somerset Maugham

Headgate Theatre Productions


Written in 1932, this new production, featuring a very strong cast, offers a rare opportunity to see this powerful and moving drama. Modern critics have hailed Maugham's insightful and, in its day, controversial play, where the lessons of World War One are written so clearly across the lives of the characters who, less than a decade later, would find themselves at war again. Not to be missed!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/181018

Tickets £12, £11 (over 65s), £10 (students)
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July Monday 3rd - Tuesday 4th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie's evenings are to re-connect members of the audience with friends and relatives in the spirit world. Sceptical? Come along, listen and then decide for yourself.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176870

Tickets £15
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July Saturday 8th at 7.30pm

Songs on a Summer Evening

Quattro Amici


This exciting SATB vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from Verdi, Delibes, Bizet and Gilbert & Sullivan, and via Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein to Lloyd Webber, The Beatles and Abba!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/176871

Tickets £12, £10
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July Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th at 7.30pm

Betty Blue Eyes  by  George Stiles & Anthony Drewe

Mad Hatter Productions


The Second World War has been won and the whole world is eagerly awaiting the upcoming Royal Wedding. The hoity-toity local council are planning a fine hog roast for their upcoming private function and one uninvited couple will do anything to be there...perhaps even steal the pig. Some mild strong language.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/177947

Tickets £12, £10 (child/over 60/student)
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July Friday 21st at 7.30pm

Unforgettable Nat King Cole

Mark Anthony


Mark Anthony and his fantastic quartet will be celebrating the music and life of the great Nat King Cole. Mark and his band have received sell-out shows and standing ovations with this wonderful performance. The show features Nat's greatest hits including 'Unforgettable', 'Mona Lisa' and 'Let there be love'. Don't miss this lovely show.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/177949

Tickets: £13
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July Monday 24th - Friday 28th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Legally Blonde

Headgate Workshops run by Polka Dot Academy


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.

Places: £95
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July Friday 28th - Saturday 29th at 8pm

What Planet Are You On?

Stapled to a Chicken


Essex's premiere sketch comedians are back, bending reality into humorous shapes and taking you to fantastic new worlds of funny. Join them on a spoof-tastic voyage that has to be seen to be believed. Contains strong language and adult humour.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/177950

Tickets: £11
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August Friday 4th - Saturday 5th at 7:30pm

Blink  by  Phil Porter

Phoebe Stringer


This is the tale of Jonah, Sophie and a fox called Scruffilitis. It's a love story. A dysfunctional, voyeuristic and darkly funny love story, but a love story all the same.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/177951

Tickets: £12, £10 (students/over 65s)
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August Wednesday 30th - Saturday 2nd at 8pm + Sat matinée at 3pm

Bouncers  by  John Godber

The Reject Theatre Company


Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men-in-black as they tell the tale of one night in a provincial disco in the 80s. All the gang are out on the town; the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ, the late-night kebab man and the taxi home, all under the watchful eye of the Bouncers. "You'll be rolling in the aisles" (Daily Mail). Contains strong language and graphic content.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/177952

Tickets: £12.50, £10


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