Current Programme

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November Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Sunday in the Park with George  by  Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Platform Musicals & Plays

'Sunday in the Park with George' is inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat. A complex work, with a lovely, wildly inventive score, the show revolves around a fictionalised Seurat, immersed in a single-minded concentration while painting his masterpiece and the people in that picture. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see on the most acclaimed of Sondheim's musicals.

Tickets available:

Tickets: £13
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December Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th at 7pm + Sat 9th at 1pm and 5pm + Sun 10th Dec at 2pm

Puss in Boots  by  Gary Sullivan

Headgate Theatre Productions

When the Miller dies, Ruffalino, his youngest son inherits only a cat, a mat and a flap. However, when FlibbertyWitch makes a mistake in her spells, the cat suddenly can talk. Together they hatch a plan to rid the town of the plague of rats, and win the hand of Princess Elsa. A fun, traditional pantomime for all the family. For group bookings please call the box office on 01206 366000.

Tickets available:

Tickets: £12, £9 (under 16s)
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December Monday 11th at 7:30pm

The Chimes  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Robert MacCall

Robert MacCall

Tickets available:

Tickets: £12, £10 (unemployed/65+), £6 (child)
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December Wednesday 13th at 7.30

Live Christmas Special

Ady Johnson & Adrian Nation

Ady Johnson's Colchester Christmas shows have become a popular annual event. This year, Ady teams up with fellow singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar master Adrian Nation. Both local Adrians' new and highly anticipated albums will be available for the first time at this double-headline Christmas special.

Tickets available:

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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December Saturday 16th at 8.00pm

Lady's inconvenience

Lady's inconvenience

Essex based improv troupe LADY'S INCONVENIENCE are back after their acclaimed debut show at The Headgate earlier this year. They will be joined by other local comedy troupes to bring you an evening of festive improv fun! There will be music, mince pies and laughter. Christmas jumpers are encouraged.

This will be a BSL interpreted performance.

Tickets available:

Tickets: £8(carers go free)
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January Friday 5th - Saturday 6th at 7.30pm Friday 6.00pm Saturday

Sherlock Holmes And The Hooded Lance  by  Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company

Holmes and Watson face their stiffest challenge yet, in the shape of the Hooded Lance, their newest and deadliest adversary, who is hell bent on spoiling everyone's Christmas and being really annoying! Can our intrepid duo save the festive season from the clutches of this dastardly demon. Can they cook his goose, or will he crush their baubles and make prize turkeys of them?

Tickets: £12, £8 (under 21's and unwaged)
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January Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th at 7.30pm, Saturday at 1.00pm and 5.00pm

Jack and the Beanstalk  by  tlc Creative


A tale of love, adventure and some beans! A gruesome giant, a wicked witch, a fabulous fairy, a brave hero, the obligatory village idiot, a daft dame and, of course, a cute and cuddly cow! Packed with jokes and slapstick, this pantomime has enough audience participation to leave you hoarse at the end of the show

Tickets: £11.00, £9.50 (conc)
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January Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th at 7.45pm

A Bunch of Amateurs  by  Ian Hislop & Nick Newman

The Reject Theatre Company

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's hit comedy is coming to the Headgate. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village, and instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear!

Contains some strong language

Tickets: £12.50, £11.00 (conc)
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January Monday 29th - Tuesday 30th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

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, information relevant only to the person concerned.

Tickets: £15
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February Thursday 1st at 7.30pm

Solo Showcase

BA(Hons) Acting & Creative Performance

One actor. A stage. An expectant audience...What would you perform if the spotlight was all yours? These 3rd year students are going to find out! Join us for a night of varied short solo shows from the very best that the Acting & Creative degree course has to offer! 16+ Strong Language. Nudity (Possibly)

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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February Friday 2nd 8pm

An Evening with The Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers

Traditional Scottish music at its best - as tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahill's can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times. Each visit to The Headgate has produced a foot stomping energy filled evening.

Tickets: £13.00
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February Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th at 7.30pm

The Crucible  by  Arthur Miller

Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Paper Lantern Theatre Company, who achieved sell out success with their production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams and 'The Graduate' by Terry Johnson, present Arthur Miller's classic 1952 play, 'The Crucible'. This iconic literary masterpiece is a tragic and timeless depiction of how bigotry, personal vengeance and hysteria can tear a community apart. It is regarded as a central work in the canon of American drama. As pioneers of what has been termed 'Filmic Theatre', Paper Lantern promises a theatrical feast. Book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: £15, £12 (conc)
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February Saturday 24th at 7.45pm

Live music in tribute to the Beatles  by  Lennon/McCartney/Harrison

Glass Onion

The Glass Onion four-piece band proudly presents a fab evening of music celebrating many memorable classics (and some rarities....!) of the Beatles. This local band has achieved sell-out shows and standing ovations. With great harmonies, let Glass Onion 'Come Together' and provide you an opportunity to 'Get Back' to the sensational sixties. The appeal of the Beatles spans every generation and Glass Onion will 'Help!' you through all of the different eras of the Fab Four's music including an intimate and fun acoustic set not to be forgotten!

Tickets: £12
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February Sunday 25th at 7.30pm

Is this the right show for an Argument?

The Mayor's Players

A collection of extremely memorable, witty and hilarious sketches and songs familiar to all lovers of great comedy performed by the most talented artistes in the Colchester area. Laughter is guaranteed.

There will be bad language and adult themes

Tickets: £10
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February Monday 26th - Tuesday 27th from 5.00pm to 9.00pm Performance: 28th February 7.30pm

Pandora's Box  by  Jonathan Young

NMT Automatics

A spellbinding new play, fusing drama, storytelling, illustration, music and dance, performed by a cast of professional actors and a chorus of community members. Like the sublime stories and mystical worlds of J.K. Rowling and Phillip Pullman, this is a timeless tale that appeals to all ages; an epic story of friendship, courage and sacrifice. Suitable for 7 +

Contact for details on free workshops and the exciting opportunity to be part of the community chorus!

Tickets: £11, £10 (seniors), £9 (students/under 16)
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March Friday 2nd at 7.30pm

The Sam Plackett Trio

The Sam Plackett Trio

The Sam Plackett Trio will be returning to the Headgate for an evening of hard-bop, Latin and modern jazz. Colchester-born guitarist Sam Plackett will be accompanied by the remarkable drumming of Tom Jiggins and the legendary Pete Whittaker on Jazz Organ. The members of the ensemble are currently performing their soon-to-be released album and this show at the Headgate is a chance to hear their new material before anyone else. Strictly age 12+. The show will contain loud music.

Tickets: £10, £8 (students, people with disabilities, ISM/MU members)
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March Friday 9th - Saturday 10th at 7.30pm Saturday Matinée 1.30pm

Songs For A New World  by  Jason Robert Brown

Yellow Beetle Productions

It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... having to take a stand... or turning round and going back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Recommended age 12+ due to some strong language

Tickets: £12
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March Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Bazaar and Rummage  by  Sue Townsend

Headgate Theatre Productions

Set in 1981, the play sees a group of agoraphobic women and their well- meaning social workers stage a jumble sale to raise awareness of their condition. Confessions and secrets are shared in this bittersweet comedy looking at the strength and frailty of women battling this awful condition.

Contains sexual themes and VERY adult language. Not suitable for children.

Tickets: £13, £11 (seniors), £10 (students)
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March Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th at 7.45pm

Blood Brothers  by  Willy Russell

Mad Hatter Productions

Mickey and Edward are twins who are separated at birth due to their mother's financial and personal struggles. How will their different upbringings affect their adult lives? Mad Hatter return to the Headgate with a new production of this British classic.

Contains strong language and sexual references

Tickets: £12, £10 Concessions (OAP, Students, Children)
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March Sunday 25th at 3.00pm and 7.30pm

"Ivor Novello - his life and music"

Platform Musicals

Platform Musicals perform the work of one the most celebrated musical theatre composers of the 20th Century. With selections from some of Ivor Novello's most popular shows, including "The Dancing Years", "Perchance to Dream" and "King's Rhapsody", the Platform singers will perform much loved songs such as "Waltz of My Heart", "We'll Gather Lilacs" and "Someday My Heart Will Awake". A nostalgic journey back to Novello's musical world of melody and romance that is not to be missed!

A special concert given to support the work of Crohn's and Colitis UK.

Tickets: £13
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April Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Madagaskar Workshop

Polka Dots

Headgate Workshops run in association with Polka Dot Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Based on the stage show from the movie, the workshop will be packed with fun and new skills to learn. There will be 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 01206 366000 for details, an application form and to book. Tickets not available on line.

Tickets: £90
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April Saturday 7th at 7.45pm

From Zimbabwe with Love  by  Michael Angus

Serendipity Theatre Company

One man's journey across continents and cultures in an uplifting story about family ties, love and honesty. Meet Robert Matalsie, professional footballer. Hear his funny, touching, and explosive journey from his Shona Tribe in Africa to Norwich after being spotted by premiership scouts in Zimbabwe. Witness the agonising decision he must make and its consequences. Suitable for people 10yrs and over

Tickets: £10, £9 (conc)
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April Wednesday 11th at 7.45pm

Ink on the Road

A surprise package of entertaining short plays by East Anglia's finest writers. Includes the world premiere of 'The Famous 5', an extraordinary collaboration by five celebrity fans of INK, Richard Curtis, Esther Freud, Blake Morrison, Steve Waters, and Libby Purves. They weave five magical tales from the same mysterious suitcase into the same short play! Suitable for age 14+

Tickets: £12 (full) £10 (conc)
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April Thursday 12th at 7.30pm

Swing 'n' Sinatra

Five Star Swing

Celebrating 100 years of Sinatra and Swing Music! - Five Star Swing return with a journey through the decades of this unforgettable genre - with the greatest singer of the time! These five talented musicians and singers have appeared at London's Leicester Square Theatre, TV's "Military Wives", BBC "Children in Need" and ITV's "Strictly Dance Fever" will sell fast!

Tickets: £15, £14 (conc)
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April Saturday 14th at 7.30pm

Another Evening of Song

Quattro Amici

This popular and exciting vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from opera and operetta, to modern musical theatre via Broadway musicals, and modern pop. With a wide variety of quartets, duets and solos (and a live piano accompaniment), there will be something for all to enjoy.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)

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