Current Programme - Drama

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.

ickets: £12, £10 (conc)

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: £15, £12 (conc)

February Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st at 8pm

Bring Back Chainmail & Boom Busters

Colchester Theatre Group

An evening of two brand new pieces of theatre. Bring Back Chainmail. A piece of devised theatre featuring live combat, music, home-made costumes, and gingerbread knights. Chivalry isn't dead.. as far as self appointed Squire Tom is concerned. Medieval Knights can still exist, and why shouldn't they? After all, he's obsessed with becoming one. Join his quest, as he attempts to restore the principles of knighthood to a world that needs to change. Huzzah!

Boomer Busters is a new one act play presented by Colchester Theatre Group in association with Headgate Theatre Productions. These performances are in preparation for an event at The Cut, Halesworth, on 24th February 2019, were this production will be performed alongside other groups. This special weekend will be a joint celebration of local amateur talent and INK. The group deemed to have produced the best play, will be scheduled to perform it at The INK Festival 2019 - alongside the plays performed by professional actors - and have the support of one of INK's professional directors.

Tickets: £7.00

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: £13, £12 (conc)

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: £13, £10 (conc)

April Friday 19th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm

INK on the Road


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: £12, £10 (conc)

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: £14.50, £13.50 (conc)

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: £12, £10 (conc)

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: £13, £12 (conc)

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: £12