Current Programme - Drama

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February Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th at 7.30 Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

       by  Christopher Hampton

Paper Lantern

Paper Lantern are proud to present 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses', Christopher Hampton's classic play based on the scandalous eighteenth-century French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Set in precarious times shortly before the French Revolution, the play deliciously documents the cruel games and manipulation of a bored aristocracy. The central characters, The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are two narcissistic rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a vengeful weapon to control and exploit others. While these ruthless aristocrats toy with other people's hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

Contains material of an adult nature.

Tickets: £15, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)

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February Sunday 16th Lunch from 12.30pm. Performance from 2pm

Free for All

Banner Theatre

Free For All pays tribute to a health service still rated the most efficient and successful in the world. Based on interviews with health professionals, the show celebrates their passionate dedication to a publicly owned health care system free for all at the point of delivery.

Show sponsored by Colchester TUC, Peoples Assembly and Unite Community.

Call the Box Office for tickets on 01206 366000 or email

Tickets: £12, £10 Trade Union Members, £8 (Over 60's, FTS, Unemployed)

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February Monday 24th - Saturday 29th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.00pm

Romeo and Juliet

       by  William Shakespeare

Protocol Theatre

Following their very well received productions of 'Radiant Vermin' and 'Macbeth' - Protocol are back at the Headgate and proud to present their latest production from the bard! Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flare. Perfect for Shakespeare lovers and those studying the text for GCSE alike!

Tickets: £12, £10 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)

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February Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th at 7pm, Saturday Matinée 3pm

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

       by  Sam Steiner

Project Liber

"Octopus Buffalo. Shanghai. Yellow. Aliens. Pasties. Terrorism. Creep. Wasted. California. Rhinoceros. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons." Bernadette and Oliver meet and fall in love at a funeral for a cat. Their growing relationship is tried and tested as any relationship is: choosing what to have for dinner, playing 'Articulate', faithfulness, disagreements on current affairs... but when the 'Hush Law' is introduced by the government, having just 140 words a day in which to do it presents a new challenge for them.

Includes sexual content and swearing

Tickets: £10, £8 (OAP, FTS)

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March Friday 6th at 7.30pm


       by  Eilish Mullane

Uproar Theatre

Audwin transcribes the words of better men, distributing them around a newly-divided city, but rebellion comes at a price. As the Stasi close in, Audwin must decide who he can really trust, and how he can keep them safe.

Contains violence

Tickets: £5

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March Friday 13th at 7.30 Saturday 14th at 1pm and 5pm


       by  Malcolm Sircom

KATS Youth Theatre

A female Oliver! On her journey to Victorian London, Olivia meets many well-known characters including Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Eliza Doolittle and Sherlock Holmes. Full of wit and humour this lively musical will have you tapping your toes.

Tickets: £10, £8 Child (under 16's)

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March Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm, (Saturday Matinée 2.30pm)

Abigail's Party

       by  Mike Leigh

The Rejects Theatre Company

Suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their neighbours, Angela,Tony and Susan. Susan's teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing a party and Susan is not invited. Over the canapés, fatuous small talk abounds. As tensions escalate, the strains in Beverly and Laurence's marriage surface and Susan's anxieties intensify. Eventually, the suburban smugness is shattered...

Tickets: £15.00, £14.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)

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April Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7.45pm, Saturday matinée 2.30pm

The Diary of Anne Frank

       by  (Dramatised) Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Headgate Theatre Productions

Anne Frank was 13 years old when she went into hiding in a secret apartment in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942. She was a young girl, jubilant, hopeful and honest - and with most of the traits expected in a teenager! Anne is young but not naive. When she says "We can't go outside. We can't even look out a window," we can feel her sadness and frustration as she comes to terms with her reality. The tensions of confinement and the tedious business of staying alive unfold in agonising detail as emotions unravel and human relationships are tested in the most extraordinary and dire circumstances.

Tickets: £14.00 (full) £12.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)

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April Tuesday 7th at 7.30pm

Strictly Sherlock

       by  Jonathan Goodwin (based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Don't Go Into The Cellar!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a one-man show. Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those three startling cases, 'The Sussex Vampire', 'The Creeping Man' and 'The Devil's Foot!'. Don't Go Into The Cellar! were formed in 2010, and have toured the United Kingdom ever since with their unique brand of original and authentic stage thrillers, chillers and comedies. Victorian Theatre with Bite! Suitable for age 11 and above.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions (OAPs, students, unemployed)

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April Wednesday 29th - Saturday 2nd May at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm


       by  April de Angelis

Colchester Theatre Group

Hilary is 50 years old and once protested at Greenham Common. She is now a married, middle class mum with a shop-owner husband and a stroppy 15-year-old daughter who dresses like a prostitute and treats her mum with cruel contempt. A classic mid-life crisis play, Jumpy is funny, deliciously rude and at times piercingly moving. Warning: the show includes a gunshot.

Tickets: £13, £10 (OAPs, FTS)


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