Current Programme - Drama


July Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th at 8pm

Headless Chickens - It's a scream!

Stapled to a Chicken


They've risen from the grave and stitched together a horror comedy show to slash their way into your hearts. But don't be scared, it's frightfully funny and Stapled to a Chicken will leave you screaming...with laughter. Come and see dead people, after all we don't bite.

Warning: may offend.

Tickets: £11
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August Friday 31st at 7.30pm

A Woman of No Importance  by  Oscar Wilde

DOT Productions


Comic melodrama and social scandal bubble away in this classic Oscar Wilde satire. Lady Hunstanton's house party is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However, once Gerald's mother makes an appearance, his future is suddenly uncertain. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years?

Tickets: £12
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September Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th at 7.45pm, matinée 2.30pm Saturday 29th September

An Ideal Husband  by  Oscar Wilde


Sir Robert Chiltern is seen by all as the ideal public figure: an incorruptible and honest politician. But this has not always been the case, and his past is about to catch up with him. Wilde's political comedy touches on themes of honour, forgiveness, trust and human relationships. Fun is poked at the ruling classes whilst posing some thought provoking moral questions which feel as relevant today as they were when written. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do."

£10 (full), £8 (con)
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October Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th at 7.30pm Matinée 3pm Saturday 6th

Boeing - Boeing  by  Marc Camoletti

The Reject Theatre Company


It's the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Colchester - fasten your seat belts!

Tickets: £14, £12.50 (conc)
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October Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th at 7.30, Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 13th

The Mariner  by  Pat Whymark

Common Ground Theatre Company


Common Ground return with this enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation of Coleridge's 'The Rime of The Ancient Mariner', with its themes of ecological disaster, man's destructive compulsions, and the death and rebirth of imagination and faith.

Tickets: £12, £8 (concessions - under 21, income support)
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October Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm

Be My Baby  by  Amanda Whittington

Headgate Theatre Productions


Set in 1964, Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams,19,a respectable girl from a nice middle class background, in love with her medical student boyfriend - and seven months pregnant. A stay at St. Saviour's mother and baby home is arranged, so her predicament can be kept secret and the baby quietly adopted. In the oppressive atmosphere of the home and its strict regime of work, isolation and punishment, Mary bonds with her fellow 'inmates'. Her Dansette record player is always at hand as the girls escape into a fantasy of romance with their favourite songs . Based on fact, Be My Baby is brimming with humour, heartache and the music of the Sixties.

Some language in Be My Baby may offend.
Suitable for age 11 and above.

Tickets: £13 and £11
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October Wednesday 31st - Thursday 1st at 7.45pm

Buckets  by  Adam Barnard

Colchester Institute Students CP3


How to fill what's left of your day. How to fill the rest of your days. Sick buckets, bucket rattling, bucket lists, buckets of love.

Wry, emotive, funny and heartfelt, buckets is a play with a unique perspective on a universal dilemma: how do you deal with the fact that time always runs out?

Across thirty-three interconnected scenes - some just a few lines, others mini-plays in their own right - buckets swings through a kaleidoscopic world of sadness and happiness, illness and health, youth and experience, kissing and crying, singing and dying.

Tickets: £10, £8.50 (conc.) 20% off for Students.
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November Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th at 7.45pm

Lest We Forget

Headgate Theatre Productions


2018 marks the final year of centenary commemorations, remembering the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War. To mark the end of that war, 'Lest We Forget' uses words and song to pay tribute to those who' gave their tomorrow for our today'.

Tickets: £10
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November Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Satuday 17th

Marjorie Prime

Headgate Theatre Productions


Is this where Artificial intelligence (AI) is going? Is this the future?

This thought provoking play gives us a glimpse into a possible development of AI.



Tickets: £13 £11 (conc)
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November Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th at 7.45 Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 24th

The Ladykillers  by  Gordon Linehan

Colchester Theatre Group


Colchester theatre Group is excited to present the madcap Marx brothers style comedy The Ladykillers by Gordon Linehan

A group of robbers masquerading as a string quartet rent a room from an unsuspecting old lady



Tickets: £13, £10 (conc)
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December Monday 10th at 7.30pm

The Bagman's Uncle and The Bagman's Uncle's Friend  by  Charles Dickens (Adapted by Robert MacCall)

Robert MacCall


Robert MacCall performs his adaptation of two hilarious and exuberant tales from 'The Pickwick Papers'. Set in the ebullient pre-Victorian era, these are the rambunctious adventures of the Bagman's Uncle and his friend. Both are travelling salesmen, with all the freedom and adventure of the open road before them.

Suitable for ages 10 and over.



Tickets: £13, £10 (conc), £7 (accompanied children)
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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: £10, £8 (conc)
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