Current Programme - Drama

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


       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


       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)

June Friday 7th - Saturday 8th 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