Current Programme - Drama

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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 Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th at 7.45

Beautiful Thing

Colchester Pride Players

Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in south London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie's and their awkward but joyous relationship develops.

Underscored by a Mama Cass soundtrack, this play perfectly captures the wonder of first love.

12+ as several uses of strong language

Tickets: £12 and £10

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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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May Thursday 21st at 7.30 pm

Ink on Tour!

Hot from The INK Festival 2020 is this selection of the very best new short plays, chosen from over 750 submissions, by hugely talented writers. The plays are funny, sexy, touching, topical and even at times uncomfortable but above all they are new, fresh and thought provoking.

Tickets: £13, £11 (under 16, FTS)

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July Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th at 7pm, Saturday Matinée 2pm

Pan's Return

       by  Penny Cuthew-Herrett

Dynamite Drama

This story is told to you by the beautiful Neverland fairies, Tinkerbell, Periwinkle, Blossom and Fruitpip. Using their fairy magic they take you back in time and show you Tinkerbell's story, of what really did happen to Peter Pan!

Did you know Peter Pan really did grow up and had children of his own? Peter and his family have come back to London on a family holiday to stay with Great Granny Wendy.

But will the vengeful Captain Hook let Peter get on with his life or will he finally somehow get his revenge on the flying boy who cut off his hand?

Please join us and see.

Tickets: £14


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