Welcome to the Headgate

This well-equipped “little gem of a theatre” in Colchester Town Centre has been welcoming visiting amateur and professional groups onto our stage since 2002, and a variety of users into our studio rehearsal space. We have packed seasonal programmes offering genuine choice. From classic and modern drama to musical theatre, stand-up comedy nights to school hires, classical music to magicians - we do our best to make the experience of all of our hirers and patrons enjoyable. We also host a youth drama skills group who perform twice a year in the theatre, and an over 55’s group, Act V.

The Headgate has its own in-house production group, Headgate Theatre Productions, who mount 4 or 5 plays each year plus a pantomime following open audition.

The Headgate is a Grade 2 listed building (formerly a Congregational chapel), with a maximum auditorium capacity of 87 people, and a studio capacity of 40. More information about the current spaces and the specification for our equipment can be found on the "Hiring Spaces" page. We are developing an additional rehearsal and meeting space in the adjoining building, which used to be the church hall and Sunday School. You can find out more about our history on the "Our History" pages.

Run almost entirely by a team of dedicated and committed volunteers, we are a registered charity, and are always looking for new volunteers to bring in their skills to help us in whatever way they can. Whether you have an interest in acting, working backstage, publicity and marketing, helping front-of-house or in the box office, there are a variety of roles to suit.  Visit our"Volunteers" page to find out more.


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