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February Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st at 8pm

Bring Back Chainmail & Boom Busters

Colchester Theatre Group


An evening of two brand new pieces of theatre. Bring Back Chainmail. A piece of devised theatre featuring live combat, music, home-made costumes, and gingerbread knights. Chivalry isn't dead.. as far as self appointed Squire Tom is concerned. Medieval Knights can still exist, and why shouldn't they? After all, he's obsessed with becoming one. Join his quest, as he attempts to restore the principles of knighthood to a world that needs to change. Huzzah!

Boomer Busters is a new one act play presented by Colchester Theatre Group in association with Headgate Theatre Productions. These performances are in preparation for an event at The Cut, Halesworth, on 24th February 2019, were this production will be performed alongside other groups. This special weekend will be a joint celebration of local amateur talent and INK. The group deemed to have produced the best play, will be scheduled to perform it at The INK Festival 2019 - alongside the plays performed by professional actors - and have the support of one of INK's professional directors.

Tickets: £7.00
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February Monday 25th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie tries to reconnect members of the audience with their friends and loved ones in the spirit world, and passes on messages and information generally only significant to the recipients. Sceptical? Come and see for yourself!

Tickets: £15
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February Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm

Miss Rosie Sings the Divas

Headgate Jazz Steve Wright


Inspired by the great vocalists from the Golden Age of Jazz, Miss Rosie & The Moonshyne Runners are on a mission to resurrect the spirit of swing. Their repertoire draws from the Great American Songbook as they celebrate the music of that period, made famous by legendary artists such as Billie Holiday, Chris Connor and Anita O'Day.

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Tickets: £14, £12 (conc)
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March Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Big Fish, Book  by  John August Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Mad Hatter


Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids.His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's incredible tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fanciful account of his life. When Edward's health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father's "true" life story.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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March Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Pajama Game, Book  by  George Abbott and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler

Platform Musicals


A union strike at the 'Sleep-Tite' Pajama Factory generates plenty of 'Steam Heat' in this toe-tapping comedic love story! 'The Pajama Game' is a classic award-winning 1950's musical comedy that was made into a popular film starring Doris Day. The score includes 'Hernando's Hideaway', 'Hey There' and 'Once a Year Day', you won't want to miss this musical treat!

Tickets: £15
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March Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th at 7.45

Rockstar Olly Medlicott

OD Productions


Rockstar is an original musical telling the story of a band's meteoric rise from obscurity to international success. As the pressures of fame begin to take their toll on band members, creative differences and romantic tensions threaten to tear the group apart, forcing each member to consider how much they are prepared to sacrifice to be successful. Content warning - Bad language, references to drugs and sex.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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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)
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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)
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April Monday 15th - Thursday 18th from 9.30am. - 4.30pm

"Champions" Holiday Workshop

Headgate Workshops


Join us for 4 days of fun! Learn singing and drama skills in a safe, supportive environment. The workshop will cater for 8-16 year olds, and there is a free presentation for friends and families on the final day. For more detailed information, ring 01206 530257. Application forms available via the box office only.

Cost: £100, £90 (if paid before 1st March)
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April Friday 19th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm

INK on the Road

INK


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)
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April Wednesday 24th at 7.30pm

Catherine Lima Quartet: The Allure of Miss Lee

Headgate Jazz Steve Wright


The Catherine Lima Quartet explore Peggy Lee's rise from humble beginnings in North Dakota, to her first break as a big band singer with Benny Goodman, and her successful solo career as a singer/songwriter and one-time Hollywood actress. Expect hits such as 'Fever', 'I'm A Woman', 'He's A Tramp' and some of the jazz icon's lesser-known back catalogue.

Tickets: £14, £12 (conc)
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April Saturday 27th at 7.30pm

Another Evening of Song

Quattro Amici


This exciting vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of songs to suit all tastes - from Classical, through Opera and Operetta, to modern Musical Theatre and Contemporary!

Tickets: £15
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May Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7.45pm

Shakers  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)
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May Monday 6th - Saturday 11th at 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday Matinées 2pm

Macbeth  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)
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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)
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May Wednesday 22nd at 730pm

The Bakewell Bake Off

UCC Musical Theatre


An eclectic mix of contestants compete to have the 'ultimate' and 'exclusive' recipe for the 'Bakewell'. The combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation guaranteed to put a smile on your face in this glorious musical!

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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May Friday 24th - Saturday 25th 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
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