Current Programme

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March Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th at 7.45


       by  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


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


       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


       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 Saturday 18th at 10am - 4pm

Comedy Writing Workshop with Jan Etherington

The Workshop: Jan an Award winning comedy writer, broadcaster and journalist is a regular workshop presenter for INK, a Suffolk based theatre company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage, and radio, from writers with an East Anglian connection. Her most recent radio play 'Conversations from a Long Marriage' was aired on New Year's Day 2018 with Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam and has been subsequently commissioned as a BBC television series. You will see from her biography below, that this is just one of her many successful radio and TV writing successes. For the Headgate workshop, Jan will tackle the eternal triangle of character, dialogue and plot and explain how to avoid stereotypes. There will be a chance to flex your comedy muscles with scenarios, exercises and collaborations. There will be some listening, lots of talking and hopefully lots of fun!.

Interested? Then contact our Box Office on 01206 366000 or email or book on line.

Don't forget: Book all day parking at St John's or St Mary's car park for £1.50 at the same time as you book your workshop place, and think about booking tickets to see the winners of this year's INK festival playwright competition, which will be performed at The Headgate on 19th and 20th April!

Jan Etherington - a brief biography
With her husband, Gavin Petrie, Jan has written many successful and long running sit coms including:

SECOND THOUGHTS (BBC Radio 4 & LWT) with James Bolam, Lynda Bellingham, Julia Sawalha. The series won the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals, two years running.

NEXT OF KIN with Penelope Keith and William Gaunt ran to three successful series and is still extremely popular world-wide.

THE CHANGE, starring Lynda Bellingham, Chris Ellison and Sylvia Syms - which ran for 3 series .

DUCK PATROL (LWT) starring Richard Wilson

FAITH IN THE FUTURE (LWT) Won a British Comedy Award in 1997 for Best ITV Comedy

THE OTHER MAN - a 6 part romantic comedy (BBC Radio 4)

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT - a stage play 1st performed at the Mill at Sonning

PARADISE CAFÉ - a 13 part, teen comedy drama (BBC)

Jan contributes to a number of BBC Radio 4 sketch shows including sketches for Pam Ayres on the Radio 4 series 'Ayres on the Air' . She has also 'appeared' on Woman's Hour and Newsnight. Jan has also had numerous plays performed at the INK festival and most weeks writes for the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Suffolk magazine .

Price: £30

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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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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