Current Programme


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August Monday 13th - Friday 17th from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop

Headgate Workshops in conjunction with Polka Dot Pantomimes


Learn team building! HAVE FUN! Improve your performance skills! HAVE FUN! Learn about being on a stage! HAVE FUN! If you want to know more, then please contact the Box Office on 01206 36600

Full workshop cost £100. Technical skills charge to be advised


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August Friday 31st at 7.30pm

A Woman of No Importance  by  Oscar Wilde

DOT Productions


Comic melodrama and social scandal bubble away in this classic Oscar Wilde satire. Lady Hunstanton's house party is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However, once Gerald's mother makes an appearance, his future is suddenly uncertain. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years?

Tickets: £12
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September Saturday 1st at 7.30pm

Comedy Tonight a concert  by  Rob Gathercole and Friends


A concert celebrating that great theatrical genre: musical comedy! Expect lots of laughs and catchy tunes in this one-off concert fundraising for Rob Gathercole's new musical comedy, 'Say My Name!' - The Unauthorised 'Breaking Bad' Parody Musical, which is premiering in London later this year. Rob will be joined by lots of familiar faces from theatre groups such as Mad Hatter Productions and CO2, who will sing songs from both classic & modern musical comedies, as well as some numbers from 'The Downfall of the School' and 'Say My Name!'.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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September Thursday 6th 7.30

A Brief history of Jazz

Paul Higgs


Paul presents a delightful tour of the history of Jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats. Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie amongst others.

Tickets: £15 and £14 (conc)
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September Saturday 8th at 8pm

A Fistful of Magic!

Martin Cox


Award-winning magician, Martin Cox, Member of The Inner Magic Circle (MIMC) with Gold Star, brings his unique comedy style to this theatre for an intimate show of fun and laughter. Martin's expert handling of both close up and cabaret magic has thrilled audiences in the UK, USA and Europe.

Suitable for age 8 and above.

£12 (full), £10 (con)
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September Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd at 7.30

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Brightlingsea Musical Theatre Group


SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, the fashion and the freedom of the 1960s! This smashing revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing! Join this non-stop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of stars like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu.

SHOUT! contains some adult themes
Suitable for age 12 and above

Tickets: £13
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September Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th at 7.45pm, matinée 2.30pm Saturday 29th September

An Ideal Husband  by  Oscar Wilde


Sir Robert Chiltern is seen by all as the ideal public figure: an incorruptible and honest politician. But this has not always been the case, and his past is about to catch up with him. Wilde's political comedy touches on themes of honour, forgiveness, trust and human relationships. Fun is poked at the ruling classes whilst posing some thought provoking moral questions which feel as relevant today as they were when written. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do."

£10 (full), £8 (con)
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October Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th at 7.30pm Matinée 3pm Saturday 6th

Boeing Boeing  by  Marc Camoletti

The Reject Theatre Company


It's the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Colchester - fasten your seat belts!

Tickets: £14, £12.50 (conc)
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October Sunday 7th at 7pm

Stealing Time -When only mellow will do

Stealing Time


A duo singing and playing laid back tunes - harmonically rich and a delightful sound. Stealing time are playing to raise funds for Colchester Gateway Charity who provide essential services for people with learning disabilities in the local area.

Tickets: £10 £8 (if you have learning difficulties)
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October Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th at 7.30, Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 13th

The Mariner  by  Pat Whymark

Common Ground Theatre Company


Common Ground return with this enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation of Coleridge's 'The Rime of The Ancient Mariner', with its themes of ecological disaster, man's destructive compulsions, and the death and rebirth of imagination and faith.

Tickets: £12, £8 (concessions - under 21, income support)
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October Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 20th

Be My Baby  by  Amanda Whittington

Headgate Theatre Productions


Set in 1964, Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams,19,a respectable girl from a nice middle class background, in love with her medical student boyfriend - and seven months pregnant. A stay at St. Saviour's mother and baby home is arranged, so her predicament can be kept secret and the baby quietly adopted. In the oppressive atmosphere of the home and its strict regime of work, isolation and punishment, Mary bonds with her fellow 'inmates'. Her Dansette record player is always at hand as the girls escape into a fantasy of romance with their favourite songs . Based on fact, Be My Baby is brimming with humour, heartache and the music of the Sixties.

Some language in Be My Baby may offend.
Suitable for age 11 and above.

Tickets: £13 and £11
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October Sunday 21st

Concert in aid of MIND?

Jonathan Davies


Details to confirm


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October Monday 22nd - Tuesday 23rd at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie reconnects 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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October Tuesday 23rd - Friday 26th from 9.30am to 16.30pm

The Big Top - Performance Workshop

Headgate Youth Workshop in conjunction with Polka Dot Pantomimes


Our autumn workshop for 8 - 16 year olds will be circus based! Looking at the fantastic story of P T Barnum, immortalised in the popular film The Greatest Showman, participants will learn performance and theatre skills (and maybe even some circus skills!) in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Booking is by completion of an application form which can be downloaded from our website or obtained from the theatre.

Participants must be between 8 and 16 years old at the time of the workshop.

Payment for the workshop cannot be made online and must be done via the Box Office. For more information please ring 01206 530257

Fees: £100 per child, payable in advance. £90 if paid for by 30th September 2018




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October Saturday 27th at 7.30pm

A Musical Affair

Trevor Johnson-Thurston


In his brand-new show, Trevor celebrates the world of Musical Theatre including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Silver Screen, The Greatest Showman, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Beauty and the Beast. Trevor is happy to present an evening to relax and enjoy listening to some of your favourite songs.

Tickets: £8
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October Sunday 28th at 2pm

"The Clocks Go Back..." - cabaret for an autumn day

Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band


A one-off jigsaw of songs, verse and humorous yarns performed in a really delightful little Colchester theatre. The show features the legendary Martin Newell with the extraordinary musical talents of the Hosepipe Band. What else are you doing on a Sunday afternoon at half-term?

Suitable for age 12 and above



Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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October Wednesday 31st - Thursday 1st at 7.45pm

Buckets  by  Adam Barnard

Colchester Institute Students CP3


How to fill what's left of your day. How to fill the rest of your days. Sick buckets, bucket rattling, bucket lists, buckets of love.

Wry, emotive, funny and heartfelt, buckets is a play with a unique perspective on a universal dilemma: how do you deal with the fact that time always runs out?

Across thirty-three interconnected scenes - some just a few lines, others mini-plays in their own right - buckets swings through a kaleidoscopic world of sadness and happiness, illness and health, youth and experience, kissing and crying, singing and dying.

Tickets: £10, £8.50 (conc.) 20% off for Students.
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November Friday 2nd at 7.30pm

A Celebration

Colne Endeavour Band


The Colne Endeavor Band a joyous celebration of music from stage and screen as well as some arrangements of hit old and new

Tickets: £8 and £6 (conc)
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November Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th at 7.45pm

Lest We Forget

Headgate Theatre Productions


2018 marks the final year of centenary commemorations, remembering the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War. To mark the end of that war, 'Lest We Forget' uses words and song to pay tribute to those who' gave their tomorrow for our today'.

Tickets: £10
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November Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Satuday 17th

Marjorie Prime

Headgate Theatre Productions


Is this where Artificial intelligence (AI) is going? Is this the future?

This thought provoking play gives us a glimpse into a possible development of AI.



Tickets: £13 £11 (conc)
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November Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th at 7.45 Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 24th

The Ladykillers  by  Gordon Linehan

Colchester Theatre Group


Colchester Theatre Group is excited to present this madcap Marx brothers style comedy written by one of the creators and writers of Father Ted. A group of robbers masquerading as a string quartet rent a room from an unsuspecting old lady and manipulate her in to the heist. She becomes a loose end that needs to be tied up and the group must decide who will do the deed!

Tickets: £13, £10 (conc)
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December Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th at 7pm Matinée 2pm Satuday 8th and Sunday 9th

Aladdin  by  Ben Crocker

Headgate Theatre Productions


HTP present a fast-moving, up-to-date telling of this traditional story. Aladdin is an eastern folk tale which first came to Europe over 200 years ago as one of the "1001 Arabian Nights" and is just as popular now as it was then. Our show will transport you from the empty deserts of Arabia to the bustling streets and slums of Old Peking, as we tell a moving story of true love, terrible greed and a deadly struggle for absolute power... and a panda... and a laundry ...and....

The show will contain loud noises, flashes and smoke.



Tickets: £12, £9 (conc under 16's)
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December Monday 10th at 7.30pm

The Bagman's Uncle and The Bagman's Uncle's Friend  by  Charles Dickens (Adapted by Robert MacCall)

Robert MacCall


Robert MacCall performs his adaptation of two hilarious and exuberant tales from 'The Pickwick Papers'. Set in the ebullient pre-Victorian era, these are the rambunctious adventures of the Bagman's Uncle and his friend. Both are travelling salesmen, with all the freedom and adventure of the open road before them.

Suitable for ages 10 and over.



Tickets: £13, £10 (conc), £7 (accompanied children)
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December Friday 14th - Saturday 15th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 15th

Happy Holidays

Mad Hatter Productions


A concert chocked full of reinvented seasonal favourites. Featuring classics such as Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas, Fairytale in new York and Merry Christmas Everyone. The perfect treat to get you into the holiday mood.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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December Sunday 16th 5pm

Fourtissimo: 30 years on

Fourtissimo


The Fourtissimo guitar quartet plays an early evening concert of music written or specially arranged for four guitars. Ian Ridgley, Rod Protheroe, Martin Smith and Christine Garrington last performed together 25 years ago and are reuniting for a special concert to raise money for the blood cancer research charity, Bloodwise.

Tickets: £8
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December Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd at 7.30pm Matinée 4pm Saturday 22nd

The Scarlet Pipistrelle  by  Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company


They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven, or is he in Hell, Or a small theatre in Essex - who can tell? The year is 1793. Paris is gripped by the Jacobins. The Compte de Crème-Brûlée is to be guillotined on the morrow. His only hope is a daring swoop by that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, who has already undertaken several rescues of aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed!

Tickets: £14, £7 (under 21, income support)
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