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August Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm

The "IN' Crowd: Jazz in the 60's

Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet

Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. He also performs some inspired new jazz re-workings of songs from pop hit-makers of that period - from The Beatles, The Kinks and Burt Bacharach, to Ray Charles and Joni Mitchell.

"Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig" - (More Opinions/JAZZ NIGHTS

"Fantastic, what a great voice!" - Sir Trevor McDonald

"Impresses greatly" - UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)



Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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August Saturday 31st at 8pm

The Comedy of Magic

Martin Cox and Friends

Martin Cox is back. If you saw the sell out Tour last year A fistful of Magic you are going to love this as Martin has two Magic Friends with him this time.

Andy Reay - The Clown Prince of Magic Andy is one of the funniest comedy Magicians in the UK today.

Andy Clockwise - Andy has unique style of Magic and comedy everyone loves him

Martin Cox - Martin is a multi award winning magician and a Member of The Inner Magic Circle. He has been enjoyed all over the UK and USA



Tickets: £12
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September Wednesday 4th - Thursday 5th at 7.30pm

Lucas and Albert (film)

Lucas and Albert ("a double act with gonads") is the story of two ageing hitmen who have been put together on what could be their last job. The film is a black comedy thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you accompany Lucas and Albert on their journey.

Tickets: £10, £7.50 (OAP, FTS, under 16's and jobseekers)
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September Friday 6th - Saturday 7th at 7.30pm

Sense and Sensibility

       by  Jane Austen

DOT Productions

The Dashwood sisters have very different approaches to their love lives. Elinor has much more sense, but Marianne has a great deal of sensibility. With its heroes, heartbreak, debonair villains and a dashing duel, this adaptation will have you falling in love with Jane Austen's classic novel. A cast of five actors and DOT's renowned comedic style make this comedy of manners a production not to be missed.

Tickets: £13
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September Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th at 7.45pm

Spring Awakening - Music

       by  Duncan Sheik, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Mad Hatter Productions

In 19th century Germany, young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence.... discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way.

Tickets: £14, £12 (over 65, FTS, under 16)
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September Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th 9.30am-4.30pm

Directing Two-Day Workshop

Headgate Workshops

Matthew Morgan-Stevens (Director, Actor, Lecturer in Acting) invites those with a passion for directing (from novice through to experienced!) to this practical two-day workshop focusing on a number of techniques for approaching text both inside and outside the rehearsal room. The aim of the workshop will be to introduce participants to a variety of ways of dealing with text (and actors!) and explore how to get the most out of rehearsals. Participants are encouraged to bring material from past/future directing projects, although scenes will also be provided if you're not currently directing!

Matthew trained at East 15 Acting School and, after a few years of touring theatre and festivals, found himself teaching at Colchester Institute on both the Acting and Musical Theatre courses, where he has directed a whole range of productions from full-scale Musicals to devised pieces on-board the Colne Lightship! He is currently studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent experience includes: Assistant Director 'Of Mice and Men' (UK Tour), Director of Tom Allen's 'Life/Style' (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Assistant Director 'Living History' (East 15 Acting School). Workshops with John Wright, Philippe Gaulier, Mel Churcher, Sarah Davey-Hull, John Gillett and Brigid Panet.



Cost: £60 for both days
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September Sunday 15th at 7.30pm

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul's trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in ' Simple Truth', through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of 'Crystalline', to the haunting mystery of 'Catalonia', 'Pavane' takes us on an inspiring musical journey.

Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Andy Watson (Classical Guitar), Natalie Rozario (Cello), Chris Ingham (Piano), Jerome Davies (Double Bass), George Double (Drums).



Tickets: £15, £13(conc)
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September Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th at 7.30pm

A Sidecar Named Despair

Common Ground Theatre Co

Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

Dick's quiet suburban life is shattered when his brother Julian returns suddenly from The States, for "health" reasons. But his shady American "associates" have unfinished business with him, putting both their health at risk. Their dad's old bike and sidecar, which Dick has been "doing up', might come in handy as their getaway vehicle!

A black comedy with original music by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries and starring Julian and Dick Mainwaring - reprising the characters they created for Common Ground's 2013 comedy, Stuff In The Attic ("Pat Whymark's latest play is very funny indeed" East Anglian Daily Times, "Good music and plenty of well-judged comic touches" In Suffolk, "Moments of pure farce alternate with real conflict" What's on Stage). Expect "The Odd Couple" versus the Mob!

Common Ground have been bringing their distinctive brand of music theatre - with strong narrative, strong emotion and just a touch of the surreal - to venues across East Anglia, since 2008.



Tickets: £12, £7 young people and unwaged
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September Friday 20th at 8pm (Doors open 7.15pm)

Kinks UK

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ... They're all there, alongside many other Ray Davies classics in a night not be missed if you like your 60s swinging. Support will come from THE MOD SQUAD, who will be performing a set of mod floor-fillers to get the party started.



Tickets:£12.50
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September Saturday 21st at 7.30pm

The Witching Hour

       by  Jonathan Goodwin, directed by Gary Archer

Don't Go Into The Cellar!

Montague Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror! Brave the horrors lying in wait within "An Episode of Cathedral History"! Witness the spectral malevolent seeking revenge in "A Warning to the Curious"! One-man show and follow-up to our successful touring production of "Old Haunts".

Jonathan Goodwin plays M R James in a show scripted by himself, and directed by Gary Archer.



Tickets: £10
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September Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm

Uncle Vanya

       by  Anton Chekhov

Theatrical Niche

Chekhov's tragicomedy in a bittersweet, multi-disciplinary new adaptation. A weary country household plunges head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives. As the estate sale is announced, the strains of repression bubble, until Uncle Vanya hits boiling point. Physical Theatre & Rural Art intertwine in this witty Russian masterpiece examining desperation, and the need for affection... at all costs.

Suitable for ages 12+



Tickets: £12 (full) £10 (OAP, FTS, groups
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September Saturday 28th at 7.30pm, 2.30pm Matinée

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written 'Big Girls Don't Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December 63, Can't Take My Eye's Off You' and many more!



Tickets: £14, £12(conc)
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October Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th at 7.45pm, Matinée Saturday 2.30pm

The Vicar of Dibley

Headgate Theatre Productions

A stage play by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. With kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions

Director David King has assembled a cast with fantastic comedy pedigree for this Headgate Theatre Production's version of this modern iconic tale.

Based quite faithfully on episodes from the first two series of The Vicar of Dibley we meet all the wonderful characters that made up the parish that Geraldine Grainger descended on.

Headgate favorites Kevin Topple (The Play What I Wrote, Waiting for Godot and many a Headgate panto) and Kim Anderson (Call Me Madam, The Pajama Game and the title role in Carmen) lead a company also containing faces old and newer to the Headgate, but who we can guarantee will raise a smile or two.

The introduction and development of the lovely characters such as Mrs Cropley, Frank Pickle and of course Alice build throughout the show and come to a hysterical conclusion, when our wardrobe department are let loose with creating the bizarre fantasy straight from Miss Tinker's mind!

We expect ticket demand to be high. With our new facilities at the theatre we have been able add an extra date to our run, so you have six performances to choose from.



Tickets: £14
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October Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

       by  Martin Mcdonough

Colchester Theatre Group

Spinster Maureen cares for her mother Mag and dreams of leaving home. News comes of a farewell party for neighbour Pato, Maureen grabs her chance, prompting deep revelations and shocks! Funny, dark and unforgettable, expect the unexpected! Contains strong language and adult themes.

Tickets: £13, £10 (OAP, FTS)
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October Monday 14th - Saturday 19th 7.45pm Sat Matinée 2pm

Radiant Vermin

       by  Philip Ridley

Protocol Theatre

When a young couple is offered an ideal house by a mysterious stranger, it prompts the question: How far would any of us go to get our dream home? 'Radiant Vermin' is a fast-paced, pitch-black comedy.



Tickets: £14, £12 (65 & over, FTS, under 16)
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October Sunday 20th at 3pm

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Matinyas Bacsó

Award-winning pianist and composer Matinyas Bacsó is back at the Headgate Theatre to introduce his newest album of piano compositions 'Fragments (From Everyday Life)'.



Tickets: £5, £3 (under 18)
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October Monday 21st at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

If you're not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide?



Tickets: £15
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October Thursday 24th at 7.30pm

The Affair

       by  Amy Gibbons & Samuel Gaulier

Gibbons & Gaulier

A hilarious and uplifting new play about relationships, with all the ingredients of a great comedy...clown, bouffon, vaudeville and slapstick!



Tickets: £15, £14 (65 and over, FTS, under 16)
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October Saturday 26th Doors open 7.00pm

Memories are made of this

Rich Clifford and The Young Once

'An evening to stir memories and toes as Rich Clifford and The Young Once re-tell the story of the revolutionary early days of the pop explosion. Featuring the songs of Cliff, the sounds of The Shadows, and many others including Haley, Holly, Cochran, Clapton and the best of Liverpool, you're sure to leave this Show with a smile........'



Tickets: £12.50
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October Sunday 27th at 2pm

'The Clocks Go Back...' cabaret for an autumn day

Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band's exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour. Suitable for age 12+

Suitable for age 12+



Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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October Tuesday 29th at 8pm

Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices

Dom Mackie

Dom Mackie is only in his early twenties, but he has already made many stupid decisions. Suitable for aged 18 and over.



Tickets: £5
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October Tuesday 29th - Friday 1st from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Holiday Workshop - Matilda IN 20

An abridged version of Roald Dahls Matilda The Musical. Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

This holiday, tackle an abridged version of Tim Minchin's popular musical, featuring famous songs and dances from the show. For 8 to 16 year olds, this workshop will teach skills and build confidence.



Cost: £100, £90 (if booked on or before 30th Sept)
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October Wednesday 30th at 7.30pm

Chico Chica

Headgate Jazz

An exciting four-piece band takes a myriad of musical ingredients like tango, chanson, rai, rumba, jazz and cabaret - resulting in an unforgettable evening of song and entertainment.



Tickets: £14, £12 (conc)
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November Saturday 2nd at 7.45

Showstoppers

Jesters Theatre Academy's Showchoir

A spectacular performance by Jesters Showchoir, featuring some of the greatest songs from Musical Theatre and Film.



Tickets: £10
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November Saturday 2nd at 8.15pm

Terrifically Terrifying Tales

Packing Shed Theatre

Two new ghost stories performed live especially for the spooking season. 'The King's Head' written and performed by Patrick Marlowe and 'As Shuck Would Have It' written and performed by Neil D'Arcy-Jones.This event is not being shown in the main house Suitable for age 14 and over.



Tickets: £12, £10 (65 & over, FTS, under 16)
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November Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7.45pm

BUG

       by  Tracy Letts

Headgate Theatre Productions

A tense, psychological thriller, wrought with conspiracy theories and revelations. Suitable for age 14 and over.



Tickets: £13, £12 (65 & over, FTS, under 16)
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November Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th

One Man, Two Guvnors

       by  Richard Bean with songs by Grant Olding

The Reject Theatre Company

This adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's classic 18th Century Italian comedy 'The Servant of Two Masters' is set in 1960s Brighton, where out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men.



Tickets: £15, £14 (65 & over, FTS, under 16) at 7.45pm
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November Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd at 7.30pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

A Little Night Music - Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

       by  Hugh Wheeler Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman

Platform Musicals

Platform Musicals perform a witty and romantic story of love, nostalgia, regret and the magic of music on a summer's night. Presented by arrangement with MTI (Europe).



Tickets: £15
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December Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th at 7pm, Matinées Sat 7th 3pm & Sun 8th 2pm

Treasure Island

       by  Ben Crocker

Headgate Theatre Productions

"Shiver yer timbers, rattle yer bones and don yer pirate hat, me hearties!" - this is a panto not to be missed!



Tickets: £12, £10 (under 16 only) Every attender must have a seat.
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December Monday 9th at 7.30pm

A Christmas Carol

       by  Charles Dickens

Robert MacCall

Storyteller Robert MacCall conjures up the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, in his one-man version of the Dickens classic.



Tickets: £14, £12 (65 & over, FTS), £7 (16 and under)
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December Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th at 7.45pm

Tunswick!

       by  Wade Ablitt

Wide Eye Productions

Tunswick Women's Amateur Theatre Society enter a TV talent show to raise funds for their local village hall in this original comedy musical.



Tickets: £12, £10 (65 & over, FTS, under 16)
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December Saturday 14th at 8pm, Matin£e 3pm

A Jolly Holly Christmas at the Headgate!

Caroline Fritz

Enjoy seasonal songs and sparkle at the Headgate Theatre. This event is dedicated to the memory of Ken Smith, in whose name a donation will be made to charity.



Tickets: £12.50
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December Sunday 15th at 7.05pm

Eclipse at Five Past Seven

Eclipse

A relaxing evening of winter-warming music. A mix of seasonal favourites blended together in the unique style of Eclipse.



Tickets: £12
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December Monday 16th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

If you're not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide?



Tickets: £15
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December Wednesday 18th at 7.30pm

Crissy Lee Quintet with Special Guest Alec Pitman

Headgate Jazz

One of the UK's most experienced female drummers and tutors, Crissy appears with her special guest, singer/saxophonist, Alec Pitman.



Tickets: £14, £12 (65 & over, FTS, under 16)
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December Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st at 7.30pm Saturday Matinée 4pm

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

       by  Pat Whymark & Julian Harries featuring characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle

Common Ground Theatre Company

An adventure with Holmes and Watson that transports us from the wharfs and alleys of East London to the icy wastes of the North and the hidden temples of the East (changing at Peterborough), as they pursue 'The Warlock of Whitechapel'.



Tickets: £13, £7 (21 and under)
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