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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, Matinée 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 11.30am and 1pm

Little Star

A Star lit show for babies

Meet Little Star as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds. Combining puppetry, music and captivating visuals, an intimate, relaxed setting makes this the perfect first theatre experiences for babies aged 6-18months.

This event will be held in the theatre's Rehearsal Room



Tickets: £11 Adult and baby £8 additional adult
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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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January Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th , Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

'Our Little Secret'

       by  Rollin Jewett and 'Numbers' by Kieron Barry

Colchester Theatre Group

Two short plays. In 'Our Little Secret' Darlene is at home in Miami when she is surprised by an armed fugitive breaking into her apartment. 'Numbers' is a brutal and hilarious one-act comedy, set in an all-girls' boarding school in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced.



Tickets: £13 , £10 (OAPs, FTS)
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January Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Darker Shores

       by  Michael Punter

Headgate Theatre Productions

Professor Gabriel Stokes is haunted by his experiences at The Sea House and enlists the help of the American psychic Dr Tom Beauregard. The two men embark on a terrifying journey to discover the dark truth that dwells in that old house by the sea. A tale of terror that is perfect for a winter's night!



Tickets: £13, £11 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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January Thursday 30th at 7.30pm

Swing Time

Five Star Swing

Swing-along with songs from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Five Star swing have featured on BBC TV's Children in Need, Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Ball, London's Leicester Square Theatre and Blackpool's Tower Ballroom. The band includes Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra and Chris Smith Jr., composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band and the Herb Miller Big Band. "Swing and Song of the highest order" - Telegraph.



Tickets: £16, £14 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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January Friday 31st - Saturday 1st ,Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

She Said, He Said, They Said

UCC Musical Theatre

An evening of musical theatre presented by the University Centre Colchester second year degree students. Featuring songs from well-established and contemporary musicals.



Tickets: £10, £5 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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February Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th at 7.30 Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

       by  Christopher Hampton

Paper Lantern

Paper Lantern are proud to present 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses', Christopher Hampton's classic play based on the scandalous eighteenth-century French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Set in precarious times shortly before the French Revolution, the play deliciously documents the cruel games and manipulation of a bored aristocracy. The central characters, The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are two narcissistic rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a vengeful weapon to control and exploit others. While these ruthless aristocrats toy with other people's hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

Contains material of an adult nature.



Tickets: £15, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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February Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Dare To Be Different

Colchester Operatic Society

Don't conform... Perform! Our society wants everyone to be "normal" - but, as individuals, we are different. We "want to break free", be accepted for our individuality and "make our own kind of music". An evening's entertainment featuring a diverse range of songs from musical theatre and pop.



Tickets: £12.50, £10 (under 12's, Over 65's and people with disabilities)
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February Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm

Sondheim & Me

Joanna Eden & George Double Trio

Sondheim & Me, is a must for those with a passion for jazz and musical theatre, as singer/pianist Joanna Eden honours the 'Godfather of Modern Musical Theatre'. In a journey from 'West Side Story' to 'Into the Woods', Joanna explores the jazzy side of Stephen Sondheim without losing the theatrical truth. Enjoy her fresh take on classics like Send in the Clowns, Being Alive, Giants in the Sky, The Miller's Son and more.



Tickets: £15
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February Friday 21st - Saturday 22nd at 7pm also 1pm and 4pm Saturday

A Night at the Musicals

Theatretrain

Theatretrain Colchester invite you to join them for a Night at the Musicals. Our talented students aged between six and eighteen will dance, act and sing their way through musical theatre numbers from The Lion King, Billy Elliot and Dear Evan Hansen.



Tickets: £10, £8 (60+, FTS, under 16's)
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February Monday 24th - Saturday 29th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.00pm

Romeo and Juliet

       by  William Shakespeare

Protocol Theatre

Following their very well received productions of 'Radiant Vermin' and 'Macbeth' - Protocol are back at the Headgate and proud to present their latest production from the bard! Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flare. Perfect for Shakespeare lovers and those studying the text for GCSE alike!



Tickets: £12, £10 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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February Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th at 7pm, Saturday Matinée 3pm

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

       by  Sam Steiner

Project Liber

"Octopus Buffalo. Shanghai. Yellow. Aliens. Pasties. Terrorism. Creep. Wasted. California. Rhinoceros. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons." Bernadette and Oliver meet and fall in love at a funeral for a cat. Their growing relationship is tried and tested as any relationship is: choosing what to have for dinner, playing 'Articulate', faithfulness, disagreements on current affairs... but when the 'Hush Law' is introduced by the government, having just 140 words a day in which to do it presents a new challenge for them.

Includes sexual content and swearing



Tickets: £10, £8 (OAP, FTS)
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March Saturday 7th at 9:30am - 3pm (Part 1)

Get Creative! A Photography Workshop for Beginners

Sally Parkinson Photography

Part one of a two part, hands-on workshop with lots of practice. Learn how to take beautiful creative photographs in a small group workshop. You need to have a camera that allows you creative control. It can be a small compact, a bridge camera or an SLR. Guaranteed no techie talk!! Max 6 people.

Fees: £95 per day or £165 for Parts 1 & 2 when purchased together. Includes refreshments and light lunch.

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March Sunday 8th at 7.30pm

Live with The Femmes

The Femmes

Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940's with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist! With more fizz than a glass of champagne these girls will get your toes a tapping and leave you jumping and jiving!



Tickets: £12
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March Monday 9th at 7.30pm

Performance Platform featuring Harmonics vocal ensemble

UCC Musical Theatre

Students from the University Centre Colchester degree course present a varied programme of musical theatre numbers. They will be supported by the college vocal ensemble, Harmonics.



Tickets: £5
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March Friday 13th at 7.30 Saturday 14th at 1pm and 5pm

Olivia!

       by  Malcolm Sircom

KATS Youth Theatre

A female Oliver! On her journey to Victorian London, Olivia meets many well-known characters including Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Eliza Doolittle and Sherlock Holmes. Full of wit and humour this lively musical will have you tapping your toes.



Tickets: £10, £8 Child (under 16's)
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March Saturday 14th at 9:30am - 3pm (Part 2)

Get Creative! A Photography Workshop for Beginners

Sally Parkinson Photography

Part two of a two part, hands-on workshop with lots of practice. Learn how to take beautiful creative photographs in a small group workshop. You need to have a camera that allows you creative control. It can be a small compact, a bridge camera or an SLR. Guaranteed no techie talk!! Max 6 people.

Fees: £95 per day or £165 for Parts 1 & 2 when purchased together. Includes refreshments and light lunch.

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March Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm, (Saturday Matinée 2.30pm)

Abigail's Party

       by  Mike Leigh

The Rejects Theatre Company

Suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their neighbours, Angela,Tony and Susan. Susan's teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing a party and Susan is not invited. Over the canapés, fatuous small talk abounds. As tensions escalate, the strains in Beverly and Laurence's marriage surface and Susan's anxieties intensify. Eventually, the suburban smugness is shattered...



Tickets: £15.00, £14.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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March Monday 30th at 5pm - 9pm

Theatre Photography Workshop

Sally Parkinson Photography

Theatre Photography can be tricky with varying lighting conditions. This workshop will teach you some techniques to enable you to capture the action on stage with an opportunity to practice at a live rehearsal. Maximum 4 participants. You need to have knowledge of using manual mode, this will be refreshed prior to going into the theatre. Please contact Sally to check camera suitability.

Tickets: £29 per person (MAXIMUM 4 PLACES)

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April Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7.45pm, Saturday matinée 2.30pm

The Diary of Anne Frank

       by  (Dramatised) Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Headgate Theatre Productions

Anne Frank was 13 years old when she went into hiding in a secret apartment in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942. She was a young girl, jubilant, hopeful and honest - and with most of the traits expected in a teenager! Anne is young but not naive. When she says "We can't go outside. We can't even look out a window," we can feel her sadness and frustration as she comes to terms with her reality. The tensions of confinement and the tedious business of staying alive unfold in agonising detail as emotions unravel and human relationships are tested in the most extraordinary and dire circumstances.



Tickets: £14.00 (full) £12.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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April Tuesday 7th at 7.30pm

Strictly Sherlock

       by  Jonathan Goodwin (based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Don't Go Into The Cellar!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a one-man show. Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those three startling cases, 'The Sussex Vampire', 'The Creeping Man' and 'The Devil's Foot!'. Don't Go Into The Cellar! were formed in 2010, and have toured the United Kingdom ever since with their unique brand of original and authentic stage thrillers, chillers and comedies. Victorian Theatre with Bite! Suitable for age 11 and above.



Tickets: £10, £8 concessions (OAPs, students, unemployed)
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April Saturday 11th at 8pm

Voices In Her Head

Trish Dunn

American comic/ventriloquist Trish Dunn and her VentCrew take the absurdity out of everyday life, turn it on its head and generate "side splitting" and "oops I peed my pants" laughter. Each member of the VentCrew, aka dummies, will amaze you with their diverse personalities and voices! Trish's show is suitable for age 16+ as it contains adult comedy.



Tickets: £10
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April Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th from 9.30am - 4.30pm

'Wind in the Willows'

       by  Griff Scott

Headgate Workshops

A four day workshop for young people aged 8 to 16.

Poop Poop! Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger, Mole and their friends in this madcap riverbank adventure this Easter holiday. Our carefully crafted script gives each participant the chance to shine and have fun, and days are filled with music and dance. Our tutors work to help everybody to develop confidence and teamwork and to use their own particular talents - and our presentations at the end of the week give the youngsters chance to work in a theatre environment. Application forms can be obtained from our Box Office or downloaded from our website. Payment must be made via the Box Office.



Tickets: £100 if booked by 28th February. Bookings after this date £110.
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April Wednesday 15th at 7.30pm

Piano Divas/The Music's On Me

Wendy Kirkland Quartet

With a voice that has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall, pianist/singer Wendy Kirkland's influences range from Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, to Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and Chick Corea. Wendy will perform material from her critically acclaimed albums 'Piano Divas' and 'The Music's On Me', including original compositions and several instrumentals to which she has added her own lyrics.



Tickets: £15
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April Saturday 18th at 7.30

Eastern Swing

Fourteen of East Anglia's finest and most versatile musicians just love getting together to play big band music. Their enjoyment is infectious and you will be swept away by classics from Glenn Miller and jazz standards down the years to some unexpected and modern tunes that arranger John Chillingworth has given a swing twist. Maybe a few originals thrown in too.

All this in the intimate setting of the Headgate where you are close enough to feel part of the fun. No opera glasses required!

For an evening of the best big band and swing music around, get your tickets from...




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April Wednesday 29th - Saturday 2nd May at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Jumpy

       by  April de Angelis

Colchester Theatre Group

Hilary is 50 years old and once protested at Greenham Common. She is now a married, middle class mum with a shop-owner husband and a stroppy 15-year-old daughter who dresses like a prostitute and treats her mum with cruel contempt. A classic mid-life crisis play, Jumpy is funny, deliciously rude and at times piercingly moving. Warning: the show includes a gunshot.



Tickets: £13, £10 (OAPs, FTS)
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