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Crèche For Auditionees

Mercury Theatre provides crèche for auditionees with caring responsibilities at open call-out.  The Mercury’s Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd and Producer Tracey Childs met with theatre-makers from a range of disciplines at recent open auditions, providing crèche facilities supported by Parents in Performing Arts.  On Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June, …

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Mercury Playwriting Prize

The Mercury Playwriting Prize, in this inaugural year, received over 160 entries from emerging local writers. 2017’s winner is actor Oliver Bennett whose play, Europe After The Rain, is a darkly surreal and highly theatrical exploration of the world we live in now. It offers up a dark mirror to the …

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Peter Pan Cast Announced

Cast announced for the Mercury’s magical, musical summer extravaganza Peter Pan! Family show favourites Pete Ashmore and Sam Pay return, joined by a band of brilliant actor-musicians.  The Mercury Theatre Colchester announce the casting line-up for their fantastic family treat for this summer, J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. When Peter …

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Farm Boy

Artistic Director’s own adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Farm Boy tours to schools around East Anglia, supported by funding from The Royal British Legion.  The touching sequel to War Horse visits the Mercury later this month, following a tour of 32 schools – it will be seen by over 3000 children …

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Mercury Autumn/Winter Season

The Mercury’s Autumn / Winter season is filled to the brim with innovative, exciting and challenging work. Our first Made in Colchester of the season is our co-production of Conor McPherson’s chilling, modern classic The Weir (winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play) prior to a UK …

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Jazz Musings

THIS year’s Ipswich Jazz Festival is being held towards the end of this month and tickets are now on sale. It starts on Friday, June 23 with a South African, Township style jazz concert by trumpeter Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band at The Manor Ballroom. That concert is …

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The Crucible

The Crucible Mercury Theatre Arthur Miller’s tale, set at the time of the Salem witch trials, is a poignant commentary on the McCarthy led purge on communism in the United States of the 1950s.    Such was McCarthy’s zeal that his efforts led to the term ‘McCarthyism’ finding its way into …

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Sponsor a Brick

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is offering supporters the chance to sponsor a brick and become part of the Theatre’s history, with proceeds going towards their vital redevelopment project. Mercury Rising was launched in 2016 to raise funds for the £8.7million project to redevelop the Mercury Theatre for the year 2020. …

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Wannabe!

WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show is the first major tour of a Spice Girls themed theatre show and it shall be touring theatres across the UK during Autumn 2017.  The 90’s have been coming back with a bang over the past few years. TAKE THAT have a new album, new …

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Anna & Elizabeth

Anna & Elizabeth The Arts Centre, Colchester 11th May 2017  An overcast Thursday evening in Colchester, a pint sized crowd at The Arts Centre, all hear to listen to Appalachian ballads and other old time songs of America performed, unsurprisingly, by two women called Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. But …

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Things I Know To Be True

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell’s new play will tour to Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, as well as to …

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Spamalot

Spamalot Mercury Theatre, Colchester I grew up with Monty Python.  In their day they were fresh, anarchic and downright weird. And yet, despite having once worked in an office where we competed to find obscure Life of Brian quotes, I had not seen Spamalot until last night. The show is …

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Mercury Theatre’s Playwriting Prize

The Mercury Theatre’s Playwriting Prize brings the East’s wealth of writing talent to the fore, as it receives over 160 entries from local emerging writers.  In January, the Mercury Theatre announced its latest major initiative in support of new plays and new playwrights – The Mercury Playwriting Prize 2017, in association …

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MGCfutures & The Mercury

Artistic Director of MGC, Michael Grandage today announces that the second round of MGCfutures Bursary Programme is now open for applications. MGCfutures is a charity, formed in 2012 by Michael Grandage, the Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning Director. The bursaries programme was launched last year for arts practitioners who show a …

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Summer at The Mercury

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester has just launched its 2017 Summer season. The Mercury’s Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd (Dick Whittington, The Butterfly Lion) joins forces with Matthew Cullum (The Wind in the Willows, James and the Giant Peach) to direct J. M Barrie’s much-loved masterpiece Peter Pan this summer. Peter …

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Spamalot Cast Announced

Mercury favourites Simon Shorten and Dale Superville are joined by a host of new faces in the first musical of the season, prior to a UK Tour. The Mercury Theatre Colchester today announced the casting line-up for their first musical of the season, Eric Idle’s hysterical Monty Python masterpiece, Spamalot. …

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Bang Bang

Bang Bang is a Made in Colchester production – their first of 2017 in fact, and is currently playing at the Mercury Theatre.  This is a new adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s Monsieur Chasse! – which has been adapted by acting icon John Cleese and directed by veteran of theatre, television and radio, Nicky Henson. This …

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Mercury Young Company

Mercury Young Company work in partnership with Tamasha, The Belgrade Theatre and Pilot Theatre to bring new writing to the stage. Two of Satinder Chohan’s plays, Made in India and Half of Me, come to the Mercury Theatre for a weekend of new writing inspired by issues of diversity and …

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Mercury Rising

On Monday 6th February the Mayor, Cllr. Julie Young, joined the Mercury Theatre’s Executive Director, Steve, to draw the first ever Mercury Rising Raffle. With prizes donated from local businesses including Fenwick, Greyfriars Hotel, Marks & Spencer, Beth Chatto Gardens, the Barn Brasserie and many more, the raffle raised a fantastic …

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Apply to DanceEast CAT

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is one of ten national centres that identify children and young people, aged between 10 and 18 years, with exceptional potential in dance. The nationwide scheme aims to develop, create and inspire the next generation of dance artists, choreographers and dance leaders. By cultivating …

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