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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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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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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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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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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 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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Bang Bang

One of Britain’s most revered comedy icons, John Cleese, will collaborate with the Mercury Theatre Colchester to bring his brand new adaption of Georges Feydeau’s hysterical farce, Bang Bang, to the stage this Spring. Leontine (Caroline Langrishe), a respectable lady of high society is in danger of being hoodwinked by …

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Dick Whittington

Mercury Theatre, Colchester 3rd December 2016 Among all the seasonal shows, the character of Dick Whittington is based on a real person – albeit very loosely based.  But yes, Richard was Mayor of London and did marry Alice Fitzwarren.  History doesn’t record anything regarding cats, camels or rats! Ratty King …

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Mercury Announcement

The Mercury Theatre has announced its packed 2017 Spring/Summer season which sees the theatre collaborate with one of Britain’s most revered comedy icons. John Cleese collaborates with the Mercury Theatre in brand new adaption of Feydeau’s hysterical farce Bang Bang. Dale Superville is to star in award-winning musical Spamalot and …

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Then & Now

Then & Now includes fourteen pieces, which merge the past and present, by mixing the old and new Colchester together. Each piece in this exhibition has been digitally produced using a fusion of an old photograph of a well known location in Colchester, taken decades ago, and a second photograph taken by the artist, at the same spot and …

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A Demon Barber…

Sweeney Todd Mercury Theatre, Colchester This has to be one of my favourite stage musicals; a real winner by Stephen Sondheim.  ‘The demon barber of Fleet Street’ tells the tale of Sweeney Todd who is persuaded to go back to his love of being a barber, based over Mrs Lovett’s …

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Sweeney Todd

Mercury Theatre Colchester 27th Oct 2016 Few can be unaware of the legendary figure of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Such was the popularity of the murderous goings on of this fictitious character from the pages of the Victorian penny dreadfuls, that some believe his story has …

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Students Visit Mercury

Colchester Institute Technical Theatre degree students visited the Mercury Theatre Colchester this week as the partnership to improve student access to the theatre’s facilities commenced. In March, the Mercury Theatre and Colchester Institute announced that from September 2016, students on the College’s Technical Theatre degree programmes will have access to …

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