The Mercury Theatre today announces its Spring / Summer season for 2019, a season packed with drama, musicals, talks, dance and more.
Our first Made in Colchester of the season is an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s pioneering novel, Noughts and Crosses.
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. It is forbidden. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.
This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
In March, the Mercury presents a co-production with Paul Taylor-Mills in association with Tamasha Theatre Company: Ain’t Misbehavin’, a vivacious revue celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music.
Join our extraordinary performers on a journey through an amazing period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – an era where musicians were free to experiment with new styles and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.
This show is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and fingers snapping with its sassy, sultry musical celebrations of life and love, and its huge sense of fun; a delightful evening of escapism!
In April and May, the Mercury Studio plays host to a series of Scratch Nights – opportunities for emerging artists to hone their talent with one night particularly dedicated to offering a platform for under-represented artists. Aimed at showcasing fresh new material including short plays, sketch comedy, film, spoken word and more, these nights promise to be engaging and eye-opening. Full details are available on the Mercury’s website.
Over in the Main House, actress Caroline Langrishe (Bang Bang) returns alongside Aden Gillett (House of Elliot) and James Sutton (Emmerdale, Hollyoaks) for Torben Betts’ black comedy, Caroline’s Kitchen prior to a New York transfer, while Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap returns with its shuddering suspense and brilliantly intricate plot.
Throughout the season, there is also a host of live music, talks, community performances and dance, as well as family shows Dinosaur World Live and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. Speakers include Dan Cruickshank, Kate Humble, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ruby Wax and David Starkey alongside comedy from The Scummy Mummies and Mark Steel.
Tracey Childs, Executive Producer, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the Mercury! Having just this month confirmed that our redevelopment project, Mercury Rising, is going ahead, alongside announcing this fabulous new season, there is so much to look forward to. We are really proud to be a theatre for Colchester, and this season promises even more Made in Colchester work to come.
“Throughout 2019, we welcome back some familiar faces as well as a whole host of brand new shows from across the country. Our Made in Colchester productions – Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Noughts and Crosses – promise stunning music and drama, while visiting dramas The Mousetrap and Caroline’s Kitchen are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! Alongside this, our Aspire Club Nights return in the Make It Space at the Abbey Field Centre, offering a safe, accessible and fun environment for those with additional needs. We hope there will be something for everyone, and look forward to welcoming you back for the new year.”
Tickets go on priority sale to Friends of the Theatre at 10am on Wednesday 14 Nov and general sale at 10am on Wednesday 21 Nov.
For more information, including performance times, prices and to purchase tickets, visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or call 01206 573948.