Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
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Mercury Theatre

The most active producing theatre in East Anglia, The Mercury was formed in 1937 and touches more than 130,000 people each year thanks to its programme and community outreach.

It's located in the town centre, only five minutes walk from the bustling shops and bars, and a number of local bus routes stop nearby. The theatre is also within walking distance of both Colchester North and Colchester Town stations. Parking can be found close by at St Mary's and there are discounts for those attending a show at the Mercury.

Events at this venue

There are 26 events at this location

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Babe, The Sheep-Pig

When Farmer Hoggett wins Babe, an orphaned piglet, at the village fair he has no idea of the incredible series of events he has begun. Adopted by Hoggett’s faithful sheepdog, Fly, the little pig soon settles into farmyard life. But as he begins to find his place amongst the animals, a sudden threat to the sheep flock…

Wed 1 Aug

£12–£24 / 01206 573948

Thu 2 Aug

£12–£24 / 01206 573948

Fri 3 Aug

£12–£24 / 01206 573948

…and 15 more dates until 26 Aug

A Brave Face

Vamos Theatre explores Post-Traumatic Stress in the military, based on years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals. Performed in a wordless, full-mask style.

Thu 8 Feb

£12–£24 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Fri 9 Feb

£12–£24 / 01206 573948

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Brighton Rock

Play based on the novel by Graham Greene.

Tue 13 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Wed 14 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Thu 15 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 17 Mar

Changes Two Bowie: David Bowie Tribute

2001 Stars in Their Eyes finalist Tony Perry fronts this tribute to the iconic singer-songwriter.

Sat 31 Mar

£23 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

The Endellion Quartet

The string quartet performs works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Tue 6 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson

The veteran interviewer in conversation with his son Mike, with highlights from his archive.

Sun 28 Jan

£27 (£12) / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Frankie's Guys

Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Here classics such as 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Sherry' and 'Oh What A Night'.

Sat 17 Feb

£25 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Giovanni Pernice: Born To Die

The Strictly Come Dancing professional is joined by several world class dancers performs a range of glitzy ballroom routines accompanied by Luba Mushtuk and world class professional dancers. Directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison.

Fri 22 Jun

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01206 573948

Hairspray

Colchester Operatic Society present a real fun show that will have your feet tapping and your heart singing. This show never stops! In 1960's Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on 'The Corny Collins Show' and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion.

Wed 24 Jan

£15–£21.25 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Thu 25 Jan

£15–£21.25 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Fri 26 Jan

£15–£21.25 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30
…and 7 more dates until 3 Feb

Honk! The Musical

UCC musical theatre students perform their version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, as written by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

Wed 28 Mar

£17 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Thu 29 Mar

£17 / 01206 573948

  • 13:00
  • 19:30

Liza Pulman: Liza Sings Streisand

The acclaimed singer and comedienne - one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aida - celebrates the songs of Barbra Streisand with her six piece band, the Stardust Ensemble. This isn't a covers act - alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza supplies glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of…

Fri 23 Mar

£21 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

The Locrian Ensemble

The group performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Concerto For Two Violins and The Rustic Symphony, Pachelbel's Canon and Handel's Arrival Of The Queen of Sheba.

Wed 14 Feb

£24 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Mon 5 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Memento Mori

Packing Shed Theatre Company's piece looks at what happens when old friends meet up again and how their lives in the present are affected by the past.

Thu 8 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Fri 9 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Sat 10 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 15:00
  • 20:00

Message In A Bottle

Tribute to the ska rock of The Police.

Sat 24 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids

The time-travelling duo present a show full of feats of magic with cards, blindfolds, cups, balls – and clever references to quantum waveforms and theoretic physics.

Sat 10 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Morgan & West: Time-Travelling Magicians

Time travelling magic duo both claim to have been born into Victorian England in 1865. Their magic is of the old-fashioned, music-hall variety with cards, blindfolds, cups, balls - and clever references to quantum waveforms and theoretic physics. Hipsters will love the steampunk aesthetic, but the kids will just be…

Thu 8 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Fri 9 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Rabbit

A production from Protocol Theatre of Nina Raine's drama that deals with the events surrounding a birthday party and the verbal battles that occur at it.

Fri 23 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 18:00

Sat 24 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 13:00
  • 18:00

The Rat Pack: Swingin' At The Sands!

Three West End singers perform the music of the famous trio, Frank, Dean and Sammy.

Sat 10 Feb

£22 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Rhythm Of The Night: An Audience With Ian Waite And Oti Mabuse

The two Strictly Come Dancing stars perform a mixture of ballroom and Latin numbers.

Tue 20 Mar

£28 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I'm 50!

  • 4 stars

Richard Herring's pontificating over what it's like reaching a half century on this earth.

Wed 21 Mar

£18.50 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Ronnie Scott's All Stars

Combining live jazz and rare archive footage, this show charts the Club's rise from underground bar to world-famous jazz hangout.

Thu 22 Mar

£23.50 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Shedding Skin

You've never had a closet to hide in. So why do you hate yourself so much? Jase is 17, out and proud and fabulous. His best friend Gabe is about to leave for University and wants a girlfriend. They head out for yet another teenage house party, the last one before departure. Yet this time Jase wears a costume that…

Thu 22 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Fri 23 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Sat 24 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

We don't know why she swallowed a fly, but this musical stage show with its host of colourful animal characters and fun games will hopefully explain.

Sat 12 May

£12 (£10) / 01206 573948

  • 14:30

The Thing That Came From Over There!

Gonzo Moose present their spoof comedy inspired by horror movies of the 1950s and it includes puppets.

Fri 16 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 20:00

Sat 17 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

  • 15:00
  • 20:00

The Turn of The Screw

Made In Colchester along with Dermot McLaughlin Productions, present their version of the Henry James' horror story about the governess and the ghosts.

Fri 23 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Sat 24 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30

Tue 27 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

  • 19:30
…and 9 more dates until 10 Mar

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