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.

The theatre, designed by Norman Downie, to the same design as the Salisbury Playhouse, was opened in 1972. The Digby Gallery is within the building.

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 33 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Aladdin

Written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Ryan McBryde, the team that brought you the award winning Cinderella! Make all your Christmas wishes come true with a trip to the Mercury’s magical pantomime, Aladdin! Journey with us to distant shores where the penniless Aladdin dreams of winning the heart of the rebellious…

Sat 27 Nov

£13.50–£31 / 01206 573948

Wed 1 Dec

£13.50–£31 / 01206 573948

Thu 2 Dec

£13.50–£31 / 01206 573948

…and 34 more dates until 16 Jan 2022

And Then There Were None

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear. “We are all being hunted” Directed by Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution, Love from a Stranger), this…

Sat 23 Oct

£13.50–£36 / 01206 573948

The Ballad of Maria Marten

A thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s real-life murder mystery Summer, 1827. In a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later her body is found under the floor of the barn in a grain sack, barely identifiable, and the manhunt begins. Maria’s story sent shock waves throughout the country. The Red Barn Murder (as it…

Tue 8 Feb 2022

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Wed 9 Feb 2022

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Boy's Khaya

In this moving dance production, Bawren Tavaziva’s discoveries are a universal comment on Africa and who we are today. From a little house hidden behind the white master’s mansion, a young man struggles to comprehend where we are now… and why? Monarchies, political persecution, slavery and modern colonialism create a rich…

Tue 2 Nov

£13.50–£16 / 01206 573948

Community Choir

Come sing with us! Our Community Choir is an evening get-together for adults of all ages with a song in their heart and a spring in their step! In partnership with Essex Music Service and led by a professional chorus leader the choir will offer participants an opportunity to sing a dynamic and diverse repertoire of songs…

Thu 4 Nov

Creative Learning Space

£48 / 01206 573948

Thu 18 Nov

Creative Learning Space

£48 / 01206 573948

Dracula: The Untold Story

New Year’s Eve, 1965, London, England. Just before midnight, as revellers celebrate the beginning of another year, a young woman enters Marylebone Police Station and confesses to a brutal murder. She claims to be Mina Harker, the last living survivor of the intrepid group that witnessed Count Dracula’s destruction 70…

Tue 9 Nov

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Wed 10 Nov

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Dragons & Mythical Beast

From the creators of: ****Dinosaur World Live Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover…

Fri 12 Nov

£12.50 / 01206 573948

Sat 13 Nov

£12.50 / 01206 573948

Sun 14 Nov

£12.50 / 01206 573948

An Evening with Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Recent TV appearances for BBC TV include Springwatch, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Antique Road Trip, and Women at War: 100 Years of Service. Recent Radio broadcasts include Just…

Tue 26 Oct

£13.50–£28.50 / 01206 573948

Wed 27 Oct

£13.50–£28.50 / 01206 573948

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

What makes a monster and what makes a man? This is the central theme of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and including the songs and Academy Award-nominated score from the Disney animated feature, along with new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The musical tells the story of…

Thu 27 Jan 2022

£13.50–£20.50 / 01206 573948

Fri 28 Jan 2022

£13.50–£20.50 / 01206 573948

Sat 29 Jan 2022

£13.50–£20.50 / 01206 573948

…and 7 more dates until 6 Feb 2022

Hundred Watt Club

A line-up of burlesque and cabaret artists.

Sat 13 Nov

Studio

£15 / 01206 573948

Janey Godley's Soup Pot Tour

A hilarious new show from Scottish comedian Janey Godley.

Fri 25 Mar 2022

£13.50–£20 / 01206 573948

Jess Robinson: No Filter

Jess Robinson returns with more musical impressions and vocal gymnastics.

Sun 5 Dec

£15 / 01206 573948

Jess Robinson: The Twelve Days of Jessmas

Join multi award-winning star of Spitting Image, Jess Robinson, for an evening of musical comedy and festive fun! Expect magical mashups, fabulous original songs and a belly full of laughs as your angelic host and her sparkling live band (if they've washed), transports you on an (imaginary) sleigh ride, through a winter…

Sun 5 Dec

£18 / 01628 788997

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Story Pocket Theatre adapts Janet and Allan Ahlberg's seasonal tale for the stage.

Wed 8 Dec

Studio

£4–£9.50 (Children £10–£11) / 01206 573948

Thu 9 Dec

Studio

£4–£9.50 (Children £10–£11) / 01206 573948

Fri 10 Dec

Studio

£4–£9.50 (Children £10–£11) / 01206 573948

…and 12 more dates until 24 Dec

Mig Kimpton's Tale of the Golden Goose

Multi award winning floral designer Mig Kimpton returns with a brand new unique floral show this winter. Mig combines his theatrical past with his extensive experience of working with flowers, to provide an evening of flowers, feathers and wintery thrills! Watch him create from scratch, stunning floral designs fit for any…

Wed 10 Nov

Studio

£15 / 01206 573948

Musical Theatre Dance Class

Come and meet those dancing feet! Each week our experienced choreographer will teach routines inspired by hit musicals in our brand new dance studio. Incorporating energetic warm-ups, routines from classic and contemporary shows, you will be introduced to various styles such as Modern Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop and many more.

Tue 26 Oct

Dance Studio

£5 / 01206 573948

Tue 2 Nov

Dance Studio

£5 / 01206 573948

Tue 9 Nov

Dance Studio

£5 / 01206 573948

…and 3 more dates until 30 Nov

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Spend a special day with Peppa Pig and her friends.

Wed 26 Oct 2022

£16 (£14–£16) / 01206 573948

Thu 27 Oct 2022

£16 (£14–£16) / 01206 573948

Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur

In his latest stand-up tour, award-winning comic Reginald D Hunter takes on the big topics; climate change, economics and politics.

Fri 8 Apr 2022

£24.50 / 01206 573948

The Scummy Mummies Show

Grab your gin in a tin, put your control pants on, and pop in a pantyliner – the Scummy Mummies are back! And after the year they’ve had, Helen and Ellie are going out-out! Join them for an evening of comedy, songs, filth and laughs. Everyone’s welcome, from mums and dads to carers, grandparents, and people who want to be…

Thu 9 Dec

£18.50 / 01206 573948

SEND Party Nights

*Calling all young people with SEND – this is the night for you! * Dance the night away and make new friends at our monthly, fun-filled party for people aged 7-14. The evening takes place in a safe, positive environment and includes: The party starts from 6:30pm and closes at 8.30pm, tickets are just £5* and…

Fri 29 Oct

Rehearsal Room

£5 / 01206 573948

Senior Social Club

Our Social Club is an opportunity for anyone aged 55 and over to connect with other members of our community, learn new skills and take part in fun activities. This is an opportunity for participants to get involved creatively and will be a safe inclusive space to forge new friendships. The Social Club will meet up every…

Thu 28 Oct

Creative Learning Space

£7 / 01206 573948

Thu 4 Nov

Creative Learning Space

£7 / 01206 573948

Thu 11 Nov

Creative Learning Space

£7 / 01206 573948

…and 2 more dates until 25 Nov

Sirens

Rory and Gemma break in to the Mersea Island RNLI station on Halloween in 1987. He wants to run away to London. She wants him to notice that’s she’s not drinking. Over the course of the next thirty-four years the consequences of that night will tear their lives apart. This haunting new play explores themes of belonging…

Thu 28 Oct

Studio

£8.50–£16 / 01206 573948

Fri 29 Oct

Studio

£8.50–£16 / 01206 573948

Sat 30 Oct

Studio

£8.50–£16 / 01206 573948

…and 5 more dates until 6 Nov

Sirens Digital Programme

Rory and Gemma break in to the Mersea Island RNLI station on Halloween in 1987. He wants to run away to London. She wants him to notice that’s she’s not drinking. Over the course of the next thirty-four years the consequences of that night will tear their lives apart. This haunting new play explores themes of belonging…

Thu 28 Oct

£2 / 01206 573948

Fri 29 Oct

£2 / 01206 573948

Sat 30 Oct

£2 / 01206 573948

…and 5 more dates until 6 Nov

So You Want to Work In Theatre?

This half term come and learn about working in a theatre! In our three day workshop we’ll have industry professionals from various departments of the Mercury Theatre providing hands on workshops and talks from backstage departments in costume design, production, producing & technical theatre. Workshops are led by…

Thu 28 Oct

Dance Studio

£75 / 01206 573948

Terror in the Old Library

Following their Autumn East Anglian tour, Colchester’s Packing Shed are back home with a new terrifying tale for the spooking season. An out of work actor turns up at an old library to record a ghost story. As he begins to recite the tale, he soon realises it has a disturbingly familiar ring to it. Stories have the power…

Tue 28 Dec

Studio

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Wed 29 Dec

Studio

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Thu 30 Dec

Studio

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Theatre Tours

The Mercury has seen many famous faces perform on its stages since the theatre opened in 1972. Let us take you behind the scenes to explore the backstage secrets of what makes a spectacular Mercury production. Your guide will take you on a journey through our amazing spaces including the rehearsal room, wardrobe and…

Sat 6 Nov

01206 573948

The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure

Physical comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete adapts the adventures of the formidable Musketeers to the stage.

Fri 29 Oct

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Sat 30 Oct

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Sun 31 Oct

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Tots

Tots is an interactive, multi-sensory class for early years children and their grown-up friends. At the Mercury we believe imagination and creativity are a vital part of a child’s early life and these 45 minute sessions are designed to stimulate both. Through story-telling, dance and music, Tots is designed to provide…

Tue 26 Oct

Creative Learning Space

£6.50 / 01206 573948

Tue 2 Nov

Creative Learning Space

£6.50 / 01206 573948

Tue 9 Nov

Creative Learning Space

£6.50 / 01206 573948

…and 4 more dates until 7 Dec

Tubular Bells Live!

Internationally renowned Tubular Bells maestro Phil Toms is back on tour with his band performing music from the 1973 hit record Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield and highlights from his 50 year career including the songs Moonlight Shadow, To France and Guilty, and excerpts from instrumental albums including Ommadawn…

Sat 6 Nov

£26 / 01206 573948

The Twelve Days of Jessmas

Join multi award-winning star of Spitting Image, Jess Robinson, for an afternoon of musical comedy and festive fun! Expect magical mashups, fabulous original songs and a belly full of laughs as your angelic host and her sparkling live band (if they’ve washed), transports you on an (imaginary) sleigh ride, through a winter…

Sun 5 Dec

Studio

£15 / 01206 573948

A Very Merry Christmas Concert

Join us for a jolly holly evening of seasonal songs, readings and magical performances from our Mercury team, panto cast and more. A free festive treat for all the family, for the first time in our new Mercury building! Don’t forget to warm up those vocal chords!

Thu 16 Dec

01206 573948

We Love Little Mix

Tribute to the high-energy British girl group.

Thu 28 Oct

£13.50–£16 / 01206 573948

The Wedding

We are all married, bound by a contract. But what are the terms of this relationship? And can we consider a divorce? Led by Amit Lahav, Gecko’s The Wedding is inspired by the complexities of human nature: the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation. In a blur of wedding dresses…

Thu 4 Nov

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948

Fri 5 Nov

£13.50–£23.50 (£11.50–£23.50) / 01206 573948