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.

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There are 32 events at this location

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All Shook Up: The Elvis Musical

Treading The Boards presents its 27th production, an uplifting homage to The King, featuring all the classics including Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes and Can't Help Falling In Love.

Sat 1 Apr

Sun 2 Apr

All The Little Lights

Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse present Jane Upton's poignant story, that was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, following Joanne and Lisa, two girls with a friendship so strong they considered each other like sisters, until Lisa left.

Fri 3 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Sat 4 Mar

An Audience with Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe

An audience with the Strictly Come Dancing duo.

Tue 21 Mar

Wed 22 Mar

An Audience with Lesley Garrett

An evening of song, reminiscences and chat with the British soprano. Garrett discusses her time on stage in musicals and performing with the English and Welsh National Operas, as well as her TV appearances on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.

Mon 20 Mar

£26 (£12) / 01206 573948

Sun 26 Mar

Bang Bang

A Made in Colchester production

Tue 28 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Wed 1 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Thu 2 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

…and 7 more dates until 11 Mar

Champions Of Magic

Following a run in London's West End five illusionists present a live show of mind reading, close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions.

Sat 25 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Chas & Dave

The cheeky cheery Cockneys return with 'Rabbit', 'Gertcha', 'Margate' and more.

Fri 24 Mar

£28.50 / 01206 573948

Dillie Keane

The Fascinating Aïda linchpin goes solo.

Tue 4 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01206 573948

An Evening With Des O'Connor

You'd be hard-pressed not to know about Des O'Connor – the showbiz stalwart has been around for ages and done pretty much everything (remember his chat show with Melanie Sykes?). Tonight, he draws on his variety roots for an evening of comedy and music.

Thu 23 Mar

£26 / 01206 573948

The Events

Dan Sherer directs David Grieg's drama about a priest who has recently been involved in a mass shooting, and confronts the aftermath with rationality, reason and faith.

Fri 2 Jun

£16 / 01206 573948

Sat 3 Jun

£16 / 01206 573948

Tue 6 Jun

£16 / 01206 573948

…and 9 more dates until 17 Jun


A love story about invisible disability. Chris is a city lawyer, Jess is a Ph.D student. Two ordinary people in a relationship who want to get on with their lives. The birth of their son and the economic crash create a catalyst of events that leads them to discover who they really are. Can their relationship survive the…

Fri 28 Apr

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Sat 29 Apr

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948


Terry Johnson's comedy drama depicting the meeting between psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and surrealist painter Salvador Dali in 1939 Hampstead.

Thu 18 May

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Fri 19 May

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Sat 20 May

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

I Am Beast

What happens when the wildest parts of your imagination take control? After the death of her mother, Ellie escapes to a flickering world of comic book heroes and bewitching strangers. But as the walls of her new world begin to crumble, Ellie must finally face the truth behind her fantasies. A visually stunning exploration…

Fri 31 Mar

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

I'm Still Standing: The Elton John Songbook

Paul Bacon and his accompanying band performs the works of Elton John.

Wed 17 May

In Search Of England

'There's no such thing as countries' George is in search of England, or to be more precise, what it means to be English. He was born English, his parents are English, but he's not sure whether he is any more. So he's back to find out. At least, that's what he says. Colchester writer Neil D'Arcy-Jones' play about…

Thu 9 Mar

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Fri 10 Mar

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Sat 11 Mar

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Little Howard And The Magic Pencil Of Life And Death

An award-winning family show returns with a brand new production, jam packed with 3D animation, music, song and lots of laughs.

Lord Of The Flies

Mercury Youth Theatre performs William Golding's best-selling novel, which is a tale of isolation, power, identity and violence.

Fri 19 May

£9 / 01206 573948

Sat 20 May

The Machine Stops

  • Directed by: Juliet Forster
  • Written by: E M Forster

Juliet Forster directs Neil Duffield's adaptation of EM Forster's classic short story exploring our increasingly complex relationship with technology. Featuring a soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist, Benge.

Fri 17 Mar

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Sat 18 Mar

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

The Magnificent Music Hall

The Paper Moon Theatre Company presents a variety of show of song dance, magic and laughter typical of the music halls around 1890s, featuring performers from BBC TV's The Good Old Days.

Thu 13 Apr

£12–£23.50 / 01206 573948

Monty Python's Spamalot

A Monty Python musical comedy from the award winning LAODS productions.

Fri 21 Apr

£12–£27 / 01908 324466

Sat 22 Apr

£12–£27 / 01908 324466

Wed 26 Apr

£12–£27 / 01908 324466

…and 14 more dates until 13 May

One Night of Elvis: Lee 'Memphis' King

An evening in the company of top Elvis impersonator Lee 'Memphis' King, performing a selection of Presley's hip-shaking greatest hits.

Sat 15 Apr

Professor Robert Winston: Modifying Humans: Where Does Genetics Stop?

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Advances in gene technology mean that we can not only select embryos for 'desirable' characteristics, but we can now modify genes of animals with remarkable ease; so possibly very soon we may be able to enhance humans by genetic modification. Will ethical…

A Regular Little Houdini

  • Directed by: Joshua Richards
  • Written by: Daniel Llewelyn-Williams

Joshua Richards directs Daniel Llewelyn-Williams in a drama about the escapologist's two visits to Newport in South Wales. He tangled with the local police both times. Presented by Flying Bridge Theatre.

Fri 5 May

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Richard Digance

Comedy folk singer-songwriter.

Wed 12 Apr

£21 / 01206 573948

Rory Bremner: Party Political

Stand-up from the impressionist, satirist and presenter.

Tue 2 May

Spring Awakening

The play originally by Wedekind about sex, sexuality and related issues, is updated to modern times by Gary Owen and directed by Shane Dempsey.

Fri 24 Mar

£10 (£8) / 01206 573948

Sat 25 Mar

£10 (£8) / 01206 573948


Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial and darkly comical story of Tamburlaine, the Scythian shepherd who rises to power through violence to conquer Central Asia, starring Lourdes Faberes as the title role.

Wed 19 Apr

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

Thu 20 Apr

£13.50 (£9) / 01206 573948

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr about the unexpected visitor who appears at Sophie and her Mummy's door.

Wed 5 Apr

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Tubular Bells Lives!

Phil Toms and members of his band performs highlights from Mike Oldfield's musical career.

Sat 8 Apr

£21 / 01206 573948

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare's innovative play ranges across Europe to tell the story of King Leontes and how he was first brought low by paranoia and jealousy, and then 16 years later finds redemption in an unexpected quarter. Cheek By Jowl's internationally acclaimed production stars Orlando James as Leontes and is directed by Declan…

Tue 14 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Wed 15 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Thu 16 Mar

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

…and 2 more dates until 18 Mar

Yamato Drummers Of Japan

The Taiko drummers return to the UK with their latest show.

Mon 3 Apr

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

You Win Again: The Story of the Bee Gees

A tour through the Bee Gees' career, from the 60s through the 80s with all the best tunes and plenty of dancing.

Tue 11 Apr

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