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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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

Poignant, moving and darkly funny award-winning new play about three girls slipping through the cracks in society.

Fri 3 Mar

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Sat 4 Mar

An Audience With Ian Waite And Natalie Lowe

Strictly's favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour. Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances. New music developed to accompany these dances and give you a feel good factor with pure romance. The dance…

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.

Sun 26 Mar

Bang Bang

A Made In Colchester production of a new adaptation by John Cleese of Georges Feydeau's hysterical farce.

Fri 24 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Sat 25 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

Tue 28 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

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Champions Of Magic 2017

Direct from a hit season in London's West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that'll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With more than 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the…

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

Chinese New Year Gala

A celebration of the festival.

Sun 5 Feb

£10 / 01206 573948

Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Straight from the old world of Victorian music hall comes an evening of stories and characters for audiences who don't like to judge a woman by her beard. Join Dame Nature as she recounts tales from her extraordinary life and shares her bearded view of the world.

Fri 10 Feb

Sat 11 Feb

Danny Baker: Cradle to the Stage

Stories and comedy from the veteran broadcaster.

Thu 16 Feb

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David Starkey On Henry VIII

Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as…

Mon 6 Mar

£17.50 / 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

The First Hippo on the Moon

David Walliam's children's book about two big hippos and one enormous dream – which of them can make it to the moon first?

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Half Of Me

A new play for young people by Satinder Chohan, which intersects life, science, emotions, genetics, and money.

Sat 25 Feb

£8 / 01206 573948


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

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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

Jekyll And Hyde: The Musical

  • Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic thriller set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Mon 23 Jan

£13–£20 / 01206 573948

Tue 24 Jan

£13–£20 / 01206 573948

Wed 25 Jan

£13–£20 / 01206 573948

…and 3 more dates until 28 Jan

Little Howard And The Magic Pencil Of Life And Death

CBBC stars Big Howard (the real human) and animated six-year old Little Howard bring their interactive capers to Birmingham. Featuring interactive stand-up and lots of songs there is something for everyone as Little Howard discovers the pencil that drew him, and the eraser on the other end…

The Little Mix Experience: Little Mix Tribute

The group perform the hits of UK girl band including DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and more.

Mon 13 Feb

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

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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

Made in India

Satinder Chohan's contemporary drama about three women who meet in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat.

Fri 24 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

Sat 25 Feb

£13.50 / 01206 573948

The Magnificent Music Hall

A slice of music hall typical of 1890s.

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

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The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Mark Bell
  • Written by: Henry Shields

Award winning company Theatre Mischief presents a play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a murder mystery production.

Mon 30 Jan

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Tue 31 Jan

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Wed 1 Feb

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…and 3 more dates until 4 Feb

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

A one-man play set in Newport at the turn of last century, when the great showman and escapologist Houdini came to town. A dockworker's son dreams of a life of magic to 'escape' the working class reality of Edwardian Britain, but how can you follow your dreams in a world where poverty weighs you down like mud? A beautiful…

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

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The Showstoppers: Improvised Musical

Audience suggestions become an all-singing, all-dancing show as the comedy troupe create a brand new musical from scratch at every performance.

Thu 9 Feb

£12–£21 / 01206 573948

Fri 10 Feb

£12–£21 / 01206 573948


Multimedia performance exploring the notion of privacy.

Fri 3 Feb

£13 / 01206 573948

Sat 4 Feb

£13 / 01206 573948

The Story Of Guitar Heroes

Tribute to guitar-playing legends.

Sat 18 Feb

£21 / 01206 573948

Swinging at the Cotton Club

A step back to Harlem during the 1920s, with this exciting show celebrating the music and songs of New York's famous jazz club.

Tue 7 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948


Longstanding, respected T-Rex tribute act. Glam rockers brace yourselves.

Wed 8 Feb

£12–£27 / 01206 573948

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Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality. Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial, and at times darkly comical story of Tamburlaine, the Scythian shepherd who rises to power through violence to conquer Central Asia, the Middle East, and half of Europe. An all-women company play Tamburlaine…

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!

One of the all-time great classic albums, Tubular Bells, is performed live by Tubular Brass, a specially formed 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK's leading players. Plus, in the first half of the concert the ensemble presents Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and '70s analogue synthesisers by Hannah…

Sat 8 Apr

£21 / 01206 573948

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play

A comedy show celebrating the Bard.

Fri 17 Feb

The Winter's Tale

One of Shakespeare's greatest plays, The Winter's Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.

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 The Drummers Of Japan: The Challengers

Following their hugely successful tour in 2015, the Yamato drummers are back in the UK by popular demand. Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 6 million people in 53 countries across the globe. In a brand new show, the drummers challenge and push themselves to…

Mon 3 Apr

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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