Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
NOVEMBER
Saturday 2nd November 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm, Tickets £15.00. Pink Tribute.
Vicky Jackson continues to dominate the tribute scene with this stunning and authentic tribute to Pink. For over a decade Vicky Jackson has been wowing audiences worldwide with her energetic and accurate portrayal of the American Grammy award winner singer. She is the definitive Pink Tribute, combining all of Pink's major hits over 20-year period right up to the most recent releases. Perfect vocals and bespoke costumes deliver the authentic Pink experience.
Sunday 10th November, 2019,2.15 for 3.00pm. 42nd Street. Recorded Live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. 42nd Street, the ultimate Broadway musical, ran in London on the West End’s biggest stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes (which was subsequently adapted for the silver screen the following year), 42nd Street tells of the great director Julian Marsh and his upcoming production of the musical Pretty Lady. But when the show’s star is forced to drop out of the production, Marsh calls on unknown chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, who takes to the stage a “youngster” and comes back a “star”. With a classic score of musical theatre standards including "We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "42nd Street" and "About a Quarter to Nine", this heart-warming musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
OCTOBER
Wednesday October 16th, 7:30pm. The Blackheart Orchestra. The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Thursday October 17th, 7:30pm. Prophet Sharing. Two great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf – both stars of their own BBC shows – are joining forces in the most-unlikely double-act since Kermit and Miss Piggy (who neither Ashley and Imran can eat!) Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair are travelling the UK uniting people of every faith and none for an evening of laughter.
Friday October 18th, 7:30pm. The Witching Hour. Montague Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror! Brave the horrors lying in wait within "An Episode of Cathedral History"! Witness the spectral malevolent seeking revenge in "A Warning to the Curious"! One-man show and follow-up to the successful touring production of "Old Haunts".
Saturday October 19th, 7:30pm. Who Are You UK. The UK's finest tribute to The Who will perform the rock opera 'Tommy', 50 years since its album release + a set of greatest hits at this wonderful theatre venue. Who Are You UK are the UK’s hottest Who tribute – recreating the unique excitement and power of one of rocks greatest ever bands. From the early hits of the mid-60’s to the rock classics of the 70’s and 80’s – tune after fantastic tune – from Can’t Explain to You Better You Bet, through Pinball Wizard and Wont Get Fooled Again – every one an absolute work of genius from composer Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon. Catch this awesome tribute to the ultimate rock band The Who – a show not to be missed.
Monday October 21st, 1:30pm. Marty MacDonald's Toy Machine. Everyone at Marty MacDonald’s Farm is delighted with the special delivery that’s arrived – the Toy Machine that makes all of the toys in the world! But then they realise that Crafty the Crow has been up to mischief and it shouldn’t really be there at all…Worse still, the machine has stopped working, so they need to fix it before the Toymaker comes to get it back! Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure to repair the Toy Machine, save the day and give the world back its toys!
Monday October 21st, 7:30pm. Lady Windermere's Fan. A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, was broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End and is now available as a recorded programme. Kathy Burke brings together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington, and guest starring Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years.
Wednesday October 23rd, ‎13‎:‎00 & ‎15‎:‎30. The Princess & the Frog. After sell out tours around the UK, Let's All Dance is delighted to present this beautiful, classical ballet to charm audiences young and old. An original score, gorgeous costumes and crystal clear story-telling draw you into the magical world of ballet and make it accessible to all. A lovely production and a heart-warming tale with the theme of friendship at its core.
Thursday October 24th, 7:30pm. Funny Faces. A double bill of two beautifully written plays based on the lives and loves of two British legends, Sid James and Joan Sims. JOAN SIMS takes a walk down memory lane in 'SIMPLY JOAN'. Join JOANIE as she reflects on her professional work and her private heartache, sometimes hilariously, often touchingly, as we witness her determination to ‘Carry On’! 'WOT SID DID' sees SID JAMES in his stage dressing room in the hour before his last performance. SID’s in a pensive mood as he looks back on his career, his life and his lost love – BARBARA WINDSOR. A funny poignant play about one of Britain’s most loved comic actors.
Saturday October 26th, 12:00pm. HORRORTHON IV. Do you want to see something really scary? The Horrorthon is back this Halloween for it’s fourth terrifying year! Seven classic horror movies on the big screen, back to back with a fully licensed bar and food available all day long and into the night. Final admission 11pm. Tickets just £20, over-18’s only.
Monday October 28th, 7:30pm. ROH: Don Pasquale. Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.
Wednesday October 30th, 7:30pm. The Masque of the Red Death. Prince Prospero and a handful of his nobility shut themselves away in a heavily fortified castle, to escape the terrible plague that is sweeping their land … known as the Red Death, it kills everyone and everything in its path. Disdainfully indifferent to the sufferings of his people, the Prince throws a lavish ball, but as the masque reaches its orgiastic climax and the clock chimes midnight, a mysterious, uninvited guest is found in their midst … a guest that wreaks a terrifying revenge!
NOVEMBER
Friday November 1st, 7:30pm. Hancock & Co.
James Hurn is a multi-talented actor and impressionist (known for Dead Ringers and Blaired Vision) he will be performing a brand-new programme celebrating over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour including one Lost episode of Hancock’s Half Hour, and two episodes he has written himself in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast. James is a master at recreating the accents and personas of such iconic 20th century British favourites as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.
Tuesday November 5th to Saturday November 9th, ‎19‎:‎45. Terror. Guilty. Not Guilty. You are the jury – you decide. Enter the courtroom. Hear the evidence. Make your judgement. A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders to the contrary, a fighter pilot shoots the plane down killing on board but perhaps saving thousands in the stadium. Now on trial and charged with murder, his fate lies in the hands of YOU - the audience. NOT JUST A DRAMA - A THEATRICAL EVENT

OCTOBER
Fri 25 October, 7:30pm. LDN Wrestling. 2019 will see the return of the bone crunching superstars of LDN Wrestling
Sun 27 October, 7:30pm. Legends of American Country. Now seen by over 250,000 fans direct from Ireland Europe's No 1 Country music show "The Legends of American Country" returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics.
NOVEMBER
Fri 8 November, 7:30pm. Hal Cruttenden: Chubster.
Hal’s literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.
Sat 9 November, 7:30pm. The Elo Encounter. After selling out in 2018, The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie!
Fri 15 November, 7:30pm. The Adult Panto: Peter Panties. The Market Theatre Company return to corrupt another traditional pantomime classic beyond recognition.
Sat 16 November, 7:30pm. The Rolling Stones Story. Celebrating the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. Let’s Spend The Night Together in the company of Mick and the boys and experience a truly authentic Rolling Stones spectacle.
Sun 17 November, 7:30pm. Lost Voice Guy. Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) - the first comedian ever to win Britain’s Got Talent – is back on the road and coming to a disabled parking space near you this autumn.
Thu 21 November, 7:30pm. Roy Chubby Brown. Roy Chubby Brown returns to Braintree after a near sell out in May. Not for the easily offended.
Fri 22 November, 7:30pm. The Psychology of Serial Killers. Join expert Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics.
Sat 23 November, 7:30pm. Los Endos: The Ultimate Genesis Show. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear all the drama and excitement of a Genesis gig from the 70’s and 80’s.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140

OCTOBER
Tue 15 - Sat 19 Oct 2019. The Wizard of Oz – Centre Stage. Centre Stage Company return to the Land of Oz for their third visit in a new and visually spectacular production. Follow Dorothy Over the Rainbow, down the Yellow-Brick Road and on to the Emerald City, seeking the way back to her home in Kansas. The production follows the MGM film exactly, with a multi-talented cast of all ages from little Munchkins to the Wizard himself, as Dorothy joins the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in their daunting battle against the Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys. The ultimate feel-good show for all the family.
Mon 21 Oct 2019 2:30PM. Horrible Histories: The Movie (PG). Who are the Celts? What have the Romans ever done for us? And why is Emperor Nero dousing himself in horse wee? Find out in 90 minutes of historical hijinks based on the popular children’s books by Terry Deary.
Mon 21 Oct 2019 7:00PM. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recorded broadcast. ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Tue 22 Oct 2019 10:30AM. Playmobil: The Movie (U). A young girl named Marla journeys through a vast and wondrous world of Playmobil in search of her younger brother Charlie. On her quest she learns to reconnect with her childhood dreams and enjoy the endless possibilities of her imagination.
Tue 22 Oct 2019 7:30PM. LDN Wrestling. An explosive evening of top action with American wrestling stars facing the home grown talent in this rip roaring entertainment. for all the family. Buy VIP back stage passes on the night to meet the stars.
Wed 23 Oct 2019 2:00PM. Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong. Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt and draw along with him! He’ll be showing you how to sketch favourite characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways of creating fantastic creatures like dragons and unicorns, and giving loads of top tips. And to celebrate his latest book ‘Nice Work for the Cat and the King’ everything will have a special ‘royal’ twist! Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in. Suitable 4+
Thu 24 Oct 2019 7:30PM. Don Pasquale. A wealthy old bachelor is outraged when he hears his nephew Ernesto intends to marry Norina, an impoverished widow. Bryn Terfel heads a star cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.
Sat 26 Oct 2019 7:30PM. Music Hall Memories. A light-hearted potted history of British Music Hall with songs and monologues. As a founder member of The Berkeley Squares Music Hall Company, who better than Bryan Thurlow to share his knowledge of music hall and the songs that made them so popular
Sat 26 Oct 2019 8:00PM. Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly. An evening with two stalwarts of the British R&B scene, two great voices, two great reputations. A wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times, and no doubt a little humour. Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly renewed their partnership in 2016 after a two year lay-off and are play just a few select venues. Although both coming originally out of blues/soul explosion of the late 1960s their repertoire is far broader than just that. When they first got together in 2007 they both wished to sing ‘any song that took their fancy’, so the set includes folk, rock, country, gospel as well as blues and soul.
Mon 28 Oct - Mon 11 Nov 2019. Downton Abbey (PG). The continuing saga of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
OCTOBER
17 Oct. A Celebration Of Black History Month with Lawrence Walker And Powerhouse Gospel Choir. Join our celebration of black history month featuring Lawrence Walker, Chairperson of Colchester Black History Month, providing a talk on celebrating the Windrush migration, and incredible live music from the Powerhouse Gospel Choir. The choir is made up of seasoned singers and musicians who have worked with some of the world’s top artists and music legends, however at their core is their love of gospel music and the message it represents. Powerhouse’s uniqueness comes from the magical blend of their voices producing a sound that is soulful, passionate, uplifting and utterly captivating. Led by the inimitable T-Jae Cole whose drive and passion for Gospel Music makes him one of the UK’s most respected gospel choir directors. This tour includes all your favourite gospel songs, including Oh Happy Day, Amazing Grace, Joyful Joyful and many more.
18 Oct. Ross Noble LIVE. Don’t miss your chance to see Ross Noble prior to his brand new 2020 tour. Ross says “Expect the unexpected. Unless you’ve seen me before. Then you know what to expect. But I might not do that. But then again, I might. I expect it will be one of those two options.”
19 Oct. Joe Brown 60th Anniversary Tour. Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown has gone from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum. Joe’s Very Best Of album achieved Gold Record Status, staying eight weeks in the Top 20. In the same year, his 50th anniversary was celebrated with a wonderful sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall. His new Ukulele Album caused a similar stir internationally and broke new territory in the download market, where he is now a Spotify Legend. Joe continues to break box office records and recently received the coveted MOJO Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, as well as a much deserved MBE.
22 Oct. Youth Festival. Join us for this inspiring one-off event celebrating the amazing creativity and talent of young people in Colchester. Bringing together school pupils from across the District and the Mercury’s very own Youth Theatre, this is an opportunity to see the next generation create and share their own stories on stage in our unique pop-up theatre tent. Join us for this inspiring one-off event celebrating the amazing creativity and talent of young people in Colchester. Bringing together school pupils from across the District and the Mercury’s very own Youth Theatre, this is an opportunity to see the next generation create and share their own stories on stage in our unique pop-up theatre tent.
23 Oct. Josh Widdicombe – Bit Much… One of the most bankable talents in UK comedy” Guardian Guide. The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour. A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.
24 Oct. Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary Tour. In this 60th Anniversary celebration of one of the world’s most iconic music venues, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the road to celebrate the ‘Ronnie Scott’s Story’. Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world class live jazz alongside rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, take you on a guided musical tour of this esteemed institution. Set amongst the dive bars and jazz jook joints of London’s Soho, we hear about the desperate hand-to-mouth finances of the early years and the frequent police raids. We hear how Ronnie’s became neutral ground within rife gang territory and their scrapes with gangsters including the Krays who were rumoured to have taken Ronnie and Pete “for a little drive”! Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively re-imagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars, film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all, the musicians.
25 Oct. Radio Ga Ga – Celebrating the Champions of Rock. The UK’s authoritative Queen Concert Show performed live in a two-hour rock spectacular! Be part of the ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen. Radio Ga Ga recreates the magic, fun and showmanship of the band’s touring days, during which they would play to millions every year. Join us as we take you on a journey through the decades, bringing you all twenty-six UK Top 10 hits and fan favourites, performed live with an electrifying band. Hits include Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.
26 Oct. Thank You For The Music – The Ultimate Tribute To ABBA. This sensational tribute show brings all of ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show, combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for the music again and again! Record-breaking movies, smash-hit West End musicals, chart-topping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy now lives on in concert with this all-new spectacular show.
28 Oct. So You Want To Work In Theatre? Are you aged 14-18 and considering a career in theatre? This autumn we will have industry professionals from various departments of the Mercury Theatre providing workshops and talks. This half term activity will give you the chance to find out the ‘ins and outs’ of how the Mercury Theatre puts on a show. This activity runs from Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th October from 10am until 4pm each day and will be located at the Abbey Field Centre. Exact details of what will be happening during the three days are under wraps but will be revealed in due course. In previous years, young people involved have worked with the wardrobe department, marketing, scenic arts department and the technical team. Packed lunches will be required for the three days
30 Oct - 3 Nov. Madagascar. Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
NOVEMBER
5 Nov - 9 Nov. Avenue Q.
Avenue Q is the laugh out loud show that’s had sell-out runs on Broadway, in the West End and all across the UK, and now you can see what all the fuzz is about at Mercury at Abbey Field! Meet Princeton, a bright-eyed graduate who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account; Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancée Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his closet gay Republican roommate Rod, and a very cute kindergarten teacher named Kate Monster. This cheekily charming musical tells the story of the loveable (and unforgettable) characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues – like what do you do with a BA in English? How do you find your purpose? And is the internet really just for… nevermind.
12 Nov. Whitney – Queen Of The Night. Direct from The West End, experience the ultimate Whitney Houston tribute show as it tours across the UK, performing over 100 concerts every year! Whitney – Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This phenomenal production celebrates one of the greatest singers of our time and consistently delivers an outstanding concert that has been described as “a powerhouse performance that delivers on every level”.
13 Nov. The Illegal Eagles. Following continued public demand, the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return in 2019 with more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs!Following continued public demand, the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return in 2019 with more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs!

 
   
BOCKING THEATRE CLUB
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November 2019. Bocking Theatre Club will be presenting their next production, A VARIETY SHOW WITH SUPPER at Bocking Village Club. Tickets £10.00 For more information: www.bockingtheatreclub.co.uk

THEATRE ON THE COAST

  19th December – 31st December. Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall’s thrilling Christmas show 2019, The Snow Queen at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BN. A new adaption with dance and music from one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most loved fairy tales. Choreography by Olivier award-winning Natasha Cox (‘Jerry Springer’ the Opera). Expect sleighs, bandits, reindeer, a wise old crow and the most magical story of loyalty, bravery and love. Music by Suffolk composers and songwriters including up and coming star Ben Goble.
Show dates: Thursday 19th December, Friday 20th– Sunday 22nd December, Friday 27th – Tues 31st December.
     
                                     
 

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