Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
Thursday 19th July, 2018, 7.00 for 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00. A Woman of No Importance.
DOT Productions return with another sparkling dramatic comedy performance of the Oscar Wilde classic 'A Woman of No Importance'. Comedy, melodrama and social scandel bubble away in this classic satire by Oscar Wilde. Lady Hunstanton's house party is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However, once Gerald's mother makes an appearance suddenly his future is uncertain. "I can never repent. I would rather be you mother than pure" - Mrs Arbuthnot. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years? Would Gerald and society ever forgive her?
Friday 20th July 2018. Elvis with Andy Ottley. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. Andy Ottley is a UK based Elvis tribute artist & Elvis impersonator. He has been performing his tribute to Elvis for the last 8 years. During that time, many people have commented on his resemblance in both sound and style to Elvis Presley.
21st July 2018. Evening 6.30 for 7.00pm. Annie Jr - Annie Jr. Tickets: Adults £10.50, Concessions £8.50. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone's favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Saturday 28th July 2018, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets £10.00. A charming, kooky and hilarious musical cult classic. Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.
Sunday 29th July 2018. Braintree Theatretrain - Top of the World. £8.00 Adults / £7.00 OAPS and Children under 12. Doors open 6.30 for 7.00pm. The show is a mix of songs, dance and drama pieces with a story based on a circus theme with background hijinks with a cast of thousands(ish), like the strong man, tight rope walker and all the fun of a circus.
Saturday 1st September 2018. Stage & Screen. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm. All Tickets £10. In aid of the Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. A charity concert with song and dance from well known films and musicals performed by local talented performers in aid of the Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. There will songs from Showboat, Rent, Ghost, My Fair Lady, Burlesque, Blues Brothers, The Greatest Showman, Jesus Christ Superstar and many others, a great evenings entertainment for the whole family.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
Wednesday July 18th 2018, 9:00pm. Dr John Cooper Clarke. Poet; Movie star; Rock star; TV & radio presenter; Comedian; Social & cultural commentator. John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
Thursday July 19th 2018, 3:30 & 8.30pm. Film: Loving Vincent. A stunning and astonishing masterpiece in its own right and taking 6 years to complete, each of this film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. Originally filmed by well-known actors, it took four years to develop the technology to overpaint each filmed frame. In the story, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Friday July 20th 2018, 8:30pm. Mark Thomas: Check-Up. Work in Progress. Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries and with director Nicolas Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us. With customary biting humour and passion, Mark trials his Edinburgh show here at The Quay.
Saturday July 21st 2018, 8:30pm. Essex Youth Jazz Concert. PLEASE NOTE THAT, ALTHOUGH THIS IS A FREE EVENT, YOU DO NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE. PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES WILL NEED TO BOOK THROUGH OUR BOX OFFICE ON 01787 374745. The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) was formed in 1991, and over that time we have seen many students from all over Essex come and go on to study Jazz at conservatoire level.
Monday July 23rd 2018, 3:30 & 8.30pm. Film: The Shape of Water. Elisa works as a janitor in a top secret, government operated laboratory. Unable to overcome her disability, she struggles in silence and solitude until one day when she and her co-worker Zelda make an important and life-changing discovery. Hidden within the walls of the high-security laboratory, they come upon a secret scientific experiment - a strange, amphibious being contained in a water tank. Not knowing where else to turn in her loneliness, Elisa befriends the creature. She will never be the same again.
Tuesday July 24th 2018, 2:30 & 7.30pm. Film: The Post. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Wednesday July 25th 2018, 8:30pm. Quay Bar Quiz. Come and test your mettle with our many-rounded Bar Quiz! Teams of up to 6 with a £1.50 entry fee per person. Small money prize and a spot prize to be had. No booking required
Thursday July 26th 2018, 7:30pm. Glyndebourne: Saul (Recorded). Fresh from its triumph at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival, Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio returns for a first revival, pairing baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. Handel expert Laurence Cummings conducts an all-star cast, including Festival favourites Iestyn Davies and Allan Clayton.
Friday July 27th 2018, 8:30pm. Women in Rock. Join Women in Rock for a two hour journey through the history of the greatest female anthems. Fronted by some of the most powerful female singers on the live music scene together with a professional touring band, Women In Rock delivers a show stopping performance covering all the great legends through the decades. Not just a tribute, but a celebration of all Women who simply Rock!
Saturday July 28th 2018, 8:30pm. The Story of Doo-Wop. Join the U.K.s premier Doo-Wop quartet, The Testosta-Tones as they take you on a musical journey detailing the history of Doo-Wop. During the early 1950s, quartets sung on street corners, in barbershops and churches in a style which became known as Doo-Wop, paving the way for rock ‘n’ roll. As the groups moved from the streets into recording studios, so the popularity of the genre grew.
Sunday July 29th 2018, 8:00pm. Free Entry. Open Music Night. A popular friendly open mic night in The Quay Bar - bring your instruments or just your voice - acoustics only, readings allowed, no mics please!
Sunday August 5th, 1:55pm. Sudbury Cinema for a Day August (Day Pass). Sudbury Cinema For A Day returns opening up with an already established family classic PETER RABBIT (U) showing at 2pm, followed by the culmination of years of planning and 18 movies in the Marvel universe, the jam-packed superhero blockbuster epic AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A).
Saturday August 11th, 7:00pm. The Quay Acoustic. Our monthly acoustic night in the bar. Anywhere between 2 - 5 musicians / singers performing sets while you relax, marvel at the local talent and sip away at your drinks! Free entry and performers usually begin at 7.15pm. Arranged by Ben Pegley
Tuesday August 14th, 6:30pm. Glyndebourne: Vanessa (Live screening). A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.
Monday August 20th, 10:00am. Newfangled Theatre Summer Courses. A Summer Theatre School that will allow pupils to explore key elements of acting and stagecraft in a fun and friendly environment. Most suited to children between the ages of 7 – 10, the workshops will allow children to build confidence and skill in exploring dramatic art. The emphasis is on learning rather than performing and the workshops caters for all: from the would-be actor to those with stage fright! Course 1 runs at the following times: Monday 20th August 10am - 3.30pm. Tuesday 21st August 10am - 3.30pm. Wednesday 10am - 12pm. Application forms can be obtained from The Quay Theatre Box office and Sudbury Library, and must be returned to the theatre with payment by end July. Places are limited so please book early!
Wednesday August 22nd, 7:30pm. Quay Bar Quiz. Come and test your mettle with our many-rounded Bar Quiz! Teams of up to 6 with a £1.50 entry fee per person. Small money prize and a spot prize to be had. No booking required
Saturday August 25th, 7:30pm. Wrong Jovi. Fronted by Ally Ward, the 2011 UK Karaoke Champion (also seen on X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Singer Takes It All), Wrong Jovi have one of the UKs top vocalists leading them through the greatest rock anthems of all time. Wrong Jovi cover everything from Bon Jovi’s 1983 debut single Runaway to 2013’s Because We Can. Just a quick glance at the Wrong Jovi set list shows that the band have everything covered. Classic Bon Jovi hits Livin’ On A Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive and Always are accompanied by live favourites such as Born To Be My Baby, Raise Your Hands and Keep The Faith. There are even some rarities to please the most hardcore of Bon Jovi fans; This Ain’t A Love Song and Richie Sambora’s Every Road Leads Home To You (Sang by Wrong Jovi’s Richie Sambora – Mark Harding) to name but a few.
Tuesday August 28th, 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Finding Your Feet. On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Fri 20 July, 7:30pm. Take That Experience. Take That Experience show “ Relight The Fire “ gives you the very latest Take That favourites as well as all the classic songs from the past
Sat 11 August, 8:00pm. Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderband.
Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband play a winning set of disco classics!
Sat 1 September, 7:30pm. Lipstick on Your Collar. Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn't touch the floor.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
18 July 2018 7.15pm. Romeo and Juliet (12A). Tickets £16.00, £13.50, £10.50. Royal Shakespeare Company live broadcast. Set in a world very like our own, the most famous story of love at first sight, explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.
19 July 2018 7.30pm. Marcus Day. Tickets £15.00. Internet sensation and star of The MediumWave, Marcus Day is coming back to Haverhill Arts Centre for a one off evening of Mediumship. Since his last appearance Marcus has taken his abilities across the country and continues to grow his online show. With very few seats left at the last Haverhill show early booking is recommended. This show does not guarantee results and should be considered as an experiment
23 July 2018 7.30pm. Book Club (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down when their bookclub tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey.
26 July 2018 2.00pm. Three Little Pig Tails. Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £22.00. Garlic Theatre. A brand new version of the classic story of the three Little Pigs set in Paris. For a family ticket. Whether your family consists of x2 adults and x2 children or x1 adult and x3 children put 4 standard tickets into your basket. At the next stage change two of them to Under 12s and the discount will be applied.
26 July 2018 7.30pm. The Happy Prince (15). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. An enthralling biopic recounting Oscar Wilde’s illustrious fall from grace after the writer is sentenced to two years’ hard labour for ‘gross indecency’ with men. Upon his release, Wilde heads straight for France where he ends his days in squalor, always maintaininghis biting wit.
28 July 2018 7.00pm. Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 18. Tickets £18.50, £16.50. One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André broadcasts his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love. ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’ follows the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music.
28 July 2018 From 12.00pm. PIMJAM Festival. Tickets £5.00. A charity music festival in memory of Peter James at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Withersfield Road. Raising money for Suffolk Accident Rescure Service. Go to www.pimjam.co.uk for more information. 17 bands over two stages. This event is organised by a third party.
06 August 2018 10.30am. Thomas and Friends, Big World, Big Adventure (U). Tickets £5.00. Featuring a world of wonder, curiosity and amazing animal friends, join Thomas on an epic adventure, fulfilling his dream of seeing the world!
06 August 2018 2.30pm. Sherlock Gnomes (U). Tickets £5.00. Gnomeo and Juliet set out, in this animated adventure comedy, to solve the puzzle behind their missing gnome friends. Fortunately they can call on Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick Watson to help piece together the clues.
07 August 2018 2.00pm. The Ugly Duckling. Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £22.00. Sealegs Puppet Theatre. Brilliant storytelling, puppets and musical score make this a fabulous show for little ducks and their families. For a family ticket. Whether your family consists of x2 adults and x2 children or x1 adult and x3 children put 4 standard tickets into your basket. At the next stage change two of them to Under 12s and the discount will be applied.
07 August 2018 7.30pm. Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom. Tickets £6.50, £5.50. When the dormant volcano above the abandoned Jurassic World theme park roars to life, Claire and Owen return to the Isla Nublar to rescue the remaining dinosaurs, only to uncover a conspiracy that threatens all manki
23 August 2018 2.00pm. The Pied Piper. Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £22.00. Norwich Puppet Theatre. A skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling and will have audiences young and old entranced.
28 August 2018 7.30pm. The Book Shop (PG). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. Set in a small town in 1959 England, the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.
29 August 2018 7.30pm. Swimming With Men (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. A mid-life crisis leads unlucky-in-love Eric to the local pool where he plunges into the all-male synchronised swimming scene to winback wife Heather. Friendships blossom as the team give everything they’ve got to master ‘the flower’ and ‘the spinning circle’. Laughout-loud from the get go.
30 August 2018 7.30pm. Jonas Kaufman, Under the Stars. Tickets £18.50, £16.50. Regarded as one of the world's greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin's iconic Waldbuhne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs from his bestselling album Dolce Vita, in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars.
31 August 2018 7.30pm. Mamma Mia Here We Go Again. Tickets £6.50, £5.50. Sophie finds out more about her mother’s past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
27 JUL - 26 AUG. BABE, THE SHEEP-PIG. When Farmer Hoggett wins Babe, an orphaned piglet, at the village fair he has no idea about 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 gives Babe a taste for the thrills of herding and his dreams are changed forever. It’s not long before Babe is accompanying the Farmer to his fields every day, and to his delight Hoggett finally asks the question: does this little piglet have what it takes to become a real Sheep-Pig? In a version by David Wood, ‘the national children’s dramatist’ (The Times), based on the classic children’s novel by Dick King-Smith that warmed our hearts as an Oscar-winning film, Babe, The Sheep-Pig is the perfect summer treat – a farmyard adventure packed with music, puppetry, love and laughter. Join us for an uplifting family tale of the heights a little pig can reach when an unsuspecting Farmer believes in him.
30 JUL. HACKT 3.0. HACKT IS BACK, REBOOTED AND AUTOMATICALLY UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2018! A week long summer school for young people aged 11-16 to explore drama and theatre making through digital technology and computer game design. Young people will work with Mercury Theatre professionals and Teaboy Games and can expect to use drama, video game design software, choreography, Raspberry Pi’s, filmmaking and coding to experiment and explore the possibilities of digital creativity. Young people do not need to have prior experience in the theatre or technology, just enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to create something new. To check out activity from previous hACkT years, check out the video.
31 JUL. AN AUDIENCE WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE. Forthright, intrepid and engaging, Ann Widdecombe, the former Shadow Home Secretary, has reinvented herself since leaving Parliament. Her inimitable performances on Strictly Come Dancing and now in the Big Brother house have made her a popular and familiar face on stage and TV. Theatres and festivals absolutely love hearing her talk about her life, which still involves serious debate and regular TV documentaries.4 AUG. BACKSTAGE TOUR – BABE. It’s access all areas as you join a friendly tour of the backstage areas of the Mercury Theatre. You can step on the stage and get up close to the set of Babe, The Sheep-Pig, as our guide tells you about the history and operation of the theatre. You will hear about theatre superstitions, the design process, and you can ask any questions you like!
4 AUG. NOW, VOYAGER. Vintage Classics – Films in our Studio Theatre.
In Boston, the over-weight spinster Charlotte Vale is a repressed woman without self-esteem and completely dominated by her wealthy mother Mrs. Henry Vale. When her sister-in-law Lisa Vale brings the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jaquith, who is her friend, to visit Charlotte, he invites her to spend some time in his sanatorium. Soon Charlotte transforms in a sophisticated and confident woman and travels in a cruise to South America. She meets architect Jerry Durrance, who is married, and they have a love affair in Rio de Janeiro. Six months later, she returns home and confronts her mother with her independence and own free will. One day, Charlotte has an argument with her mother and she dies of a heart attack. Charlotte becomes the heir of the Vale’s fortune but she feels guilty for the death of her mother. She decides to return to Dr. Jaquith’s sanatorium whether she befriends Tina, who is the twelve-year-old daughter of Jerry rejected by her mother.
7 AUG. THE SCUMMY MUMMIES SHOW – GREATEST HITS. An evening of laughs for less-than-perfect parents. Following their sell-out UK tour, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing their popular comedy show to the Mercury Theatre. The show covers a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!
11 AUG. TOUCH TOUR – BABE. The free tour will take you onto the set of Babe, The Sheep-Pig. During the tour, the audio describer will guide you through the important costumes, set and props used during the performance. Please mention if you would like to attend the touch tour when booking your tickets for the Audio Described performance. Touch Tours must be booked in advance. Please note: Touch Tours are intended for the visually impaired, as an accompaniment to the Audio Described performance. Please click here to find out more about accessibility at the Mercury.
11 AUG. SOME LIKE IT HOT. Vintage Classics – Films in our Studio Theatre. The hysterical comedy from director Billy Wilder starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They’re desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords.
13 AUG. ASPIRE: Storytelling Summer. A 5 day workshop using drama, movement, light and sound to develop storytelling skills. Our ‘Aspire’ series of workshops will help young people explore their creativity, meet new friends, build confidence, and develop communication and social interaction skills. Sessions are taught by a range of arts professionals alongside staff with experience of working with young people with additional needs. Participants that require one-to-one care will need to be accompanied by their parent/guardian or carer. We regret that we are unable to administer medication to young people. We provide Social Stories for all of our Aspire workshops and sessions are held in accessible spaces. Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 young people, with 4 staff to allow young people the space to explore their creativity and receive individual attention when required.
14 AUG. AN EVENING WITH BARONESS SHIRLEY WILLIAMS. The 20th Century: The century of violence. When she was a child, Shirley Williams believed that being an MP would give her the power to bring about all kinds of good things for society. She has now retired from the House of Lords after 50 years in frontline politics making sure that some good things were indeed bought about. Fighting to the last it was during her ninth decade that she single-handedly forced the last government into a U-turn over their plans to restructure the NHS calling them privatisation by stealth.
18 AUG. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. The story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by whom? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honour. He is accompanied by Harmonica, a man already on a quest to get even.
20 AUG. MISBEHAVIN’ SUMMER SCHOOL. Fancy learning skills from the five pillars of Hip Hop?
Come to Misbehavin’, a summer school where you can turn your hand to MC-ing, beatboxing, lyric-writing, break dancing and street art learning from some of the best in the business. For 11-16yrs
21 AUG. COMEDY CLUB ON THE ROAD! The Comedy Club As Seen on TV Presents: Comedy Club on the Road! Celebrating 22 years of bringing laughter to life! The Comedy Club is one of the most recognised and respected names in the comedy industry and over the years has worked across the UK and abroad with the best of the best. For one night they have hand-picked some of their favourite five-star laughter-makers in the UK and brought them together for you in one full show! Be prepared, get buckled up and get ready for one of the funniest nights of your life! Forget the Edinburgh Festival this August and keep it local! We will bring 4 top comedians right to your doorstep here in Colchester. Let’s have a night of pure comedy and non-stop laughs – no kilt required!
25 AUG. SUNSET BOULEVARD. In one of Hollywood’s best films, an ageing silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriter’s ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness and death.


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