Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
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Sunday 21st April 2019. Goldilocks, The Three Bears & The Mayor of Porridgeton. Doors open 2.30 for 3.00pm. Tickets £10.00 Adult, £8.00 Child. For years and years no Ð one has entered Bear Wood by order of The Mayor. For something or someone lives deep within the woods that is no friend to the people of Porridgeton! One summer morning Goldilocks, being as curious as ever, decides she is going to find out for herself exactly who or what is in the woods. So she sets off into the woods where she comes across a hidden cottage. Upon knocking the door and getting no reply she realises no one is home so she decides to take a peek inside. Once inside she looks around and can hardly believe her eyes. Three very differently sized chairs... Three very differently sized beds... And what's that delicious smell? Three very differently sized bowls of porridge,'mmmmm my favourite' says Goldilocks. It is here our adventure really begins. Goldilocks meets The Three Bears and a whole host of new characters such as Spooner the sappy delivery boy, Eddie the gremlin and of course The Mayor Of Porridgeton. Who may not be all he seems!
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Friday 31st May 2019. Wrong Jovi. 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Tickets £15.00. Wrong Jovi guarantee 'One Wild Night' of Bon Jovi's greatest hits, live favourites and rarities!

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
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Saturday April 20th, 7:30pm. Alan Bonner. Sudbury's own Alan Bonner returns to the Quay for an intimate show in support of his new EP "Songs In The Key of Sea". Recorded in Galway, Ireland, the piano/ vocalist’s latest collection of songs has gained him some stellar reviews as well as BBC radio airplay. "A deeply independent artistic voice, the songwriter's openly emotive work recalls Rufus Wainwright in its coy melodrama, or even aspects of Elton John's golden run." CLASH MAGAZINE 2018
Friday April 26th to Saturday April 27th. Time:7:30pm. Fundraiser: All profits will go to the Gainsborough’s House capital project: Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace: A National Centre for Gainsborough. Sixty years ago, Cecil Beaton, the preeminent society photographer of his century, wrote “Gainsborough’s Girls”, a play about the London triumphs and trials of the supreme master of the society portrait of the late 18th century. The Tower Theatre, London, in collaboration with Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury presents the premiere revival of this fascinating human comedy where the lauded self- made man of one era looks back at his equal from the past.
Monday April 29th, 8:00pm. Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal. Star of Live At The Apollo, Live From The BBC, Mock The Week, Roast Battle and Live From The Comedy Store Suzi Ruffell takes her sell-out and critically acclaimed show Nocturnal on tour this Spring. If you don’t have anxiety, I don’t think you’re concentrating! Suzi is worried about everything - from someone breaking into her flat, to human rights across the globe, to her cat’s quality of life – and it’s keeping her awake. Following last year’s critically acclaimed, sell-out run, this show is not to be missed.
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Wednesday May 1st, 6:45pm. ROH: Faust (Delayed Live Broadcast).
There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar
Friday May 3rd, 7:30pm. The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving close to 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain. Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’
Tuesday May 7th to Saturday May 11th, ‎19‎:‎45. Top Girls. Top Girls by Caryl Churchill interrogates and exposes the price women pay for success, taking us on an audacious theatrical journey from a restaurant gathering of iconic historical female figures, to the cut-throat world of the office and finally, to the catastrophic confrontation between two sisters around a kitchen table.
Sunday May 12th, 2:00pm. Met Opera: Dialogues des Carmélites. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress. Est running time: 3 hours 9 mins (including 1 interval of 30 mins)
Tuesday May 14th, 7:00pm. NT Live: All My Sons (12A). Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons. America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Wednesday May 15th, ‎14‎:‎30 & ‎19‎:‎30. Film: The Favourite (15). CONTAINS VERY STRONG LANGUAGE AND SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE. In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead, while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

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Sat 27 April, 7:30pm. Beatlemania. With the use of authentic instruments, amps and replica costumes, this 100% live band superbly and faithfully recreate the legendary live performances of the 'Fab Four'
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Sat 4 May, 7:30pm. Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows.
Following their critically acclaimed performance here in 2018, they are returning to Braintree Arts Theatre on Saturday
Sat 11 May, 7:30pm. Neil Diamond, The Experience. Europe's largest and most authentically presented Neil Diamond tribute stage show.
Fri 24 May, 7:30pm. LDN Wrestling. 2019 will see the return of the bone crunching superstars of LDN Wrestling.
Sat 25 May, 7:30pm. Frankie's Guys. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, amazing vocals and a great live band, it’s unmissable!

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
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Sat 20 Apr 2019 7:30PM. Genesis Visible Touch. Genesis Visible Touch are the ultimate Collins-era Genesis show. Expect all the hits from Follow You Follow Me through to Invisible Touch, mixed in with fan favourites from their whole career. This is a Genesis show to please fans across the board!
Tue 23 Apr 2019 7:30PM. On the Basis of Sex (12A). The true story of the pioneering lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights in law and what she had to overcome in order to become a female US Supreme Court Justice.
Wed 24 Apr 2019 7:30PM. Tide Jetty. Two brothers grow up on the banks of Breydon Water alongside tomboy, Eliza. The three of them are inseparable. As they grow older the inevitable happens… Eliza turns into a woman and they both fall for her. But tragedy tears the trio apart and years later it is time to discover the truth of what really happened…
Thu 25 Apr 2019 8:00PM. Reginald D Hunter – Facing the Beast (preview). Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.
Fri 26 Apr 2019 8:00PM. Ian Shaw, The All That Jazz Club. The Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2018 (Parliamentary Jazz Awards) returns to Haverhill. Ian Shaw is one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers in the UK with his most recent album, Shine Sister Shine receiving universal praise. Experience Ian Shaw and Hannah Horton performing together again after numerous appearances together in 2018 including at No.1 Jazz Festival Love Supreme.
Sat 27 Apr 2019 8:00PM. The Jets + Relentless. Age Recommendation: 18
Sun 28 Apr 2019 7:30PM. Haverhill Silver Band (April 2019). Come along and enjoy an informal evenings’ entertainment that will have you tapping your feet to some your favourite music from theatre and cinema.
Mon 29 Apr 2019 1:30PM. All is True (12A). The year is 1613. Disaster strikes for Shakespeare when his Globe Theatre burns to the ground, he returns to Stratford to face a troubled past and a neglected family.
Mon 29 Apr 2019 7:00PM. All About Eve. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?
Tue 30 Apr 2019 6:15PM. Faust. Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Siébel and becomes infatuated with Faust.
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Fri 3 - Sun 5 May 2019. Haverhill Beer Weekend 2019.
On Saturday night there’s live music from The Caverners
Tue 7 May 2019 1:30PM. Neil Sands – Sentimental Journey. Neil takes you for a Sentimental Journey back through The fabulous 40s, The Rocking 50s, The Swinging 60s and The Sensational 70s.
Tue 7 May 2019 7:30PM. Capernaum (15). Zain, a gutsy Lebanese boy flees his negligent parents, survives by his wits on the streets, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards, it’s an unforgettable tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Arabic/Amharic with English subtitles.
Wed 8 & Mon 13 May 2019. The White Crow (12A). The incredible true story of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev is brought vividly to life. From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his nail-biting escape from the KGB and defection to the West at the height of the Cold War. English, and Russian and French with English subtitles.
Fri 10 May 2019 7:30PM. Fighting with my Family (12A). Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
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20 APR. LITTLE MIX EXPERIENCE. If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience! Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest Girl-Bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages! Featuring songs such as DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and many, many more. They look like Little Mix, They Sound like Little Mix, they are “The Little Mix Experience”
23 Apr. Ask The Candidates. The Ask The Candidates hustings event gives voters the chance to put their questions to representatives from each of the political parties standing in the local elections in Colchester this May. The big debate will take place on Tuesday 23 April – and with no other hustings yet announced, it could be the first time the candidates for Colchester publicly debate this time round. Panel representatives will be selected by each of the local parties. We will update this web page with the list of representatives once they have been confirmed. Questions should be submitted at the time of booking and the Chair will pick a selection to ask on the night.
23 Apr - 24 Apr. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Join Ben the Elf, Fairy Princess Holly, and their friends including Gaston the Ladybird, on an exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land packed full of games, songs and laughter, where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
25 Apr. Ruby Wax – How To Be Human. We can’t stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we’re on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, mechanical fingers crossed we’ll still have our minds. Hopefully we’ll use them for things like compassion, instead of just chasing what’s ‘better’ like a hamster on a wheel. If we can do that, we’re on the yellow brick road to happiness. With a little help from monk Gelong Thubten, who explains how the mind works, and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura who explains where everything that makes us ‘us’ can be found in the brain.
26 Apr. Respect to Aretha. Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and power-house vocalist, Letitia George stars in this heartfelt and uplifting dedication to the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin’s extraordinary career as a singer and songwriter spanned over sixty years. She rose from church gospel singer to international stardom at a young age and is widely accepted as the finest female soul singer of our time. Her talent has always been unequalled. Massive hits including ‘A Natural Woman, Say a little Prayer, Chain of Fools, Until You Come Back to Me, Think, I Never Love a Man’, and of course ‘Respect’, will ensure that Aretha’s legacy will continue forever.
27 Apr. Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman. Look out ‘cause here it comes…. Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want.
29 Apr The Cavern Beatles. The Cavern Beatles is the only Beatles band fully endorsed and licensed by the famous cavern club in Liverpool. They bring to the stage the music that has now influenced 3 generations. Be prepared to enjoy all the hits of the fab four in a 2 hour show that is completely live. The show is a magical history tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon. The attention to detail is remarkable, extending to the use of exact reproduction of 1960’s instruments. All of the equipment seen on stage is the same as that used by the Beatles wherever possible.
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1 May. Transitions Dance Company: The 2019 Triple Bill.
Transitions Dance Company returns with a brand new triple bill of short, innovative dance works by specially commissioned choreographers Karole Armitage, Marina Collard and Hetain Patel. This diverse programme, which ranges from graceful precision to the wry and mischievous, is performed by fifteen international dancers at the start of their stellar careers..
2 May. Disco Divas. Don’t walk, boogie!! The glitter ball is ready so let’s go back, right back to the decadent age of disco! A funktastic live band keep the beats pumping & the rhythms rolling. A fabulous cast of world-class singers perform the greatest hits of the glamorous high priestess of Pop, Diana Ross; Sister Sledge; Gloria Gaynor; and the undisputed queen of disco, Donna Summer. This divatastic show features many of their classic hits, also covering many of the classics penned and produced by Music legend and man of the moment Nile Rogers.
3 May. Pasadena Roof Orchestra. With an unparalleled reputation across the UK, Europe and beyond, for 50 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920s and 1930s to widespread acclaim. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.
4 May. Ian Waite & Vincent Simone. Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are joining forces in 2019 with their brand new production – The Ballroom Boys. Argentine Tango legend Vincent and King of the Ballroom Ian, will be joined by two professional female dancers and a wonderful vocalist. The night will be packed with dances, songs and loads of banter! Expect dances like the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango! Get ready for a high intensity evening of glitz and glamour with Ian & Vincent… The Ballroom Boys! There will be a limited number of VIP tickets that include a pre-show meet and greet with the boys, for autograph and photo opportunities.
5 May. Oxford House School Production. Join us for our School Production 2019. Our pupils and staff have worked hard over the past few months and we look forward to sharing with you, an entertaining afternoon.
7 May. Pascoe and friends – a fundraiser. Join Sara Pascoe and friends for a night of comedy and laughter to support CARA (centre for action on rape and abuse) and raise money in their 30th year supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse.
8 May. An Audience with Kate Humble. Join Kate Humble for a fascinating talk about her latest book – Thinking on my Feet – as well as her life working with wildlife, the far flung places that this has taken her to and the inspiring people she has met on her travels. There’s also a unique chance to go ‘behind the camera’ as Kate describes how the programmes are made along with some lovely anecdotes about the filming.
9 May. Big Girls Don’t Cry. 10th Anniversary Tour – Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys. Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.
10 May. Comedy Club on The Road. The Official Comedy Club celebrates bringing ‘Laughter to Life’ for 23 years at The Mercury Theatre! The Comedy Club is one of the most recognized and respected names in the comedy industry and over the years have worked across the UK and abroad with the best of the best. For one night they have hand-picked some of their favorite 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! 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.
11 May - 12 May. Simply Brits. The students of Simply Dance Colchester are extremely excited to be presenting their first ever show at The Mercury Theatre. The Students ages 3-18 will be displaying their talent in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz as a celebration of music from some of the best British Artists of all time.
14 May. Stars of Les Misérables in concert – featuring The Barricade Boys. Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, The Barricade Boys are back on the road with their five star international tour! Fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals, dashing good looks and fantastic personalities. The Barricade Boys showcase the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical – Les Misérables. As seen on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ The Barricade Boys are quickly securing their place as theatre land’s newest and most exciting show.


 
 
 
THEATRE ON THE COAST
 
10th July to 31st August 2019. Summer theatre returns to the Southwold Arts Centre this year under new ownership. Matthew Townshend has taken over under the new brand of ‘Theatre on the Coast’. Shows include Patrick Marlowe’s The End of the Line, A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Debbie Issitt’s The Woman who Cooked her Husband, finishing with Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse. Find out more at www.mtproductions.co.uk Tickets available online from start of April via Ticketsource.  
     
                                     
 

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