Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
OCTOBER
Saturday 13th October 2018. Titfield Thunderbolt. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm, All tickets £10.00.
Stane Street Players present A Classic Ealing Comedy by Philip Goulding. The branch line between Mallingford and Titfield is losing money and British Rail is intent on closing it down. In desperation the villagers exploit the 1947 Transport Act and decide to take charge and run it themselves - with a train resurrected from a local museum! As well as convincing the railway authorities that they are competent to work the line, they have to face problems from Vernon Crump who is set on providing a competitive bus service. All aboard for a rollicking evening of hilarious nostalgia!
Saturday 20th October. Oct Comedy Night. Doors open 7.15 for 8.00pm start. All seats £12.00. Over 18s only due to content of acts.
Four great acts, four great performances. Robert White, Noel James, Jo Jo Smith & Danny Ward. Robert White, is a stand-up from West Sussex. On his website he describes himself as "the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh comic on the British comedy circuit".
For eight years, Noel James has performed comedy throughout the UK. He does it for a living and has performed at all the major clubs and festivals. Glastonbury, Reading, Edinburgh, to name but three.
Jo Jo Smith has been doing stand-up comedy for 24 years now, all over the world. And regardless of who her audience might be, there is still the potential for laughs, because as Smith puts it, “life and human experience is the root of our similarities”.
Since November 2008 Danny Ward has been travelling Great Britain, often in his T reg Polo, sometimes on the coach, entertaining audiences with his unique style of observational humour.
A self proclaimed tataholic, Danny Ward is on a mission to spread the lesson he refuses to learn – when you try and do things on the cheap, it ends up costing you more. With a delivery that is up-beat and well honed, his easy-going style is both endearing and very funny
Sunday 21st October 2018. A Night of 50s/60s Nostalgia. Doors open 6.30 for 7.00pm, £14.00. Three award winning acts take it in turn to hit the stage and take you on a nostalgic trip back to when popular music was at its best - the 50s & 60s. Join Pete Brazil, Bob Keeley and Cardy & Coke in a fabulous evening of musical memories to sing along to or just sit back and enjoy, from Bill Haley to Brenda Lee; Cliff Richard to Sandy Shaw; from Rock & Roll to the swinging sixties. A night not to be missed.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
SEPTEMBER
Tuesday September 25th, 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: I, Tonya (15). Contains strong language. In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Harding's life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she's forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.
Wednesday September 26th, 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
Thursday September 27th, 7:00pm. NT Live: King Lear. Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear - Independent
Friday September 28th, 7:30pm. Leather & Lace 2018. “Leather & Lace” is a dynamic new live show bringing all those ‘Classic Rock Anthems’ & ‘Power Ballads’ you know and love to the stage like no other has before. Presented by a 7-piece rock band featuring some of the finest musicians & singers on the circuit today you can expect to hear classic tracks from artists such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Starship, Heart, Queen, Whitesnake, Europe, Boston, Cher, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Mr Mister, Extreme, KISS, Toto, Def Leppard, Van Halen and many more. The songs are performed with respect, class and the attention to detail sonically and visually that this amazing music demands. No wigs, or silly spandex here! A show for all ages that will have you singing along to every song!
Saturday September 29th, 7:30pm. Bond - An Unauthorised Parody. Bond is back… older but still wisecracking. Following performances in Russia, USA, UK and Australia, Gavin Robertson focuses his attention on the Bond phenomenon in his latest physical cartoon style adventure - spoofing the characters adored by millions, and exploding every cliché in the book(s)… solo! In which Bond meets his greatest arch-villain yet - Ian Fleming himself, courtesy of a time-machine, and featuring the smallest car chase (n)ever seen!
Sunday September 30th, 2:30pm. The Etiquette Show. You've heard them on the radio and seen them on the television, now join William Hanson and Diana Mather, leading etiquette experts, live on stage in this tongue-in-teacup foray into proper human behaviour. During the fun, frivolous and frightfully upmarket show they will guide you through the history of civility, the do's and don'ts of modern manners, and share their extraordinary experiences of cultural faux-pas and what it takes to be an etiquette coach in the modern day. From revealing the changing tastes in courtship to showing how to dine like a diplomat, The Etiquette Show leads the charge in showcasing the timely relevance of civility and good manners. You are guaranteed to laugh and learn during this most civilised of afternoons.
Sunday September 30th, 7:00pm. 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!
OCTOBER
Wednesday October 3rd, 8:00pm. Andrew Lawrence: Clean.
Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost controversialist takes a break from all the outrage to present an all new hour of good, clean fun. No politics, no religion, no smut, no swearing, just big laughs.
Friday October 5th, 7:30pm. The Devil's Bride. Based on the chilling story by classic Victorian Gothic horror author Sheridan Le Fanu. Aspiring 17th Century painter Godfried Schalken seeks an apprenticeship with famous artist Gerard Douw, and falls in love with Douw's niece Rose. But Douw achieved his fame by making a pact with the Devil, and when Gerard attempts to wed Rose, his evil rival returns to claim his wicked prize.
Saturday October 6th, 3:00pm & 8:00pm. Backlash Ballroom: Strictly Movies. A Ballroom & Latin dance explosion, Backlash Ballroom is a dance spectacular featuring six professional Ballroom & Latin dancers plus a world class singer. Choreographed by Richard Miller and Produced by Paul Irving. This is a night to remember with dances such as the Waltz, the Quick Step, The Argentine Tango & The Charleston to name just a few. An intoxicating dance performance guaranteed to wow! Featuring a wonderful soundtrack including some great homages to movies plus beautiful lighting, if you like Strictly Come Dancing, you will LOVE Backlash Ballroom.
Sunday October 7th, 2:00pm. Met Opera: Aida. In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike.
Est runnin time: 3 hours 36 mins, including 2 intervals of 30 mins.
Tuesday October 9th, 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Journey's End (12A). Led by young officer Stanhope, whose mental health is rapidly disintegrating, a group of British soldiers await their fate in an Aisne dugout during the end of World War I. An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter. 12A | 1h 47min
Wednesday October 10th, 7:00pm. NT Live: Julie (15) (Delayed Live). BBFC rating 15 | This production contains strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and strobe lighting. Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
Thursday October 11th, 8:00pm. The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton. Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope) presents his riveting, kinetic solo show portraying one of the great English writers of the inter-war years. Patrick Hamilton was a dazzling success in his twenties, producing hit plays Rope (filmed by Hitchcock) and Gaslight, and classic novels Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. But Hamilton was also an alcoholic, whose wit darkened as his inner and outer worlds collapsed. Covering the entire sweep of Hamilton’s life and writing, The Silence of Snow entertains and challenges, asking audiences: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person? This witty, engaging tribute to a great English writer is written and performed by Mark Farrelly, whose West End credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe.
Friday October 12th, 8:00pm. Simon Evans: Genius. Age 14+ Likely to include swearing and adult themes. Mobile phones switched off for performance please. Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would
actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter?
Saturday October 13th, 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
Wednesday October 17th to:Saturday October 20th, Time:7:30pm. Sweet Charity. Sudbury Musicals Society return with Sweet Charity, a Musical Comedy about a girl who just wants to be loved! Charity Hope Valentine is a woman who always gives her heart and dreams…to the wrong man! Despite her dead-end job as a dance club hostess in the dubious Fandango Night Club she still manages to remain an incurable optimist. One day she meets sweet, unassuming Oscar and believes her luck has changed. But has she found true love and will all her dreams come true? This classic show set in the swingin' 60s includes hits including Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, The Rhythm of Life and I'm A Brass Band, you won't want to miss this musical comedy story of a girl who just wants to be loved!
Sunday October 21st, 2:00pm. Met Opera: Samson et Dalila. When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years. Est running time: 3 hours 4 mins (2 intervals of 30 mins.
Monday October 22nd, 1:00pm & 3:30pm. Alice in Wonderland (Live). A fantastical new ballet for the whole family! Let’s All Dance returns with this fabulous family favourite. Stunning dancing, much loved characters and super costumes bring the famous tale to life in this magical ballet production. Don’t be late for this very important date! Come and join Alice as she enters the curiouser and curiouser world of the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter. Suitable for all, especially 2 – 11 year olds, including children with special needs. Photo opportunity with dancers after every show!
Tuesday October 23rd, 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Winchester (15). The most haunted house in the world sits on an isolated stretch of land that's 50 miles outside of San Francisco. Built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester fortune, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To an outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman's madness. But Sarah's actually building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts -- and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters. Stars: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey. 15 | 1h 39min
Wednesday October 24th, 1:30pm. Little Ida's Flowers Workshop. Practitioners from Theatrerotto will lead the session in shadow puppet-making. Using acetate and shadows, we will create botanical, moving garden scenes inspired by Little Ida’s Flowers. The session is suitable for both younger and older participants and children can work alongside family members/carers or friends. A puppet creation will be taken home at the end of the session. Workshops generally last for up to 80 minutes with a refreshment break in the middle, and we can accommodate up to 30 active participants. Parents/guardians go free.
Wednesday October 24th, 3:30pm. Little Ida's Flowers (Show). “Why are my flowers fading?” asks Little Ida of her companion. “They have been dancing all night” comes the reply. Wondering, the little girl lays the posy in her doll’s cradle at bed time. As playthings and flowers join the dance for one magical night, the enchantment begins. “ Wonderful” “A magic world – was totally drawn in as if by a spell”. LITTLE IDA’s FLOWERS is Hans Christian Andersen’s first original fairy story for children. Theatre Rotto’s puppeteers animate the tale with marionettes, hand puppets, shadow theatre, original live music and visual wizardry. The show lasts for 45 minutes is suitable for children upwards of 4 years of age as well as adults.
Wednesday October 24th, 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

SEPTEMBER
Sat 29 September, 7:30pm. Los Endos. Los Endos, probably the best Genesis tribute band in the UK, are proudly returning to Braintree Arts Theatre with a new show for 2018.
OCTOBER
Thu 4 October, 8:00pm. Living with Luke.
Danson Thunderbolt is no ordinary Dad, and his teenage son Luke is not so ordinary either.
Fri 12 October, 7:30pm. Robert Temple: The Hypnotist. Join leading hypnotist Robert Temple on a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud and hysterical ride to the centre of your imagination!
Sat 13 October, 7:30pm. Seriously Dead - The Smash Hit Musical Comedy. A brand new musical comedy play. Starring, Crissy Rock (Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity), Tommy Cannon (Cannon and Ball), Billy Pearce - Leah Bell - Paul Dunn
Sat 27 October, 7:30pm. The Local Comedy Club. Join Lee Hurst and 3 other top comedians from the UK Comedy Circuit
NOVEMBER
Sat 10 November, 7:30pm. The Elo Encounter.
The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie!
Sat 17 November, 7:30pm. Robin Windsor. This autumn sees one of BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite professionals, Robin Windsor, heads out on tour for the very last time!
Sun 18 November, 7:30pm. Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years. Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is a unique concert, which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
SEPTEMBER
24 September 2018 7.30pm. Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (PG). Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. In 2013 Wenders was invited by the Vatican to make a film about the Pope. With extraordinary access to Vatican footage and to Pope Francis himself, Wenders’s surprisingly direct and personal film suits a Pope who urges simplicity and support for the world’s poor. Italian, Spanish and German with English subtitles.
26 September 2018 7.30pm. The Greatest Showman - Sing-a-long (PG). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. Curtains up, hit the lights – it’s circus showtime! Bring your cheer and finest voice for this sing-a-long version.
27 September 2018 7.00pm. NT Live King Lear. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. National Theatre Live. Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
28 September 2018 8.00pm. Livewire AC DC. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. Live/Wire is The AC/DC Show. The hugely successful and unique six-man tribute to rock music's greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls' and over two hours of High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll in a show critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing. Both Bon (Dave) and Brian (Podge) are present on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember and with the Rhythm section ‘locked in’ the freedom of the stage and the music is given to Simon as Angus Young who gives an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and playing. The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and you are expected to join in ! There’ll also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados! We’d be hung, drawn and quartered if we didn’t play all the classics, Back in Black, Rosie, Highway to hell are all there, and the songs keep on coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing…we salute you! Long Live AC/DC, Long Live LIVE/WIRE
29 September 2018 8.00pm. The ELO Encounter. Tickets £14.00, £12.50. Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra is here! In an all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the much loved songs from ELO’s hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down. The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie! So Hold On Tight because Rock and Roll Is King in a show that is guaranteed to have you partying All Over The World. Not only flawlessly recreating the wonderful music of ELO, it’s a spectacular live show from start to finish. Stunning lights and special effects create an atmosphere that will have you fully immersed in the whole experience. As the ELO Encounter reel off ELO classic hit after hit, it’s guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck dancing in time to the music!
30 September 2018 7.30pm. Nicholas Parsons - A Laugh a Minute. Tickets £15.50. The star of Radio 4’s Just a Minute demonstrates his talent as a solo performer and raconteur in this anecdotal show based on his personal and professional life. His ability to laugh at himself and his struggles to be an actor (while serving an Engineering Apprenticeship in Clydeside) along with other stories will keep the audience thoroughly entertained.
OCTOBER
01 October 2018 1.30pm. The Children Act (12A).
Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. Brilliant high court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make: rule that young Jehovah’s Witness Adam accept a life-saving blood transfusion, or bow to the wishes and beliefs of his family. What is it that the boy really wants? Adapted from the bestselling novel by Ian McEwan.
02 October 2018 7.30pm. Cold War (15). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. Pawlikowski won Best Director at Cannes in 2018 for this stunning, epic romance set against the backdrop of post-war Europe. This is a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heart-breaking story of two musicians who fall deeply and destructively in love. Polish with English subtitles.
03 October 2018 8.00pm. Jeremy Hardy. Tickets £15.50, £5.50. Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 34 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 34 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4 and more recently his brand-new series Jeremy Hardy Feels It. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said he likes him “but he’s only on the radio”. However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio, his television credits include: Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk (BBC2), QI(BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2), Grumpy Old Men(BBC1), Back In The Day (BBC2), Not Tonight With John Sergeant (BBC2). He is also on the road all year round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. He’s continuing his tour this autumn!
04 October 2018 7.00pm. The Merry Widow. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. The Australian Ballet, recorded broadcast. The tiny principality of Penteverdro is on the verge of bankruptcy and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna. 1 hour and 54 minutes including a 20 minute interval
05 October 2018 8.00pm. Embraceable Ella. Tickets £15.50. In this joyful celebration of her vocal hero, Joanna Eden mines the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald’s unrivalled canon with humility, style and obvious deep affection. Joanna and her world-class trio explore Ella’s repertoire from the throw-away A Tisket A Tasket to timeless classics by Gershwin, Porter and Ellington. (unreserved seating)
06 October 2018 7.30pm. Forever in Blue Jeans. Tickets £22.50. Come and join the greatest party in town as Forever In Blue Jeans celebrates 22 happy and successful years. A perfect feast of entertainment starring Carole Gordon with terrific singers, dancers and musicians playing the best in Country Music and Rock ‘n’ Roll . This big hearted show performs songs from Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Mavericks, Tammy Wynette, The Carpenters& Carol King to hits from the great Western Musicals such as Oklahoma and Paint Your Wagon plus many more. The terrific “Red Hot Blue Jeans Band” perform stunning instrumentals and the show ends with everyone invited to the party for the Grand Finale of the Neil Diamond hit Forever In Blue Jeans. Bring the whole family and come and enjoy the liveliest and happiest show of them all FOREVER IN BLUE JEANSwhere THE STAR OF THE SHOW IS THE SHOW ITSELF
07 October 2018 7.30pm. Rachel Newton. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’- Scots Trad Awards 2016. SAY Award (Scottish Album of the Year) Shortlisted Album 2017. (with Here's My Heart Come Take It). Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they're joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys. A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.
08 October 2018 7.30pm. BlacKKKlansman (15). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. An incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
11 October 2018 7.30pm. The Barron Knights. Tickets £19.00. Back by popular demand!
12 October 2018 8.00pm. Cliff Richard 60th Anniversary. Tickets £15.00. Sir Cliff Richard is without a DOUBT one of our greatest musical treasures. With a staggering 103 album releases, a record breaking 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts, voted Britain's "Ultimate Pop Star", 2018 sees Sir Cliff celebrate his 60th anniversary in the music business. Now for the very first time, Cliff will bring his enthralling live show direct to cinemas across the UK and Ireland, live from Manchester Bridgewater Hall on Friday 12th October. Presented by CinemaLive, leading producers and distributors of Event Cinema, Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour will be shown on over 700 screens in the UK and Ireland including major multiplexes and many independent cinemas and arts centres. Broadcast direct via satellite, cinema goers will be able to celebrate with Sir Cliff on this very special night, up close and personal like never before. Cliff said "This 60th Anniversary year is such a very special one for me, with an album release of exciting new tracks in the autumn and to be able to bring my show live to cinemas around the U.K is an absolute thrill. I have the most wonderful fans and to be able to share this special evening live in Manchester with so many people is such a gift. I really will feel like I am with everyone that night, I can't wait!"
16 October 2018 7.30pm. Our House. Tickets £11.00 - £15.00.
21 October 2018 5.00pm. Mayerling. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. A Royal Opera House ballet recorded broadcast
22 October 2018 10.30am. The Musical Puzzle. Tickets £5.00, £2.00, £12.00. The young audience are at the heart of a musical puzzle as they are joined by musicians from City of London Sinfonia inan exploration of shapes, puzzles and amazing music. After the concert, the children can become the musicians and have a go on some orchestral instruments. For ages 2-7.
23 October 2018 7.00pm. LDN Wrestling. Tickets £14.00, £12.00, family ticket £44.00. An explosive night of top action bringing ahost of top American wrestling stars to the ring to face the very best of home grown talent in a two hour rip-roaring family entertainment show.
23 October 2018 10.30am. Hotel Transylvania (U). Tickets £5.50. Taking a break from running the Hotel Transylvania, Drac goes on a luxury cruise with his monster family.
24 October 2018 7.00pm. Funny Girl - The Musical. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. NT Live broadcast of the story of musical hall star Fanny Brice, with Sheridan Smith in the title role.
25 October 2018 7.30pm. Not Lady Chatterley's Lover. Tickets £11.50, £9.50. A Mel Brooks style parody mixed with a steamy costume drama in this laughter-filled productionof the D.H. Lawrence novel. Lady Chatterley welcomes home her husband, Clifford, from a war that has left the world in tatters. With Clifford’s legs also in tatters, he arrives at Wragby Hall confined to a wheelchair and clutching his secret. As the couple grow apart Constance falls into a passionate, sexual and curiously experimental affair with estate gamekeeper: Mellors.There will be long contemplative looks into the middle distance, moments of touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo. 16 (includes swearing and scenes of a sexual nature)
28 October 2018 5.00pm. Die Walkure. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. A Royal Opera House live broadcast
29 October 2018 1.30pm. King of Thieves (cert tbc). Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. A caper film about the unlikely gang of retirees that pulled off the daring Hatton Garden jewellery heist of 2015. The epic multi-millionpound robbery initially believed to be undertaken by a gang of superthieves was in fact the handy-work of a group of retired criminals in their late 60s and 70s.
29 October 2018 7.30pm. The Seagull (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. Based on the Anton Chekov play, an aging actress brings her lover, Boris, a successful novelist, to visit her brother on a country estate. Nina, an innocent neighbour, falls in love with Boris and tragedy ensues.
31 October 2018 7.30pm. The Little Stranger (12a). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. A gothic horror based on the Sarah Waters novel of the same name. During the summer of 1947, Dr Faraday tends to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked as a housemaid.
NOVEMBER
02 November 2018 1.30pm. Guess How Much I Love You.
Tickets £10.00, £8.50. Selador Productions. A stage version of the classic children’s books by Sam McBratney especially for younger children.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
SEPTEMBER
28 SEP - 13 OCT. MOLL FLANDERS. Despite the runaway success of his novel Robinson Crusoe, the author Daniel Defoe is up to his ears in debt and desperate to write another blockbuster. When he falls into bed with the notorious courtesan Elizabeth Atkins, raised in Colchester, the stories she tells him about her action-packed life give him a great idea. He’ll turn them into a novel called Moll Flanders and it’ll fly off the shelves. But he hadn’t bargained on becoming entangled in Elizabeth’s tumultuous intrigues and adventures himself, or falling in love with her… The world premiere of Nick Perry’s unfaithful adaptation features a cast of terrific actor-musicians in a mashup of 18th century bawdiness and 21st century humour. Join Moll as she takes Dan on the ride of a lifetime!
OCTOBER
6 OCT. BACKSTAGE TOUR – MOLL FLANDERS.
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 Moll Flanders, 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!
8 OCT. Only Fools and Boycie – An Intimate Evening with Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis. Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show, the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Mr Challis will meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.
12 OCT - 20 OCT. SILENCE. What holds families together? What tears them apart? What’s brewing in the silences? 1996. London. It’s Ewa’s birthday. Her daughter Anna is coming home from university with a secret to share but Maria has some news of her own. As wartime memories of Siberia resurface, old steps are retraced to uncover the secrets of the past and a Polish heritage that unites and divides them. Nicola Werenowska’s funny and fascinating new play hurtles between Warsaw and London over two decades and three generations of a Polish/British family.
16 OCT. TASSELS – AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE. Enter the titillating world of Tassels: burlesque, but not as you know it. Leave your inhibitions at the door and experience the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza. With a bevy of beautiful stars, specialty variety artists and fabulous costumes, Tassels brings this classic variety art form into the 21st Century with a glamorous new show. The show is filled with the glamour and artistic spectacle that has enraptured audiences for centuries. Prepare to entertained by some of the world’s top burlesque, comedy and circus performers who present a truly unrivalled show. Tassels: An Evening Of Burlesque creates the perfect blend of danger and delight. Naughty has never been so nice!
17 OCT. BRITAIN’S GOT MAGIC. Reaching the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2016, prepare to experience the sensational magic of Christian Lee, who is an-award winning comedy magician. With over 40 million and counting YouTube hits worldwide, Christian has been crowned with various prestigious awards over the years. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and performs magic ranging from close-up tricks to illusions and full-stage productions. With his tongue in cheek humour, Christian is currently leading the way with his unique style and wacky performances and has been dubbed the “king of comedy magic” by Time Out. Featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK, this is a show suitable for the whole family – bring the kids as well!
18 OCT. JOE PASQUALE – A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITE THINGS. Joe Pasquale burst on to our TV screens 30 years ago on ITV’s New Faces. Now he’s on his 30th anniversary tour, A Few Of His Favourite Things; a celebration of his best cack, plus some surprises on the way! Let your inner child loose and learn to laugh and play again.
19 OCT. THE ILLEGAL EAGLES. The world’s official no.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship. This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound. Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more!
20 OCT. SWINGING AT THE COTTON CLUB. Swinging at the Cotton Club Featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. An action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. The exhilarating dance and music of The Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company, alongside The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.
20 OCT. TOUCH TOUR – SILENCE. Booking an Audio Described performance? Add a pre-show Touch Tour! The free tour will take you onto the set of Silence. 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.
22 OCT. SO YOU WANT TO WORK IN THEATRE. A week-long course for young people aged 14-18 interested in the theatre. Join us to work with industry professionals to find out what goes into producing a Mercury Theatre pantomime.
22 OCT - 24 OCT. STICK MAN LIVE. Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is coming to the Mercury Theatre. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This award-winning production, from the team behind The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Most suitable for age 3+yrs, but all ages welcome.
23 OCT. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. October Family Film Festival. From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.
24 OCT. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. October Family Film Festival. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in this offbeat romantic comedy, the feature debut of music video director Marc Webb, which chronicles 500 days in the on/off relationship of Summer (Deschanel) and Tom (Gordon-Levitt). While Summer steadfastly refuses to believe in true love, asserting that real life will always get in the way in the end, Tom has thrown caution to the wind and fallen hook, line and sinker in love with her. Where can their so-called relationship lead?
24 OCT. ANNUAL COLCHESTER LECTURE – THE MAKING OF MODERN PARLIAMENT. The Making of a Modern Parliament. A lecture on the Speakership, the modernisation of Parliament, and the importance of opening up our democratic processes. Followed by a Q&A. We are very excited to announce the return of the much loved civic event – the Colchester Lecture! This returning event, run with support from title sponsor Birkett Long Solicitors, will invite nationally recognised speakers to the Mercury Theatre to engage local audience with relevant and current topics.This October we are thrilled to be welcoming Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Buckingham.
25 OCT. PADDINGTON. October Family Films Festival. From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist…
25 OCT. SINGALONGA ROCKY HORROR SHOW. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the campest cult classic of all time. Made in 1975 with the incredible Tim Curry as Frank ‘n’ Furter, the delectable Susan Sarandon as Janet, the cadaverous Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff and the fluffy Meatloaf as Eddie, it’s the craziest, most action-packed, romantic, scary Transylvanian party of all time. It’s packed full of terrific numbers from The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite, to There’s A Light and I’m Going Home, by way of Whatever Happened To Saturday Night? and Science Fiction Double Feature. Now at long last The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets what it’s been screaming for – the full Sing-a-long-a treatment that you love so well. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this!
26 OCT. NOT ABOUT HEROES. Stephen MacDonald’s Fringe First winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon alongside Owain Gwynn as Owen. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice. The show is presented by acclaimed Welsh company Flying Bridge and Olivier Award winning producers Seabright Productions.

 
 
     
 

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