Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
Saturday 22nd June 2019. Comedy Night with Mike Gunn. Tickets £13.00. Doors 7.15pm for 8.00pm. Plus RUSSELL HICKS, MATTHEW OSBORN and JENNY COLLIER
Saturday 29th June, 7.00 for 7.30pm. With One Voice Choir Concert. With One Voice - Seventy Singers in Harmony. This uplifting concert brings two leading local choirs together for the first time. The programme is likely to include songs from the shows, light classical music, popular songs, sacred pieces and arrangements of jazz standards. It is a first for The Empire.
Sunday 30th June 2019. Spotlight. Doors open 12.30 for 1.00pm. Adults £8.00, Child £6.00 (under 10). For anyone who love the musicals we have combined a few classical musical numbers, from shows such as Wicked, 42nd Street, School of Rock and many more. Our amazing talented cast have been able to pick and choose which numbers they would like to do. This show is very energetic. A family show for all ages. So if your flying high, come along and listen to.....The amazing talented cast of Spotlight.
Saturday 6th July 2019. Music in the Park 2019. Halstead Public Gardens. Gates open at 6.00pm, show starts at 7.30pm.
The Annual Fundraising event for the Empire Theatre, and what a night in prospect. The Hit List plus supporting act Double Trouble.
Thursday 11th, Friday 12th & Saturday 13th July, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Dads Army.
CATS, Castle Players and friends, return to the Halstead Empire for 3 nights in July with (Don't tell him - Pike !) Dad's Army by Jimmy Perry and David Croft which is the classic BBC TV comedy series about the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea who battle daily against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges, comes to the stage complete with all the well-loved characters: "stupid boy" Pike, "Don't panic, don't panic" Jonesey, "Doomed, we're all doomed!" Fraser, "May I be excused, sir?…This hilarious show uses three episodes from the original BBC TV series and features all of the Dad's Army gang of much loved characters (Don't Panic - Don't panic - they're all here !)
Thursday 18th July 2019. Sense & Sensibility. Tickets £10.00. Doors 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Written in 1811, Sense and Sensibility is one of Jane Austen’s most famous works depicting 19th Century England from the perspective of a small family living in the south of England. The impact of the class and inheritance systems on the Dashwood family’s lives is seen through their change of circumstance and the sisters’ love lives. Come and enjoy this historical costume drama. The Dashwood sisters have a very different approach to their love lives. Elinor has much more Sense, but Marianne has a great deal of Sensibility Hero’s, heartbreak and debonair villains, all topped off with a dashing duel, will have you falling in love with this wonderful Austen novel and leave you wondering, are you an Elinor or a Marianne?

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
Wednesday June 19th, 7:30pm. A History of Spoken English. This is not a talk on split infinitives, and what the differences are between the past participle and the past tense. Definitely not! Charlie will show us how the seeds of spoken English were first set. He will also show us how each invading force affected the English language, and the different sounds they brought; from the Angles and Saxons to the Vikings and Normans. How was Shakespeare really spoken? The effect of the Renaissance; the religious input; and how England, by being a trading nation creating an Empire, adopted words from across the globe into the English language. The show will include a dialect tour of the British Isles and further afield, and demonstrate the different facial expressions of each dialect . . . and how a deaf person he knows can tell what dialect a person has . . . just by lip reading.
Thursday June 20th, 8:00pm. Jake Lambert & Marlon Davis (Edinburgh Warm-Up). Jake Lambert: Never Mak The Same Mistak Twice (Work in Progress). Following on from his sold-out 'Solidly entertaining debut' (The Scotsman), Jake Lambert returns with a brand new show packed full of 'brilliant one-liners' (Chortle). As seen on Comedy Central, Writer for Mock The Week & The News Quiz. So, the show title; basically he’s moved in with his girlfriend and he's trying not to mess it up, whilst learning from his mistakes. (He was going to do a show about his successes, but neither of them were very funny). Tour support for Tom Allen, Seann Walsh, Kerry Godliman, and Rob Beckett.
Friday June 21st, 7:30pm. Cardy & Coke. Wes & Jan return for their usual eclectic concoction. Who knows what’s on the menu this time, as their evenings generally have a habit of shooting off at unexpected tangents! What you can be sure of is an evening of music and fun with an emphasis on entertainment with a capital ‘E’ and you can bet that somewhere in the mix will be some 50s & 60s, Country & Irish and sing-a-long so audience participation is actively encouraged. Book now as seats for this popular duo have a habit selling quickly.
Saturday June 22nd, 7:30pm. Richard Digance: 2019 Platinum Tour. 2019 sees Richard Digance reach his 70th year, 52 of which have been spent on the road. Spend an evening with Richard and see for yourself how he has managed to retain the respect of fellow-performers and the general public alike. ‘Richard Digance is brilliant’ Bill Bryson. ‘A National Treasure’ Bob Harris. ‘He should sling it in’ Richard Digance. Special guest; Eric Sedge, back with him by popular demand.
Tuesday June 25th to Wednesday June 26th, 14‎:‎30 & ‎19‎:‎30. FILM: Stan and Ollie (PG). Laurel and Hardy -- the world's greatest comedy team -- face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can't quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy's failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.
Thursday June 27th, 7:30pm. All Hail Macbeth! 'Hell hath no fury like three women scorned' It's 2019, it's Times Up Now! Yet for three young women in the city it still feels like the 1950s. But that's about to change when Cate walks into their lives and shows them what being a witch should be about. All Hail Macbeth mixes comedy and high drama, with more than a little bit of magic, to tell the backstory of the Three Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. A cross between Harry Potter, Macbeth and Top Girls, All Hail Macbeth has an all-female cast with a three-part harmony style group of singers, putting a retro twist on modern-day classics. Packing Shed Theatre produces new writing by playwrights based in the Eastern Region performed by creatives also based in the East. All Hail Macbeth is their fourth show and follows a sell-out run in their hometown of Colchester last summer.
Friday June 28th, 7:00pm. NT Live: Small Island. Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson. Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.
Saturday June 29th, 7:30pm. Sounds of Simon. The Sounds of Simon is a tribute to the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey as the full band take you through the early Simon and Garfunkel albums, through the massive success of Bridge Over Troubled Water and on to the Grammy award winning success of Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland. Lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play such classics as Mrs Robinson, The Boxer, The Sounds of Silence and You Can Call Me Al, The Obvious Child, as well as all the others that have established Paul Simon as one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly.
Sunday June 30th, 7:00pm. Open Mic Night. Our monthly (except August) open performance Sunday night in the Quay Bar. Usually on the last Sunday of the month. Bring your instruments or just your voice. Acoustic only - readings and spoken word allowed, no mics please! Free Entry - donations welcome.
Wednesday July 3rd, 8:00pm. Suzi Ruffell & Phil Jerrod (Edinburgh Warm-Up).
Phil Jerrod: Unrelatable (Work In Progress). Join award winning comedian Phil Jerrod (Tour support for Romesh Ranganathan and Angela Barnes) as he works out material for his new show. 'Insightful, despairing wit' - The Scotsman. 'Casual brilliance' - The Guardian. Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone's Watching (Work in Progress). Suzi has made a name for herself turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This year she is happy. This show answers the question: are all stand ups at their best when they are miserable? Fingers crossed no.

Sun 23 June, 7:00pm. Chelmsford Theatretrain. Chelmsford Theatretrain present Speakeasy
Sat 29 June, 2:30pm and 6:30pm, Sun 30 June, 5:00pm. The Classical Ballet & Theatre Dance School presents Alice’s Wonderland Adventure.
Sat 6 July, 4:00pm. Abigails Performing Arts: Annie Jr.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s. Performed by Abigails Performing Arts.
Thu 1 August, 7:30pm. Forbidden Nights.
Welcome to a Brand New Fantasy

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
Tue 18 Jun 2019 7:00PM. The Pirates of Penzance. English National Opera recorded broadcast. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera gets the Mike Leigh treatment.
Wed 19 Jun 2019 7:30PM. Fisherman’s Friends (12A). Inspired by a true story, a feel-good film about the rise of the UK’s number one buoy band. A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen.
Thu 20 Jun 2019 7:30PM. The Keeper (15). The incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, joined Manchester City as goalkeeper and became a footballing icon. English, and German with English subtitles.
Fri 21 Jun 2019 8:00PM. The All That Jazz Club. Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band featuring Hannah Horton. Cheeky, sunny, floor-filling tunes from an all-female ensemble with bags of musical talent and irrepressible charm. Much loved favourites are given the vintage treatment with lush close harmonies, brass, and an old school rhythm section. Bandleader and cabaret star Tricity Vogue has gathered the finest female jazz musicians from the London Jazz scene for this feel-good musical project, inspired by 1930s bandleader Ivy Benson and her All Girl Swing Band. Spend your evening with the band performing an eclectic swing repertoire including classics, catchy original tunes and several modern pop favourites in mischievous vintage disguise.
Sat 22 Jun 2019 7:15PM. Would You Adam and Eve It? What happens if you tell two chaps who like to make people laugh to dramatise all 90 chapters from the first two books of the Bible, in 90 minutes? Well with a few strategic speedy bits to help it achieve it’s running time – this comedy show has amazed audiences around the world for the last 10 years, including the Edinburgh Fringe.
Mon 24 Jun 2019 7:30PM. Tolkien (12A). Exploring the formative years of the orphaned author J. R. R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of the First World War, which threatens to tear the ‘fellowship’ apart.
Wed 26 Jun 2019. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations ofchildren to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’ s stories, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Thu 27 Jun 2019 7:00PM. Small Island – recorded as live (15). National Theatre Live Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson based on the novel by Andrea Levy Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.
Fri 28 Jun 2019 7:30PM. One Night in Dublin. A celebration of the music and song of Ireland. Featuring award winning lively Irish band The Wild Murphys performing their own versions of classic and well known Irish songs by such favourites as The Dubliners, The Pogues, The Saw Doctors, Flogging Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, The Fureys and even Foster and Allen.
Sat 29 Jun 2019 7:30PM. The Counterfeit Seventies. You’ve heard of The Counterfeit Sixties show now we have The Counterfeit Seventies, from a decade of glam rock through to new wave music, and everything in between. Featuring the music of Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, The Bay City Rollers and many, many more, they will take you through a rollercoaster ride of the biggest 70’s hits. Coupled with a stunning light show, costumes from the period and video footage of the bands and events from that era, makes this one show you don’t want to miss. So whether you want to sit back and take a trip down memory lane, or get your glad rags on and boogie on down, this uplifting show will take you on a nostalgic trip back to the 70’s!!
Mon 1 - Thu 11 Jul 2019. Rocketman (15).
An epic musical fantasy about the breakthrough years of larger than-life superstar, Elton John. Set to John’s songs (performed by Egerton), it tells the uncensored human story of how small-town boy and shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
19 Jul. Aspire Club Night July. Join us to meet new friends, have fun and dance the night away! Our Aspire Club Nights are designed for young people aged 7-18 with special educational needs and disabilities. Come join the party with a DJ and disco lights in a safe, accessible and inclusive environment. A great opportunity for young people to socialise, have fun, meet new friends, and develop their communication skills. 2019.
20 Jul. Music at the Tower. Join two of Colchester’s most loved cultural organisations at one of the region’s most beautiful locations! The Mercury Theatre and Roman River Music invite you to a fundraising Summer garden party at the stunning Tudor landmark Layer Marney Tower. Listen to professional and young emerging musicians, enjoy afternoon tea and drinks and take a trip up the tower to delight in the views of the Essex countryside. With gates open from 2:30pm, be welcomed on arrival with either a glass of fizz or Pimms and make your way into the gardens of this stunning venue. Individual afternoon teas will be served and a cash bar available for you to enjoy music in the sun with your friends or family. A raffle will be held along with some light hearted games, with the music expected to finish at approx. 6pm. This event will be held in aid of both the Mercury Theatre Colchester’s Mercury Rising Campaign, and Roman River’s education and community engagement work.
5 Aug. HACKT 4.0. hACkT is back! Back again! For summer 2019!
A week long summer school for young people 11-16 to explore drama and theatre making through digital technology and computer game design. Young people will work with Mercury Theatre professionals 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. Prior experience in the theatre or technology isn’t needed, just enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to create something new! To check out activity from previous hACkT years, click here. The hACkT summer school runs from Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug from 10am – 4pm each day.

12 Aug. Aspire: Storytelling Summer School. This workshop is for young people aged 7-12yrs with learning disabilities and additional needs. Our Aspire Summer School 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 as we are unable to administer medication to young people.

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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