Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
Saturday 2nd November 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm, Tickets £15.00. Pink Tribute.
Vicky Jackson continues to dominate the tribute scene with this stunning
and authentic tribute to Pink. For over a decade Vicky Jackson has been
wowing audiences worldwide with her energetic and accurate portrayal
of the American Grammy award winner singer. She is the definitive Pink
Tribute, combining all of Pink's major hits over 20-year period right
up to the most recent releases. Perfect vocals and bespoke costumes
deliver the authentic Pink experience.
Sunday 10th November, 2019,2.15 for 3.00pm. 42nd Street.
Recorded Live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. 42nd Street,
the ultimate Broadway musical, ran in London on the West End’s biggest
stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford
Ropes (which was subsequently adapted for the silver screen the following
year), 42nd Street tells of the great director Julian Marsh and his
upcoming production of the musical Pretty Lady. But when the show’s
star is forced to drop out of the production, Marsh calls on unknown
chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, who takes to the stage a “youngster” and comes
back a “star”. With a classic score of musical theatre standards including
"We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "42nd
Street" and "About a Quarter to Nine", this heart-warming
musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy.
Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
Wednesday October 16th, 7:30pm. The Blackheart Orchestra.
The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries
to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing
music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic
landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous
for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility
and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed
instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken
for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described
as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are to be found continuously changing
from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass
and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica
in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One
moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like
wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Thursday October 17th, 7:30pm. Prophet Sharing. Two
great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may
have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley
Blaker and Imran Yusuf – both stars of their own BBC shows – are joining
forces in the most-unlikely double-act since Kermit and Miss Piggy (who
neither Ashley and Imran can eat!) Originally brought together by a
passion for the same football team, the pair are travelling the UK uniting
people of every faith and none for an evening of laughter.
Friday October 18th, 7:30pm. The Witching Hour. Montague
Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian
terror! Brave the horrors lying in wait within "An Episode of Cathedral
History"! Witness the spectral malevolent seeking revenge in "A
Warning to the Curious"! One-man show and follow-up to the successful
touring production of "Old Haunts".
Saturday October 19th, 7:30pm. Who Are You UK. The
UK's finest tribute to The Who will perform the rock opera 'Tommy',
50 years since its album release + a set of greatest hits at this wonderful
theatre venue. Who Are You UK are the UK’s hottest Who tribute – recreating
the unique excitement and power of one of rocks greatest ever bands.
From the early hits of the mid-60’s to the rock classics of the 70’s
and 80’s – tune after fantastic tune – from Can’t Explain to You Better
You Bet, through Pinball Wizard and Wont Get Fooled Again – every one
an absolute work of genius from composer Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey,
John Entwhistle and Keith Moon. Catch this awesome tribute to the ultimate
rock band The Who – a show not to be missed.
Monday October 21st, 1:30pm. Marty MacDonald's Toy Machine.
Everyone at Marty MacDonald’s Farm is delighted with the special delivery
that’s arrived – the Toy Machine that makes all of the toys in the world!
But then they realise that Crafty the Crow has been up to mischief and
it shouldn’t really be there at all…Worse still, the machine has stopped
working, so they need to fix it before the Toymaker comes to get it
back! Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the
Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure to
repair the Toy Machine, save the day and give the world back its toys!
Monday October 21st, 7:30pm. Lady Windermere's Fan. A
new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan,
directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, was
broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West
End and is now available as a recorded programme. Kathy Burke brings
together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award-winning
actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington,
and guest starring Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, marking
her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years.
Wednesday October 23rd, 13:00 & 15:30. The Princess
& the Frog. After sell out tours around the UK, Let's All
Dance is delighted to present this beautiful, classical ballet to charm
audiences young and old. An original score, gorgeous costumes and crystal
clear story-telling draw you into the magical world of ballet and make
it accessible to all. A lovely production and a heart-warming tale with
the theme of friendship at its core.
Thursday October 24th, 7:30pm. Funny Faces. A double
bill of two beautifully written plays based on the lives and loves of
two British legends, Sid James and Joan Sims. JOAN SIMS takes a walk
down memory lane in 'SIMPLY JOAN'. Join JOANIE as she reflects on her
professional work and her private heartache, sometimes hilariously,
often touchingly, as we witness her determination to ‘Carry On’! 'WOT
SID DID' sees SID JAMES in his stage dressing room in the hour before
his last performance. SID’s in a pensive mood as he looks back on his
career, his life and his lost love – BARBARA WINDSOR. A funny poignant
play about one of Britain’s most loved comic actors.
Saturday October 26th, 12:00pm. HORRORTHON IV. Do you
want to see something really scary? The Horrorthon is back this Halloween
for it’s fourth terrifying year! Seven classic horror movies on the
big screen, back to back with a fully licensed bar and food available
all day long and into the night. Final admission 11pm. Tickets just
£20, over-18’s only.
Monday October 28th, 7:30pm. ROH: Don Pasquale. Royal
Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of
Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty
story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around
him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted
and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of
its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s
exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still
are and how immediate and touching the story remains.
Wednesday October 30th, 7:30pm. The Masque of the Red Death.
Prince Prospero and a handful of his nobility shut themselves away in
a heavily fortified castle, to escape the terrible plague that is sweeping
their land … known as the Red Death, it kills everyone and everything
in its path. Disdainfully indifferent to the sufferings of his people,
the Prince throws a lavish ball, but as the masque reaches its orgiastic
climax and the clock chimes midnight, a mysterious, uninvited guest
is found in their midst … a guest that wreaks a terrifying revenge!
Friday November 1st, 7:30pm. Hancock & Co. James Hurn is
a multi-talented actor and impressionist (known for Dead Ringers and
Blaired Vision) he will be performing a brand-new programme celebrating
over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour including one Lost episode of Hancock’s
Half Hour, and two episodes he has written himself in the same style
as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast.
James is a master at recreating the accents and personas of such iconic
20th century British favourites as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie
Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.
Tuesday November 5th to Saturday November 9th, 19:45. Terror.
Guilty. Not Guilty. You are the jury – you decide. Enter the
courtroom. Hear the evidence. Make your judgement. A hijacked plane
is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders to the
contrary, a fighter pilot shoots the plane down killing on board but
perhaps saving thousands in the stadium. Now on trial and charged with
murder, his fate lies in the hands of YOU - the audience. NOT JUST A
DRAMA - A THEATRICAL EVENT
Fri 25 October, 7:30pm. LDN Wrestling. 2019 will see
the return of the bone crunching superstars of LDN Wrestling
Sun 27 October, 7:30pm. Legends of American Country. Now
seen by over 250,000 fans direct from Ireland Europe's No 1 Country
music show "The Legends of American Country" returns for another
fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics.
Fri 8 November, 7:30pm. Hal Cruttenden: Chubster. Hal’s literally
filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice:
You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.
Sat 9 November, 7:30pm. The Elo Encounter. After selling
out in 2018, The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll
and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie!
Fri 15 November, 7:30pm. The Adult Panto: Peter Panties.
The Market Theatre Company return to corrupt another traditional pantomime
classic beyond recognition.
Sat 16 November, 7:30pm. The Rolling Stones Story.
Celebrating the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. Let’s Spend The
Night Together in the company of Mick and the boys and experience a
truly authentic Rolling Stones spectacle.
Sun 17 November, 7:30pm. Lost Voice Guy. Lee Ridley
(aka Lost Voice Guy) - the first comedian ever to win Britain’s Got
Talent – is back on the road and coming to a disabled parking space
near you this autumn.
Thu 21 November, 7:30pm. Roy Chubby Brown. Roy Chubby
Brown returns to Braintree after a near sell out in May. Not for the
Fri 22 November, 7:30pm. The Psychology of Serial Killers. Join
expert Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling
Sat 23 November, 7:30pm. Los Endos: The Ultimate Genesis Show.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear all the drama and excitement
of a Genesis gig from the 70’s and 80’s.
Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, T: 01440
Tue 15 - Sat 19 Oct 2019. The Wizard of Oz – Centre Stage. Centre
Stage Company return to the Land of Oz for their third visit in a new
and visually spectacular production. Follow Dorothy Over the Rainbow,
down the Yellow-Brick Road and on to the Emerald City, seeking the way
back to her home in Kansas. The production follows the MGM film exactly,
with a multi-talented cast of all ages from little Munchkins to the
Wizard himself, as Dorothy joins the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the
Cowardly Lion in their daunting battle against the Wicked Witch of the
West and her Flying Monkeys. The ultimate feel-good show for all the
Mon 21 Oct 2019 2:30PM. Horrible Histories: The Movie (PG).
Who are the Celts? What have the Romans ever done for us? And why is
Emperor Nero dousing himself in horse wee? Find out in 90 minutes of
historical hijinks based on the popular children’s books by Terry Deary.
Mon 21 Oct 2019 7:00PM. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recorded
broadcast. ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway
lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute
grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to
love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious,
but dark consequences.
Tue 22 Oct 2019 10:30AM. Playmobil: The Movie (U).
A young girl named Marla journeys through a vast and wondrous world
of Playmobil in search of her younger brother Charlie. On her quest
she learns to reconnect with her childhood dreams and enjoy the endless
possibilities of her imagination.
Tue 22 Oct 2019 7:30PM. LDN Wrestling. An explosive
evening of top action with American wrestling stars facing the home
grown talent in this rip roaring entertainment. for all the family.
Buy VIP back stage passes on the night to meet the stars.
Wed 23 Oct 2019 2:00PM. Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong.
Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt
and draw along with him! He’ll be showing you how to sketch favourite
characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways of creating
fantastic creatures like dragons and unicorns, and giving loads of top
tips. And to celebrate his latest book ‘Nice Work for the Cat and the
King’ everything will have a special ‘royal’ twist! Bring pencils, paper
and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in. Suitable
Thu 24 Oct 2019 7:30PM. Don Pasquale. A wealthy old
bachelor is outraged when he hears his nephew Ernesto intends to marry
Norina, an impoverished widow. Bryn Terfel heads a star cast for this
new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.
Sat 26 Oct 2019 7:30PM. Music Hall Memories. A light-hearted
potted history of British Music Hall with songs and monologues. As a
founder member of The Berkeley Squares Music Hall Company, who better
than Bryan Thurlow to share his knowledge of music hall and the songs
that made them so popular
Sat 26 Oct 2019 8:00PM. Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly.
An evening with two stalwarts of the British R&B scene, two great
voices, two great reputations. A wonderful evening of acoustic blues,
soul and good times, and no doubt a little humour. Maggie Bell and Dave
Kelly renewed their partnership in 2016 after a two year lay-off and
are play just a few select venues. Although both coming originally out
of blues/soul explosion of the late 1960s their repertoire is far broader
than just that. When they first got together in 2007 they both wished
to sing ‘any song that took their fancy’, so the set includes folk,
rock, country, gospel as well as blues and soul.
Mon 28 Oct - Mon 11 Nov 2019. Downton Abbey (PG). The
continuing saga of the Crawley family and the servants who work for
them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
17 Oct. A Celebration Of Black History Month with Lawrence Walker
And Powerhouse Gospel Choir. Join our celebration of black
history month featuring Lawrence Walker, Chairperson of Colchester Black
History Month, providing a talk on celebrating the Windrush migration,
and incredible live music from the Powerhouse Gospel Choir. The choir
is made up of seasoned singers and musicians who have worked with some
of the world’s top artists and music legends, however at their core
is their love of gospel music and the message it represents. Powerhouse’s
uniqueness comes from the magical blend of their voices producing a
sound that is soulful, passionate, uplifting and utterly captivating.
Led by the inimitable T-Jae Cole whose drive and passion for Gospel
Music makes him one of the UK’s most respected gospel choir directors.
This tour includes all your favourite gospel songs, including Oh Happy
Day, Amazing Grace, Joyful Joyful and many more.
18 Oct. Ross Noble LIVE. Don’t miss your chance to
see Ross Noble prior to his brand new 2020 tour. Ross says “Expect the
unexpected. Unless you’ve seen me before. Then you know what to expect.
But I might not do that. But then again, I might. I expect it will be
one of those two options.”
19 Oct. Joe Brown 60th Anniversary Tour. Premier rock
‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown has gone from strength to strength as his
contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum. Joe’s Very Best
Of album achieved Gold Record Status, staying eight weeks in the Top
20. In the same year, his 50th anniversary was celebrated with a wonderful
sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall. His new Ukulele Album caused
a similar stir internationally and broke new territory in the download
market, where he is now a Spotify Legend. Joe continues to break box
office records and recently received the coveted MOJO Outstanding Contribution
To Music Award, as well as a much deserved MBE.
22 Oct. Youth Festival. Join us for this inspiring
one-off event celebrating the amazing creativity and talent of young
people in Colchester. Bringing together school pupils from across the
District and the Mercury’s very own Youth Theatre, this is an opportunity
to see the next generation create and share their own stories on stage
in our unique pop-up theatre tent. Join us for this inspiring one-off
event celebrating the amazing creativity and talent of young people
in Colchester. Bringing together school pupils from across the District
and the Mercury’s very own Youth Theatre, this is an opportunity to
see the next generation create and share their own stories on stage
in our unique pop-up theatre tent.
23 Oct. Josh Widdicombe – Bit Much… One of the most
bankable talents in UK comedy” Guardian Guide. The guy everyone can
do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour. A show that
will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world.
Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in
which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars,
pesto and the closing time of his local park.
24 Oct. Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary Tour. In this
60th Anniversary celebration of one of the world’s most iconic music
venues, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the road to celebrate the
‘Ronnie Scott’s Story’. Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club
and combining world class live jazz alongside rare archive photos and
video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, take you on a guided musical
tour of this esteemed institution. Set amongst the dive bars and jazz
jook joints of London’s Soho, we hear about the desperate hand-to-mouth
finances of the early years and the frequent police raids. We hear how
Ronnie’s became neutral ground within rife gang territory and their
scrapes with gangsters including the Krays who were rumoured to have
taken Ronnie and Pete “for a little drive”! Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively
re-imagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars,
film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all,
25 Oct. Radio Ga Ga – Celebrating the Champions of Rock. The
UK’s authoritative Queen Concert Show performed live in a two-hour rock
spectacular! Be part of the ultimate celebration of one the biggest
bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen. Radio Ga Ga recreates the
magic, fun and showmanship of the band’s touring days, during which
they would play to millions every year. Join us as we take you on a
journey through the decades, bringing you all twenty-six UK Top 10 hits
and fan favourites, performed live with an electrifying band. Hits include
Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love,
We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.
26 Oct. Thank You For The Music – The Ultimate Tribute To ABBA.
This sensational tribute show brings all of ABBA’s number one
hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular
show, combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling
performances by an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for
the music again and again! Record-breaking movies, smash-hit West End
musicals, chart-topping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy
now lives on in concert with this all-new spectacular show.
28 Oct. So You Want To Work In Theatre? Are you aged
14-18 and considering a career in theatre? This autumn we will have
industry professionals from various departments of the Mercury Theatre
providing workshops and talks. This half term activity will give you
the chance to find out the ‘ins and outs’ of how the Mercury Theatre
puts on a show. This activity runs from Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th
October from 10am until 4pm each day and will be located at the Abbey
Field Centre. Exact details of what will be happening during the three
days are under wraps but will be revealed in due course. In previous
years, young people involved have worked with the wardrobe department,
marketing, scenic arts department and the technical team. Packed lunches
will be required for the three days
30 Oct - 3 Nov. Madagascar. Join Alex, Marty, Melman
and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live
musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite
crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s
Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the
madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
5 Nov - 9 Nov. Avenue Q. Avenue Q is the laugh out loud show
that’s had sell-out runs on Broadway, in the West End and all across
the UK, and now you can see what all the fuzz is about at Mercury at
Abbey Field! Meet Princeton, a bright-eyed graduate who comes to New
York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account; Brian the out-of-work
comedian and his therapist fiancée Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted
slacker and his closet gay Republican roommate Rod, and a very cute
kindergarten teacher named Kate Monster. This cheekily charming musical
tells the story of the loveable (and unforgettable) characters on a
downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues
– like what do you do with a BA in English? How do you find your purpose?
And is the internet really just for… nevermind.
12 Nov. Whitney – Queen Of The Night. Direct from The
West End, experience the ultimate Whitney Houston tribute show as it
tours across the UK, performing over 100 concerts every year! Whitney
– Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life
of one of the greatest singers of our time. This phenomenal production
celebrates one of the greatest singers of our time and consistently
delivers an outstanding concert that has been described as “a powerhouse
performance that delivers on every level”.
13 Nov. The Illegal Eagles. Following continued public
demand, the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band
return in 2019 with more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome
guitar riffs!Following continued public demand, the World’s Official
No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return in 2019 with more stunning
vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs!