Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
JULY
Saturday 7th July 2018. Music in the Park 2018. Halstead Public Gardens. Gates open at 7.00pm, Tickets £12 on the gate, £10 in advance.
The Annual Fundraising event for the Empire Theatre, and what a night in prospect.That 80's Band plus supporting act Crash 'n' Burn. You Just Can't Get Enough of this fantastic live '80s Tribute Band whose carefully reproduced songs will bring you Back in Time so you can Relax, let your hair down, and relive those retro classics like Rio, Call Me, Love Shack and Thriller.
Thursday 19th July, 2018, 7.00 for 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00. A Woman of No Importance.
DOT Productions return with another sparkling dramatic comedy performance of the Oscar Wilde classic 'A Woman of No Importance'. Comedy, melodrama and social scandel bubble away in this classic satire by Oscar Wilde. Lady Hunstanton's house party is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However, once Gerald's mother makes an appearance suddenly his future is uncertain. "I can never repent. I would rather be you mother than pure" - Mrs Arbuthnot. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years? Would Gerald and society ever forgive her?
Friday 20th July 2018. Elvis with Andy Ottley. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. Andy Ottley is a UK based Elvis tribute artist & Elvis impersonator. He has been performing his tribute to Elvis for the last 8 years. During that time, many people have commented on his resemblance in both sound and style to Elvis Presley.
21st July 2018. Evening 6.30 for 7.00pm. Annie Jr - Annie Jr. Tickets: Adults £10.50, Concessions £8.50. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone's favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Saturday 28th July 2018, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets £10.00. A charming, kooky and hilarious musical cult classic. Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.
Sunday 29th July 2018. Braintree Theatretrain - Top of the World. £8.00 Adults / £7.00 OAPS and Children under 12. Doors open 6.30 for 7.00pm. The show is a mix of songs, dance and drama pieces with a story based on a circus theme with background hijinks with a cast of thousands(ish), like the strong man, tight rope walker and all the fun of a circus.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
JUNE
Wednesday June 20th, 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 June 21st, 6:30pm. Glyndebourne: Madama Butterfly. Madama Butterfly makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production. When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.
Friday June 22nd, 7:30pm. Come & Sing: HMS Pinafore. Set sail on board Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, & join our costumed opera soloists from The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, with YOU, the audience as the chorus playing the roles of Sailors, Sis-ters, Cousins & Aunts! From the comfort of your seat, you will rehearse the popular songs under the dynamic direction of expert G&S conductor, Ian McMillan, before an unpredictable performance after the interval - where anything can & probably will happen....!
Saturday June 23rd, 7:30pm. Trespass. Trespass were part of the new wave of British heavy metal at the beginning of the 1980s. The band have had line-up changes and a hiatus but reformed in 2015. A new drummer Jason Roberts and lead guitarist Joe Fawcett joined Mark Sutcliffe and Danny B signalling a return to the original Trespass twin lead guitar sound. A new album was released in 2016 and their second with the new line-up, 'Footprints in the Rock' was released just this year, to critical acclaim. Come and see the local heroes live and loud in their hometown theatre!
Sunday June 24th, 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!
Wednesday June 27th 2018, 3:30 & 8.30pm. Film: Darkest Hour
Friday June 29th, 7:30pm. The Museum of Tat Roadshow. Welcome to the Museum of Tat Roadshow – it’s just like your favourite Antiques based telly programme off the telly, just not on the telly, and devoted to Tat. Your Tat. Do you own a hideous snow globe that is not only hideous but also annoying (& hideous) or perhaps a ‘decorative’ lampshade made out of the finest macaroni? If the answer to these questions is YES then bring your Tat along to Roadshow and we’ll value it for you live! Our experts will not only value your Tat, but also classify it, demonstrate the best ways to destroy it, and give you certification that you own genuine Tat. Featuring special surprised guests!
Saturday June 30th, 8:00pm. Jeremy Nicholas: Stories from my Disastrous Broadcasting Career. Based on true-life stories from Jeremy’s 27 years in broadcasting, mainly with the BBC. It’s like a stand-up comedy show, except all the stories are true. He tells how he learnt to do great on-air pauses at the BBC World Service, but not always in the right place. There’s the time he was ambushed live on radio by an armed gunman who claimed to be Jesus. And there’s the massive mistake he made to a global TV audience at London 2012 when commentating on the Paralympics. This is a not to be missed show, packed with laugh out loud moments. If you have children who play the FIFA video games you’ll know this man’s voice, as he’s been the stadium announcer on eleven consecutive FIFA games. An insightful and highly entertaining look at 27 years of trying not to get fired in broadcasting. Jeremy is an award-winning public speaker with over 10k followers, this hour promises to be razor sharp, witty and jam-packed with very funny anecdotes. An expert public-speaker, you are definitely in safe hands with Jeremy Nicholas’ debut show.
JULY
Monday July 2nd 2018, 3:00pm. Free (must be booked). Dementia-friendly screening: Singin' in the Rain.
A SPECIAL MONTHLY MUSICAL FILM SCREENING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS. ONLY BOOKABLE THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE (01787 374745).The all-time classic (best) musical film comedy with some of the biggest song & dance numbers in celluloid history!
Wednesday July 4th 2018, 8:30pm. An Evening of Kora & Sabar Drumming with Modou Diouf & Sefo Kanuteh. Come & hear the explosive sounds of the SABAR DRUMS, played with hand & stick. In contrast, Sefo Kanuteh will enchant you with the beautiful melodies of the Kora, or 'African Harp'. The hugely popular Master Drummer from Senegal, MODOU DIOUF, will play with his band “JAPPO” to create loud, exciting rhythms and cross rhythms, guaranteed to get you moving!
Friday July 6th 2018, 8:30pm. Oh, What a Carry On! with Robert Ross. In the March of 1958 cameras started rolling on a cheap and cheerful black and white comedy about the madcap exploits of a bunch of hapless National Service recruits. The film was Carry On Sergeant and its popularity kick-started British film's most endearing franchise. The flaring nostrils of Kenneth Williams, the crumpled leer of Sid James, the cheeky giggle of Barbara Windsor, and the bespectacled high camp of Charles Hawtrey remain a vital part of the national bloodstream.
Saturday July 7th 2018, 8:00pm. Free Entry. The Quay Acoustic. Our monthly acoustic night in the bar. Anywhere between 2 - 5 musicians / singers performing sets while you relax, marvel at the local talent and sip away at your drinks! Free entry and performers usually begin at 7.15pm. Arranged by Ben Pegley
Tuesday July 10th to Saturday July 14th 2018, 8:45pm. Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten. Gillian Holroyd is a thoroughly modern witch but if she falls in love she will lose her powers. When, guided by her cat Pyewacket, she casts a spell to make her attractive neighbour in the flat upstairs fall in love with her, she is unprepared for the outcome. And, as he discovers her deception, is she about to lose everything?
Wednesday July 18th 2018, 9:00pm. Dr John Cooper Clarke. Poet; Movie star; Rock star; TV & radio presenter; Comedian; Social & cultural commentator. John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
Thursday July 19th 2018, 3:30 & 8.30pm. Film: Loving Vincent. A stunning and astonishing masterpiece in its own right and taking 6 years to complete, each of this film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. Originally filmed by well-known actors, it took four years to develop the technology to overpaint each filmed frame. In the story, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Friday July 20th 2018, 8:30pm. Mark Thomas: Check-Up. Work in Progress. Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries and with director Nicolas Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us. With customary biting humour and passion, Mark trials his Edinburgh show here at The Quay.
Saturday July 21st 2018, 8:30pm. Essex Youth Jazz Concert. PLEASE NOTE THAT, ALTHOUGH THIS IS A FREE EVENT, YOU DO NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE. PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES WILL NEED TO BOOK THROUGH OUR BOX OFFICE ON 01787 374745. The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) was formed in 1991, and over that time we have seen many students from all over Essex come and go on to study Jazz at conservatoire level.
Monday July 23rd 2018, 3:30 & 8.30pm. Film: The Shape of Water. Elisa works as a janitor in a top secret, government operated laboratory. Unable to overcome her disability, she struggles in silence and solitude until one day when she and her co-worker Zelda make an important and life-changing discovery. Hidden within the walls of the high-security laboratory, they come upon a secret scientific experiment - a strange, amphibious being contained in a water tank. Not knowing where else to turn in her loneliness, Elisa befriends the creature. She will never be the same again.
Tuesday July 24th 2018, 3:30 & 8.30pm. Film: The Post
Wednesday July 25th 2018, 8:30pm. Quay Bar Quiz. Come and test your mettle with our many-rounded Bar Quiz! Teams of up to 6 with a £1.50 entry fee per person. Small money prize and a spot prize to be had. No booking required
Thursday July 26th 2018, 7:30pm. Glyndebourne: Saul (Recorded). Fresh from its triumph at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival, Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio returns for a first revival, pairing baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. Handel expert Laurence Cummings conducts an all-star cast, including Festival favourites Iestyn Davies and Allan Clayton.
Friday July 27th 2018, 8:30pm. Women in Rock. Join Women in Rock for a two hour journey through the history of the greatest female anthems. Fronted by some of the most powerful female singers on the live music scene together with a professional touring band, Women In Rock delivers a show stopping performance covering all the great legends through the decades. Not just a tribute, but a celebration of all Women who simply Rock!

JUNE
Sat 23 June, 8:00pm. That 80's Band. This 6 piece live band performs your favourite songs of the 1980s with stunning sound and lighting, with both a male and female lead vocalists
JULY
Sun 8 July, 7:00pm. Disney's Peter Pan Jr and Mini Showcase.
Come and support our local young people and have a great night out to boot.
Fri 13 July, 7:30pm. Sixties Explosion. Enjoy a night of magical nostalgia from these four experienced musicians. Listen to the haunting melodies that were the backdrop of the Sixties.
Fri 20 July, 7:30pm. Take That Experience. Take That Experience show “ Relight The Fire “ gives you the very latest Take That favourites as well as all the classic songs from the past
AUGUST
Sat 11 August, 8:00pm. Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderband.
Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband play a winning set of disco classics!

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
JUNE
19 June 2018 8.00pm. Dad's Army Radio Hour. Tickets £15.00, £13.50. Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom.
22 June 2018 8.00pm. The All That Jazz Club. Tickets £11.00. Tricity Vogue's All Girl Swing Band featuring Hannah Horton. Inspired by 1930s bandleader Ivy Benson. Cheeky, sunny, floor filling tunes. Much loved favourites are given the vintage treatment with lush, close harmonies, brass and an old school rhythm section.
23 June 2018 7.00pm. Army Cadet Force Charity Fundraiser. Tickets £5.00. Raising money for East Anglian Air Ambulance with live music from Shannon Elsden, Ben Wheatley, Hollowbox, The Fifths and The Catch plus a charity auction and raffle. No unaccompanied under 16s.
29 June 2018 2.00pm. Land of Hope and Glory. Tickets £10.00. Neil Sands and his wonderful West End Cast are back with their hit new production for 2018, Land of Hope & Glory, celebrating The Best of British Entertainment and especially produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War. This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon is filled with marvellous and memorable songs, including a rousing selection from Last Night of The Proms, Old Time Sing Alongs, Great British Show Tunes, and ever popular favourites from the 40s 50s & 60s. This promises to be their biggest and most spectacular production ever. Over two hours of timeless nostalgia, with sensational voices, more than 50 stunning costume changes, ending with a spectacular flag waving finale. Including a live poppy drop, as we remember the fallen, and all sing those wonderful Songs That Won the War, in a commemoration of the centenary of the end of The First World War.
30 June 2018 8.00pm. Secret Affair. Tickets £16.00 in advance, £20 on the door. The mod revival band, with the original members Dave Cairns and Ian Page (along with their new band) perform such favourites as Time for Action, My World, Glory Boys and more. The night also includes DJs playing motown and soul.
JULY
05 July 2018 7.30pm. Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Tickets£16.50, £13.50, £10.50. Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
06 July 2018 7.30pm. Viva Neil Diamond. Tickets £16.00. Whilst performing in Las Vegas two years ago Bob Drury was described "one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond" and he's now back touring the UK with his new show celebrating the legendary Neil Diamond and his incredible back catalogue of songs. Bob Drury's one-man show is an absolute 'must-see' for any Diamond fans. Prepare to be blown away by his vocal likeness which has been delighting audiences around the world. This year's show includes all the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and of course Sweet Caroline, plus Neil Diamond's UK hit Pretty Amazing Grace and a few lesser known songs that are sure to become your favourites by the end of the evening. A fantastic evening guaranteed!
10 July 2018 7.30pm. Solo - A Star Wars Story. Tickets £6.50, £5.50
14 July 2018 2.00pm. Move - The Alison Dando School of Dance. Tickets £10.00, £8.00. A dance showcase of ballet, tap, modern, contemporary and street dance.
18 July 2018 7.15pm. Romeo and Juliet (12A). Tickets £16.00, £13.50, £10.50. Royal Shakespeare Company live broadcast. Set in a world very like our own, the most famous story of love at first sight, explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.
19 July 2018 7.30pm. Marcus Day. Tickets £15.00. Internet sensation and star of The MediumWave, Marcus Day is coming back to Haverhill Arts Centre for a one off evening of Mediumship. Since his last appearance Marcus has taken his abilities across the country and continues to grow his online show. With very few seats left at the last Haverhill show early booking is recommended. This show does not guarantee results and should be considered as an experiment
23 July 2018 7.30pm. Book Club (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down when their bookclub tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey.
26 July 2018 2.00pm. Three Little Pig Tails. Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £22.00. Garlic Theatre. A brand new version of the classic story of the three Little Pigs set in Paris. For a family ticket. Whether your family consists of x2 adults and x2 children or x1 adult and x3 children put 4 standard tickets into your basket. At the next stage change two of them to Under 12s and the discount will be applied.
26 July 2018 7.30pm. The Happy Prince (15). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. An enthralling biopic recounting Oscar Wilde’s illustrious fall from grace after the writer is sentenced to two years’ hard labour for ‘gross indecency’ with men. Upon his release, Wilde heads straight for France where he ends his days in squalor, always maintaininghis biting wit.
28 July 2018 7.00pm. Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 18. Tickets £18.50, £16.50. One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André broadcasts his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love. ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’ follows the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music.
28 July 2018 From 12.00pm. PIMJAM Festival. Tickets £5.00. A charity music festival in memory of Peter James at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Withersfield Road. Raising money for Suffolk Accident Rescure Service. Go to www.pimjam.co.uk for more information. 17 bands over two stages. This event is organised by a third party.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
JUNE
19 JUN. THE BEST OF QUEEN. Flash have been paying homage to the world’s most theatrical and dramatic rock band, Queen since 2002, and in that time have had a huge impact on audiences across the world. Italian born front man, Claudio Desideri, plays a uncannily realistic ‘Freddie’ with just the right look, stage persona and from an early age has trained and developed a vocal range capable of performing these iconic songs, recreating the magic that made Queen live shows so very special. Claudio is joined on stage by an enormously talented band including Nathan Mathers who brings all the electric guitar virtuosity required to play a very convincing Brian May. Their attention to detail is truly impressive and extends to their use of the same equipment used by Queen on stage in their heyday. For over four decades, millions of fans have been enjoying the music of Queen. The band released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs with estimates of their record sales ranging from 150 million to 300 million records. The Best of Queen show features a selection of the most loved and iconic classics from across Queen’s entire back catalogue creating a live stage show which really catches the essence of this most incredible British band.
20 JUN. RE-TAKE THAT. Re-Take That are quite simply the biggest, best and most authentic tribute to one of the biggest British pop acts in history. They are now celebrating 10 years as the nation’s favourite tribute show with the incredible new Wonderland Show featuring Robbie Live. Recapturing the magic of the Take That Live experience and the inclusion of the ultimate entertainer Robbie Live, these guys really are the best and most celebrated tribute to Take That and Robbie Williams you will see anywhere. Performing all of the favourites from the 90’s right through to the latest hits on their 10 Year Anniversary Wonderland Tour: Greatest Day, Back For Good, Relight My Fire, Giants, New Day, Shine, The Flood, Never Forget, These Days and of course a blistering appearance from Robbie Live which includes Let Me Entertain You, Candy, Love My Life, Heavy Entertainment Show, Angels and more.
21 JUN. THE BEST OF WHAM! A ‘Fantastic’ new show featuring the best of George, Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie with sensational vocals, choreography, costumes and an awesome live band. Can it really be 37 years since George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed one of the most enduring pop groups of the 80s? In four short years WHAM! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three albums, four number one singles and eleven top ten hits. They featured in the Live Aid concert of 1985 and were the first western pop group to ever tour in China. Their impact and influence on the 80s era and music today really cannot be over emphasised. The Best of WHAM! Show includes all those hits, a few B side favourites and a couple of early George Michael bonus songs. This fun-loving, vibrant, megamix tribute to the pop sensation of the 80s will be loved by ‘Young Guns’ of all ages, so come along to the ‘Club Tropicana’ (*Sorry. Drinks not free.)
22 JUN. MEET AND GREET – GIOVANNI PERNICE. Limited spaces are available for this pre-show Meet & Greet with Giovanni Pernice. Booking essential. ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professional, Giovanni Pernice, will be heading back out on tour in 2018, following a sell out tour in 2017. Joined by seven more world class professionals, the show is choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director Jason Gilkison.
23 JUN. LET THE MUSIC PLAY (A TRIBUTE TO BARRY WHITE). Direct from the USA and with rave reviews, Let The Music Play – A Tribute To Barry White is now touring the UK! This brand new show, starring the incredible vocal talents of William Hicks, celebrates the music of the legendary man himself. Let The Music Play takes you on a musical journey bringing you as close to the real man and his music as is humanly possible. Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, William Hicks has a mesmerising stage presence, an effortless style, silky smooth vocals and delivers all the greatest hits such as You’re The First, The Last, My Everything, Never Gonna Give You Up, Just The Way You Are, Your Sweetness and of course Let The Music Playamongst many others. William is joined on stage by his amazing orchestra Soul Unlimited and support act, the stunning female Motown trio, the Supreme Dreamgirls delivering an unforgettable evening of pure soul and motown entertainment!
28 JUN - 29 JUN. THE NARNIA STORY. A magnificent opportunity to see and hear two operas from the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis performed by national touring opera company Opera Brava and over 250 children from 5 Essex schools. Opera Brava, Britain’s largest touring operacompany, have worked with over 300 schools and 25,000 children and are celebrating 30 years of touring.
30 JUN. CRAFTY DRAMA – OUR KIND OF MUSIC. Crafty Drama helps to promote community inclusion, independence, and sign language. Our Kind of Music is a showcase of songs, dancing and signing to music that has been chosen by the cast to show their talents and skills that they have developed whilst at Crafty Drama.
JULY
1 JUL. THEATRICOOL – THE LITTLE MERMAID.
Theatricool Performing Arts School take you on a journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
6 JUL - 8 JUL. LORRAINE GEORGE 2018 – CATS. The Lorraine George School of Dancing and Performing Arts is based in Colchester and prides itself on raising the bar each year with its annual production/showcase at The Mercury Theatre. This year sees the school celebrate its 25th anniversary, and so all the stops are being pulled out to put on a spectacular show. The Principal, Lorraine George, and her amazing team of teachers led by Bonny Moir were thrilled when their school received the local license to perform the West End hit musical CATS. The school have always been up for a challenge and CATS is certainly that! They have been charged with performing this amazing show – nothing added, nothing taken away – just as it was written for London’s West End. Their pupils are so excited to be learning CATS and can’t wait to share it with the audiences of Colchester. Please do come along and enjoy the fun. CATS, performed by The Lorraine George School of Dancing & Performing Arts by arrangement with The Musical Company Ltd.
27 JUL - 26 AUG. BABE, THE SHEEP-PIG. When Farmer Hoggett wins Babe, an orphaned piglet, at the village fair he has no idea about the incredible series of events he has begun. Adopted by Hoggett’s faithful sheepdog, Fly, the little pig soon settles into farmyard life. But as he begins to find his place amongst the animals, a sudden threat to the sheep flock gives Babe a taste for the thrills of herding and his dreams are changed forever. It’s not long before Babe is accompanying the Farmer to his fields every day, and to his delight Hoggett finally asks the question: does this little piglet have what it takes to become a real Sheep-Pig? In a version by David Wood, ‘the national children’s dramatist’ (The Times), based on the classic children’s novel by Dick King-Smith that warmed our hearts as an Oscar-winning film, Babe, The Sheep-Pig is the perfect summer treat – a farmyard adventure packed with music, puppetry, love and laughter. Join us for an uplifting family tale of the heights a little pig can reach when an unsuspecting Farmer believes in him.
30 JUL. HACKT 3.0. HACKT IS BACK, REBOOTED AND AUTOMATICALLY UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2018! A week long summer school for young people aged 11-16 to explore drama and theatre making through digital technology and computer game design. Young people will work with Mercury Theatre professionals and Teaboy Games and can expect to use drama, video game design software, choreography, Raspberry Pi’s, filmmaking and coding to experiment and explore the possibilities of digital creativity. Young people do not need to have prior experience in the theatre or technology, just enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to create something new. To check out activity from previous hACkT years, check out the video.
31 JUL. AN AUDIENCE WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE. Forthright, intrepid and engaging, Ann Widdecombe, the former Shadow Home Secretary, has reinvented herself since leaving Parliament. Her inimitable performances on Strictly Come Dancing and now in the Big Brother house have made her a popular and familiar face on stage and TV. Theatres and festivals absolutely love hearing her talk about her life, which still involves serious debate and regular TV documentaries.

 
COGGESHALL AMATEUR THEATRICAL SOCIETY
Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018. Coggeshall Amateur Theatrical Society (CATS) present 'Secondary Cause of Death' a comedy by Peter Gordon at the NT Grange Barn in Coggeshall Essex. Shows start at 7:30pm. Inspector Pratt has been sent back to Bagshot House, where the bodies start to pile up. With Pratt in charge, will there ever be any end to the murders or will you DIE LAUGHING !! For tickets please email:- catsdramagroup@yahoo.co.uk
   
 

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