Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
Wednesday 22nd June. Colette (15). Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
Friday 24th June. The Batman (2022) (15). When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement.
Saturday 25th June 2022. THE FAUX SEASONS Tribute to The Jersey Boys. The Faux Seasons are the UK's primary Jersey Boys tribute with a fantastic reputation for quality of service, event management and creative production and have firmly established themselves as the No.1 choice. Faux Seasons are proud to say they have performed at countless public and private events across the country. Our show has been developed for all types of events, with an emphasis on flexibility, as Jersey Boys specialists, we primarily pay tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons however we also perform music from many other bands and artists of the era including among others The Beach Boys and The Beatles.
Saturday 2nd July, 2022. Pygmalion. Will professor of phonetics Henry Higgins transform Eliza Doolittle enough to convince upper-class society that she is one of them, or will Eliza never forget who she really is? Pygmalion explores the English class system with all of its petty attitudes and posturing. Full of wit & wisdom Shaw exposes the hollowness at the heart of that society, but it is not just about accents or class. It is about the battle of the sexes, of control! Brought to the stage by a cast of 5 actors and DOT's unmistakeable entertaining style this is not to be missed.
Wednesday 6th July. The Duke (12A). In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.
Friday 8th July. Nightmare Alley (15). A grifter working his way up from low-ranking carnival worker to lauded psychic medium matches wits with a psychiatrist bent on exposing him.
Saturday 9th July. Spider-Man: No Way Home (12). With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Saturday 16th July, 2022. Matilda The Musical Jr. Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however, the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, "Matilda JR." is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
Wednesday 20th July. The Courier (12). Businessman Greville Wynne is asked by a Russian source try to help put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Based on the incredible True Story of a businessman turned spy.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745

Tue 21st June. Charlie & ‘The Dig’. Charlie Haylock will give an intriguing and hilarious behind-the-scenes look of the Netflix film The Dig about the famous Sutton Hoo burial ship. He will show how Ralph Fiennes, who played Basil Brown, learned his Suffolk accent and the extreme lengths he took, not only to play Basil Brown . . . but to become Basil Brown. Along the way you'll learn fascinating facts about the Suffolk dialect in particular!
Thu 23rd June. King Lear. ‘Paul Morel is no question, a fierce talent… A hilarious, fantastic evening’ – BingeFringe. Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, this inventive, irreverent and highly accessible one-man is presented to you from the point of view of LEAR’s long suffering and ever-loyal fool. The bastard Edmund, haughty Goneril, poor deluded Gloucester, oily Oswald, sweet Cordelia, mad Tom – all the characters from this sad and sorry tale are brought to glorious life in this fast paced, funny, poignant and ultimately heartbreaking production. Adapted & performed by Paul Morel and directed by John Mowat with all of Oddbodies’ trademark physical ingenuity and visual flair, this is an unmissable reworking of one of Shakespeare’s most brilliant plays.
Fri 24th June. Remi Harris: Jazz & Blues Project. Highly acclaimed and astonishing guitarist Remi Harris and his band present an eclectic show featuring music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s; influenced by such greats as Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Wes Montgomery. Remi will be playing a variety of acoustic and electric guitars and will be joined by Tom Moore on double and electric bass and Shane Dixon on drums.
Sat 25th June. The K T Bush Band (2022). The KT Bush Band was formed in 1977 by guitarist Brian Bath, drummer Vic King, bassist Del Palmer and Kate Bush on vocals and piano. Their set consisted of classic soul and rock covers, Brian's original songs and many of Kate's songs before they were released on the EMI label. The band quickly gained a loyal and venue-filling following – playing gigs around well-known venues in London, performing songs like “James and the Cold Gun”, “Them Heavy People” and “Oh To Be In Love” long before they were released by songwriter Kate Bush on The Kick Inside. Fast forward 40 years to 2017, Brian now performs the music of Kate Bush, along with fascinating insights and anecdotes from the early days, and with some original KT Bush Band songs not heard since 1977! Brian is joined by incredibly talented new members Sallie-Anne Hurst on vocals, Steve Bevan on bass, Emily Francis on keys and Chase Aitch on drums.
Fri 1st July. Richard Digance (2022).
2022 sees new directions for Richard as he plays just a small handful of his favourite venues, takes his foot off the touring pedal and social media platforms to concentrate on writing and composing music in his recording studio. Born in West Ham, London, Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also one of the few folksingers listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters. Join Richard for new songs, hilarious anecdotes and some warm and fuzzy feelings!
Tue 5th July - Sat 9th July. Dead Guilty. A tense psychological thriller; a study of guilt and retribution. Two women, two secrets and a truth that kills. Young professional Julia is severely traumatised in a car crash and becomes housebound. As her friends look after her the attentions of one carer take on a sinister cast…
Tue 12th July. The Duke. In 1961, 60-year-old Kempton Bunton stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.

Coronavirus Update 29.09.20
The Bridge Academy Trust announced that Braintree Arts Theatre would close due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement the team who ran the Notley Road venue said it was with “sadness and regret”, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic the Bridge Academy Trust have announced the closure of Braintree Arts Theatre.
The venue has said people who have already bought tickets for scheduled shows will receive refunds. Anyone needing more information can email enquiries@ braintreeartstheatre.com.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
TUE 21 JUN 2022 7:30PM. THE NORTHMAN. An action drama in which the son of s tribal king seeks vengeance for his father’s murder. With Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk and Willem Dafoe.
WED 22 JUN 2022 7:30PM. LANCASTER. LANCASTER is the story of the WWII icon told through the words of the last surviving crew members, re-mastered archive and aerial footage of the last working Lancasters in flight.
THU 23 JUN 2022 7:30PM. GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM. See George Michael’s final work on the big screen. We’re excited to announce that George Michael Freedom Uncut will be coming to cinemas worldwide on Wednesday June 22nd. The documentary, co-directed and narrated by George Michael, is the definitive statement on his life and features contributions from some of his closest friends and collaborators.
FRI 24 JUN 2022 7:30PM. AN EVERSO LOVELY EVENING WITH MAVIS. ‘An Everso Lovely Evening with Mavis’ comes from Laura Bacon, puppeteer and creator of ‘Patsy May’, who reached the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. She has since been working as a professional puppeteer in film and TV, created a number of five star awarded shows at top comedy clubs in London, and last summer performed at Latitude Festival as Mavis. Almost the complete opposite of the feisty, American, fame hungry Patsy, Mavis is an old Suffolk character who loves nothing more than to chat about local history, nostalgia and biscuits, and can be heard on BBC Radio Suffolk with presenter Georgy Jamieson – who now joins Mavis on stage! The relaxed, slightly-on-the-huh, cabaret style evening will be hosted by the two hilarious Suffolk-loving pair, and will include guests, videos, games, music and some wholly good fun! Prepare to be ‘Suffolkcated’.
SAT 25 JUN 2022 7:30PM. UNRAVELLING WILBURYS. This top tribute show is more than just a tribute – they are the complete package! Their great combination of brilliant musicianship and tongue in cheek humour has had rave reviews throughout the UK. Playing the country-rock songs of the Traveling Wilburys, the band also steal some choice numbers from its five iconic members; Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne. The fabulous Unravelling Wilburys are made up of Sticky Willy, Walter, Thumper, Blind Melon and Honky Tonk Wilbury, the “real” Wilbury brothers, who grew up in an Appalachian shack and first presented their songs in Nashville back in 1987. The show tells the story of how their songs were (allegedly) stolen by Messrs Orbison & Co. at Nashville’s Tootsies Bar and the hard road they had to tread to get ‘em back
THU 30 JUN 2022 7:30PM. IT’S BACK TO THE 60S. A show of two halves - packed with feelgood music from the 60s

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
Tue 21 Jun 2022 - Sat 25 Jun 2022. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Meet Little Voice and Mari Hoff. A mother and daughter central to the heart of this Northern fairy tale, but as far apart in character as can be. Left to her own devices, Little Voice starts to embody the famous divas she plays on repeat, from Judy Garland to Shirley Bassey and becomes an overnight sensation. With humour, heart and countless powerhouse ballads all performed live on stage, Cartwright’s timeless and iconic tale explores the highs and the lows of small-town dreams, family rivalry and finding your voice in a noisy world. Starring TV favourite Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Loose Women), British soap royalty Ian Kelsey (Emmerdale, Casualty) and two-time Drama Desk award-nominee Christina Bianco, as Little Voice. The Olivier award-winning comedy-drama from Jim Cartwright has earned international acclaim across the globe, including a Golden Globe-winning smash-hit film starring Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine.
Tue 21 Jun 2022 - Wed 22 Jun 2022. Offside. It is 1892. It is 1992. It is 2022. Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their lives – and the world – is tantalisingly close. With punchy storytelling, lyrical poetry and dynamic physicality, Offside places the audiences right on the touchline of the game of a lifetime. After two critically acclaimed tours in 2017 & 2018, Sabrina Mahfouz & Hollie McNish’s electric OFFSIDE is back for a third and final tour of theatres and football clubs, to celebrate the Women’s European Football Championship.
Fri 24 Jun 2022. Lates: Comedy Night – Fringe Preview (June). Our second Lates Comedy Night features Simon Brodkin and Norris & Parker. Simon Brodkin is an acclaimed character comedian and “the world’s most famous blagger” (The Daily Telegraph). Star of Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer (Channel 4), Simon has hit global headlines multiple times for his high-profile stunts. Though Simon’s most famous character is “comedy legend” (The Sun) Lee Nelson, after writing and staring in two series of BBC Three’s Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People.
Showing: Sun 26 Jun 2022. Apple ‘N’ Spice. Introduce your children to Indian storytelling, dance and shadow puppetry with Apple ‘N’ Spice, an original, interactive, and multi-cultural dance performance. This intriguing new fairy tale tells the story of two stepmothers; one from the East and one from the West, watch the plot thicken as their stories entwine. Then join the cast on stage for an Indian party to remember. Suitable for ages 3+
Thu 30 Jun 2022. Connects. Calling all East Based Artists and Theatre Makers! Connects is for arts professionals looking to make contacts, share ideas, brainstorm, collaborate, develop their careers, promote their work and chat to like-minded people about their passion. So, come and join the discussion. Network with your peers. And Connect. The sessions will also give you an opportunity to meet the Mercury team, hear about our plans for the next year and find out how you can get involved with us.
Thu 30 Jun 2022. Speaking Out and Fitting In. “Don’t let the world put you in a box, but do reserve the right to make an exhibition of yourself!” Alice d’Lumiere. Striking performance poetry, disarming comedy and a celebration of gender fluidity from a part-time transwoman playfully establishing her voice. Alice d’Lumiere generally prefers to go unnoticed; she yearns to be an ordinary person on the train, or in the supermarket. She’s happy to be anonymous; a sensible, middle-aged woman… however, she’s also a writer, an actor and a performance artist and therefore cursed with an occasional, but irresistible desire to speak up, stand out and be utterly unmissable! Alice is also gender fluid and, for her, existing as a part-time transwoman makes everyday life a complex, but intriguing adventure…
Thu 30 Jun 2022. Connects – What’s the Pitch: Theatre Companies in the East. What’s the Pitch is an event hosted as part of Mercury Theatre’s Connects scheme, aimed at sharing new ideas. Come and pitch with a spirit of openness and looking to make connections with new ideas, creating an enriching space for everyone involved whether you are pitching or not. This time around we are focussing on Theatre Companies in the East. Whether you are established and have a new project you are looking for collaborators on, or just starting out with your first show, we would love to hear from you! The pitch will consist of: Five-minutes to pitch your inspired idea in front of a panel of the Mercury’s Artistic Team. Five minutes of questions from the panel. Ten minutes of discussion and feedback from the panel
Sat 02 Jul 2022. Errol’s Garden.
‘I wish I could have a garden of my own, but all I see out there is concrete and pavement and more concrete…’ Errol lives in a block of flats but is determined to make his own garden! An interactive musical for audiences aged 3-11 and their grown-ups, filled with catchy songs, big ideas and a passion for plants.


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