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Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester stages a broad mix of classics and new writing and works extensively within the local community. It produces high quality theatre, is a venue for touring theatre and entertainment, and provides a platform for local performing arts groups and artists.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £772,899
  • 2013-2014: £790,676
  • 2014-2015: £811,233

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Betty Blue Eyes is coming to your theatre!

A musical comedy based on the film A Private Function. See it near you - tour dates at

20 Questions with Haydn Oakley and Amy Booth-Steel

Pina Colada, Bette Midler and Jerusalem: behind the scenes of Betty Blue Eyes with Haydn Oakley & Amy Booth-Steel in 20 questions.

Peer Divided Workshop Timelapse

No it's not Saturday Night Fever... it's our Mercury Youth Theatre production of Henrik Ibsen's epic masterpiece, Peer Gynt. Translated by Michael Meyer. At the Mercury Theatre Colchester 11 - 12 April, 2014. "The moment of despair is the moment of hope...." Money. Possessions. Power. Celebrity. Peer gets them all as he rises from poverty to business tycoon and beyond, in a lifelong struggle to fight the forces of nature and find what it means to be yourself.

Betty Blue Eyes 2014 Tour Trailer

Betty Blue Eyes Official 2014 Trailer It's fair shares for all in Austerity Britain (1947-style)! But in the little town of Shepardsford, humble chiropodist Gilbert Chilvers is still struggling to bring home the bacon. The only light on the horizon is a private function to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Members of the Town Council are fattening up a highly illegal pig called Betty for a lavish banquet in honour of the royal couple -- it's going to be the social event of the season and Gilbert's wife Joyce is determined that they should be invited. But when the longed-for invitation fails to materialise, the two of them resolve to do whatever it takes to get their fair share of the banquet's illegal pork roast! More information and tour dates available online at:

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Sunday Politics East on Theatre Funding

This clip from the BBC's Sunday Politics East features clips from the Mercury Theatre's new production of Betty Blue Eyes, a musical comedy based on the film A Private Function.

Betty Blue Eyes Timelapse

Take a look at our time-lapse of the set-build for the show Betty Blue Eyes. Colchester, 8th March. Created as part of the Making of Betty Blue Eyes exhibition 03 March - 05 April at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Find out more about the show itself online:

Dial M for Murder Rehearsals Timelapse

We got bored one day, so decided to put together a timelapse of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliant Dial M for Murder team in rehearsals. It's only short, but the revolving stage looks like fun! Starring Christopher Timothy, at the Mercury Theatre 06 - 15 February 2014.

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre bring Errol John's mesmerising and heart-warming masterpiece on its UK Tour. Coming to the Mercury Theatre, Colchester 08 - 12 April. Tickets available online:

Beauty Queen Of Leenane

In true Martin McDonagh style, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a wild blend of outrageous comedy thriller, violence and grand melodrama. 14 - 24 NOV at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

3 Minutes with Daniel Boys & Julie Atherton from The Opinion Makers

Find out what makes the stars of The Opinion Makers tick, in just 3 minutes. Video based on a format from Hampstead Theatre, with thanks.

The Opinion Makers

Mel Giedroyc, Daniel Boys, Justin Edwards, Julie Atherton and David Mounfield star in The Opinion Makers, a new musical from the Mercury Theatre Colchester, written by Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon

The Only Way is Ethics

Local figures talk ethics with Chris Hallam

The Good Person of Sichuan

The Good Person of Sichuan plays at the Mercury Theatre from October 3 to 19. Directed by Nikolai Foster and starring Tanya Franks of ITV1's Broadchurch.

The Good Person of Sichuan

Photography by Robert Day. Director Nikolai Foster talks about the Made in Colchester production of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Sichuan

The Butterfly Lion Following the incredible stage and screen success of War Horse, the novels of Michael Morpurgo have suddenly found a new wider audience, drawn to the heartbreakingly honest stories he tells of growing up and growing old, of the horrors of war, and of the deep bonds that exist between humans and animals.

Critical acclaim ahead of the Mercury Theatre's Autumn 2013 Season

Photography from Robert Day. The spring 2013 Made in Colchester season was greeted by rave press reviews.

Backstage at Hotbed

Debs and Bex shift scenery for hotbed

Quadrophenia at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Rehearsals of the show which runs from August 22 to 24. See for more information.

A Pageant

Audience members at a senior matinee of A Pageant give us their thoughts on the production. This is a Made in Colchester Production starring Ruth Gibson and Gwynfor Jones, directed by Robin Herford.

The History Boys are coming to the Mercury Theatre Colchester

Book online at Alan Bennett's testosterone-fuelled exploration of youth, ambition and education is coming to Colchester. Multi-award winning play The History Boys runs in the Main House from May 23rd to June 8th. Tickets from £10. The History Boys has been a National Theatre and West End smash hit. This new production is proudly made in Colchester. If you're looking for a break from exam revision, or a great day out for all of the family in Essex, you will definitely be left smiling by The History Boys.

A One Man Protest

The audience of A One Man Protest at the Mercury Theatre gives their verdict. The show runs from April 18 to 27 and again on May 14, 16, 17 and 18.

island video

A lost soul seeks Asylum on the shores of an unknown land...... .....One Day a Figure appeared on the beach, it was from a distant land, it did not want to leave. "Once there was an Island, surrounded by one hundred miles of sea in every direction. Its occupants, isolated from the rest of the world for generations, became set in their own traditions and way of life, without a care for anything outside the island." The Mercury Youth Theatre explores Asylum in their devised production of ISLAND.

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Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate

51.888931, 0.89611

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