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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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All My Sons trailer

Talawa Theatre Company brings their five-star production of All My Sons to the Mercury Theatre 14-18 April 2015. Book online today:

Avenue Q trailer

Following five years in the West End (packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness), Avenue Q is coming to the Mercury Theatre Colchester! Book online today:

Look East live from the stage of the Mercury Theatre (10.30pm)

Following an Arts Council England grant to the Mercury Theatre of £400,000 Robin Fenwick, Director of Communications and Audience Services talks to Look East about how the money will make a difference

Look East reports on the Mercury Theatre Studio refurbishment (6:30pm)

Following an Arts Council England grant to the Mercury Theatre of £400,000 Robin Fenwick, Director of Communications and Audience Services talks to Look East about how the money will make a difference

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Educating Rita in rehearsal at the Mercury Theatre

Educating Rita in rehearsal at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Featuring interviews with Samantha Robinson (Rita) and Dougal Lee (Frank). Plays 26 Feb - 14 Mar 2015. Book online today:

Cinderella at the Mercury Theatre 2014/2015

Buttons and Cinderella - will they go to the Ball?

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour's Dracula at Mercury Theatre Colchester

We interrupt this programme to bring you The Fitzrovia Radio Hour's comic 30's take on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Starring an array of talents - and a cabbage. Tune in!

HIV Awareness - Terrence Higgins Trust

A presentation by Natasha Pearce of Terrence Higgins Trust for groups taking part in World AIDS Day Festival on Mon 17 Nov 2014 at the Mercury Theatre.

Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre Colchester

Stuart Laing and Esther Hall star

Complicite present LIONBOY at the Mercury Theatre Colchester

Charlie Ashanti lives in a future where phones are powered by the sun, cars are banned and companies are more powerful than countries. Charlie is a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats.

Mercury Theatre adapts Michael Morpurgo's Friend or Foe

Jake Davies and Sean Aydon star in Daniel Buckroyd's adaptation of Friend or Foe

Mercury Young Company: The Wall

Members of the Mercury Young Company give us a hint of what we'll hear when Pink Floyd's THE WALL goes up in Colchester, 21 August 2014

"My Hearing Is Absolutely Fine" from You Can Always Them Back

The UK Premiere of You Can Always Hand Them Back opens at the Mercury Theatre Colchester 13 June 2014. Here's just one of the songs from a charming, funny and heart-warming comedy of songs and stories about the heroes of any family... the grandparents! Book by Roger Hall Words and music by Peter Skellern.

You Can Always Hand Them Back

Peter Skellern and Roger Hall's comedy of songs and stories celebrates the heroes of any family - the grandparents! Paul Greenwood and Kate Dyson star.

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning Trailer

It's Saturday night, the factory whistle's gone, and Arthur Seaton (Patrick Knowles), the original 'angry young man', is out on the town and determined to have a good time, whatever it costs. 9 - 24 May 2014, Mercury Theatre Colchester. Tickets from £10. Made in Colchester. Book online at:

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:

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

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Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate

51.888931, 0.89611

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