Autumn 2012 -2013 Mercury Theatre Listing

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Box Office 01206 573948
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

Wed 15 Aug 7.30pm
Abba Forever
All the glitz and glamour you would expect in this superb recreation of possibly the
world’s greatest pop band.
Tickets £15 - £21

Thu 16 Aug 7.30pm
Motown’s Greatest Hits – How Sweet It Is
Combining first class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band,
this show delivers the best Motown experience you will ever have!
Tickets £15 - £21

Wed 22 & Thu 23 Aug 7.30pm
FRESH Festival: Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Adapted for the stage by Stephen Jeffreys
In the year of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, the Mercury Youth Theatre present his powerful
illumination of 19th Century industrial working conditions and the values of those in
charge.
Tickets £6.50 / £4.50 concessions

Fri 24 & Sat 25 Aug 7.30pm
FRESH Festival: The Prodigious Snob by Moliere. Adapted from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by
Miles Malleston
The Mercury Youth Theatre present Moliere’s comedy masterpiece which examines the snob who
values wealth and status above all things.
Tickets £6.50 / £4.50 concessions

Wed 29 Aug – Sat 8 Sep
Haunting Julia by Alan Ayckbourn
A chilling ghost story that will have you jumping out of your seat. Richard O’Callaghan
(Carry On…), Duncan Preston (Emmerdale), and Joe McFadden (Heartbeat) star in this first
ever UK tour.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Tickets £10.50 - £22.50

Wed 5 – Sat 15 Sep
A Mercury Theatre Company, Tinderbox, and Rage Productions Mumbai co-production in
the Mercury Studio Theatre
Hard Places by Farhad Sorabjee
A family forced to use a megaphone to speak across no man’s land reopen old wounds and
traumatic memories.
Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Matinees Sat 8, Thu 13 & Sat 15 Sep 2.45pm
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Mon 10 Sep 7.30pm
An Evening with Frank Bruno
Anecdotes, reminiscences and your questions about an incredible career which
famously included fights against Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.
Tickets £20 - £25

Tue 11 Sep 7.30pm
Marty Wilde and the Wildcats
One of the greatest names of 50s and 60s music looks back at a career spanning over
fifty years of Rock and Roll.
Tickets £20 - £25

Wed 12 Sep 7.30pm
Jethro
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Cornwall’s ambassador of comedy is crossing the country line to once again take you on a
fun and wild journey, Jethro style.
Tickets £15 - £21

Thu 13 Sep 7.30pm
Tango! Tango!
Be transported into the world of Buenos Aires and that strictly passionate, and most
intimates of dances, the Tango.
Tickets £15 - £21


Fri 14 Sep 7.30pm
Back to Broadway
Dazzling costumes, spectacular lighting and captivating performances are linked together
by a beautiful story of one girl’s dreams of stardom.
Tickets £20 -£25

Sat 15 Sep 7.30pm
An Audience with Jenni Murray
Dame Jenni Murray talks about her fascinating life and career.
Tickets £20 - £25

Thu 20 – Sat 29 Sep
Guys and Dolls
Colchester Operatics Society (CO2) presents the musical of late night gamblers of
Broadway and the mission set up to save their souls. Featuring classics such as Luck Be A
Lady, Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat and the eponymous Guys and Dolls.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Sat 2.30pm
Tickets £11 - £18

Tue 2 & Wed 3 Oct 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
I ♥ Peterborough by Joel Horwood
Eastern Angles presents this frenetic story of ‘growing up gay’. A chaotic cabaret act
fronted by Lulu; a big bloke with a thirty-something son, six inch heels, a dodgy wig,
and a riveting story to tell.
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Thu 4 – Sat 20 Oct
A Mercury Theatre Company Production
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
A hilarious madcap farce featuring a policeman who thinks he’s a playwright, a plastic
surgeon to the criminally insane, a nephew who thinks he’s President Teddy Roosevelt, and
a pair of sweet aunts who are anything but…
Mon – Sat 7.30pm (except Fri 12 Oct 8pm)
Matinees Thu 11 Oct 2pm; Sat 13 Oct 2.30pm; Thu 18 Oct 2pm; Sat 20 Oct 2.30pm
Tickets £9.50 - £21

Tue 9 - Thu 11 Oct 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
Missing In Action by Brendan Murray
Exploring the phenomenon of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it impacts on the
lives of those affected by it.
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Sat 13 Oct 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
The Meaning of Riff
Using comedy, storytelling and a Flying V guitar, this new show is all about a lifelong
love/hate affair with the genius and stupidity that is Heavy Metal.
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Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Sat 20 Oct 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole Written and performed by Cleo Sylvestre
A play about one of the unsung heroines of British History, recently voted the greatest
Black Briton.
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions




Mon 22 – Sat 27 Oct
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Madcap plots, misunderstandings, a handbag and the glorious wit of Oscar Wilde come
together in this hilarious masterpiece of mistaken identity with a star cast featuring
Corrine Wicks (Emmerdale) and real life husband Tom Butcher (The Bill, Doctors).
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Tickets £10.50 - £22.50

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Oct 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour
5 performances, 5 actors, 1 totally unique show. Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave
your country. Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild
utterly original play from Iran. It’s theatre at its most live, exciting and urgent.
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Mon 29 Oct 11am & 2pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
Penguin
Based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar. Exciting, surreal and full of
surprises, a spectacular theatre experience for any age, especially 3 – 7 year
olds. Features lively songs by Tom Gray of Gomez which will have everyone joining
in!
Tickets £8 / £6 concessions

Tue 30 Oct 11am & 2pm
The Gardener by Mike Kenny
A funny. heart warming play for 3 – 7 year olds and their families.
Tickets £8 / £6 concessions

Thu 1 – Sat 17 Nov
A Mercury Theatre Company Production
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
A provocative play about ambition, success and what happens to those who get left behind,
set in Thatcher’s Britain.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm (except Fri 9 Nov 8pm)
Matinees Thu 8 Nov 2pm; Sat 10 Nov 2.30pm; Thu 15 Nov 2pm; Sat 17 Nov 2.30pm
Tickets £9.50 - £21

Thu 8 – Sat 10 Nov 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi
Against a backdrop of Indian revolutionary fervour, two players compete for a place
in the team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Now their descendents wrestle to win
favour once more.
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Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Sat 17 Nov 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
Indian Dimensions – Melody and Rhythm
An enchanting evening of romantic instrumental Indian music with an exciting rhythm
repertoire from two of the UK’s leading Sitar and Tabla musicians.
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Sun 18 Nov 4.30pm
Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo. Adapted and directed by Daniel Buckroyd
The compelling sequel to the award-winning War Horse takes us forward fifty years to
offer a moving account of the changing face of the English countryside and a beautifully
crafted reminder that stories really can reach out across the generations.
Tickets £11.50 - £18.50




Mon 19 – Wed 21 Nov 7.30pm
An Evening with Pam Ayres
New poems and stories as well as some old favourites from Pam’s 35 years at the top.
Tickets £20 - £25

Thu 22 Nov 7.30pm
World AIDS Day Festival
An evening of dance, drama, and entertainment inspired by the issues around HIV and AIDS
presented by local schools and community groups
Tickets £4

Fri 23 Nov 7.30pm
Dylan Thomas: Return Journey Devised and performed by Bob Kingdom
Following sell-out performances around the world including seasons in London’s West End,
this critically acclaimed production heralded as a lyrical tour-de-force, gives
Colchester audiences the chance to share the magic of Dylan Thomas’ writing.
Tickets £11.50 - £18.50

Sat 24 Nov 2.30pm
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…but The People’s Theatre Company do! And now you can
too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life. It’s a perfect
treat for anyone aged 4 to 104!
Adults £11 / Children £8 / Family of four £32

Sat 24 Nov 7.45pm
Mercury Studio Theatre
Jugnu Bhangra – The Harvest Dance
Over four generations, Jugnu Bhangra group have astonished audiences across the world
with their spectacular and exciting performances keeping alive the culture and the rich
heritage of the Punjab.
Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions

Fri 7 Dec 2012 – Sat 12 Jan 2013
A Mercury Theatre Company Extravaganza
Jack and the Beanstalk by Janice Dunn
Brimming with laughter, song, dance and adventure, this fantastic tale of giants,
princess, magic beans and ice cream will leave you feeling on top of the world!
Tickets £10.50 - £21 / Children £8.50 and other concessions £10.50 excluding PEAK
performances
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Jack and the Beanstalk Performances

December                 Sun 16               Tue 25                 Thu 3 2.30pm
Fri 7 2.00pm             Mon 17                                            PEAK
                                  2.00pm      Wed 26                       7.00pm
Sat 8 2.30pm                                           2.30pm              PEAK
      PEAK                        7.00pm               PEAK          Fri 4 2.30pm
      7.30pm                                           7.00pm              PEAK
                         Tue 18                        PEAK                7.00pm
Sun 9                             2.00pm      Thu 27                       PEAK
Mon 10                            7.00pm               2.30pm        Sat 5 2.30pm
         2.00pm                                        PEAK                PEAK
                         Wed 19                        7.00pm              7.00pm
Tue 11                            2.00pm               PEAK                PEAK
         10.15am                              Fri 28                 Sun 6 2.30pm
                                  7.00pm               2.30pm              PEAK
         2.00pm          Thu 20                        PEAK          Mon 7
                                  2.00pm               7.00pm        Tue 8 2.00pm
Wed 12                                                 PEAK
         10.15am                  7.00pm      Sat 29                          7.00pm
                                                       2.30pm
         2.00pm          Fri 21                        PEAK          Wed 9 6.00pm
                                  2.00pm               7.00pm        Thu 10
Thu 13                                                 PEAK                 4.30pm
         10.15am                  7.00pm      Sun 30                        8.00pm
                                  PEAK        Mon 31                 Fri 11
         2.00pm          Sat 22                        11.00am              4.30pm
                                  2.30pm      PEAK                          8.00pm
Fri 14                            PEAK                 3.00pm
         2.00pm                   7.00pm               PEAK          Sat 12
                                  PEAK                                        2.30pm
         7.00pm          Sun 23               January                         PEAK
                         Mon 24               Tue 1 2.30pm                    7.00pm
Sat 15                            11.00am           PEAK                      PEAK
         2.30pm                   PEAK        Wed 2 2.30pm
         PEAK                     3.00pm            PEAK
         7.00pm                   PEAK              7.00pm
         PEAK                                       PEAK



Tue 15 Jan 7.30pm
Vivaldi by Candlelight
The Locrian Ensemble are back with a musical tribute to the great Venetian composer,
Antonio Vivaldi.
Tickets £15 - £21

Wed 16 Jan 7.30pm
Syd Lawrence Orchestra
This zesty new show fizzles and sparkles its way through a performance brimming
with surprises. Musical fireworks from the best band in the land!
Tickets £20 - £25

Thu 17 Jan 7.30pm
Jackson – Live in Concert
An evening featuring sensational renditions of Thriller, Beat it, Billie Jean and a
whole host of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.
Tickets £15 - £21

Wed 23 Jan – Sat 2 Feb
Sweet Charity
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Colchester Operatics Society presents an all-time classic and one which you do not
want to miss! Includes show-stopping hits such as Big Spender and The Rhythm of
Life.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Sat 2.30pm
Tickets £11 - £18

				
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