Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis
Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th April 2019 from 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm
The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time. Of vital importance to the development of drama is the appearance of the first actresses upon the English stage. April De Angelis has taken five famous figures - Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton - and given us a fascinating look at the precarious lot of actresses at that time. A moving and often comic account of the true lives of Restoration actresses.With some earthy language!
Tickets: £13, £12 (conc) 
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th April 2019 from 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm
Arthur Miller gives us a weekend in late 1940's America following the war, when a family comes face to face with the consequences of past events, their own hidden and manifest actions and the impact of these on their present lives, with some surprising and disturbing outcomes. There will be a gunshot during the performance. 
Tickets: £13, £10 (conc) 
"Champions" Holiday Workshop
Monday 15th - Thursday 18th April 2019 from 9.30am. - 4.30pm
Join us for 4 days of fun! Learn singing and drama skills in a safe, supportive environment. The workshop will cater for 8-16 year olds, and there is a free presentation for friends and families on the final day. For more detailed information, ring 01206 530257. Application forms available via the box office only. 
Cost: £100, £90 (if paid before 1st March) 
INK on the Road
Friday 19th - Saturday 20th April 2019 from 7.45pm
Back by popular demand INK on the Road returns to The Headgate with a selection of the best new short plays directly from The INK Festival. INK on the Road offers a rare evening of contrasting and exciting works by the very best writers from East Anglia. 
Tickets: £12, £10 (conc) 
Catherine Lima Quartet: The Allure of Miss Lee
Wednesday 24th April 2019 from 7.30pm
The Catherine Lima Quartet explore Peggy Lee's rise from humble beginnings in North Dakota, to her first break as a big band singer with Benny Goodman, and her successful solo career as a singer/songwriter and one-time Hollywood actress. Expect hits such as 'Fever', 'I'm A Woman', 'He's A Tramp' and some of the jazz icon's lesser-known back catalogue. 
Tickets: £14, £12 (conc)
Another Evening of Song
Saturday 27th April 2019 from 7.30pm
This exciting vocal quartet returns to the Headgate to present an evening of songs to suit all tastes - from Classical, through Opera and Operetta, to modern Musical Theatre and Contemporary! 
Tickets: £15
Shakers by John Godber & Jane Thornton
Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th May 2019 from 7.45pm
'The Reject Theatre Company welcome you to the trendiest bar in town for a wickedly funny look behind the Porn Star Martinis and plastic palms at SHAKERS Cocktail Bar. Meet Carol, Adele, Nicky and Mel on a night out to remember! Our four long-suffering waitresses take you on a hilarious, heart-warming journey through their lives and loves, from checkout girls on the town to drunken lads on the pull! Contains adult language. 
Tickets: £14.50, £13.50 (conc) 
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Monday 6th - Saturday 11th May 2019 from 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday Matinées 2pm
Protocol Theatre (Professionals Together in Colchester) bring the bard's dark classic play, Macbeth, to the stage in a way you've not seen before. Ambition, power, betrayal - a show you'll be talking about for days … just don't say it's name! Protocol are proud to both present this at the Headgate theatre, and to facilitate and celebrate the local professionals of Colchester for audiences local and further afield. 
Tickets: £12, £10 (conc) 
The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan
Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th May 2019 from 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm
Widely regarded as Terence Rattigan's finest play, 'The Browning Version' is a compelling and moving drama about an unpopular schoolmaster whose marriage and career are unravelling. However when he receives an unexpected gift from a pupil, he has the chance to change his life for ever… Directed by Andrew Hodgson and featuring an acclaimed cast, this is not to be missed! 
Tickets: £13, £12 (conc)
Comedy Writing Workshop with Jan Etherington
Saturday 18th May 2019 from 10am - 4pm
The Workshop: Jan an Award winning comedy writer, broadcaster and journalist is a regular workshop presenter for INK, a Suffolk based theatre company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage, and radio, from writers with an East Anglian connection. Her most recent radio play 'Conversations from a Long Marriage' was aired on New Year's Day 2018 with Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam and has been subsequently commissioned as a BBC television series. You will see from her biography below, that this is just one of her many successful radio and TV writing successes. For the Headgate workshop, Jan will tackle the eternal triangle of character, dialogue and plot and explain how to avoid stereotypes. There will be a chance to flex your comedy muscles with scenarios, exercises and collaborations. There will be some listening, lots of talking and hopefully lots of fun!.
Interested? Then contact our Box Office on 01206 366000 or email tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk or book on line.
Don't forget: Book all day parking at St John's or St Mary's car park for £1.50 at the same time as you book your workshop place, and think about booking tickets to see the winners of this year's INK festival playwright competition, which will be performed at The Headgate on 19th and 20th April!
Jan Etherington - a brief biography
With her husband, Gavin Petrie, Jan has written many successful and long running sit coms including:
SECOND THOUGHTS (BBC Radio 4 & LWT) with James Bolam, Lynda Bellingham, Julia Sawalha. The series won the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals, two years running.
NEXT OF KIN with Penelope Keith and William Gaunt ran to three successful series and is still extremely popular world-wide. 
THE CHANGE, starring Lynda Bellingham, Chris Ellison and Sylvia Syms - which ran for 3 series . 
DUCK PATROL (LWT) starring Richard Wilson 
FAITH IN THE FUTURE (LWT) Won a British Comedy Award in 1997 for Best ITV Comedy 
THE OTHER MAN - a 6 part romantic comedy (BBC Radio 4) 
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT - a stage play 1st performed at the Mill at Sonning 
PARADISE CAFÉ - a 13 part, teen comedy drama (BBC)
Jan contributes to a number of BBC Radio 4 sketch shows including sketches for Pam Ayres on the Radio 4 series 'Ayres on the Air' . She has also 'appeared' on Woman's Hour and Newsnight. Jan has also had numerous plays performed at the INK festival and most weeks writes for the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Suffolk magazine .
Price: £30
The Bakewell Bake Off
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 from 730pm
An eclectic mix of contestants compete to have the 'ultimate' and 'exclusive' recipe for the 'Bakewell'. The combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation guaranteed to put a smile on your face in this glorious musical! 
Tickets: £12, £10 (conc) 
Shakespeare's Daughter and the Vicar by Marion Wells
Friday 7th - Saturday 8th June 2019 from 7.45pm
It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon. A new vicar, curious about Shakespeare's plays, is sent to the town. He seeks out the person who still has first-hand knowledge of the Bard, Shakespeare's daughter Judith Quiney.    
Tickets: £12 

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