Can't Help Singing
July Thursday 4th - Friday 5th at 7.45 Saturday Matinée at 3pm
Platform Musicals are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this special concert that highlights 100 years of Musical Theatre and Operetta. Featuring selections from Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow", the shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Kern and many more! A musical treat from the talented Platform singers that is not to be missed! A donation will be made to the Barnardo's children's charity. 
Tickets: £15 
Summer Silliness and Scenes!
July Sunday 7th at 1pm and 3pm
DOT Productions Youth Groups perform their summer show full of scenes, sketches and silliness! 
Tickets: £8
July Friday 12th - Saturday 13th at 7pm Saturday Matinée; at 2pm
A dance and song spectacular featuring some of Colchester's most talented performers. A fusion of ideas and styles, from tap to contemporary and street to musical theatre. With songs spanning across decades, this promises to be an enjoyable performance for all ages. 
Tickets: £15, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, disabled) 
Bedroom Farce
July Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th at 7.45 Saturday Matin&#e 2.30pm
Four couples - three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn's clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy. Trevor and Susannah are trying to salvage their marriage, but their problems spill over into those closest to them. Beds, tempers and routines are all ruffled as they try to sort things out! 
Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's) 
A Summer Caberet
July Saturday 27th at 7.30pm
Trevor Johnston-Thurston returns to the Headgate Theatre accompanied by a live band. In this cabaret show, Trevor will be performing a selection of his favourites from musical theatre and pop, including numbers from Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, and Dreamgirls, as well as songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley. 
Tickets: £10
Hippocratic Oafs
August Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd at 8pm
Stapled to a Chicken emerge from the lab, having brewed yet another comic formula; this time they're stimulating your funny bone by tackling Science and Health. Putting their finest material under the knife to organ-ise their sharpest show yet, this year's comedic yield is as pure as they've ever produced! Strong language, may offend.
Tickets: £12
10 Mad Years
August Saturday 10th at 2.30pm and 7.45pm
Mad Hatter celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection of favourite songs from all their previous productions. Featuring an incredibly talented troupe of performers from Mad Hatter's past, present and future. 
Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers) 
Alice in West-End-Land Performance Workshop for 8-16 year olds
August Monday 12th - Friday 16th 9.30am-4.30pm
Alice falls asleep on the train to London and wakes up at a station where she sees a white rabbit disappearing into the distance. Then she finds herself in the West End, where a series of chance encounters lead her to realise what is most important in life. Using songs from popular West End musicals, this workshop will help develop performance skills and confidence for all ages. 
£120 per child. (Early booking discount available, Full information and application form available from the Box Office) 
The "IN' Crowd: Jazz in the 60's
August Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm
Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. He also performs some inspired new jazz re-workings of songs from pop hit-makers of that period - from The Beatles, The Kinks and Burt Bacharach, to Ray Charles and Joni Mitchell.
"Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig" - (More Opinions/JAZZ NIGHTS
"Fantastic, what a great voice!" - Sir Trevor McDonald
"Impresses greatly" - UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)
Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
The Comedy of Magic
August Saturday 31st at 8pm
Tickets: £12
Lucas and Albert (film)
September Wednesday 4th - Thursday 5th at 7.30pm
Lucas and Albert ("a double act with gonads") is the story of two ageing hitmen who have been put together on what could be their last job. The film is a black comedy thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you accompany Lucas and Albert on their journey. 
Tickets: £10, £7.50 (OAP, FTS, under 16's and jobseekers) 
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
September Friday 6th - Saturday 7th at 7.30pm
The Dashwood sisters have very different approaches to their love lives. Elinor has much more sense, but Marianne has a great deal of sensibility. With its heroes, heartbreak, debonair villains and a dashing duel, this adaptation will have you falling in love with Jane Austen's classic novel. A cast of five actors and DOT's renowned comedic style make this comedy of manners a production not to be missed. 
Tickets: £13
Directing Two-Day Workshop
September Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th 9.30am-4.30pm
Matthew Morgan-Stevens (Director, Actor, Lecturer in Acting) invites those with a passion for directing (from novice through to experienced!) to this practical two-day workshop focusing on a number of techniques for approaching text both inside and outside the rehearsal room. The aim of the workshop will be to introduce participants to a variety of ways of dealing with text (and actors!) and explore how to get the most out of rehearsals. Participants are encouraged to bring material from past/future directing projects, although scenes will also be provided if you're not currently directing!
Matthew trained at East 15 Acting School and, after a few years of touring theatre and festivals, found himself teaching at Colchester Institute on both the Acting and Musical Theatre courses, where he has directed a whole range of productions from full-scale Musicals to devised pieces on-board the Colne Lightship! He is currently studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent experience includes: Assistant Director 'Of Mice and Men' (UK Tour), Director of Tom Allen's 'Life/Style' (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Assistant Director 'Living History' (East 15 Acting School). Workshops with John Wright, Philippe Gaulier, Mel Churcher, Sarah Davey-Hull, John Gillett and Brigid Panet.
Cost: £60 for both days
Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'
September Sunday 15th at 7.30pm
For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul's trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in ' Simple Truth', through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of 'Crystalline', to the haunting mystery of 'Catalonia', 'Pavane' takes us on an inspiring musical journey.
Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Andy Watson (Classical Guitar), Natalie Rozario (Cello), Chris Ingham (Piano), Jerome Davies (Double Bass), George Double (Drums).
Tickets: £15, £13 (conc)
Kinks UK
September Friday 20th at 8pm (Doors open 7.15pm)
For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ... They're all there, alongside many other Ray Davies classics in a night not be missed if you like your 60s swinging. Support will come from THE MOD SQUAD, who will be performing a set of mod floor-fillers to get the party started.
Valli - the boy from Jersey
September Saturday 28th at 7.30pm, 2.30pm Matinée
Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written 'Big Girls Don't Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December 63, Can't Take My Eye's Off You' and many more! 
Tickets: £14, £12(conc)

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