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NEWS: Mercury Theatre opens refurbished studio and announces ambitious plans

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Colchester’s Mercury Theatre today [30 October] officially re-opened its studio theatre after a major £580,00 renovation. The first major building work since the Essex venue opened in 1972, the studio venue had suffered from a lack of air-conditioning and lack of sound proofing from the neighbouring main stage. Combined, the two issues had limited the use of the venue, or necessitated ...

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Noises Off – Mercury Theatre, Colchester


Writer: Michael Frayn Director : Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:Michael Gray   Doors and trousers, boxes and sardines. The very essence of farce is distilled in Nothing On, Robin Housemonger's classic from the early 70s. Michael Frayn's no less acclaimed tribute to the genre shows us the action on opening night (The Grand, Weston-super-Mare), then from backstage at an Ashton-under-Lyne matinée, one ...

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INTERVIEW: Doors and sardines for Noises Off company


In a rehearsal room at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, things are not going well. Doors are slamming, props are ending up in the wrong place, and the cast are arguing with each other. Audiences needn’t fear, though, as this is all part of the intended chaos created by Michael Frayn’s classic backstage farce Noises Off.  Glen Pearce spoke to cast members ...

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NEWS: James and the Giant Peach for Colchester Mercury’s Summer Season


Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will be taking centre stage in Essex as Colchester’s Mercury Theatre today announce its 2015 Summer season. The latest production in the venue’s Made In Colchester strand, James and the Giant Peach will play for three weeks of the school summer holidays. The stage adaption of Roald Dahl’s classic will be  directed by ...

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NEWS: All-star cast announced for Mercury Theatre’s Noises Off

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Colchester’s Mercury Theatre have announced an all-star ensemble cast for Michael Frayn’s classic comedy Noises Off, which plays at the Essex venue this May as the second production in their Made in Colchester 2015 season. Directed by the Mercury’s Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd, Noises Off is the classic theatrical farce, allowing audiences to see what really goes on behind the ...

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NEWS: Colchester Mercury Theatre undergoes £580,000 upgrade

mercury Studio refurb

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has today announced plans for a £580,000 improvement to the Essex venue. It will be the largest investment in the venue since it opened in 1972. The work will see the theatre make major improvements to its studio space, a move that will see the capacity increased as well as upgrades to the air-conditioning and disabled access ...

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Cinderella – Mercury Theatre, Colchester


Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Based on a version by: Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Daniel Buckroyd Original Music and Additional Lyrics: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Cinderella is arguably the most popular pantomime tale of all, thanks in no small part to the strength of its story. The classic boy meets girl tale is ...

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NEWS: Little Shop Of Horrors leads Colchester Mercury Spring 2015 season

Little shop

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has today launched details of its Spring/Summer 2015 Season. Building on the success of this year’s Made In Colchester season, the brand returns next year. In its 35th anniversary year, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita looks to be a popular choice with theatre programmers for 2015 and an in-house version will open the Made In Colchester Season in ...

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