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NEWS: Casting announced for Mercury Theatre Clybourne Park


Colchester’s Mercury Theatre have released details of the casting for the regional UK premiere of Clybourne Park. The cast for this new production of Bruce Noris's Award-winning play will include Ben Deery, Dan Gaisford, Rebecca Manley, Rebecca Oldfield, Gloria Onitiri, Wole Sawyerr, William Troughton and Mark Womack. The production opens in Colchester before touring to Richmond, Guildford, Cambridge, Oxford, and ...

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INTERVIEW: Lisa Maxwell

Lisa Maxwell in rehearsal for End Of The Rainbow

For those who think an actor’s life is glamourous, think again. You may be about to play one of the biggest names in 20th Century showbiz but pressures of rehearsals still mean you have to grab lunch on the fly as you get a much-needed break. Glen Pearce caught up with Lisa Maxwell, who is taking on the iconic role ...

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NEWS: Colchester’s Mercury Theatre announces £8.8m redevelopment plan

Artistic impression of plans to redevelop Colchester's Mercury Theatre

Colchester's Mercury Theatre  has announced details of an £8.8m plan to redevelop its buildings and site, improving and extending audience and production facilities while creating a learning and participation centre that will help to extend its educational and community work. If the project is successful, the new facilities would open in 2020. The project has received an invitation from Arts Council ...

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Aladdin – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Tim Freeman Antony-Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Director and Writer: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   You'll believe a mat can fly … Aladdin's magic carpet ride was just one of many delights in this carefully crafted panto, a near-perfect cocktail of glamour, silliness and fairy-tale romance. Under the green-eyed gaze of the dragons rampant either side of the ...

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NEWS: Mercury Theatre opens refurbished studio and announces ambitious plans

mercury Studio

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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