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

noises off

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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Macbeth – Mercury Theatre, Colchester


Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Buckroyd         Reviewer: Michael Gray   At first glance this a typical look at Macbeth our contemporary - naked political ambition, red berets and body armour. But Daniel Buckroyd's accessible production, his sixth since he took the helm at the Mercury, has unique strengths. The staging is uncluttered but eloquent. Juliet Shillingford's design has a gloomy ...

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Friend or Foe – Mercury Theatre, Colchester


Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray   By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foe  falls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Liverpool Playhouse

Betty Blue Eyes Uk Tour - (C) Robert Day

Music/Lyrics: George Stiles & Anthony Drewe Book: Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: John Roberts  Alan Bennett’s A Private Function may not seem the most suitable of films to make a stage musical out of, but thanks to the delightfully witty charm of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Betty Blue Eyes makes for a refreshing and quirky ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Betty Blue Eyes - Colchester Mercury

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Sue Collier Betty Blue Eyes is a musical comedy based on the marvellous 1984 film ‘A Private Function’ which starred Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. Whilst this is quite a cast to live up to, this challenge was more than met during a lively performance in Leeds where ...

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