Noughts and Crosses

Segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.

As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story, based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

A BBC adaptation of Noughts & Crosses is due to be screened later in 2019. The novel won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award among many other accolades.

Cinderella

We are back with another charming pantomime for 2019!

IMPORTANT NOTICE

MERCURY AT ABBEY FIELD

This event will take place in our new location ‘Mercury at Abbey Field’.

This is a state-of-the-art pop-up theatre that will house a limited season of shows from Autumn 2019 and is situated on Abbey Field in Colchester.

The site will be a fully enclosed and heated temporary theatre, with dedicated parking and coach drop off points and is accessible for those on foot from Circular Road East Lower.

After its second record-breaking year, the Mercury panto has been supersized to fill our new pop-up performance space. Which can only mean more glitter, glamour, songs and seats at our stunning new Abbey Field location!

You are cordially invited to the ball of the year with Cinderella, the ultimate rags-to-riches tale.

Poor Cinderella spends her days cleaning, cooking and tidying for her rotten step-sisters. That is until one day the Prince decides to host an extravagant ball to find his princess and insists that every eligible lady should attend. Little does Cinderella know, life is about to turn itself upside down and an exciting adventure awaits.

Will Cinderella escape her daily chores? Will the Prince find his happy ever after? Will the Sisters ever stop their incessant whining? Cinderella is the perfect festive fix for the whole family to enjoy and will leave you singing all the way home – just don’t leave your slippers behind!

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Based on the best-selling novel by Louis de Bernières that inspired the hit film, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin makes its world premiere across the UK in 2019. Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, this is an unforgettable love story which evolves against the turbulent backdrop of World War II.

Marking the 25th Anniversary of the novel’s original publication, this epic journey is brought vividly to life for the stage by Olivier and Tony-Award nominated director Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend and Coram Boy) and playwright Rona Munro (My Name Is Lucy Barton and The James Plays). In an extraordinary tale of human fragility at a time of war, we discover how enemies forced together must learn to co-exist, and that all kinds of love can blossom in unimaginable circumstances.

Wonderland

THE UNMISSABLE HIT OF 2018 IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Nottinghamshire, 1983. Two 16 year olds wait nervously at the pithead. Guided by a veteran miner, they descend into the brotherhood, banter, searing heat and liquid blue light of Welbeck Colliery.

Meanwhile in London, an American CEO known as The Butcher is brought in to reform King Coal. Pits close and a strike is called.

A Tory MP tussles with his leader’s hard line ideology, whilst an eccentric dandy is sent undercover to break up the strike. Cracks appear on all sides as the embattled miners are torn apart trying to protect their livelihoods and families. Nothing will be the same again.

Wonderland is the spirited and uplifting drama written by the daughter of a Nottinghamshire miner. Expect dark humour and tension in this 360° look at the events leading up to and during the miner’s strike.

The Importance of Being Earnest at The Watermill Theatre

Jack Worthing lives a double life between his idyllic manor in the country and his stylish town house in the capital. To those who know Jack in the countryside, he is the epitome of respectfulness, devoted to providing a sound upbringing for his ward Cecily and often rushing into London to look after his wayward brother Ernest. To those who Jack entertains in the city, he is known as Ernest: an indulgent bachelor who loves nothing more than doing nothing, often accompanied by his mischievous friend Algernon. It is a secret to nearly everyone that Ernest doesn’t actually exist!

Discovered as a baby in a handbag in the lost property cloakroom at Victoria Station, Jack’s identity has always been an enigma. When a marriage proposal sets a sequence of ridiculous events in motion, Jack’s past threatens to catch up with him. Oscar Wilde’s trademark wit and masterful storytelling are at the heart of this hilarious comedy of manners about misbehaving in a manor.

Please call the box office on 01635 46044 to book a personal headset and buy tickets.

Amélie at The Watermill Theatre

Amélie is an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her imagination. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie will have to risk everything to say what’s in her heart.

Based on the much loved and five-time Oscar nominated film, Amélie is a feel good musical filled to the brim with colourful observations and whimsical wonderings. Join Amélie as she finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner.

Praise for the Broadway production

‘Amélie abounds with heart!’
The Telegraph

‘A tuneful love story with a sophisticated score’
Deadline

 

Please call the box office on 01635 46044 to book a personal headset and buy tickets.

Macbeth at The Watermill Theatre

In times of uncertainty, power is within reach for those with the strength and courage to seize it. A ruthless, violent struggle for power leads to a devastating coup. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, the Macbeths will stop at nothing to survive.

Blazing with tension, energy and passion in their boldest production to date, The Watermill Ensemble return with Macbeth.

Inspired by the fierce sounds of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones, The Watermill’s resident Shakespeare company fuse electrifying actor-musicianship with Shakespeare’s thrilling tragedy.

TWELFTH NIGHT, 2018
‘A night out that makes one glad to be alive’
★★★★★ London Theatre1

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, 2018
‘Expect the unexpected’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

ROMEO AND JULIET, 2016
‘Vibrant and youthful’
★★★★ The Stage

 

To book tickets for accessible performances, please call the box office on 01635 46044 or email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk 

Murder For Two at The Watermill Theatre

Back by popular demand following huge success in 2017, the madcap murder mystery returns to The Watermill Theatre for a limited run.

A high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a mystery with a twist. In this loving homage to the canon of murder mystery plays, two actors play thirteen characters… and the piano.

When famous novelist Arthur Whitney is found dead at his birthday party, it’s time to call in the detectives. The only problem is, they’re out of town. Enter Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a neighbourhood cop who dreams of climbing the ranks. With the clock ticking, it’s up to Marcus to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime before the real detective arrives.

A hysterical blend of music, murder and mayhem, Murder For Two thrilled audiences in 2017 during its UK premiere at The Watermill, before transferring to London.

Praise for Murder For Two, 2017:
‘Flawlessly slick… impossible to resist’ 
WhatsOnStage

‘Dial v for virtuosity’ 
The Telegraph

Please call the box office on 01635 46044 to book a personal headset and buy tickets.

Ain’t Misbehavin

Take a step back into the raunchy nightclubs of 1920s Manhattan with Ain’t Misbehavin’ – a vivacious revue celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music.

Join our extraordinary performers on a journey through an amazing period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – an era where musicians were free to experiment with new styles and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.

This show is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and fingers snapping with its sassy, sultry musical celebrations of life and love, and its huge sense of fun; a delightful evening of escapism!

Mercury Theatre Colchester presents a co-production with Paul Taylor-Mills in association with Tamasha Theatre Company. An IGNITE production with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme.

Based on an idea by MURRAY HORWITZ and RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

Orchestrations and Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon
Vocal Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliott

Originally choreographed by ARTHUR FARIA

Conceived and Originally Directed by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

Originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club

Originally produced on Broadway by Amanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organsation, Jane Gaynor & Ron Dante

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Motown The Musical

The sensational hit West End musical is bringing its unique sound to Nottingham and is guaranteed to have you dancing in the street!

With just $800 borrowed from his family Berry Gordy founded Motown Records and launched the careers of legendary artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, and many more.

This is the next chapter in Motown’s incredible history and is an experience you’ll never forget. Featuring over 50 classic hits including My Girl, What’s Going On, Dancing in the Street, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Motown The Musical tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers, fought against the odds to create something more than a record label. Discover the story behind Motown, the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat.