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.

Benidorm Live

Starring Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) and featuring Neptune’s very own Asa Elliott, the official world premiere of Derren Litten’s smash-hit ITV comedy Benidorm is set to bring sunshine and smiles to Nottingham in the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show.

ITV’s award-winning comedy celebrates over a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for ten series since it first broadcast in 2007. Litten has now written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for the stage – after a quick spruce up at the Blow ‘n’ Go!

Book now for a dose of Benidorm sunshine and see your favourite stars from the Solana live on stage for the very first time.

The Full Monty

The Full Monty is one of the most acclaimed British films ever and The Full Monty stage play has become one of the most phenomenal theatrical productions ever.

This “chuffing brilliant” production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, took the world by storm and has become one of Britain’s most successful shows. Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production has received standing ovations every night and won the prestigious UK Theatre Award.

Featuring Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks, EastEnders, The Bill and winner of Dancing on Ice) who has made the part of Gaz his own, with an all-star cast of Andrew Dunn (best known from Dinnerladies and for his regular appearances on Bremner, Bird and Fortune) as Gerald, Louis Emerick (Benidorm, Brookside, Last of the Summer Wine) as Horse, Joe Gill (Emmerdale) as Lomper, Kai Owen (Torchwood and Hollyoaks) as Dave and James Redmond (Hollyoaks and Casualty).

With songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones you really should… drop absolutely everything and book today!

Peter Pan

Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland this Christmas in the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan. Join our high-flying hero as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget full of evil pirates, the lost boys, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook.

Comedian and actor Joe Pasquale will lead the cast in the role of Smee. Well-known and best-loved for being one of the hardest-working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today, Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun. Along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies, toured in several major theatrical productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers, starred in the West End production of Spamalot, been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here, appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and is currently on tour in a live stage incarnation of the classic sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in the iconic role of Frank Spencer.

Joining Joe on this seafaring adventure as Captain Hook, the most evil man in Neverland, is John Challis. Known for his role as Boycie in the BBC’s long-running Only Fools and Horses, John (and his character’s iconic laugh) have entertained television viewers for decades. John’s other television appearances include Dixon of Dock Green, Coronation Street, Open All Hours, My Family, Last of the Summer Wine and he’s currently playing Monty in the hit ITV comedy, Benidorm.

With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, join Peter Pan (Jack McNeill), Tinker Bell (Lucy Evans) and the lost boys and set sail in the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat.

With generous discounts for groups, concessions and special rates for schools available for selected performances, book your seats today.

Peter Pan contains underwater 3D action, so please bear this in mind if you are planning to bring children under the age of 5 or anyone of a nervous or sensitive disposition. We don’t want to carp on about it, but we also don’t want to get in deep water and would feel gill-ty if we let this vital piece of finn-formation slip through the net, so you’re batter off knowing . If you have any concerns, feel free to drop us a line.
Relaxed Performance

Fri 4 January 2.30pm
Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may find it difficult to come and see a show to experience the joy of live theatre.

It is still the same show but with some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting is used. These performances will provide a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.

Be My Baby

IT’S 1964 AND THE RONETTES AND THE DIXIE CUPS ARE RIDING HIGH IN THE CHARTS.

19 year old Mary is seven months pregnant when her mother delivers her into the charge of St Saviours, a church run maternity home for young, unmarried women who have made ‘one mistake.’ As they bond over records and romance, Mary, Dolores, Queenie and Norma begin to understand what it means to give their children to the Welfare Service and Mary realises she must fight to take her baby home. Featuring pop music of the period Be My Baby is an incredibly moving story told with warmth and humour and is one of the most widely performed modern, British plays.

Around the World in 80 Days

THE MYSTERIOUS AND FABULOUSLY WEALTHY PHILEAS FOGG WAGERS HIS LIFE’S FORTUNE THAT HE CAN CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE IN JUST 80 DAYS.

Accompanied by his valet Passepartout, and with Scotland Yard’s finest Fix of the Yard hot on his heels, can our hero make it back in time or will his plans be thwarted? This fast-paced and funny adaptation of the ultimate globetrotter’s tale transports audiences into the far-flung realms of the imagination. It’s an irresistible round-the-world romp, packed with mayhem and inventive storytelling, guaranteed to raise a smile. This madcap Easter treat for all the family will play in our Pop-Up theatre before touring to community venues across Leeds.

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‘COME HOME.’
WHAT I THOUGHT WAS FROM MY MAN
IS FROM MY MUM.
‘COME HOME. NOW.’

An ordinary day in the ordinary life of an ordinary family. The clock blinks 7.37am, a rushed breakfast, and then off to join the hustle and bustle of the world outside. And then one random act changes everything. A bewildered family find themselves caught up in catastrophe and grief in this vivid, detailed and brilliantly observed play by debbie tucker green. An award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director, she is one of theatre’s most unique and acclaimed voices, and this play for one actor is a remarkable tour de force.

Kes

BILLY CASPER IS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE KIDS OFF THE ESTATE; LIVING WITH  HIS MOTHER AND BULLY OF A BROTHER, JUD. HE’S ALL ALONE, THEN HE FINDS ‘KES’. STICK LEGS. BIG HEAD. PILE OF SCRUFF.

Kestrels are the hardest birds to train, but not for Billy. He feeds her, cares for her and trains her. Together they are ready to fly. And everything goes quiet, as all his troubles and worries fade into the horizon. Billy has all he needs and all he wants, until he makes a fatal decision that changes the course of things forever. Following a sell-out 2016 run, this adaptation of Barry Hines’ much loved 1960s story explores the never-changing, true nature of friendship.

Remounted by Associate Director Martin Leonard.

A Christmas Carol

IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE IN VICTORIAN LEEDS, BUT THE COLD-HEARTED EBENEZER SCROOGE HASN’T AN OUNCE OF FESTIVE CHEER.

As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought vividly to life.