King John

A MAD WORLD OF MAD KINGS, TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown.

Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by Director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC.

The Boy in the Dress

‘I THINK I MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. I MIGHT NOT BE THE SAME’

Dennis is 12 years old and his school football team’s star striker. But when Mum leaves home, life is tough. The only reminder Dennis has of Mum is a photo of her in a beautiful yellow dress. A dress rather like the one on the cover of Vogue on sale at Raj’s newsagents. And also a bit like the one that Lisa James, the coolest girl in the school, is sketching in her note book. What do you do if you like both football and dresses? And what will Mr Hawtrey the headteacher do when he discovers that his strict uniform code has been broken by a boy in a dress?

David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy is brought to the stage for the first time in a musical with all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, script by former RSC playwright in residence Mark Ravenhill and in a production for all the family directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Oliver

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!

‘Consider yourself one of us’ and join Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Operatic Society Second Edition for a new and exciting venture in association with the Mercury Theatre. Celebrate as we join forces to bring you one of London’s most popular musicals Oliver! The Mercury has worked with Colchester Operatic many times in the past, but this will be the first full collaboration, combining professional creatives with local community actors and children.

Poor Oliver is stuck begging for more supper in a workhouse until he pushes his luck one too many times and is sold to a cruel undertaker. Unsurprisingly, this life proves to be just as bad, so Oliver soon escapes to London. Here, he is taken in by Fagin and the Artful Dodger who show him just how to ‘Pick a Pocket or Two’; he then meets the charming Nancy, who may turn out to be his only true friend in this wild and exciting world. But, when Oliver’s intended ‘mark’, Mr Brownlow, takes pity on the boy and offers him a new life, Fagin’s henchman Bill Sikes gets word and plots to kidnap the boy, to disastrous effect…

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

West Side Story

New York City, West Side, 1957. In the midst of gang rivalry and racial tensions, love at first sight strikes between Tony, a founding member of the White-American Jets and Maria, the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks. In the face of danger, the two young lovers continue to meet in secret – but the Jets and the Sharks have one last rumble to fight out.

War Horse

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

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!