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In Person: Balkerne Gate, COLCHESTER, Essex, CO1 1PT
Phone: 01206 573948

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A wild ride of love, laughs, and lost weekends

One Midsummer night in Edinburgh, two ill-matched thirty-somethings – a high-powered, hard-drinking lawyer called Helena, who’s stuck in a dead-end affair with a married man, and a small-time crook called Bob – collide with one another for one short night of wild abandon. It’s an unlikely coupling as both are all too aware, but it’s Midsummer and anything can happen…

Penned by award-winning playwright, David Grieg, and composed by songwriter, Gordon McIntyre, Midsummer is a rose-tinted musical rom-com, a fast-paced, funny look at love, life, and the ache of aging.

The Mercury’s creative director Ryan McBryde (Baskerville, The Comedy of Errors) will direct this riotously funny, touchingly romantic 90-minute tour d’amour in all its drunken, horny, heartfelt glory.

Content to Consider
This show has an age guidance of 16+ and contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.

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Winner of the Judges Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022

The world premiere of an award-winning black comedy.

“Thursdays, curry night. Curry and a pint for a fiver. Go at five thirty, home by ten. Beat my mum up for a while. Bed by ten thirty.”

Four men convicted of domestic abuse offences meet each week to undergo a perpetrator programme. But as Jen, the new group facilitator, starts to make progress with the men inside the room, their lives outside begin to buckle.

Bindweed is a shattering and darkly funny new play about responsibility and rehabilitation, which looks at what can be done to tackle abuse at its root.

Content to Consider
This show is recommended to those aged 18+, those aged between 16-18 may attend but will need to be accompanied by an adult. This performance contains swearing, violence, misogynistic conversation, reference to coercive control, rape and sexual assault, reference to murder and suicide, and references to children obtaining and sharing pornography.

Studio Event
Please note that this performance takes place in our smaller Studio Theatre. If it’s your first visit or you are unfamiliar with the Mercury building, you can find out more about our spaces here.

The New Adventures of Peter Pan
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Take flight with Peter Pan in an epic pantomime adventure! Join us for Colchester’s favourite pantomime this Christmas as Neverland bursts to life in a spectacular production that’s fun for the whole family. The New Adventures of Peter Pan promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle with the perfect blend of breath-taking sets & costumes, mind-blowing flying and effects and of course, side-splitting comedy.

Antony Stuart-Hicks, “the best Dame in the country” (British Theatre), will be taking the reins as director as well as starring as Mrs Smee and fellow Mercury pantomime legend Dale Superville (fresh from the West End production of Fawlty Towers) returns as Smee. Book now for the ultimate feel-good festive day out!


5-minute walk from Colchester Town Centre with great local bus links and is within walking distance of both Colchester North and Colchester Town station


Bar and Kiosk, which opens 1 hour before the start of a show.

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The Mercury Theatre Colchester is the most active producing theatre in East Anglia, and is a vital centre of excellence in the east’s growing creative economy.

Rooted in its local community the theatre touches over 130,000 people in Colchester and the surrounding area each year through the vibrant and broad programme we stage across two auditoria, and through community education partnerships.

Under the Made in Colchester brand, the Mercury creates theatre which reaches audiences and generates critical attention regionally and nationally. The Mercury is a champion of regional arts, both as an active co-producer with other venues and companies and also touring our own productions to audiences across the UK.

Born out of the Colchester Repertory Company in 1937, we have been creating theatre at our current site since 1972. Our Main Theatre and Studio Theatre seat a combined total of 586. On-site production and workshop facilities create sets, props and costumes for both for in-house productions and touring companies, including the National Theatre.

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