Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490

Wednesday 27th March. First Man. Matinee - £5.00 - 2.00 for 2.30pm. A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.
Saturday 6th April, 2019. Zoe Lyons Comedy Night. Doors open 7.15 for 8.00pm start.
All seats £13.00. Over 18s only due to content of acts. Four great acts, four great performances. ZOE LYONS, ADAM BLOOM, TONY COWARDS and CRAIG MURRAY

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
Friday March 22nd, 7:30pm. Do You Think That's Wise? The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier. In this affectionate tribute to one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, leading impressionist Julian Dutton (BBC1’s The Big Impression, BBC R4’s The Secret World, co-creator & co-star of BBC2's Pompidou with Matt Lucas etc.) brings to life the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that charmed millions and turned John Le Mesurier into a household name as Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army. As with many comedy stars, Le Mesurier’s life was not without tragedy – his broken marriage to Hattie Jacques, his betrayal by his best friend Tony Hancock – all these setbacks shook him, but his reputation as the quintessential English Gentleman never wavered. Packed with glorious reminiscences and stories from the Golden Age of Classic British Comedy, Julian Dutton’s show is a joyful and moving celebration of one of the most popular comic actors of our era.
Saturday March 23rd 1:00pm & 3:30pm. Teddy Bears Picnic. Our little teddies would love you to join them as they eat, dance, play and have fun! Little ones can bring their own teddy, clap along and have their photo taken with the dancers!
Sunday March 24th, 7:30pm. History Sunday 6. Talk 1. Peter Cooper: Puseyite buds and Popish flowers: Turmoil at St. Gregory’s 1855- 1879. Talk 2. Barry Wall:Near structural disaster at St Gregory’s!!
Monday March 25th 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Colette (15). After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.
Tuesday March 26th, 7:30pm. Hazel O'Connor: Hallelujah Moments. The first major female star of the 80’s, award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the iconic film Breaking Glass . There were hits and eye-catching Top of The Pops appearances aplenty along the way. Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch, Blackman and Hanging Around - all of which seem even more relevant in our present times.
Thursday March 28th, 7:30pm. Orlando. Find out in the life-affirming, comedic tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures across British history – from the 1500s to the present day – provide a magic-realist exploration of human identity; personal, sexual and national.
Saturday March 30th, 7:30pm. An Honest Gentleman. Little is known of Thomas Easter except that he was born in Aylsham in Norfolk in 1715 and was hung at Tyburn 24 years later. However, his life was packed with adventure and intrigue. From North Norfolk to Putney Heath Easter plied his trade as a Gentleman of the Road, ‘raising contributions upon the public’ and, from the little that is known, he was a dashing and charming rogue. ’I rob the rich to give to the poor’. Ultimately betrayed by an accomplice and comrade, he danced the hangman’s jig. Stuff of Dreams will take you on a rollicking Georgian adventure as we delve into the life and times of the Highwaymen of the 18th Century. There will be wine, women and song and where facts are scarce there will be glorious embellishment.
Saturday March 30th, 7:30pm. Martin Turner (Ex Wishbone Ash). Fresh from 2017/18 shows which have featured Wishbone Ash’s seminal albums Argus, There’s the Rub and Wishbone Ash in their entirety, Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages in Spring 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the original Wishbone Ash and perform another classic album – 1976’s New England.
Sunday March 31st, 2:00pm. Met Opera: Die Walküre. In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley and Michael Volle sing Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Tuesday April 2nd, 6:15pm. ROH: La forza del destino (Live Broadcast).
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.

Fri 22 March, 8:00pm. Milton Jones: Work In Progress. One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Him with the shirts from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Radio 4.
Sun 24 March, 5:00pm. Life Is In The Music - Live DVD Filming. Having toured their latest show ‘Life Is In The Music’ all around the world, this exclusive performance will be filmed at Braintree Arts Theatre for a live DVD special.
Tue 26 March, 7:00pm. NHS Spring Concert. The Notley High School music department will be holding its Spring Concert in Braintree Arts Theatre
Sat 6 April, 7:30pm. The Local Comedy Club.
After selling out in October. Lee Hurst and 3 other top comedians from the UK Comedy Circuit return!
Fri 12 April, 7:30pm. Britains Got Talent Winner Richard Jones: Escape. Richard Jones was the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016 and is a British Army soldier as well as one of the world’s greatest magicians.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
TUE 19 MAR 2019 7:30PM. THE FAVOURITE (15).
Forget what you thought you knew about the corset-and-carriage costume drama – the rulebook is ripped up in this riotous period comedy. Olivia Colman is outstanding as the frail Queen Anne, while Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are rival courtiers vying for the monarch’s affections.
WED 20 MAR 2019 7:30PM. KOBIETY MAFII 2 (18). With Nanny and her gang now in control of Warsaw, they attempt the biggest and most daring drug smuggle Poland has ever seen. But reaching the top is easy compared to staying there… The sequel to the 2018 hit Kobiety Mafii, this Polish action film is adventurous, entertaining and thrilling. POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
FRI 22 MAR - THU 27 JUN 2019. PRE-SHOW PLATTER QUICHE. A preshow platter of cold food prepared by The Arts Centre Café
FRI 22 MAR 2019 7:30PM. STRICTLY ANN – AN EVENING WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE. Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour.
SAT 23 MAR 2019 8:00PM. CLIFF BENNETT & THE REBEL ROUSERS + SUPPORT JESSICA LEE MORGAN. The instigators of the British soul music explosion
SUN 24 MAR 2019 4:00PM. BRASSABILITY. Haverhill Youth and Community Band are joined by two groups of friends; Saffron Walden Music School Concert Band includes strings and woodwind as well as brass and play a variety of light music. The third group is a quintet made up of some of the finest brass players in East Anglia, all with their roots in Haverhill Silver. They got together last year for a recording project and gelled so well that they’re looking forward to perform once more. All are ex-members of the National Youth Band of Great Britain and comprise of Tim Pannell and Ian Jacobs (cornets), Chris Pannell (horn) and Sarah and David Minchin (trombone and tuba).
MON 25 MAR 2019 7:30PM. BOY ERASED (15). When Jared tells his parents he might be gay, their world is rocked to the core, and he’s made to participate in all the horrors of a church-supported gay conversion programme. Beautifully crafted performances from a starry cast anchor this moving and powerful film.
TUE 26 MAR & MON 29 APR 2019. ALL IS TRUE (12A). The year is 1613. Disaster strikes for Shakespeare when his Globe Theatre burns to the ground, he returns to Stratford to face a troubled past and a neglected family.
DRAMATHU 28 & FRI 29 MAR 2019. GREASE. This academic year Stoke College is rehearsing and preparing to perform the musical Grease School Edition at Haverhill Arts Centre. The whole school production will include students from the prep and senior school. Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski are being performed by students Gabriel Mason Year 10 and Olivia Munro and Year 12. The college hopes to see members of the local community coming along to support these talented students take on some of the most famous roles in musical theatre.
SAT 30 MAR 2019 7:30PM. THE JOSHUA TARRANT CASINO NIGHT. The Joshua Tarrant Trust Casino Night helps raise funds and awareness for children with brain tumours. There will be four gaming tables, a horseracing game, live music by StereoJacks and a set by DJ Skinny Boy Alex. Hot food and some gaming chips to get you started are included in the ticket price of £35.00.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
23 MAR. TOUCH TOUR – AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. The free tour will take you onto the set of Ain’t Misbehavin’. During the tour, the audio describer will guide you through the important costumes, set and props used during the performance. Please mention if you would like to attend the touch tour when booking your tickets for the Audio Described performance. Touch Tours must be booked in advance.
The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, when the second son of the Prince of Wales married a divorced American actress of mixed race and uncertain religion, was seen as marking a fundamental modernisation of the British monarchy. Actually, it was only a return the 14th century when one of the many sons of King Edward III married a twice-divorced merry widow who’d eloped with her first husband at the age of 12; another a part-Moorish Spanish princess who (it is claimed) was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad; while a third wed the au pair! This talk traces the radically shifting marriage customs of the British monarchy, from the laxity of the Middle Ages, through the stringencies of the Hanoverians, to the house of Windsor and its sometimes contorted adaptations to the realities of modern family life.
3 APR. AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN. An Evening of Eric and Ern with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel. From the Olivier-nominated duo behind the hugely celebrated & critically acclaimed West End hit Eric & Little Ern, comes a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hits all the right notes! From Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr Memory, “Arsenal!” It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest. This wonderful show evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings.

Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March. Bocking Theatre Club will be presenting their next production, a Whodunnit? play - BOWING OUT by Alan Robinson at Bocking Village Club. For tickets & more information: www.bockingtheatreclub.co.uk  
10th July to 31st August 2019. Summer theatre returns to the Southwold Arts Centre this year under new ownership. Matthew Townshend has taken over under the new brand of ‘Theatre on the Coast’. Shows include Patrick Marlowe’s The End of the Line, A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Debbie Issitt’s The Woman who Cooked her Husband, finishing with Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse. Find out more at www.mtproductions.co.uk Tickets available online from start of April via Ticketsource.  

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