Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
MARCH
Saturday 3rd March, 2018, 7.00 for 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00. 80s Party Night with That Eighties Band.
You Just Can't Get Enough of this fantastic live '80s Tribute Band whose carefully reproduced songs will bring you Back in Time so you can Relax, let your hair down, and relive those retro classics like Rio, Call Me, Love Shack and Thriller. This 6 piece live band performs your favourite hits of the 1980s with a stunning sound and with both a male and female lead vocalist. The 80s show will take you back...so let's party!
Saturday 24th March 2018. 60s Brit Pop Girls. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm, £14.00. The show presents a celebration of the songs, and the stories, of the big four British female pop stars of the swinging sixties. Supported by a brilliant live band, Helen Abbey sings the hits of Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, and Sandie Shaw.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
FEBRUARY

Wednesday February 21st, 7:30pm. Quay Bar Quiz. Come and test your mettle with our many-rounded Bar Quiz! Teams of up to 6 with a £1.50 entry fee per person. Small money prize and a spot prize to be had. No booking required
Thursday February 22nd, 7:00pm. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? (15+ - Contains Nudity). Recorded Broadcast from NT.
Friday February 23rd, 8:00pm. Hardeep Singh Kohli: Alternative, Fact. The Radio 4 favourite, BAFTA winner and regular on BBC’s Question Time, This Week and Daily Politics tours a brand new show following its critically acclaimed run performed to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick witted patter’ AGE RESTRICTION: 16+
Saturday February 24th, 7:30pm. The Rockabellas. With killer heels, killer curves and killer harmonies, this velvety vocal trio have been called to the musical front line to lift the spirits of Ladies and gentlemen all over the world. Combining bespoke big band arrangements, cute choreography, top to toe pin-up couture and stunning close-harmony vocals, The Rockabellas, described by Dame Vera Lynn as ‘perfect,’ serve up a perfectly nostalgic mix tape as they embark on a musical journey through the decades celebrating toe tapping tunes from the days of deco and wartime songbirds right through to modern day pop which they have lovingly beaten into submission with their retro sticks!
Tuesday February 27th, 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Dunkirk. In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
Wednesday February 28th, 7:15pm. The Winter's Tale (Live Broadcast). Christopher Wheeldon , Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
MARCH
Saturday March 3rd, 8:00pm. Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism.
The star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo takes to the road with his new show following a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The world is changing at a dizzying rate. Geoff is trying to hold modern views, but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word.
Sunday March 4th, 7:30pm. History Sundays 2018. Talk 1: Speaker: Anne Grimshaw ‘Broad Stripes and Bright Stars’. Why do American tourists make a pilgrimage to a cottage in Sudbury’s Cross Street? What role did Sudbury women unwittingly play in the fight for American independence? And how did American women take a product from Sudbury and immortalise it in a nation’s anthem? It’s a surprising and little known story. Before you come to the talk, read the words of the American national anthem. Talk 2: Speaker: Sue Tibbetts. ‘The ordinary man, with an ordinary job and an ordinary house’. From material given to the Sudbury Ephemera Archive, Sue has pieced together the story of three generations of the Mole Family who worked as maltsters, greengrocers and postmen in the town
Monday March 5th, 2:00pm. DF Film: On the Town. A SPECIAL MONTHLY MUSICAL FILM SCREENING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS. ONLY BOOKABLE THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE (01787 374745). Fun-loving sailors Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) have 24 hours of shore leave in New York City, and they want to make every second count. While Chip hooks up with loudmouth cab driver Brunhilde (Betty Garrett) and Ozzie swoons for prim anthropologist Claire (Ann Miller), Gabey falls in love with an actress he sees in an advertisement, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen). Leonard Bernstein, with lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green, provides the music.
Wednesday March 7th, 6:45pm. Carmen (Delayed Live Broadcast). Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet , and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone. This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
Wednesday March 14th 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Victoria & Abdul. Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

MARCH
Fri 2 March, 7:30pm. Simon Goodall and The Bourne Again Shadows.
Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows are the most authentic Cliff and the Shadows tribute act in the UK.
Fri 16 March, 7:30pm. Jive Talkin' Perform the Bee Gees. The timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life in this stunning stage production that is taking the country by storm.
Sat 24 March, 2:00pm, 7:00pm & Sun 25 March, 4:00pm. Abigails Performing Arts: 9 to 5 The Musical. Abigail's Performing Arts takes on the sensational 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, which is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
FEBRUARY
20 February 2018 7.30pm. The Darkest Hour (PG). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. A gripping retelling of Winston Churchill’s baptism of fire in the tense Maydays of 1940, as Britain stood on the brink of invasion. Faced with an unprepared public and his own party plotting to oust him, Churchill must decide whether to negotiate a peace with Hitler or stand alone and fight.
22 February 2018 7.00pm. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Tickets £16.00, £13.50, £10.50. NT Live broadcast. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell in Tennessee Williams’s play directed by Benedict Andrews. ‘A brilliant, lacerating account of the play…unforgettable’ The Independent
24 February 2018 7.30pm. PIM JAM Fundraiser. Tickets £5.00. Doors open from 7.30pm. The PIM:JAM Festival, founded in 2014, celebrates the life of much lovedlocal musician Peter James, supports the local music scene and raisesmoney for the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service. This PIM:JAM Fundraisersupports the growth of the main festival and features 5 local bands.The music starts at 8.00pm.
26 February 2018 7.30pm. Walk With Me (PG). Tickets FREE. A rare insight into a community of Buddhist monks and nuns, who have given up their possessions to master the art of mindful living under the guidance of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. The film touches on the universal themes of belonging, love, loss, hope and death, relevant for not just monks and nuns but for us all.
28 February 2018 7.15pm. The Winter's Tale. Tickets £16.00, £13.50, £10.50. Royal Ballet Live broadcast. Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomescompelling dance drama In ChristopherWheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music byJoby Talbot. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love.
MARCH
01 March 2018 7.30pm. Patsy Cline and Friends.
Tickets £18.00. Patsy Cline & Friends celebrates the Music of three icons of Country Music! Patsy Cline played by Sue Lowry , Hank Williams played by Marc Robinson and Jim Reeves played by Rodger Bird / Lee Davidge. All their hits from Crazy, Sweet Dreams, Jambalaya, to Welcome to my World, all driven by The Moonshine Boys. Suits all ages. Western wear always welcome!
03 March 2018 8.00pm. Mike Dawes. Tickets £12.50. Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers. His acclaimed solo music has gained over 50 million hits on popular video sharing sites and since the release of his debut album in 2013 he has toured almost every continent on the planet, with an average of 150 concerts per year. Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and textures simultaneously from a single acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned. Bass, melody, harmony and percussion all seamlessly produced using his signature technical yet intrinsically musical guitar technique.
04 March 2018 8.00pm. Tom Allen, Absolutely. Tickets £14.50. The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of a working class Bromley family, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn
06 March 2018 6.45pm. Carmen. Tickets £16.00, £13.50, £10.50. Royal Opera House live broadcast.
Bizet’s classic French opera starsAnna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky’s intense production. A far-from traditionalversion, giving a new voice to the central character and incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard.
10 March 2018 8.00pm. The All That Jazz Club. Tickets £11.00. The Hannah Horton Quartet plus Special Guests. Hannah is a regular performer on the London Jazz scene, wowing audiences with her hallmark velvet tone and versatility on Tenor and Baritone Sax.She’s performed at some of the leading jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s and The 606, and with such artists as Ian Shaw, John Etheridge, Tina May, Esther Bennett, Georgia Mancio and Roger Beaujolais.
14 March 2018 7.00pm. One Man, Two Guvnors. Tickets £9.00 - £12.00. Centre Stage production of the hit West End play by Richard Bean.
20 March 2018 7.30pm. The Post. Tickets £6.50, £5.50. Steven Speilberg's latest
21 March 2018 7.30pm. Journey's End (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. A British war drama, set in 1918, in which a company of British soldiers await their fate as the German army prepare an offensive. Adapted from Robert Cedric Sherriff’s play which was based on his experiences as anarmy officer in the First World War.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
FEBRUARY
22 FEB - 24 FEB. SHEDDING SKIN. Jase is 17, out and proud and fabulous. His best friend Gabe is about to leave for University and wants a girlfriend. They head out for yet another teenage house party, the last one before departure. Yet this time Jase wears a costume that challenges his parent’s liberalism, and Gabe accepts a dare in the woods that will change everything. Equality is not all it is made out to be.
23 FEB - 10 MAR. TURN OF THE SCREW. 1840. A young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Decades later, confronted by the past she is compelled to revisit the terrifying events of 1840 and account for what actually happened to her and the innocents under her protection.
MARCH
3 MAR. BACKSTAGE TOUR- TURN OF THE SCREW.
It’s access all areas as you join a friendly tour of the backstage areas of the Mercury Theatre. You can step on the stage and get up close to the set of Turn of the Screw, as our guide tells you about the history and operation of the theatre. You will hear about theatre superstitions, the design process, and you can ask any questions you like!
8 MAR - 10 MAR. MEMENTO MORI. When Adrian and Lizzy arrive at their friends’ old house for the weekend, the past comes back to haunt them in more ways than one. Patrick Marlowe’s witty chiller about relationships, love and loss is the third production from the Packing Shed Theatre Company, set up to promote and produce new writing in the East.
8 MAR. WINE TASTING. Introduction to Wine with host Neils Dubro of Street Wines. Suitable for beginners and wine enthusiasts alike the opportunity to come and enjoy the wonderful world of wine. Sample different vintages and look at favourite regions and ask as many questions as you like.
10 MAR. TOUCH TOUR – TURN OF THE SCREW. The free tour will take you onto the set of Turn of the Screw. 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. Please note: Touch Tours are intended for the visually impaired, as an accompaniment to the Audio Described performance. Please click here to find out more about accessibility at the Mercury.
13 MAR - 17 MAR. BRIGHTON ROCK. As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice done.
16 MAR - 17 MAR. THE THING THAT CAME FROM OVER THERE! The critically acclaimed trio are back in another rip-roaring comedy adventure. Inspired by the horror movies of the 1950’s, ‘The Thing That Came From Over There’ is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths. It’s 1912, and as Scott and Amundsen begin their race across Antarctica, the hapless explorer, Captain Reginald Cranston Scot-t-t, has accidentally landed on the wrong side of the continent. As Cranston and his motley band set up base camp, a meteor crashes nearby. Deciding to investigate, they set out towards the crash site – unaware of the danger that awaits not just them, but the whole of planet Earth. What ancient evil lurks inside the crater? What is the dark secret of the slimy fungus? And what is the horrifying fate of those who encounter the parasitic space worms? Join three daring actors as they play over 15 roles in 85 minutes of shocks, spine tingling silliness, and blood curdling terror. With comedy and thrills galore, the show features visual gags, verbal wit, giant puppetry, and even a little bit of live music.

 
 
     
 

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