Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
Sunday 25th November 2018. Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm, £15.00. Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is a unique concert, which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’.
Saturday 1st December 2018 - 1.30 for 2.00pm. The Snow Queen.
Tickets £5.00 Child 2-12, Adult £7.00. Myth, Legend and fantasy come together in this brilliant tale, told in true panto style. She passes through the streets on snowy nights, Gazing in at the windows, her breath leaving strange icy patterns on the glass. “Yes, I’ve seen them”, says Livy, but little does she know her best friend, Jayden is about to join all the other children in the evil snow queens ice mines. And so, as the spring thaw arrives, Livy's Tale begins – an adventurous journey from Halstead to the Snowy Sudbury, passing through every season and encountering a host of colourful characters on the way. A magical amazing adventure and fun for all the family, and so kicking off your festive season. In true pantomime Style, All traditions are upheld, whilst encompassing plenty of laugh-out-loud comedy moments!
Sunday December 9th, 2018 - 7.00 for 7.30pm, TRextasy Xmas Show 2018 – Trextasy. £15.00. T-REXTASY are the only band to have been authorised and endorsed by Marc Bolan’s Catalogue Management, are now officially recognised as the world’s No.1 group dedicated to the greatest glam rocker of them all, Marc Bolan of T.Rex. With their uncanny doppelganger lead singer and lead guitarist, Danielz, T.Rextasy perform a powerful and mesmerising presentation of Marc Bolan’s rock and pop anthems.
Saturday 15th December 2018. Once Upon a Christmas Time. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm, £14.00. FESTIVE FUN - LAUGHTER – MUSIC. The Empire welcomes back Fat Old Dad with their Christmas special 'Once upon a Christmas Time'. This show is full of great music and the madcap humour that the band are know for. Their will fun and surprises as there always are plus excellent music. Something for everyone. A show that will get you into the mood for the 'festive season' performed by this very popular fun band who really know how to entertain their audiences. Not to be missed.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
Wednesday November 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 November 22nd to Saturday November 24th, Time:7:30pm. Robbie & Friends 2018. It's time to welcome back Robbie Gladwell and Friends to The Quay stage for three nights of ultimate feelgood live music from this cosummate professional and his plethora of musical friends, including new local talent and old favourites. If there is an instrument to be plucked, strummed blown or struck it'll probably appear in this show! One of the highlights of the year and a fundraiser to boot - Let's Rock!
Friday November 30th, 7:30pm. That 80s Christmas Rock Show. That 80s Christmas Rock Show is an 80s nostalgia show performed by a 6-piece live band playing all the biggest 80s anthems and power ballads from bands such as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, KISS, Whitesnake, Foreigner and Journey. Expect an energetic, anthemic, fun, tight show with these larger than life top performers! This special Christmas shows include those 80s Christmas hits we all love! So, get dressed up in your 80s finery and come party with us like its Christmas 1987 all over again!
Saturday December 1st, 7:30pm. Mr Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol
. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of A Christmas Carol, European Arts Company returns with a heart-warming evening in the presence of the author himself! Actor John O’Connor faithfully recreates Dickens’s famous performance of his best-loved ghost story. A Christmas Carol was the first public reading Charles Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. ‘The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!’ he said after the first night. This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.
Monday December 3rd, 7:15pm. ROH: The Nutcracker (Live Broadcast). The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.
Wednesday December 5th, 7:30pm. Ghost Stories for Christmas. In the macabre tradition of the BBC's classic 1970s programme, Ghost Stories for Christmas is a theatre show featuring original spine-chillers in a vintage vein. An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls is guaranteed for those brave enough to join us! Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin stars in this show, written by himself and directed with macabre aplomb by Goodwin and Gary Archer.
Friday December 7th, 7:30pm. Cardy & Coke. Multi-award winning singer-songwriters and entertainers. Cardy & Coke have Marty Wilde, Gerry and the Pacemakers and all time comic hero Ken Dodd. Their repertoire covers Country, 50s & 60s sing-a-long , with some much requested originals. Their show has a habit of shooting off at unexpected tangents, but whatever the content you can be sure of seasonal fun and entertainment with a capital E!
Saturday December 8th, 7:00pm. The Quay Acoustic. Our monthly acoustic night in the bar. Anywhere between 2 - 5 musicians / singers performing sets while you relax, marvel at the local talent and sip away at your drinks! Free entry and performers usually begin at 7.15pm. Arranged by Ben Pegley
Wednesday December 12th, 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
Friday 15th December to Monday 1st January (various times). Panto: Robin Hood. Robin and his Merry Men need HELP to foil the dastardly plans of the Wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and his Evil Mother. A tale of heroes and villains, love, romance and adventure in Suffolk. (Oh Yes, it is!)
Sunday December 16th, 7:00pm. Met Opera: La traviata. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo. Est running time: 3 hours 7 mins (2 intervals of 30 mins)

Fri 30 November, 7:30pm. Totally Tina. Back by popular demand TOTALLY TINA! Is an International acclaimed award winning tribute revue show to the Queen of Rock
SAT 1 December, 7:30pm. We Three Kings.
All your Christmas Favorites from Jingle Bell Rock to White Christmas All done in true Rock n Roll Style!
Sat 8 December, 3:00pm. BMVC and Lyons Hall School Choir. The programme will be an entertaining mix of songs with a Christmas theme together with others, both old and new.
Sat 8 December, 7:30pm. BMVC and Swing Express Big Band. For the evening performance BMVC will be performing with the Swing Express Big Band.
Sat 15 December, 10:30am and 1:00pm. Santa's Christmas Party. Help get Santa’s Christmas Party back on track in an adventure full of fun, festive songs and party games.
Sun 16 December, 7:00pm. Elf the Musical JR. Sirius Young Performers are pleased to present Elf the Musical JR
Fri 21 December, 7:30pm. The Adult Panto. Now in their 15th year of touring The Market Theatre Company are here with their latest Adult Panto

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
20 November 2018 7.15pm. The Madness of George III. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. NT Live broadcast. Alan Bennett's play about George III starring Mark Gatiss
22 November 2018 7.30pm. Raymond Froggatt. Tickets £15.00. A night for the Froggy fans
23 November 2018 8.00pm. Megson. Tickets £16.00. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’. Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. “One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed.” said The Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud” said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as “One of the top albums of the year!”.
24 November 2018 7.00pm. PIMJAM Fundraiser. Tickets £5.00. A fundraising evening for the PIM:JAM Festival with local bands
01 December 2018 1.00pm. Grandpa's Bedtime Story.
Tickets £6.50. The Ballet Shoe Workshop children showcase their dance talent by performing the story of Grandpa William. He has been left with the task of putting all the grandchildren to bed but, fed up with usual fairy tales, the children beg to hear the story of how Grandpa William and Grandma Nancy met.
03 December 2018 1.30pm. Christmas Memories. Tickets £10.00. Neil Sands and his talented singers return for an afternoon of Christmassy nostalgia.
05 December 2018 7.15pm. The Nutcracker. Tickets £16.50, £13.50, £10.50. A Royal Opera House ballet recorded broadcast
06 December 2018 7.30pm. Rave On, A Tribute to Buddy Holly. Tickets £18.00. Just like the original Rave On tribute this special Christmas edition of the Buddy Holly show starring Marc Robinson includes special guests Darren Page as Roy Orbison & Steve Halliday as Elvis to jingle your bells. Will Rock ‘n’ Roll ever die? - That’ll Be The (Christmas) Day!
08 December 2018 8.00pm. BIG 10. Tickets £10.00. Christmas madness with the ultimate Ska band Big 10 plus DJs playing all your ska two-tone sounds and a dash of Motown.
09 December 2018 8.00pm. Haverhill Silver Band Christmas Concert. Tickets £6.00, £3.00. Enjoy music, games and a good ol‘ sing-along with Haverhill Silver Band.
21 December to 31st December (Various times). Dick Whittington. Tickets £14.50. £12.50, £50.00. Dick Whittington is the classic tale of rags to riches; bursting with romance, comedy and evil ratty villains. Come and join the adventures of Dick, Fairy Bow Bells, Dame Sarah Suet, Alderman Fitzwarren, Alice, King Rat and of course Tommy the Cat! Book now to get your favourite seats

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
24 NOV - 20 JAN. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Jack and the Beanstalk promises all the laughter, sparkle and excitement you’ve come to expect from the seasonal show that just keeps breaking box office records! When Jack Trott and his family find themselves down on their luck, Jack’s mother sends her poor son to market to sell their beloved cow ‘Daisy’, but when she learns that he’s exchanged the cow for a few measly beans, she’s furious and throws them out into the garden to rot. Little does she know that those beans are magical, and when the family awake next morning and find a great beanstalk soaring high into the sky, their lives will never be the same again, for the land is ruled over by a terrifying Giant who lives in a castle high up in the clouds and, being an adventurous lad, Jack vows to climb the beanstalk and face their Fi, Fi, Foe. Will Jack make his fortune? Will he make his Mum proud of him again? And will the family ever be reunited with poor Daisy? Find out when you join Jack and friends for ‘a tale as magic as beans’ in our sky-high Mercury pantomime. Starring panto favourites Antony Stuart-Hicks, Dale Superville and Carli Norris (Nurse Nellie, Muddles and the Enchantress in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), and packed full of music and dancing, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a glittering Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy!
30 NOV ASPIRE CLUB NIGHT. JOIN US TO MEET NEW FRIENDS, HAVE FUN AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY! Our Aspire Club Nights are designed for young people aged 7-18 with special educational needs and disabilities. Come join the party with a DJ and disco lights in a safe, accessible and inclusive environment. A great opportunity for young people to socialise, have fun, meet new friends, and develop their communication skills. Young people £3, parents/carers FREE but require a ticket.
It’s access all areas as you join a friendly tour of the backstage areas of the Mercury Theatre. The backstage tour allows you to step on the stage and get up close to the set of Jack and the Beanstalk, 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! Tours take place at 10.30am and 11.30am and are free to National Lottery players as part of their #ThanksToYou initiative. At 11.15am there will also be a short talk about our redevelopment project, Mercury Rising, from Executive Director Steve Mannix.
The free tour will take you onto the set of Jack and the Beanstalk. 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.
30 JAN - 9 FEB 2019. ANNIE. Join Annie, a plucky, charming orphan girl, and her loveable adopted mutt named Sandy, as they take you on a musical adventure in 1930’s New York. Annie dreams of finding her real parents and escaping her dreary orphanage which is run by the cruel and tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Annie’s dreams begin to come true when the personal secretary of billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites her to stay with them. Miss Hannigan and her undesirable friends, however, have other plans! So let Annie into your hearts and come and see Colchester Operatic Society perform this award winning, family friendly musical that includes great well-known songs, including “Tomorrow” and “It’s a hard knock life”. This local amateur dramatic company are well known for producing professional quality shows at this theatre. Let them entertain you with their beautiful harmonies and a story full of fun, heart and adventure.

Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th January at 8.00pm and Saturday 26th January at 2.30 and 8.00pm. Colne Engaine Dramatic Society proudly presents: ‘The Great Panto Bake Off’ An original script co-written by group members Stephen Hector and Darran Lingley at Colne Engaine Village Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm all evening performances and 2.00pm for matinee. Tickets are £9.00 for evening performances and £7.00 for matinee and available from Box Office 01787 274933. See if Scary Berry gets her way or will Smell and Poo rise to the challenge? Watch Fairy Cakes sprinkle her own magic and will Vicky Sponge gain confidence with help from the audience and watch Nigerella flutter her eyelashes at Paul Bollywood. Aided and abetted by a disorganised film crew directed by Randy Doodah.  

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