Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
DECEMBER
Saturday 16th December, 2017, 7.00 for 7.30pm - Tickets £14.00. Searchers and Hollies Tribute. The best of both worlds performed by the FOD Band, brings to the stage the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands. Bringing back memories of the most high energy decade in pop music history. Let the haunting melodies transport you to that exciting era when millions of records were sold.
JANUARY
Friday 19th January, 7.00 for 7.30pm, Saturday 20th January, 2.00 for 2.30pm, Saturday 20th January 7.00 for 7.30pm, Sunday 21st January, 2.00 for 2.30pm, Saturday 27th January 2.00 for 2.30pm and Saturday 27th January 7.00 for 7.30pm. Cinderella Panto.
The famous rags-to-riches story will be brought magically to life in a sumptuous production which carries the hallmark of quality entertainment for all ages; an abundance of comedy, stunning sets, outrageous costumes, some mice, the magical pantomime moment when Cinderella is transported to the Prince's Ball with the help of a pumpkin, and lots of Fairy Godmother magic!
FEBRUARY
Saturday 17th February 2018 - 7.00 for 7.30pm. All Tickets £18.50. Adele Songbook. The Empire Theatre are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new show. Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation's finest singer-songwriters. Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton's BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham presents an immaculate celebration of one of our generation's finest singer-songwriters, Katie recreates the magic of the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25 - including Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep and the multi-million seller Skyfall, as well as a selection of songs by some of the legends that inspired her.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
DECEMBER
Friday 15th December to Monday 1st January (various times, see book now for details). Panto: Aladdin. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the pantomime at the Quay Theatre! This year will be no exception, as Sudbury Dramatic Society brings Aladdin to the stage.We have everything you could wish for in this traditional family feast of fun and frolics.
Sunday December 31st, 7:00pm. Open Music Night. A popular friendly open mic night in The Quay Bar -SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE session - come along and celebrate the New year with us with music and bonhomie!
JANUARY
Sunday January 7th, 7:30pm. Akenfield Special.
A special showing of 'Akenfield' as part of the River Stour Festival. We are hoping to have a special appearance by Ronald Blythe himself, along with Lord Andrew Phillips. There will be a short audio interview with Ronald Blythe preceding the main screening if an appearance is not possible. Tom (Garrow Shand) is a young farmer who lives in Akenfield, a small village in England. In 1974, Tom attends his grandfather's funeral and finds himself questioning his oppressive family history and his role within it. Will he, like his grandfather and father before him, never escape the secure but dreary existence that farming life in Akenfield holds in store for him? Or will he take a chance and venture out into the world beyond and possibly suffer as a consequence?
Monday January 8th, 2:00pm. DF Film: Singin' in the Rain.
A SPECIAL MONTHLY MUSICAL FILM SCREENING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS. ONLY BOOKABLE THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE (01787 374745). A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. When two silent movie stars', Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, latest movie is made into a musical a chorus girl is brought in to dub Lina's speaking and singing. Don is on top of the world until Lina finds out.
Tuesday January 9th 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film:The Limehouse Golem. Victorian London is gripped with fear as a serial killer is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in the blood of his victims. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare, a seasoned detective who has a sneaking suspicion that he's being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, Kildare must rely on help from a witness to stop the murders and bring the maniac to justice. CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND UPSETTING
Thursday January 11th, 7:00pm. Young Marx (Delayed Live). Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Saturday January 13th, 7:30pm. Songs for a New World. It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make. Jason Robert Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage. With a small cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score that runs the gamut of today's popular music, Songs for a New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.
Tuesday January 16th, 7:15pm. Rigoletto (Live Broadcast). The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David cVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect...David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion. Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
Wednesday January 17th, 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 January 19th, 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
Sunday January 21st, 7:30pm. History Sundays 2018. Talk 1: Speaker: Phyllis Felton ‘Remembering St. Leonard’s, our cottage hospital’. Talk 2: Speaker: Peter Thorogood ‘Eatanswill Revisited’. A humorous look at the Pickwick Club.
Tuesday January 23rd, 2:30pm &7.30pm. Film:My Cousin Rachel. Philip is a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, Italy. He vows revenge against Ambrose's missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his untimely demise. When Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband's estate from the unsuspecting Philip.
Saturday January 27th, 7:30pm. Sultans of String. 3x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees Sultans of String are an “energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Celebrating a milestone 10 years together, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including a SiriusXM Award, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and David Bromberg.
Wednesday January 31st, 7:30pm. The Thing That Came From Over There! Inspired by the 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 has accidentally landed on the wrong side of the continent. As Cranston and his motley band set up base camp, a meteor crashes nearby. 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 75 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 live music.

DECEMBER
Sat 23 December, 10:30am and 1:00pm. Santa's Christmas Wish. Join a fun, festive, musical adventure to give Santa the very best Christmas, then meet him at his home in the North Pole!
JANUARY
Sat 27 January, 7:30pm. Thank Abba for the Music.
The ultimate ABBA party featuring stunning costumes, a seven-piece live band, interactive video projection and of course ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies. Includes hit songs Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper and many, many more!
FEBRUARY
Fri 9 February, 7:30pm. Bowie Starman.
Songs from all eras of David Bowie’s celebrated career are performed to perfection in this highly charged show.
Sat 17 February, 7:30pm. Lee Hurst - Mucking About. Lee Hurst, star of BBC1’s They Think Its All Over’ is back on the road in 2018 with his brand new show ‘Mucking About’. A hilarious night is about to hit town.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
DECEMBER
20th-30th December 2017 6.30pm. Aladdin and his Amazing Magic Lamp. Aladdin arrives on his flying carpet this Christmas! That’s Entertainment Productions, in association with Haverhill Arts Centre, return for their 7th consecutive year! This most magical of pantomimes will feature even more dazzling costumes, brilliant scenery, amazing illusions, and fantastic live music. Running daily from December 20th-30th with TV Funny-man Bobby Dazzlerheadlining, don’t miss this season’s most exciting family adventure!
JANUARY
02 January 2018 10.30am. My Little Pony (U).
Tickets £5.00. The ponies have to go on a journey to defend their home from a dark force. The feature is preceded by a short animation film in which a little girl has adventures in a galaxy with many moons.
02 January 2018 2.30pm. The Lego Ninjago Movie (U). Tickets £5.00. This latest chapter follows a secret band of ninja warriors defending their city from the evil Lord Garmadon.
03 January 2018 7.30pm. Murder on the Orient Express (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50, £5.00. Thirteen stranded strangers on a train and one magnifi cently moustachioed sleuth’s race to solve a murder before the killer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
04 January 2018 7.30pm. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. Based on actor Peter Turner’s poignant memoir and told principally in flashback, the story follows the intense romance kindled by the eccentric Hollywood icon Gloria Grahame and the much younger Turner in the late 1970s.
06 January 2018 2.30pm. Paddington 2. Tickets 5.00. Paddington takes on a variety of odd jobs to raise enough money to buy Aunt Lucy a birthday present.
08 January 2018 7.30pm. Battle of the Sexes (12A). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s world. champion Billie Jean King and former men’s number one and serial hustler Bobby Riggs and of the complex, personal battles that both players fought off court.
20 January 2018 1.30pm. Jack and the Beanstalk. Tickets £12.00, £10.00. Centre Stage's panto is now its 18th year!
23 January 2018 7.30pm. Cezanne - Exhibition on Screen. Tickets £10.50, £7.50. Find out more about the painter Cezanne in this illuminating documentary
29 January 2018 1.30pm. A Matter of Life and Death (U). Tickets £5.00. A re-release of the fantasy drama, from 1946, in which a celestial court determines whether or not to give an injured wartime pilot a second chance at life.
30th January 7.30pm. The Death of Stalin (15). Tickets £6.50, £5.50. A darkly comic take on the internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia. In the days following Stalin’s collapse, the dictator’s underlings tussle for control. Some want positive change in the Soviet Union; others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperate to stay alive.
FEBRUARY
01 February 2018 7.30pm. Star Wars, The Last Jedi (12A).
Tickets£6.50, £7.50. The Last Jedi delves deep into the mythology of the Force and challengesStar Wars heroes old and new. Young scavenger Rey finally comes face to face with Luke Skywalker, but he’s not the man she was expectingto find.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
NOVEMBER
25 NOV - 14 JAN. SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS. Everyone says Snow White is the most beautiful girl in the land, but when her father, the King, remarries, she must escape the clutches of the wicked new Queen! Thank goodness for her beloved nanny, Nurse Nellie, and her best friend Muddles! “Mirror mirror standing tall, who’s the fairest of them all?” When the Queen doesn’t get the answer she wants, Snow White finds herself in BIG trouble. Lost in the forest, she is rescued by the Seven Dwarfs who promise to keep her safe in their cottage. Will Snow White escape the Queen’s evil magic? Will the Seven Dwarfs ever get back home from work with all that singing? And will Nellie and Muddles EVER behave? Starring panto favourites Dale Superville and Antony Stuart-Hicks, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfspromises to be a treat for the whole family – a memory to last all year!
DECEMBER
9 DEC. BACKSTAGE TOUR – SNOW WHITE.
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 Snow White, 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!
JANUARY 2018
5 JAN 2018. TOUCH TOUR – SNOW WHITE.
Booking an Audio Described performance? Add a pre-show Touch Tour! The free tour will take you onto the set of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. 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.
24 JAN - 3 FEB 2018. HAIRSPRAY. Colchester Operatic society present a real fun show that will have your feet tapping, and your heart singing. This show never stops! With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.
28 JAN 2018. AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON. Please note this performance has been rescheduled for 28 January. Please contact Box Office on 01206 573948 to book. An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night.

 
 
     
 

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