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Theatres in and around Colchester


Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF

tel: 01206 500900

The home of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children's shows, clubs, farmer's markets, gigs and more.


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Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL

tel: 01206 712999

Professional concert hall offering professional and student concerts in the evenings and educational workshops and concerts in the afternoons. Concert hall capacity is 150, disabled access, licensed bar at selected events.


King's Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER

tel: 01255 553333

One of the oldest (1911) least altered, purpose-built cinemas in Britain. Write for programme of films (enclose SAE) to Electric Palace Cinema, Kings Quay St, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER.


Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT

tel: 01206 366000

Lakeside Theatre

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

tel: 01206 873261

Lakeside Theatre is a hidden gem. We present the best in touring fringe theatre performances, home grown performances, music and local groups. Set in parkland with café, lakes, sculptures and ducks. Twitter @lakesidetheatre

Mercury Theatre

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Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

tel: 01206 573948

A highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classic plays and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community.

Odeon Cinema

ODEON Cinema, Head Street, Colchester, CO1 1NH

tel: 0870 50 50 007

The newly refurbished ODEON Cinema in Colchester is a fully digital eight screen cinema and includes a large Costa Coffee shop which is located in the centre of the town on Head Street.