The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, Essex is at the heart of the town's arts scene - an active theatre venue involved in putting on plays of national and international importance, as well as in the creation of its own theatre pieces by local artists (Made in Colchester). An evening out at the Mercury Theatre is a perfect way to end a day of sightseeing or shopping in Colchester town centre.
About the Mercury Theatre
Located right next to Balkerne Gate, the Mercury Theatre stands on the western part of the town centre, overlooking the 2000 year-old Roman Wall and beside the Victorian water tower "Jumbo". Named after the Roman god of poetry and communication, the theatre's striking rooftop feature is reminiscent of a statuette of Mercury found on Gosbecks Archaelogical site, dating back to Roman Colchester. The statuette is now on display in Colchester Castle Museum.
The main auditorium in the Mercury Theatre has a capacity of 499 seats. The Studio Theatre has a capacity of 102 seats.
There is a small art gallery within the theatre, the Digby Gallery, which hosts free art exhibitions by local artists. The gallery is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday.
What's on at the Mercury Theatre
The Mercury Theatre always has a programme full of entertainment, putting on plays, shows, musicals and concerts. From local theatre groups through to ballet and the family favourite panto at Christmas, find out what's on at the Mercury Theatre tonight or during your visit.

Winner of the 2010 Essex Tourism Award - Access For All.
Seats are held for Audio Described and Captioned performances up until two weeks before the performance and after this point they will be available on a first come first served basis; there is limited free disabled parking under the canopy for blue badge holders which operates on a first come first served basis; a lift operates to all levels of the theatre; wheelchair spaces are available; an infrared enhancement system is available in the auditorium at all performances (for use with or without a hearing aid); Touch Tours are available; RNID typetalk and text phone (01206 245518).

Cloakroom - 20p per item.
Theatre Bar - open 30 mins before the performance (except mid-week matinees), during the interval and after the show; tea, coffee and a wide range of drinks are on sale.
Kiosk - open 30 mins before the performance and during the interval; ice-cream and confectionary are on sale plus tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Buy your tickets for events at the Mercury Theatre by phone, online or in person. Various offers and discounts exist for different shows, so check out the Mercury Theatre website for more details.
The Mercury Theatre Box Office is open from 10am to 8pm, or 90mns before shows.


Saturday, 20th August 2022 - Saturday, 20th August 2022

The Greatest Show
Cirque – The Greatest ShowCirque – The Greatest ShowLive Circus Concert at the Mercury Theatre
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Friday, 2nd September 2022 - Friday, 2nd September 2022

Friday, 7th October 2022 - Friday, 7th October 2022

Friday, 4th November 2022 - Friday, 4th November 2022

Friday, 2nd December 2022 - Friday, 2nd December 2022

Colchester Farmers MarketColchester's Farmers Market takes place in the public square outside the Mercury Theatre on the first Friday of every month.
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Wednesday, 21st September 2022 - Thursday, 22nd September 2022

FriendsicalFriendsicalAn original new parody musical inspired by the TV show Friends.
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Thursday, 22nd September 2022 - Saturday, 24th September 2022

Reasons You Should(n’t) Love MeReasons You Should(n’t) Love MeA hilarious and heartwarming play - at the Mercury Theatre
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Friday, 23rd September 2022 - Friday, 23rd September 2022

Viva Burlesque!Viva Burlesque!The hottest ticket in town.
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Friday, 30th September 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

Good Luck, StudioGood Luck, StudioA new dark comedy at the Mercury Theatre
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Wednesday, 26th October 2022 - Thursday, 27th October 2022

Peppa Pig's Best Day EverPeppa Pig’s Best Day EverChildren's show at the Mercury Theatre
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Saturday, 26th November 2022 - Sunday, 15th January 2023

A silhouette of Beauty and the Beast dancing in front of a stained glass window featuring a prominent rose image.Beauty and the BeastThe Mercury Theatre's popular and acclaimed Panto returns for 2022, with a new production of Beauty and the Beast.
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:The closest car park to the Mercury Theatre is St Mary's Car Park. Discount parking vouchers can be bought in advance from the Mercury Theatre. Find out more information about parking offers on their website.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester station is 1 mile away.

Mercury Theatre


Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

Tel: 01206 573948

Fax: 01206 769607


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Opening Times

* Box office opening hours 10am-8pm. Sundays - Box Office open 90 minutes before performance. Closed Christmas Day.