Theatre and Stage Shows

Catch a great show on your visit to Colchester at one of the city's fantastic Theatres and Performing Arts venues. From traditional stage plays to one-man shows, stand up comedy, or even something more experimental, Colchester is host to a great selection of theatre and stage shows throughout the year. In the summer months you can often get out of the traditional venues and find something in the open air at one Colchesters rural attractions too.

Browse our listings below to find what shows are on now and coming up in Colchester.

Can't find anything here? You may also be interested in checking out what live music is coming up.

Midsummer May 18

One Midsummer night in Edinburgh, two ill-matched thirty-somethings – a high-powered, hard-drinking lawyer called Helena, who’s stuck in a dead-end affair with a married man, and a small-time crook called Bob – collide with one another for one short night of…

Music In May May 18

Platform Musicals celebrates it's 30th anniversary with a special show featuring highlights from a range of their past productions including "Sweeney Todd", "Call Me Madam, "Promises, Promises" & "Trial By Jury" among many others!…

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: Colne Endeavour Band May 19

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. The Colne Endeavour Band is a charity run band. We love making music together and helping others to learn how to play too. So our members are from…

Macbeth May 22

Macbeth! Beware Macduff. In this modern-day production, Duncan, his cronies, Macbeth, and his political ambition are transported into the corridors of Westminster. It's not the opposition you need fear, but whoever sits next to you. Shakespeare's Macbeth is timeless…

The Comedy Store May 24

With nearly 40 years' experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new comedy talent, and remains the place to see tomorrow's stars today. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod…

The Comedy Network May 25

Avalon Comedy’s The Comedy Network is a monthly series of laugh out loud comedy nights, featuring the best up-and-coming comedians – we can promise you a great night with lots of laughs and talent. Previous line-up guests have included Sophie Duker ( Taskmaster )…

'Maybe Dick' at the Headgate Theatre Jun 02

Herman Melville's tale of revenge and retribution on the high seas is retold in this inventive, comedic adventure! Nantucket, 1841. Ishmael signs on to the Pequod, and witnesses the perils of nature, obsession, punning and physical comedy, as Captain Ahab conducts a reckless…

'A Monster Calls' at the Headgate Theatre Jun 03

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his Mum have been managing fine since his dad moved to America, but now she is very sick, and his Gran, with whom he has a difficult relationship, has to become involved in looking after him. He is visited by the Monster in the yew tree at the bottom…

Packing Shed Theatre Presents: 'Macbeth' Jun 05

Something 'wicked' this way comes with this intriguing and visually stunning production of Macbeth, a gripping tale of greed, murder and the supernatural performed by Castle Park Theatre. Castle Park Theatre returns with the Bard’s ultimate power couple. A gripping…

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: Electro Jazz Orchestra Jun 08

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. Combining elements of more traditional big band with more modern tracks and electronics, the Colchester based Electro Jazz Orchestra are bringing the…

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: West Bergholt Band Jun 09

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band were formed in 1978 to encourage young musicians and to perform all styles of music in a fun…

Bindweed Jun 13

The world premiere of an award-winning black comedy. “Thursdays, curry night. Curry and a pint for a fiver. Go at five thirty, home by ten. Beat my mum up for a while. Bed by ten thirty.” Four men convicted of domestic abuse offences meet each week to undergo a…

Essex Book Festival: Olumide Popoola Jun 19

Set against the vibrant backdrop of London,  Like Water Like Sea  is an immersive novel of self-discovery, resilience, and the unifying power of love. It follows the life of Nia, a queer, bi/pansexual naturopath, as her life unfolds across three pivotal moments…

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: Community Ukulele Jun 22

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. These concerts are free to attend and do not require pre-booking - turn up, grab a coffee, and listen to some wonderful music!

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: Salvation Army Jun 23

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity, which has been fighting against social inequality and transforming lives…

Wuthering Heights at the Munnings Jul 10

Step into the haunting moors of the 1800s, and let Lockwood and Nelly take you on a journey back in time to experience the passion, love, hatred and betrayal in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Experience the gripping drama as it undergoes a chilling gothic retelling, set…

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: Sweetingswingband Jul 27

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. The SweetingSwingBand are a local band who have been playing for private and public audiences for over 30 years, and on the bandstand for at least 15…

Don't Stop Believin' Jul 31

Jump aboard the midnight train – heaven is a place on Earth called Colchester as the greatest end-of-the-night anthems spectacular roars into town. One way, or another, nothing's gonna stop us now. . . the brand-new, feel-good show of the year guarantees a crazy, crazy…

The Glam Rock Show: Get it On Aug 09

Get ready for a night of glam rock! Girls grab your boys it's time to go wild, wild, wild! As we transport you back to the golden age of Glam, with all the songs you know and love! Starring son of Sweet Legend - Brian Connolly Jnr, it's time to Get It On! As our…

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: St Peter's Band Aug 17

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. These concerts are free to attend and do not require pre-booking - turn up, grab a coffee, and listen to some wonderful music!

Castle Park Bandstand Concerts: Ruby Robinson Music Aug 18

A fan favourite, 'The Castle Park Bandstand Concerts' - presented by Cafe in the Park - return for another year. Introducing Ruby Robinson – The Jazz Diva of Our Era! Ruby has performed on stages all over the UK including prestigious venues such as…

Extreme Robots Sep 14

“From the team that brought you the sold-out ROBOT WARS Live Tours, now, the Robots have gone EXTREME! Witness the New Age of Mechanized Combat as your favourite robots from Robot Wars, Battlebots and the newest Robotic creations from Extreme Robots battle inside the…