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.

Bindweed Jun 15

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…

Packing Shed Theatre Presents: 'Macbeth' Jun 15

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…

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…

A Monster Calls Jul 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…

The Comedy Network Jul 27

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 )…

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…

Sleeping Beauty Aug 12

This family fun production will be packed full of songs, dances, fabulous costumes, a ridiculously funny script and some very subtle Panto innuendo, there’s something for the whole family in this magical extravaganza of a show! Will Annie the Nanny and Polly-Esther the…

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…

My Mother's Funeral: The Show Sep 17

Abigail’s mum is dead. But it turns out she can’t afford her to be. Did you know how expensive it is to die? It’s £4000 for the funeral. Extra for flowers. And even more if you want sausage rolls. Otherwise, she will get a pauper’s burial. Then, when…

Ben Elton: Authentic Stupidity Sep 19

Following the huge success of Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to live comedy after a fifteen year hiatus, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with his new show – Authentic Stupidity…

The Comedy Store Sep 27

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…

Gary Meikle - No Refunds Oct 04

Ladies & Gentleman! Gary Meikle is back yet again with another self-written, self-deprecating show to leave you all short of breath again. Last year “Papa” as he is becoming more commonly known as, because the 1st ever comedian worldwide without an agent (his…