Mercury Theatre, Colchester

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Mercury Theatre Colchester
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The Mercury Theatre from the Roman Wall
Mercury Theatre Colchester is located in Essex
Mercury Theatre Colchester
Mercury Theatre Colchester
Location within Colchester
Address Balkerne Gate
Colchester, Essex
Coordinates 51°53′22″N 0°53′40″E / 51.8894°N 0.8944°E / 51.8894; 0.8944
Capacity Main Theatre 499
Studio Theatre 99
Production The Weir, Peter Pan, The Events, Spamalot, Bang Bang, Aladdin, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Much Ado About Nothing, Wind in the Willows, Private Lives, Clybourne Park, End of the Rainbow, Bully Boy, Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Educating Rita, Cinderella, You Can Always Hand Them Back, The Good Person of Sichuan, Man To Man, James and the Giant Peach, The Hired Man, The Butterfly Lion, The Opinion Makers
Opened 1972
Architect Norman Downie
Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theatre is a theatre in Colchester, producing highly regarded[1][2][3][4][5] original work under the title "Made in Colchester"[6] and also receiving touring shows. The theatre has two auditoria, and the Artistic Director is Daniel Buckroyd. The theatre also contains The Digby Gallery, which showcases local art.[7]


In 1968, the Colchester New Theatre Trust was formed to identify a site for a new theatre and to oversee its constructions. The Mercury Theatre, designed by Norman Downie, was opened on 10 May 1972, after a successful fund-raising campaign, supported by a large grant from the Borough Council. It originated with the Colchester Repertory Company, formed in 1937.

The theatre was initially structurally identical to the Salisbury Playhouse, though the Playhouse was later extended.

David Buxton, the first Artistic Director, was succeeded by Michael Winter in 1984. After David Forder’s retirement as Administrative Director in late 1990, Michael became Artistic Director and Chief Executive. In May 1994, Pat Trueman succeeded him in the joint role, until 1998. Adrian Stokes joined as Associate Director in 1995 and initiated the Community Education Programme.

In 1998 Dee Evans arrived as Chief Executive and Gregory Floy as Artistic Producer. Together, in 1999, they formed the Mercury Theatre Company with Gregory as Artistic Director. In 2012 the Company was superseded by Made in Colchester, introduced by newly appointed Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd and Executive Director Theresa Veith. The current executive team are Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd and Executive Director Steve Mannix.

Featured artists[edit]

Productions at the Mercury have included the work of John Cleese, Martin Clunes, Gwen Taylor,[8] Simon Gray, Toby Longworth, Ingrid Lacey, Michael Grandage, Mike Poulton, Michael Deacon, Colin McCormack, David Oakes, Donald Freed

Michael Grandage made his directoral debut at the Mercury with "The Last Yankee",[9] and Trevor Howard began his career at the Colchester Repertory Company.

Gari Jones, formerly of the National Theatre, has regularly piloted new work at the Mercury Theatre.[10][11][12]

2017 Made in Colchester productions[edit]

2016 Made in Colchester productions[edit]

2015 Made in Colchester productions[edit]

2014 Made in Colchester productions[edit]

2013 Made in Colchester productions[edit]


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