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I’m delighted to welcome you to our Made In Colchester programme for 2013.

Garage Band

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by Andy Barrett

Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn

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Events on A Hotel Terrace One Man Protest A Pageant A Game of Golf

The Hired Man

by Melvyn Bragg & Howard Goodall

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The History Boys

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Quadrophenia

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The Butterfly Lion

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by Alan Bennett

by Pete Townshend

by Michael Morpurgo

The Good Person Of Sichuan 20 by Bertolt Brecht

Man To Man

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The Opinion Makers

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Sleeping Beauty

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Diary

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How To Find Us

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by Manfred Karge

by Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nixon

our traditional family pantomime for 2013

MADE IN COLCHESTER Those of you who’ve been coming to the Mercury for years will already know the exceptional quality of the theatre’s ‘homegrown’ work, but, in announcing my first season as Artistic Director, I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the talented team of theatre-makers we’ve got working behind the scenes here in Colchester, marking the Mercury out as one of the leading producing theatres in the country. And what a season we’ve got for you! We kick off 2013 with Intimate Exchanges, Alan Ayckbourn’s uproariously funny sequence of comedies, in which just two actors play eight characters across four separate but linked plays that’ll be popping up throughout Spring and Summer. I’m also delighted to announce that we’ve finally got musicals back at the Mercury, with full-scale productions of both Melvyn Bragg & Howard Goodall’s achingly beautiful The Hired Man and the hilarious, new, 1960s-set musical comedy The Opinion Makers; not to mention a Mercury Young Company production of The Who’s Quadrophenia and a Studio production of the laugh-out-loud Garage Band featuring live Punk! And then, of course, there’s a great mix of drama too, with Alan Bennett’s multi awardwinning The History Boys; a new adaptation of the incredibly moving The Butterfly Lion by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo; and a compelling and highly-topical pairing of The Good Person Of Sichuan by Bertolt Brecht in the Main House and Man To Man by Manfred Karge in the Studio.

And then it’s Panto time again, with Sleeping Beauty promising adventure, romance and LOTS of laughs. Plus, alongside our Made In Colchester season, we’ll still be playing host to a wide range of visiting drama, music, comedy and more, and continuing to welcome many community groups into our theatre, so watch out for our twice-yearly What’s On Guide, packed with information about the full range of things you can see and do at the theatre. I look forward to welcoming you to the Mercury in 2013. Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director


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• Garage Band • Events on a Hotel Terrace • The Hired Man • A One Man Protest • A Pageant • The History Boys • A Game of Golf • The Butterfly Lion • The Good Person of Sichuan • Man to Man • The Opinion Makers

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20 Feb – 09 Mar Midlife crisis? Well if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it in style! Four middle-aged, middleclass misfits try to spark a punk revival in this funny, touching and distinctly loud new play, featuring electric guitars, head-banging and existentialist philosophy!

By Andy Barrett

But thirty years on from the mohicans, the glue sniffing and the safety pins through the nose, is there really any place for the ‘spirit of punk’ in a world full of babies, life-insurance and pasta machines?

Garage Band recaptures all the anarchic energy of the late 1970s, with a multi-talented cast thrashing their way through the backcatalogues of bands such as The Damned, The Clash, Sham 69 and The Buzzcocks, on their way to punk stardom. Get ready to pogo! Contains strong language and very loud music! Recommended for 14+yrs Running time approx. 2hrs including interval

Directed by Paul Hodson Designed by Foxton ‘A must-see for anyone wanting to put a few teenage kicks back into their life’ What’s On Stage

‘A comic delight’ The Guardian

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Events On A Hotel Terrace

One Man Protest

18–27 Apr & 14/16/17/18 May

7–16 Mar & 23/25/27 Apr

intimate exchanges

By Alan Ayckbourn

A Game of Golf

A Pageant

12–22 Jun

8–18 May & 18/20/21/22 Jun

“An abundant buffet of domestic comedy” The New York Times

“The temptation to come back for more is irresistible” The Guardian

Contains moderate language Running time for each play approx. 2hrs including interval Robin Herford is possibly best known as director of The Woman In Black and many other West End hits, but thirty years ago he starred in the critically-acclaimed original production of Intimate Exchanges directed by Alan Ayckbourn himself.

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Directed by Robin Herford

Designed by Michael Holt

Alan Ayckbourn, famed for the hilarious social comedies that have marked him out as one of our finest living playwrights, has never been more popular than he is today. Now’s your chance to get to know him a little more ‘intimately’ as we proudly present a sequence of four of his finest plays, all drawn from the critically-acclaimed Intimate Exchanges, Ayckbourn’s most ambitious project to date, in which just two actors play every single character in a series of eight brilliantlyinterlinked evenings in the theatre, exploring how even the tiniest, careless choices we make in our lives can have enormous consequences.

mild-mannered Chairman of the Governors, who’s always fancied Celia; Miles’ wife Rowena, a nymphomaniac who’s having an affair with the PE teacher; Sylvie, the Teasdale’s sweetnatured home-help who Toby fantasises about running away with; and the infuriatingly inept school caretaker, Lionel Hepplewick, who’ll probably just have anyone who’s available. It’s the ultimate theatrical game of love and chance, and an absolute comic delight.

We’ve chosen the four funniest and most poignant plays in the series to be part of our 2013 season, so whether you’re only able to join us for a single episode, or like thousands So, how does it all work? Well, every play in of people who’ve seen Intimate Exchanges the series starts with the same short scene, but over the years you find that you have to know depending on whether or not the character what ‘Fate’ has in store next for Ayckbourn’s of Celia Teasdale decides in the opening wonderful cast of characters, and decide to join moments of that scene to have her first us for two, three or all four instalments, you can cigarette of the day, several people may or may be sure of an experience packed full of razornot get divorced, married, start affairs, have wit and lightning costume changes! children or die. And there are other seemingly What’s more we’ve made sure there are plenty innocent choices to be made at the end of of opportunities throughout our season for you every subsequent scene, also sending the story to catch-up if you miss an episode, and lots off in radically different directions. of chances to make a day of it by seeing two Along the way, and against a perfect English different instalments back-to-back. Plus there backdrop of ‘tea, cricket and garden parties’, are some great ticket deals available, meaning we meet Toby, Celia’s alcoholic husband and the more you see the better value it all gets. Headmaster of the local prep school; Miles, the

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Main House

intimate exchanges

By Alan Ayckbourn EVENTS ON A HOTEL TERRACE

The peace and quiet of a relaxing weekend by the sea is shattered in true comic fashion when spurned lover Lionel turns up dressed as a waiter, swearing undying love for Celia and forcing her to eat a succession of cream teas.

7 – 16 Mar & 23/25/27 Apr

Sexual confessions in the garden shed that Miles has ‘occupied’ trigger a disastrous sequence of marital misunderstandings in this hilarious tale of love, lust, poetry and burning trousers.

A battle between Sylvie and Celia over who’s going to play Boudicca at the forthcoming village fete forces Toby to make a life-changing choice between love and art in this tender, savage and very, very funny play.

18 – 27 Apr & 14/16/17/18 May

8 – 18 May & 18/20/21/22 Jun

Farcical comings and goings on a golf course leave Miles up to his neck in a bunker trying to figure out whether to give his beleaguered marriage one last shot, in this final laugh-out-loud instalment.

12 – 22 Jun

Directed by Robin Herford

Designed by Michael Holt

Alan Ayckbourn, famed for the hilarious social comedies that have marked him out as one of our finest living playwrights, has never been more popular than he is today. Now’s your chance to get to know him a little more ‘intimately’ as we proudly present a sequence of four of his finest plays, all drawn from the critically-acclaimed Intimate Exchanges, Ayckbourn’s most ambitious project to date, in which just two actors play every single character in a series of eight brilliantlyinterlinked evenings in the theatre, exploring how even the tiniest, careless choices we make in our lives can have enormous consequences.

mild-mannered Chairman of the Governors, who’s always fancied Celia; Miles’ wife Rowena, a nymphomaniac who’s having an affair with the PE teacher; Sylvie, the Teasdale’s sweetnatured home-help who Toby fantasises about running away with; and the infuriatingly inept school caretaker, Lionel Hepplewick, who’ll probably just have anyone who’s available. It’s the ultimate theatrical game of love and chance, and an absolute comic delight.

We’ve chosen the four funniest and most poignant plays in the series to be part of our 2013 season, so whether you’re only able to join us for a single episode, or like thousands So, how does it all work? Well, every play in of people who’ve seen Intimate Exchanges the series starts with the same short scene, but over the years you find that you have to know depending on whether or not the character what ‘Fate’ has in store next for Ayckbourn’s of Celia Teasdale decides in the opening wonderful cast of characters, and decide to join moments of that scene to have her first us for two, three or all four instalments, you can cigarette of the day, several people may or may be sure of an experience packed full of razornot get divorced, married, start affairs, have wit and lightning costume changes! children or die. And there are other seemingly What’s more we’ve made sure there are plenty innocent choices to be made at the end of of opportunities throughout our season for you every subsequent scene, also sending the story to catch-up if you miss an episode, and lots off in radically different directions. of chances to make a day of it by seeing two Along the way, and against a perfect English different instalments back-to-back. Plus there backdrop of ‘tea, cricket and garden parties’, are some great ticket deals available, meaning we meet Toby, Celia’s alcoholic husband and the more you see the better value it all gets. Headmaster of the local prep school; Miles, the

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‘Not to be missed’ The Daily Telegraph

‘A wonderful production - better than many in the West End’ The Independent

A Great British Musical

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HIRED MAN By Melvyn Bragg & Howard Goodall

A Mercury Theatre, Colchester & Curve Theatre, Leicester Co-Production

Main House

21 Mar – 6 Apr Acclaimed for its epic, nostalgic, funny book and rousing, romantic, award-winning score, The Hired Man is arguably the finest new British musical of the last thirty years.

behind his critically-acclaimed 2008 touring production of this wonderful show, which captivated audiences throughout the UK before transferring to New York.

Set against the backdrop of the Cumbrian lakes in the early years of the twentieth century, it tells the timeless, moving story of a young married couple and their struggle to carve a living from the land, just as the traditional rhythms of English country life are being swept away by the gathering storm of war in Europe. It’s haunting, thrilling, stirring stuff.

The Hired Man is based on the muchloved novel by Melvyn Bragg, and brought to life by the heartbreakinglybeautiful music of Howard Goodall, the EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA awardwinning composer of stage musicals including the recent West End hit Love Story, and film and TV scores including themes for Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Mr Bean and QI.

Now the Mercury Theatre’s new Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd has reassembled the creative team

Running time approx. 2hrs 30mins including interval

‘It dares us to feel pity but commands us to feel respect simply awesome’

By arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd

The Stage

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By Alan Bennett Directed by Daniel Buckroyd

‘A comedy of ideas, both devilishly entertaining and true to the heart’ The Washington Post

23 May – 8 Jun Alan Bennett’s hilariously funny and exceptionally moving semiautobiographical play set the theatreworld alight when it premiered in 2004, going on to be a smash-hit in both the West End and on Broadway, collecting Olivier and Tony awards for Best New Play and Best Play respectively. The History Boys charts the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth form boys at the fictional Cutlers’ Grammar School in the early 1980s, where, under the guidance of maverick ‘old-school’ English teacher, Hector, and Irwin, the shrewd young supply teacher brought in by their ambitious headmaster to fast-track the boys to success, they each set out to secure themselves a coveted place at Oxford or Cambridge.

‘Thought provoking and funny - a play with depth as well as dazzle’ The Daily Telegraph 12

It’s a compelling exploration of both the anarchy of adolescence and the very purpose of education itself, but it’s also a wonderful feel-good evening, shot through with Alan Bennett’s masterful wit and abundant humanity - quite simply a must-see. Contains strong language and adult themes Recommended for 14+yrs Running time approx. 2hrs 30mins including interval

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Quadrophenia A new stage adaptation of the classic album by Pete Townshend Directed by Tony Casement

A Mercury Young Company Production

Main House

22 – 24 Aug Parents, pills, mates and music are tearing young Jimmy’s tiny world apart, so he heads for Brighton to escape the fighting just as the Mods and Rockers hit town!

‘Schizophrenic? I’m bleeding Quadrophenic!’

Quadrophenia, THE WHO’s classic album and later ‘the greatest British youth film ever made’ (NME), gets an epic live stage treatment at the Mercury Theatre this summer, as a company of the region’s most talented young performers joins forces with the Mercury’s very own professional production team to present this brandnew, high-octane rock opera. Get ready to fight for a ticket!

Contains adult themes Recommended for 14+yrs Running time approx. 1hr 20mins no interval By arrangement with Eel Pie Recordings Ltd

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GET INVOLVED We’re looking for young actors, singers, dancers and musicians to take part in this first ever Mercury Young Company production. Plus we need designers, makers and technicians to work with us behind the scenes. So if you’re aged 16-25 years and making theatre is what makes you tick, then we want to hear from you! Register now to make sure you’re the first to hear about the Quadrophenia Workshops/Auditions that we’ll be holding through Spring 2013.

Contact us on: talent@mercurytheatre.co.uk 01206 245503

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By Michael Morpurgo

‘A wonderfully effective adaptation’ The Daily Telegraph

Adapted & Directed by Daniel Buckroyd

‘A fantastic piece of family theatre - a delight from start to finish’

‘The Butterfly Lion will touch all hearts, both young and old’ Virginia McKenna, Born Free Foundation

The Public Reviews

Main House

5 – 14 Sep The Butterfly Lion tells the extraordinary story of young Albert Andrews and the unlikely friendship that he strikes up with the orphaned white lion cub he rescues one day from the African Veldt. It’s an epic tale that spans more than seventy years and takes us from rural Wiltshire to the plains of South Africa, and from the bleeding heart of war-torn France The Butterfly Lion is arguably finally back to England and the safety Michael’s finest book, so we’re thrilled of home. It’s a journey that begins to be bringing this much-loved and with a solemn promise made by a boy multi award-winning tale to life in a never to forget his friend, a journey brand new stage adaptation, featuring that will keep you on the edge of your a mix of wonderfully inventive seat until its startling conclusion. storytelling, haunting original music and captivating puppetry. www.thebutterflylion.co.uk Following the incredible stage and screen success of War Horse, the novels of Michael Morpurgo have suddenly found a new wider audience, drawn to the heartbreakingly honest stories he tells of growing up and growing old, of the horrors of war, and of the deep bonds that exist between humans and animals.

Recommended for adults and families with children aged 7+ years Running time approx. 2hrs including interval Originally produced by New Perspectives, Curve Theatre, Leicester & Derby Theatre.

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By Bertolt Brecht Translated by Michael Hofmann Directed by Nikolai Foster

Main House

3 – 19 Oct

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It’s hard to be good when you’re broke. Harder still if you’re living in a broken world. Bertolt Brecht’s classic tale of one woman’s struggle to stay true to her heart in the face of a society in economic melt-down, is a parable for all times.

arrival of her ruthless ‘cousin’, Shui Ta, who’s happy to do whatever it takes to protect young Shen Te’s interests. But how long can this fragile double act last when Shen Te is falling in love and Shui Ta is getting fat on the proceeds of other people’s hardship?

Brecht’s story begins when a group of Gods on a fact-finding mission reward the only good person they can find in Sichuan province, Shen Te, with the means to start a little business. However, it doesn’t take long for her to realise that this newfound financial stability won’t last if people keep taking advantage of her generous nature. That is until the mysterious

Brecht’s 1943 masterpiece is brilliantly retold in this funny, thoughtprovoking, accessible translation by poet Michael Hofmann, and brought bang up to date here by criticallyacclaimed director Nikolai Foster. Running time approx. 2hrs 30 mins including interval

‘A great poetic parable of schizophrenia, true love and ambiguous morals’ The Financial Times See also Man To Man by Manfred Karge (Mercury Studio 4-19 Oct), based on the same true story that inspired Brecht to write The Good Person Of Sichuan - this is the first time that these inextricably linked plays have ever been seen side by side, making for a unique and fascinating double-bill.

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Man to Man

By Manfred Karge Translated by Anthony Vivis ‘Electrifying’ The Guardian

‘A remarkable piece of theatre provocative, angry and subversive’ Tribune Magazine

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9 Sep – 19 Oct

Found Spaces & Online

The Only Way Is Ethics A festival of big ideas and new writing ‘For the practice of virtue a modicum of comfort is necessary’ Thomas Aquinas To accompany our production of The Good Person Of Sichuan, we’ve commissioned a diverse group of playwrights, journalists and philosophers to respond to the big question at the heart of Brecht’s play – can anyone join the Big Society, or is poverty an impediment to altruism?

We’ll be announcing festival details in due course, but we expect our programme to include an eclectic mix of live performances and associated free ‘fringe’ events, in and around the Mercury, at interesting locations elsewhere in Colchester, and available to download from www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

Studio Theatre

4 – 19 Oct What lengths would you go to, to put the next meal on the table? Inspired by the same astonishing true story that set Brecht on the path to writing The Good Person of Sichuan, Man to Man offers an uncompromising contemporary counterpoint to Brecht’s masterpiece.

of this hauntingly poetic and utterly gripping one-woman tour-de-force. The Mercury is proud to present a rare British production of the enthralling show that catapulted Tilda Swinton to public attention at the Royal Court in the late 1980s.

As the Nazis come to power in Germany, a young widow discovers that her only means of survival is to take on her dead husband’s job, and with it his identity. Her struggle to maintain this extraordinary deception for over forty years forms the focus

Contains strong language Recommended for 14+yrs Running time approx. 1hr 20 mins no interval

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A New Musical Comedy

‘Has all the makings of a West End hit’ The Times* A Mercury Theatre, Colchester & Derby Theatre Co-Production

Main House

25 Oct – 9 Nov When the utterly incompetent team at Fernsby Market Research find themselves facing the stiffest challenge of their professional lives – to report what the British Public really think of world famous ‘Doctor Campbell’s Lotion’ in readiness for a re-launch - there’s only one thing Studio Theatre for it; make it all up! After all, that’s what market research companies do, isn’t it? Critically-acclaimed writing duo Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon have assembled a wonderful cast of characters for this brand new musical comedy, including: the hapless Fernsby and his useless sidekicks; a beatnik Advertising phoney and his jazz flute playing muse; a Scottish Laird with a dark secret and a glamorous American gold-digger wife; and an insane Home Secretary-in-waiting.

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What’s more, they’ve written a raft of great new songs that’ll transport you back to the world of ‘swinging sixties’ London for this hilarious, off-beat musical take on the birth of the political pollster – think Mad Men meets Carry On!

By Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nixon Directed by Daniel Buckroyd ‘An up, up and away Fringe hit’ The Daily Telegraph*

Running time approx. 2hrs including interval *Critical reaction to Those Magnificent Men by Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nixon, directed by Daniel Buckroyd. Originally developed by New Perspectives Theatre Company

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Sleeping

Beauty

‘Full of delights that will appeal to all the family’ Essex Chronicle on Beauty and the Beast 2011/12

Main House

6 Dec 2013 - 11 Jan 2014

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Never was a child more blessed - beloved daughter of a King & Queen, treasured Princess, watched over by a gaggle of doting Fairy Godmothers. And then came the fateful day of her christening.

Damsels in distress, heroes to the rescue, everyone’s favourite Dame and the rest of the Mercury gang, are at the ready to bring you music and laughter in one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

Once upon a time, in a glittering castle, in a land far far away, friends and family gather to celebrate a baby’s birth, her Godmothers bestowing gifts of beauty, wit and grace. But not everyone’s in the mood for celebrating. One very bad-tempered Fairy that the King and Queen forgot to invite has turned up anyway with a terrible curse to announce – one day the Princess will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall asleep for a hundred years!

Christmas simply wouldn’t be the same without the Mercury Theatre’s annual feelgood festive treat, so grab the chance to book earlier than ever this year and take advantage of some fantastic savings.

And the rest, as they say, is ... well, Panto!

Fun for all the family Recommended for children aged 3+ years Running Time approx. 2hrs 15mins including interval

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GOLD SEASON TICKET See 11 Made in Colchester productions for only £132 (£12 a show!) and get best available seats, free programmes and ticket exchanges, saving you up to £145.50! (see page 4-5 for details).

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Early Bird Bonus Book your season ticket before 23 December and have a drink on us to celebrate. We’ll give you a free glass of wine or beer, a soft drink or a coffee on your first visit, to celebrate the start of your year of Made In Colchester entertainment. As a GOLD Season Ticket holder you are entitled to 10% off your entire bill when dining from the a la carte menu in our new restaurant available from 7pm, Monday to Saturday. For bookings call 01206 368100.

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DIARY GARAGE BAND

THE HIRED MAN

A PAGEANT

A GAME OF GOLF

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May Tue 14 Wed 15 Thu 16 Fri 17 Sat 18

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm

7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm

Fri 7 Sat 8

7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm

QUADROPHENIA 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm

June Sat 1 Mon 3 Tue 4 Wed 5 Thu 6

Wed 12 Thu 13 Fri 14 Sat 15 Mon 17 Tue 18 Wed 19 T/C Thu 20 S Fri 21 Sat 22 AD

2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm P/T 7.30pm 2.30pm CAP 7.30pm 7.30pm AD 2.30pm 7.30pm

August Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24

7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 1.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm

THE GOOD PERSON OF SICHUAN

THE OPINION MAKERS

SLEEPING BEAUTY

October

October

December

Fri 25 7.30pm Sat 26 2.30pm 7.30pm Mon 28 7.30pm Tue 29 7.30pm Wed 30 7.30pm Thu 31 S 2.30pm 7.30pm

Thu 3 Fri 4 Sat 5 Mon 7 Tue 8 Wed 9 P/T Thu 10 S Fri 11 Sat 12 Mon 14 Tue 15 Wed 16 Thu 17 CAP Fri 18 Sat 19 AD

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm

November Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tue 5 Wed 6 T Thu 7 CAP Fri 8 Sat 9 AD

October

7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm

BOOKING FORM

Peak

Fri 6 2.00pm Sat 7 2.30pm 7.00pm Mon 9 2.00pm Tue 10 10.15am 2.00pm Wed 11 10.15am 2.00pm Thu 12 10.15am 2.00pm Fri 13 10.15am 7.00pm Sat 14 2.30pm 7.00pm Mon 16 2.00pm 7.00pm Tue 17 2.00pm 7.00pm Wed 18 2.00pm CAP 7.00pm Thu 19 2.00pm 7.00pm Fri 20 2.00pm 7.00pm Sat 21 2.30pm 7.00pm Mon 23 2.30pm 7.00pm Tue 24 11.00am 3.00pm

Name................................................................................................................................................

Wed 25 Christmas Day Thu 26 2.30pm 7.00pm Fri 27 2.30pm 7.00pm Sat 28 2.30pm 7.00pm Mon 30 2.30pm 7.00pm Tue 31 11.00am 3.00pm

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Post Code.................................................... Telephone. ........................................................ Email................................................................................................................................................. We need to have your details, including telephone number, in order to contact you in case we need to discuss your booking. We will not use this information for any other purpose without your permission, although from time to time we would like to inform you about events, special offers and other activities at the Mercury Theatre and/or share your data with third party arts and entertainment organisations.

January Wed 1 3.00pm Thu 2 2.30pm 7.00pm Fri 3 2.30pm 7.00pm Sat 4 AD 2.30pm 7.00pm Sun 5 2.30pm Tue 7 2.00pm 7.00pm Wed 8 RP 1.00pm 6.00pm Thu 9 4.30pm 8.00pm Fri 10 4.30pm 8.00pm Sat 11 2.30pm 7.00pm

If you do NOT want the Mercury Theatre to contact you please tick this box If you do NOT want other arts or entertainment organisations to contact you please tick this box

GOLD SEASON TICKET

I want to save up to £145.50 per person by seeing all 11 shows Number of GOLD Season Tickets required at just £132 each............

SILVER SEASON TICKET

I want to save up to £60.00 per person by seeing 6 shows Number of SILVER Season Tickets required at just £90 each............

KEY T

TalkBack discussion after the show

P

age To Stage Performance P (With FREE pre-show workshop – at 4.30pm for evenings & 10.30am for matinees)

S

Seniors Matinee (With FREE Talk at 1.30pm & tea / coffee)

£....................

£....................

PLUS

Please add the full Intimate Exchanges cycle to my SILVER Season Ticket Please add ......... Intimate Exchange cycles at just £36 each

£....................

Add the following extra shows to my package

CAP Captioned Performance

AD Audio Described plus Touch Tour of the set at 1.00pm RP Relaxed Performance

See www.mercurytheatre.co.uk for more information 31

Please add ......... tickets for Quadrophenia £12.50 / £10.00

£....................

Please add ......... tickets for Sleeping Beauty as Page 29

£.................... Total

£...................


PAYMENT DETAILS

Cheque: I enclose a cheque payable to Mercury Theatre Credit/Debit Card: Please debit the following card (Mastercard/Visa/Delta/Switch/Maestro only please):

(Switch/Maestro only)

Card number: Valid from:

Expiry Date:

Issue number:

(Switch/Maestro only)

(Switch/Maestro only)

Security number:

(Last 3 digits on the signature strip on reverse of card)

Cardholders Name: Signature:

Date:

Pay In Instalments: Tick here to pay in three equal monthly instalments. If paying by cheque please divide your total by three when sending your first instalment.

GOLD SEASON TICKET

SILVER SEASON TICKET

Please send me tickets for the following shows:

Please send me tickets for the following shows: (choose six of the eight productions)

Date

Time

Date

Garage Band

Garage Band

Events on a Terrace

Events on a Terrace

The Hired Man

The Hired Man

A One Man Protest

The History Boys

A Pageant

The Butterfly Lion

The History Boys

The Good Person

A Game of Golf

Man to Man

The Butterfly Lion

The Opinion Makers

The Good Person Man to Man The Opinion Makers

Time

PLUS I want to add the remaining three plays in the Intimate Exchanges cycle to my SILVER Season Ticket:

Date

Time

Date

Time

A One Man Protest A Pageant A Game of Golf Please also send me tickets for:

Quadrophenia (Tickets £12.50 / £10.00) Sleeping Beauty (See ticket prices on page 29) Please specify ticket band – Green / Yellow / Purple / Blue / Red We will allocate you the best available seats on your selected dates. If your choice of date is not available, our Box Office team will contact you to find alternative dates.


NORTH

WAY WEST

BALKERNE HILL

COLNE BANK AVENUE The Mercury Theatre is only one hour from London by car or train. Following the theatre MERCURY THEATRE mask symbols on the road signs will take you ST MARY’S CAR PARK JUMBO to St Mary’s car park (CO3 3AA), which is a LEXDEN ROAD short walk across the Balkerne Hill footbridge B1022 to the theatre. TIPTREE

A12 IPSWICH

COWDRAY AVENUE HA RW ICH RO AD

A12 LONDON

A134 SUDBURY

IPS WIC HR OAD

NORTH STATION

A137 HARWICH M’TREE

CO WD RA YA VE NU E

CASTLE PARK

HIGH ST

FIRSTSITE

A133 CLACTON

TOWN STATION SOUTH WAY

MAGDALEN ST

B1025 MERSEA

MERSEA ROAD

Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gate Colchester Essex CO1 1PT

TUR NER ROA D

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Made in Colchester Photos – Rodger Tamblyn All details in this brochure are correct at the time of going to press. Colchester Mercury Theatre Ltd reserves the right to make alterations where necessary.

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Made in Colchester 2013