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Working at the Mercury

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, parental or caring status, or age.

Where posts are graded at the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, we pay the highest amount of National Living Wage (intended for people aged 25+) irrespective of age.

Benefits of working at the Mercury

  • The Mercury operates a stakeholder pension scheme
  • Discount on drinks in the Mercury’s bar
  • The Mercury offers an interest free season ticket loan
  • The Mercury encourages attendance at performances with an allocation of tickets to employees (subject to availability and the Mercury’s ticket policy)
  • Free SmarterCard (subject to availability), giving discounts in a wide range of Colchester  shops, restaurants and leisure outlets

We are also a strategic partner with PiPA (Parents in Performing Arts), who campaign to enable and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. We are always happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working arrangements.

Applying for a vacancy

Latest vacancies are listed below. All vacancies use the same application form.

Download the Application Form

Interim Deputy Executive Director

Fixed-term appointment to 7th August 2020

The Mercury Theatre is seeking an adaptable and motivational leader to join its Executive team during a period of major organisational change, as we undertake a large-scale capital redevelopment.  The Interim Deputy Executive Director will play a leading role in maintaining the organisation’s external profile during the redevelopment works, and will have significant responsibility for driving organisational change.

The Mercury is a mid-scale presenting and producing theatre, and is unique in the East of England in having full-time set and costume making teams working from dedicated on-site facilities.  Following its redevelopment, the Mercury plans to significantly expand its role as a talent & skills development hub – an engine room of the rapidly growing creative industries in the East of England.

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader with marketing and/or creative learning experience to make a major impact on an organisation which is a treasured community asset, and a significant producing force in the East of England.

There is more information about Mercury Rising, the project to redevelop the Mercury Theatre here.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification (PDF)

Deadline for applications: Thursday 28 June, 12pm
Interviews: Monday 9 July

To apply, complete the employment application form above and email it to by the deadline.

Ticket Sales Manager

Full-time, permanent appointment

The Mercury Theatre is seeking an ambitious individual motivated by achieving targets and delivering excellent customer service, to lead our Ticket Sales team.

Within the newly established Marketing and Sales Team, this is an exciting opportunity for an established or aspiring manager who is fascinated by the potential of data to create insights and drive business decisions.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification (PDF)

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 11 July, 12pm
Interviews: Thursday 19 July

To apply, complete the employment application form above and email it to by the deadline.

Technician (Casual)

Our in-house technical team are supported by a team of casual technicians who:

  • Deliver high quality technical support for Made in Colchester (in-house) productions at the Mercury, on tour and in the community
  • Provide technical support for visiting companies and one-nighters
  • Provide technical support for Creative Learning and Talent activities
  • Assist in the maintenance of stage electrical installation/equipment
  • Provide Duty Technical support for the general running of the Mercury

We are currently recruiting new casual technicians to join our team and would be interested to hear from any candidates who can demonstrate stage technical skills.  For further information, contact Ben Wills, Technical Manager, on

 Mercury Voices Archive and History project

We’re looking for volunteers to support a range of work on the Mercury Voices Project. Find out more about Mercury Voices here! Or check out the project from the volunteer’s perspective here!

Mercury Voices Volunteer Application Form

 Call out to Creative Practitioners and Facilitators!

Are you a practitioner or workshop facilitator?

We are looking to find freelance practitioners to join our pool of Creative Learning and Talent practitioners to work with us on a variety of projects including our core youth theatre, schools work, older persons workshops, independent workshops and upcoming projects.

If you are interested in joining the pool of practitioners, please email your CV to with a covering letter telling us why you want to work with us, and the specific experience you have, that you think we need!

We are particularly interested to hear from practitioners who are based locally.

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