Rehearsals for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre. One participant holds a script and gives direction to a younger participant while a third watches on.

Applications open for Mercury Creatives: Support for freelancers, artists and creative businesses across the South East struggling with the effects of COVID-19.

We are excited to announce that applications to join the final cohort of our business development programme, Mercury Creatives, are now open. True to our commitment to artists and freelancers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercury Creatives offers mentoring, training and networking opportunities to creative businesses, freelancers and self-employed artists across Essex, East Sussex, Kent and Suffolk.

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Four actors, mid-rehearsal

Mercury Theatre awarded £120,000 Wolfson Foundation funding support to safely reopen

The Mercury Theatre is delighted to have secured a grant of £120,000 from the Wolfson Foundation to support the theatre’s Covid-recovery and reopening in 2021.

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Mercury Rising

Cultural Capital Kickstart success will enable our transformed theatre to reopen

The Mercury Theatre and Colchester Borough Council are celebrating following the announcement that they have secured an award of £864,000 from Arts Council England as an investment in Colchester that will enable the theatre to be completed and re-open following its £10 million Mercury Rising refurbishment project.

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Christmas Carolling

Christmas Carolling at Colchester Care Homes

December has seen the first of our Christmas Carolling events for seven care homes across Colchester. Adam and Jenna from the Mercury team are attempting to bring warmth and joy to care home residents this Christmas, even while singing outside in the rain to ensure that current guidelines are followed. The first of these concerts has been met with wonderful positivity (and participation!) from the residents of Aveley Lodge Residential Care Home.

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Cinderella shall go to the ball with captions available to all

In the month of Caption Awareness Week 2020, the Mercury Theatre is delighted to announce that its online streaming of Cinderella next month will be available with closed captions for those who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing, or anyone who would like to read (or sing!) along with the action.

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A Christmas attraction of Cinderella's Castle

Mercury Theatre and Culver Square support freelancers to bring Christmas magic to Colchester

Visitors to Colchester’s Culver Square are guaranteed a glittering welcome this Christmas, with the unveiling of a 6m high magical castle, featuring Father Christmas and Rudolph, thanks to a creative partnership between the Mercury Theatre and the management team at Culver Square.

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Cinderella Xmas Stream insta

You shall go to the ball! Glittering pantomime to be streamed online.

We are delighted to announce that we will be streaming our record-breaking pantomime Cinderella for audiences to celebrate at home this Christmas, while providing a valuable lifeline for the show’s cast and crew. Filmed over Christmas 2019 in front of…

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