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Leave A Legacy

Create a legacy by leaving a gift to the Mercury Theatre in your will, allowing you to protect the future of theatre and the arts in Colchester. Please contact our Head of Development Abbi Roberts if you would like to learn more.

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Leaving A Legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of several ways you can support the Mercury Theatre, ensuring the arts in Colchester are supported for many years to come.

You can choose to leave a gift for our general purposes, or for something specific. You can leave a fixed amount or a share of your estate. We would be glad to discuss how your gift should be recognised.

We asked Liz Jones from our corporate supporter Birkett Long to answer some FAQs below, and you can also refer to or for further information.

Liz Jones, Birkett Long

What information do I need to include when adding the Mercury to my will?

The most important information to include in your will is our name, address and registered charity number:

Charity name: Colchester Mercury Theatre

Address: Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

Registered Charity No: 232387

How can I change my existing will?

A solicitor can help you to add a form called a codicil to your existing will. Don’t be tempted to make changes yourself as it could render your existing will invalid if this isn’t done correctly.

I don’t have a will, how do I get one?

Making a will is easy and not as expensive as you may think! We always recommend having your will written by a solicitor with expertise in wills and probate. This is the best way to ensure that your will accurately reflects your wishes and the correct formalities are followed. The Law Society has a useful search tool that can help you find a trusted solicitor locally.

What types of gift in wills are there?

The most common gifts people leave are for a specific cash amount (pecuniary gift) or a percentage share of an estate (residuary gift). Some people choose other gifts, like specific items or property, or gifts in trust. A solicitor will be able to advise you on which type of gift is most appropriate to your wishes and personal situation.

How does this affect inheritance tax?

Any gift you leave to the Mercury Theatre will be deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated. So, if your estate is £10,000 over the amount allowed as tax-free, and you leave the Mercury £2,000, then inheritance tax will only be payable on £8,000. Also, if you leave 10% or more of your estate to a charity, you’ll be taxed at a lower rate (36% rather than 40%) on any part of your estate that qualifies for inheritance tax. The use of charitable gifts to minimise inheritance tax should be discussed with a suitably qualified lawyer to ensure your intentions play out.

Can I restrict my gift in my will to a specific activity?

Leaving an unrestricted gift in your will allows the Mercury to use your generous donation wherever it is needed most, however if you feel strongly about leaving it to a specific activity then please get in touch to discuss this. Any restriction will need to be clearly stipulated in the wording of your will.

Want more information about making a will, or are you ready to add the Mercury Theatre to your will? Birkett Long has a dedicated team able to help you plan for the future, and if you are thinking about leaving a gift for the Mercury Theatre in your will, they will offer you a 10% discount on their normal fee. Contact Liz Jones directly on 01206 217364 or Find out more about services available on Birkett Long’s website.

Otherwise, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your legacy with you.

Abbi Roberts, Head of Development
01206 245496

Why leave a legacy?


Mercury Rising is an exciting project that will modernise and transform our much-loved theatre, safeguarding its future for the whole community. Our planned improvements include:

  • Transforming the foyer so it’s a bigger, lighter space which is open all day
  • Redeveloping the main auditorium with extra seats
  • Making all areas fully accessible for the first time
  • Creating a new café where you can work and meet friends
  • Building completely new rehearsal and community spaces equipped to support the best new talent
  • Revamping and extending our backstage facilities so we can make even better theatre

Leaving a legacy is a great way to show your support for theatre in Colchester.

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