Find out more about the organisations with which the Mercury currently partners.


We are very grateful to the following for their support of the Mercury Theatre:

Arts Council England
Colchester Borough Council
Essex County Council

Big Lottery Awards for All
Big Lottery Celebrate England
Charles S French Charitable Trust
Colchester Catalyst Charity
Colne Community Builders Fund
Creative and Cultural Skills
Community Initiatives Fund – Essex County Council
Essex Chambers of Commerce
Essex Community Foundation
Essex County Council Chairman’s Fund
Essex County Council – Skills
Essex Heritage Trust
Equity Trust Fund
Fowler Smith and Jones Trust
Heritage Lottery Fund
Hervey Benham Charitable Trust
John Paul Getty Jnr Trust
Mike Williamson Memorial Fund
The Pixel Trust
The Royal British Legion
Samphire Trust


The Mercury Theatre receives regular funding from Arts Council England East.

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, they support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts.

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Colchester Borough Council plays an important role in supporting cultural organisations like the Mercury Theatre. It is one of the Council’s strategic priorities to enable job creation and sustain employment. Working in partnership with local organisations helps them to achieve this. It also increases resident’s participation in and enjoyment of life in the borough, whilst also attracting more people to visit the town. Through joint-working, the Council encourages a broad range of activity including the production of great art, the development of home grown skills and talent, as well as a range of education and community programmes which help to make Colchester a unique and great place to live, work and visit.

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Essex County Council Arts Development is committed to developing the arts across the county for the benefit of residents and visitors to Essex. Our remit is as wide and diverse as Essex itself. Our influence ranges from providing guidance to individual artists and funding for community projects to commissioning new artworks. The Mercury Theatre is one of seven key arts organisations in the county that are strategically funded by the Council. OtherECC initiatives include Arts in Essex Small Grants, Essex On Tour, Essex Dance Theatre, Essex Arts magazine, Essex Summer of Art, Jaywick Martello Tower and various Creative Learning and Arts Development Projects.

You can find out more the range of ECC’s work in the arts by clicking on the link:Essex County Council Arts Development.


The Mercury Theatre is a founder employer for the National Skills Academy which forms a part of the Creative and Cultural Skills; the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, literature, performing and visual arts.

Creative Apprenticeships is a brand new alternative route into the creative industries; one based on ability and potential rather than academic track record or social background and contacts. It is a mix of ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ training where young people have the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge and attain qualifications while doing so. These qualifications are designed and approved by industry. On-the-job learning is a significant component of the Creative Apprenticeship allowing young people to break the vicious circle of “no experience equals no job”.

The Mercury Theatre is also a participating employer on the 14 – 19 Creative and Media Diploma, heralded as the most important change to the country’s education system since the introduction of GCSEs. The diploma is a single overarching qualification at three levels attributing equal value to both vocational and academic studies. The diploma is delivered through collaboration and partnerships between schools, further and higher education, business, parents and government.

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For more information on the huge variety of careers in the theatre industry visit


Tendring and Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership (TACMEP) aims to eliminate racial discrimination and promote good race relations and equal opportunities for all. TACMEP and the Mercury Theatre have been working together to increase the number of people from ethnic minorities attending the theatre and participation in projects including Black History Month.

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The Mercury Theatre works with The Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) to widen the diversity of our audiences. ECDP is a collaborative initiative developed by a broad partnership of organisations including Essex County Council, Essex Race Equality Council and Art Council England, East (ACEE). The plan for the project is based on extensive consultation commissioned by the partnership, with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as an in-depth comparative review of best practice from other similar projects. The ECDP aims to provide a focal point for the development, celebration and coordination of Essex’s cultural diversity through arts and heritage activity.

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A new website full of ideas and opportunities to explore culture in Essex! We are working with Essex County Council, Southend Borough Council, the county’s district council and other key arts organisations like firstsite to increase awareness and participation in cultural activities in Essex.

Whether it be days out with the family, new places to go for all things artsy or where to see the latest new music, you’ll find it all at


Visit Colchester is the website promoting tourism and activities in Britain’s oldest recorded town.

Find out about attractions, events and days out in the Colchester area by visiting


The Mercury enjoys close links with the University of Essex having devised and delivered the practical element of the Early Modern Drama module on the Theatre degree course for the past three years and is now also working on the Introduction to Shakespeare module. We also support the Theatre Arts Society through regular workshops and visits.

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