What Is Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising will raise £1.7m to complete an £8.7m extension and refurbishment of the Mercury Theatre - transforming and safeguarding the building for future generations.

Sharing stories, making memories, changing lives

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

We’ve already raised a fantastic £7m thanks to support from Arts Council England, Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council. But we have £1.7m left to raise.

Help us by making a donation today! Or there are other ways to get involved, including taking part in our public consultation.

A message from West End star Michael Ball

I passionately support the progress of the Mercury Theatre and the important role that it plays in the development of regional arts communities and talents alike. It is essential to strive towards creating spaces and places for creative minds, performers and people seeking an avenue of expression or entertainment to have today and for future generations. To reconstruct the physical building brings with it the opportunity to open the doors wider and be a platform for local talent to shine to the nation.

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