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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/beliefs, sexual orientation, parental or caring status, or age.

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


  • We operate a stakeholder pension scheme
  • We offer an interest free season ticket loan
  • We encourage attendance at in house productions with an allocation of tickets for our team (subject to availability and our ticket policy)
  • Free membership to SmarterCard (subject to availability), which gives discounts in a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure outlets around Colchester.

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We are proud to be a Forces Friendly employer. We are currently the only theatre in the country to be recognised on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We have held our silver award since 2016 and work hard to support, nurture and value the large garrison community we have in our town. We pride ourselves on flexible working, supporting working parents and their family’s changing situations, and nurturing talent in individuals from all backgrounds and experience.

We are also a strategic partner with PiPA, who campaign to enable and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitude 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.Essex Family Friendly Employer 1

We’ve been accredited as a Family Friendly Employer by Essex County Council. We promote a positive culture and attitude towards different ways of working. The Mercury have family friendly policies and practices enabling parents and carers to thrive in the workplace. To find out more click here.

Open Vacancies

Executive Producer

***Deadline Extended***

The Mercury Theatre is seeking new artistic leadership.

We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and proven Executive Producer to work closely with our Executive Director as joint CEOs to steer the venue’s artistic programme. The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the Mercury as an artistic hub at the centre of cultural life in Colchester. As the only full time producing theatre in Essex, the Mercury is a significant player in the national and regional theatre ecology.

The successful candidate will provide inspirational leadership and will be instrumental in the creation and oversight of our diverse artistic programme.

For further details about the role, download the Executive Producer candidate pack.

To apply for this post, please send a letter of no more than 3 sides of A4, explaining what attracts you to this position, and evidence of your ability to meet the job description and person specification, together with your CV and a completed Equal Opportunities Form, to Deborah Sawyerr on [email protected]. Applications should be submitted by 10:00am on Wednesday, 13 December 2023. First round interviews will take place on Monday, 8 January 2024 and second round interviews will take place on Thursday, 18 January 2024.

You are encouraged to contact Deborah for an informal conversation about the role.

The Mercury Theatre is an equal opportunities employer and actively promotes diversity in the staff team and family friendly working. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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