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Colchester Arts Centre

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Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
  • Telephone 01206 500900
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10.30am–5.30pm; closed Sun.
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Boogaloo Stu and Lorraine Bowen star in MUCH ADO ABOUT CRIMBO!

This Christmas, prepare watch the sparks fly as Boogaloo Stu’s crimplene-clad comedy character Derek Daniels and the polyester queen Lorraine Bowen join forces for this hilarious festive show.

Play along with this seasonal, silly and slightly Shakespearean game of musical bingo, ticking off song titles as Derek sings a medley of fabulous festive classics with his old showbiz sidekick Ronnie Hazelnut at the piano; check your bingo card for quotes as Derek casually drops Shakespeare into his comical reminiscence of his first Christmas with his long-suffering wife, Beverley. It’s a race to win it big and claim your gift from under the tree!

Derek is also joined onstage by his very special guest Lorraine Bowen, the delightfully eccentric “Crumble Lady” from Britain’s Got Talent, showcasing her catchy melodies and polyester fashions; together Derek and Lorraine are a match made in synthetic heaven!

You are encouraged to join the party in your finest 70s attire.

Devised, written and performed by Boogaloo Stu with additional material by Lorraine Bowen

Music arranged and performed by Jason Pegg

Directed by David Bernstein

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

Pay What You Can Afford.

Wed 19 Dec

Pay What You Think

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music Of Vince Guaraldi

Following the success of last year's concert, we offer another opportunity to start the holidays with this extra special evening of Christmas music, along with some seasonal treats and multimedia, performed by film and TV animation composer Jason Frederick.

Anyone who watched the ‘Peanuts’ TV series in the 60s and 70s will be familiar with the jazz soundtrack that always accompanied the classic cartoons. The pint-sized pianist that was Vince Guaraldi, who scored more than a dozen ‘Peanuts’ TV specials, is probably most famous for pulling off the ultimate musical sleight of hand - he made parents and kids bob their heads and tap their feet along to jazz without knowing they were even listening to it.

Paying homage to both the genius of composer Vince Guaraldi and creator Charles M. Schulz, the first half of the show features music from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, along with the pianist's Grammy-winning ‘Cast Your Fate To The Wind’ and ‘The Great Pumpkin Waltz’, plus two brief films about Vince and his ‘Peanuts’ music.

The second half comprises Vince Guaraldi-style Christmas tunes and, to end the evening, a swinging singalong ’12 Days Of Christmas’ (played to an accompanying film with synchronised words projected behind the band). Between sets, jazzy Christmas music will be played, along with projections.

An absolute must for jazz lovers and fans of ‘Peanuts’, no matter what your age!

Jason Frederick (Piano), Scott Wheeler (Double Bass) and Dan Mullins (Drums).

"I'm rather hoping this recent addition to the Arts Centre's Christmas calendar is going to be a regular fixture from now on." - Colchester Gazette

Sun 16 Dec

£14 (£12; Children £12)

Christmas Poetry Bash 2018 With John Cooper Clarke, Martin Newell, Luke Wright & Ross Sutherland

The annual festive bout of local poetry heroes! Book early to avoid disappointment.

Sat 22 Dec

£12 (£10)

A Christmas Show For These Times with Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

In an un-missable one-off collaboration, five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists bring you a seasonal show celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all in the darkest season.

Award winning trio LADY MAISERY (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for nearly a decade produced “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene" (The Guardian). The beguiling musical partnership of JIMMY ALDRIDGE AND SID GOLDSMITH complete the powerful line-up, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim. "Rousing stuff" (The Observer)

Mon 17 Dec

£15 (£14)

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 1992
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Steve Whitmire

It's Christmas time, and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs to be taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens' classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices.

Thu 20 Dec

£10 (£5)

Fri 21 Dec

£10 (£5)

Packing Shed Theatre Presents: Terrifying Tales from the Tea Shop

Please note this event takes place at Jacqueline's Tea Room. 14 Short Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LN

Two ghost stories performed live in the cosy and atmospheric upstairs parlour room of this vintage tea shop.

Bram - written and performed by Neil D’Arcy-Jones

The author of Dracula comes face to face with a lost love but how does she become the inspiration for his most famous work.

La Belle Dame Sans Merci – written and performed by Patrick Marlowe

An actor grapples with the trials and tribulations of being a Panto Dame. Will he make it out alive? Especially with a dress that has a will of its own.

Jacqueline’s will be serving suitable festive food and drink for the evening (not included in ticket price)

Ages 12+

Sun 16 Dec

£12 (£10)

The Vinyl Sessions- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Boatman's Call

Nick Cave's musical trajectory has generally been a result of his ever increasing craftmanship. After the frenetic, aggressive and abrasive early period of his time in The Birthday Party, Cave has enriched his song writing by adding sentiment and vulnerability to his already dark world view.

Arguably his most vulnerable album (until 2016's Skeleton Tree) The Boatman's Call marries Cave's rich voice and open-hearted lyrics with stripped back and minimalist arrangements from The Bad Seeds.

As usual we'll follow the album with our usual 7" session. Bring along a single of your choice to spin after the main session. This can be anything you like, for any reason – the more out there the better.

It's about meeting fellow music lovers, talking about the great records of the past and predicting upcoming future classics.

The bar's open throughout and we're selling Veggie Chilli for just £3 a bowl.

£3 Admission.

Sun 16 Dec


The venue promotes a wide range of contemporary performing arts including comedy theatre and live music covering folk, world, pop and rock as well as children's workshops and farmers' markets. The centre has showcased several big names on their road to stardom including Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, The Libertines and The Killers.

There is no parking outside the venue in Church Street, except for performers/contractors loading in and out but parking is available on St Mary's Car Park on Balkerne Hill. The nearest railway station is Colchester Town.

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