Mercury Meanderings

With the panto season in Sunny Colch yet to even start, you have to admit that the Mercury Theatre is forward looking in publishing full details of the Spring 2017 season.

The new schedule is out.

Oh no it isn’t…

Um, yep. It is.

And as ever, it looks rather ACE.

You don’t really want a 2,000 word highbrow blog post analysing the cultural message contained within each production; you just want The Chronic’s hit and miss blog post of some of the personal highlights, as bashed out during our lunch break.

So heads, down, here’s what The Mercury has to offer once the pantomime make up has been wiped off for another season.

The first BIG show of the new year is the Colchester Operatic Society’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, running from 18th – 28th January.

There is more local talent on the Mercury stage on 5th February with the annual Chinese New Year Gala, as presented by the Colchester Chinese Cultural Society.

Danny Baker is in town on 16th February with his Cradle to the Stage show. Expect plenty of lively talk – and rightly so with tickets clocking in at an optimistic £21.

The Made in Colchester season continues with a production of Bang Bang running from 24th February through to 11th March. This has been adapted by John Cleese, if that helps to sell the show.

David Starkey rolls into Sunny Colch on 6th March for a Mercury lecture on Henry VIII. The blurb makes reference to the Reformation and Brexit. Best not go heckling that nice Mr Starkey, eh?

The local talent continues with the first Colchester performance of In Search of England, a play written by Gazette journo Neil D’Arcy-Jones. The debut play from Neil has already enjoyed a successful London run. It is ACE to see it being transferred to Colchester.

Des O’Connor comes to Colchester on 23rd March, still treading the boards at the age of 84. Gawd bless him.

Ditto for the timeless Chas and Dave who are at The Mercury for a knees up on 24th March. The £28.50 ticket price is taking the Mickey Bliss, but it’s probably out of the hands of The Mercury…

Meanwhile Tubular Bells will be doing the prog thing on 8th April.

Oh Lordy.

There’s another BIG production for the Made in Colchester banner with the staging of Monty Python’s Spamalot running from 21st April through to 13th May.

Rory Bremner won’t be short on material on 2nd May. It’s absolutely impossible to predict whom he will be taking the piss out of, and whom will actually be in government in six months time…

And so that is just the hit and run Chronic brief highlights for the spring season ahead at The Mercury.

Don’t forget Mercury Rising – the ambitious project to raise £1.7m and revitalise our leading local theatre.

Break a leg.