In his inaugural year at the Essex Theatre, new Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd has launched what the venue is promoting as its ‘Made In Colchester’ season.
For Buckroyd it’s a natural extension of the theatre’s already successful in-house company
“In announcing my first season as Artistic Director, I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the talented team of theatre-makers we’ve got working behind the scenes here in Colchester, marking the Mercury out as one of the leading producing theatres in the country.”
The season offers the Mercury’s usual wide range of productions, starting in the Main House with Alan Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges, where just two actors play eight characters across four separate but linked plays. The four plays will run throughout the Spring and Summer.
Musical fans are in for a treat with full-scale productions of both Melvyn Bragg &Howard Goodall’s The Hired Man and a hilarious, new, 1960s-set musical comedy The Opinion Makers. The venue’s Young Company also tackle a musical, taking on the challenge of The Who’s Quadrophenia.
Drama isn’t forgotten with new productions of Alan Bennett’s smash-hit The History Boys and a new adaptation of War Horse author Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion. Making full use of the building the venue will be pairing a topical staging of Brecht’s The Good Person of Sichuan in their main house with Manfred Karge’s Man to Man in their studio.
While the company are in the final stages of rehearsing this year’s pantomime, thoughts are already turning to Christmas 2013 with Buckroyd announcing that Sleeping Beauty will be the theatre’s family offering next year.
Alongside the in-house productions a full line up of visiting and community productions ensures that Essex audiences are in for a jam-packed 2013.
Season tickets for the season go on general sale on Monday 3 December with individual tickets on sale from 3 January. Full information is available at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk