Following the success of their Spring Season, Colchester’s Mercury Theatre have today announced details of programming for the rest of the year.
With the stage adaptation of his War Horse novel continuing to receive critical acclaim, the Essex venue kicks off their Autumn season with another Michael Morpurgo’s classic, The Butterfly Lion. The production stars Gwen Taylor, who recently played Ann Foster in Coronation Street, and has starred in many other television favourites including; Heartbeat, Barbara, Class Act and Midsomer Murders.
Director Nikolai Foster, who recently directed the acclaimed 20th Anniversary production of Beautiful Thing at London’s Arts Theatre stages Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Sichuan, staring Tanya Franks of Broadchurch fame while Manfred Karge’s Man To Man plays as a companion piece in the Studio Theatre.
Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director at the Mercury Theatre is pleased to welcome Foster back to the venue “The Good Person of Sichuan marks a return to Colchester for Nikolai Foster, after four years. Nikolai is a formidable talent and I’m thrilled to welcome him back to the Mercury Theatre.”
Fans of The Great British Bake Off will be thrilled to learn that presenter Mel Giedroyc is to star in a new 60’s-themed musical comedy The Opinion Makers, premièring in Colchester in a co-production with Derby Theatre.
Co-productions have worked well for the Colchester venue and following on from the success of The Hired Man in May 2013, the Mercury Theatre has again joined forces with Curve Leicester for a new co-production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
The season round off with the Mercury Theatre’s annual lavish panto, this year Sleeping Beauty taking centre stage.
Season brochures are being posted to Mercury Theatre customers and full details can be found on line at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk