Mercury Theatre


The Mercury Theatre Colchester is the most active producing theatre in East Anglia, and is a vital centre of excellence in the east’s growing creative economy. Rooted in its local community the theatre touches over 130,000 people in Colchester and the surrounding area each year through the vibrant and broad programme we stage across two auditoria, and through community education partnerships. Under the Made in Colchester brand, the Mercury creates theatre which reaches audiences and generates critical attention regionally and nationally. The Mercury is a champion of regional arts, both as an active co-producer with other venues and companies and also touring our own productions to audiences across the UK. Born out of the Colchester Repertory Company in 1937, we have been creating theatre at our current site since 1972. Our Main Theatre and Studio Theatre seat a combined total of 586. On-site production and workshop facilities create sets, props and costumes for both for in-house productions and touring companies, including the National Theatre. With a turnover of £3.7m annually, the Mercury is a significant local employer and a major driver of the restaurant and hospitality economy in Colchester. The Mercury is a welcoming theatre with award-winning customer service, and a proven track record of attracting people into theatre for the first time. The Made in Colchester programme, together with our Community and Education team and apprenticeships, incubate and nurture new talent in all areas of theatre. The venue provides a relevant space for a diverse group of people, all of whom feel ownership over it and who engage with its spaces in a variety of ways, from attending performances to participating in outreach and education programmes. It is a centre for creativity and a space for creation. It is open and welcoming, working with a variety of voices and a diversity of communities, audiences, artists and staff. Our vision is of a theatre that touches the lives of all the people of Colchester and its surrounding area, contributes regionally to the development of new talent and new audiences, and carves out a truly national reputation for the quality of the work that it makes.
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Access Card Notes

We do offer disability concessions. These vary from show to show, so please call Ticket Sales on 01206 573948 or check our website when booking.

Contact details

Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Anglia, South East, CO1 1PT
Phone: 01206 245480

Standing and Queueing

We have an accessible counter with chairs for customer waiting to book at our Box Office.. We have chairs around the building for those waiting to watch a performance and chairs and tables in our Bar and Restaurant.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access
Our Main building is fully accessible. We have lift in our foyer and an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
In our auditorium, we have Accessible Viewing Areas, specifically for customers with access needs.

Short Distances

Short distance
We have accessible parking near our main entrance on a first come, first serve basis. There is also blue badge parking in the surrounding streets

Access To Toilets

Access To Toilets
We have ladies and gents toilets available on the ground floor, plus an accessible toilet.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs
We have a grasses area directly outside the building. We are happy to allow assistance dogs in the theatre or can be looked after by our staff if required. We have a water bowl available.

Essential Companions

Essential Companions
We offer discounted tickets for any customer who is a carer or required companion.

Accessing Visual Information

Accessing Visual Information
We offer our "What's on Guide" in a variety of accessible formats upon request. We also offer Audio Described performance on all Made in Colchester performances with an optional Touch Tour available.

Accessing Audible Information

Accessing Audible Information
We offer our "What's on Guide" in a variety of accessible formats upon request. We offer Captioned performance on all Made in Colchester performances.