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Colchester Mercury

Review: Caroline's Kitchen, by Torben Betts, Original Theatre Company, Colchester Mercury until Saturday April 13

The Easter holidays are just around the corner and, as the weather is never entirely predictable, Suffolk's theatres have got a wide array of shows lined up to inspire the imaginations of young and old alike.

Review: Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical, by Richard Maltby Jnr, Colchester Mercury, until Saturday March 30

BBC1 dance star is leading the choreography in a new jazz musical at the town's Mercury Theatre.

The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, until February 23

The Mercury Theatre will be kick-starting their next season in a new pop-up performance theatre at Abbey Field, close to the Colchester barracks.

With the Christmas season now almost upon us, our theatres are dusting down their stock of bad jokes, readying themselves for two months of festive fun. Arts editor Andrew Clarke casts an eye over the pantomimes seeking to entertain us this year

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen is touring the region next celebrating his 80th birthday and raising money for regional theatre. Arts editor Andrew Clarke finds out more about this 'must-see' event

The term 'bawdy romp' is synonymous (or should that be sin-nonymous) with Daniel Defoe's Colchester-born courtesan Moll Flanders. Writer Nick Perry and director Ryan McBryde have teamed up to bring Flanders - or rather her real-life inspration Elizabeth Atkins - back home for the Colchester Mercury's wickedly inventive, musical re-telling of this classic slice of 18th century literature.

Moll Flanders is one Colchester's leading fictional figures. Her life and that of her real-life inspiration Elizabeth Atkins form the heart of a new play. Arts editor Andrew Clarke talks to director Ryan McBryde about this genre-bending production

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