Chelmsford Young Gen present ‘West Side Story’ 

Photos: Claire Jefferies
Chelmsford Young Gen are excited to be celebrating 50 years and are doing it in style, by performing one of the all-time greats of musical theatre – West Side Story!  Having received nominations and awards for their recent shows the Young Gen cast (from 8 – 18 years old) wow their audiences time and time again with the highest quality performances.
The rehearsals look amazing and this next production of West Side Story promises to be another outstanding musical. An award-winning adaptation of a classic romantic tragedy that explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, set in the west side of New York City.
The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robins, was an immediate ‘hit’ and has earned the place as a firm favourite of many ever since. With Bernstein’s magnificent score for the musical including “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”. “America”, “Somewhere”, “Tonight”, “Jet Song” and many more, along with the fantastic lyrics from Sondheim, you are guaranteed an incredible show!
Young Gen are directed by Jeremy Tustin with musical direction by Bryan Cass.
Performance Dates & Times:
Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th & Saturday 21st Matinee: £16
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st Evening: £17
A £1.50 booking fee is applicable per transaction.
 To Book Tickets:
Visit the Civic Theatre Box Office, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG
Call 01245 606505
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Co-produced by the Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO Productions

PIECES OF STRING  – Book, Music & Lyrics by Gus Gowland

Directed by Ryan McBryde; Designed by Fin Redshaw; Musical Direction by Paul Herbert

20 April – 5 May     A Made in Colchester production

Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO Productions today announce the world première of the brand-new musical – Pieces of String with book, music and lyrics by Gus Gowland. The production, directed by Ryan McBryde and designed by 2017 Linbury Prize Finalist Fin Redshaw, opens on 27 April at the Mercury, and runs until 5 May.
When Jane returns from her father’s funeral to start clearing the house she grew up in – packing away the family photographs, closing a chapter – she isn’t prepared for the untold story she’s about to discover threaded through her past, a story that threatens to unravel her relationship with her own children and shake her understanding of who she is.
A new musical set simultaneously in the 1940s and in the present day, Pieces Of String tells how Jane’s father, Edward, came back from the Second World War with a secret that would change his life forever – a secret that he would carry until the day he died.
With hauntingly beautiful music and a heart-rending human story, Pieces Of String is a tender, funny, emotionally-charged exploration of how three generations of one family learn to deal with a story that nobody’s been brave enough to tell until today.
Times may have changed but some battles still need to be fought.

Chelmsford Theatre Workshop present ‘Mad Forest’ by Caryl Churchill

13th to 17th February 2018

Directed by Tom Tull

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In 1990 the playwright Caryl Churchill and ten students from the Central School of Speech and Drama travelled to Bucharest to research and develop a new play. Whilst studying in Romania, they spoke to local drama students and their families about the revolution that was unfolding before them. Mad Forest involves real-life statements from people that were living through the revolution. The play creates a web of interwoven perspectives on the impact of the revolution, giving the audience insights into the revolution including the use of Verbatim theatre. The play lays bare how political and social upheaval can split families and their loyalties.

Professional ballet dancer joins The Chelmsford Ballet Company for Snow Queen

James Parratt in action

The Chelmsford Ballet Company takes on the classic Snow Queen this yearwhich will see professional ballet dancer James Parratt join the much-loved company cast as Kay.
James Parratt trained at Penny Taylor School of Dance and went on to train at Central School of Ballet, where he graduated with a BA Hons in Professional Dance and Performance. Whilst at Central James competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition, where he was a Finalist. During his third year of training James was a part of Ballet Central, and performed with Kidd Pivot in Polaris, choreographed by Crystal Pite at Sadler’s Wells.
After graduating in 2016, James moved to Dresden, Germany where he was a Guest Apprentice with Semperoper Ballet, and he performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. He then danced with New English Ballet Theatre where he performed pieces by Jenna Lee, Daniela Cardim and Valentino Zucchetti at Sadler’s Wells and other UK theatres.
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale, Snow Queen tells the age-old story of the fight between good and evil. Audiences will be swept along a magical journey with siblings Gerda and Kay, danced by Georgia Olley and Parratt respectively. The Chelmsford Ballet Company will return to its classical roots with this tale; Gerda seeks to break the cruel spell cast by the Snow Queen, embarking on adventure through enchanted forests, meeting fantastical animals, and seeking to triumph over evil.
The Chelmsford Ballet Company will perform Snow Queen from 21 – 24 March 2018 at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. Tickets are now on sale; to purchase tickets, contact the box office on 01245 606505 or visit



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Coming to the Civic Theatre this November…
Young Generation will be performing Our House, the Olivier Award-winning musical by Tim Firth, featuring the fantastic songs of Madness.
This is definitely one you will want to see!
 Our House promises an unforgettable evening of fun and energy, with a moral and emotional storyline that tells the story of how one decision can change your life.
The musical is based on the story of Joe Casey, who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, breaks into a building site and finds himself at a crossroads. The police turn up and he has to decide; does he stay and help, or does he flee? At this point the musical splits into two, following the story of ‘good’ Joe and ‘bad’ Joe, as the consequences unravel and his life unfolds.
A pacey, multi-layered story with a great pop score from 80s Ska band Madness. Featuring all their top hits including House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car,It Must Be Love and, of course, Our House.
Young Gen are directed by Sallie Warrington with musical direction by Bryan Cass. For a fabulous evening of high energy dancing and great songs, book your tickets today!
Performance Dates & Times
Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th: £16 (concessions £14)
 Thursday 9th & Saturday 11th Matinee: £16.50 (concessions £14.50)
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th Evening: £17 (concessions £15)
 To Book Tickets
Visit the Civic Theatre Box Office, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG
Call 01245 606505
Online at
A £1.50 booking fee is applicable per transaction, except for cash and debit payments made in person and by telephone.
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