Plans have been announced for an £8.8 million investment and re-build of Colchester’s  Mercury Theatre. This includes a new front of house, an all-day café and extending the theatres educational and community work.

Arts Council England has offered £4 million towards the cost with Colchester County Council providing £1 million. They will look to raise the remaining money from corporate donors, foundations and public fundraising.

The Mercury Theatre helps support over 100 local jobs and brings 3.6 million in to the local economy.