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2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309

Dead Reckoning

By Eric Chappell

Tue 3rd to Sat 7th June
Directed by Nigel Rowe

Dead Reckoning by Eric ChappellA gripping psycholgical thriller, DEAD RECKONING sees a renowned artist finding himself caught up in a maze of chilling mind games and deceit. When the mysterious Mr Todd arrives at painter Tony Reedís house, Tony is forced to face the past that still haunts him and make a decision that he has only ever fantasised about. This decision leads Reed and his second wife Megan into a terrifying nightmare from which there seems no escape. Who exactly is Mr Todd? Just how far is Tony Reed prepared to go? And who really did kill his adored first wife . . . ?


Tickets will be available via the Box Office from Saturday 17th May 2014.

The Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society

More film fun when The ‘Sons of the Desert’ areback for another two visits.

Next Showing

  • Sat 12th April
  • Sat 31st May
  • Sat 20th September
  • Sat 1st November
Manifest members are always welcome to
attend but ticket price will include a fee to join the ‘Sons of the Desert’.
For more information telephone Paul on
01255 429 887 •7:30pm-10:00pm.


Day Timers

We meet every Tuesday (except the fourth in the month) from 2.15 - 3.30pm at the theatre to rehearse well-known standard songs. Once a month we usually go out to different venues to entertain (over 60 clubs, WI, retired Associations etc.) in Clacton, Colchester, Ipswich and villages all around. We have 10 lady singers, and 6 men, with 2 musicians to accompany.

For further information about joining or to book the Daytimers call: Patience Ling on 01206 393171 or come along to the theatre on a Tuesday afternoon.

For details of these and any other forthcoming events you can call the theatre on 01206 391309 or email us at

Philomena (2013) - Fri 25th April

Philomena.jpgFWhen former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged.

Rating 12A - Drama


Tickets cost £5 and are only sold on the door, non members will have to join for an additional £2

Doors open 7pm, showing starts 7.45pm

Building News

The Mayor of Manningtree, Kerry King places a small evergreen on the roof of the new extension as a symbol for the future growth in our Theatre group. toppingout.jpg

For a daily updates and photos of the building work, see our building blog here

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed… William Shakespeare

As you know work has been going on over the last few months at our theatre and some of our members led by our Vice Chairman - Andy Terry -  have been working extremely hard to finish off the interior renovations. Because of their work we have managed to save a few thousand pounds but in order to complete the work we need to raise £6000 to buy materials and flooring.

SO… for the curtain to rise for future productions we need quite a few little candles (but larger candles will obviously spread a bigger beam!) to light the way!  If you would like to be a star and feel you can support your theatre by sending a donation or perhaps by becoming a life member we would not only be delighted but give you a standing ovation!