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2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309

The Railway Children

by E Nesbit, adapted by Mike Kenny

Tue 27th to Sat 31st October 2015
Directed by Caroline Roberts The Railway Children


Monday 1st June between 7.30 and 10pm at the Manifest Theatre

Please visit our production page for greater details of the cast required.

If you’ve seen the London production (still running at Kings Cross) you'll know what a fantastic play this is...and we get to be one of the first to perform it when their run ends!

Some of these roles are small, so doubling is a possibility, depending on how many people we have. There can be some ‘crowd’ people who play some of the smaller roles, so plenty for everyone to do.

The three main ‘children’ are grown up at the beginning and reminisce throughout the play – hence the need for actors in their 20s/30s who can act their younger selves. All other ages are negotiable once we see how people fit together.

This play requires lots of energy and enthusiasm – we’ll need to make the audience believe we have a railway station, a dark tunnel and a steam train!

It’s a cracking script and it will be lots of fun to create this ingenious piece of theatre.

If you’d like more info or can’t make the audition date please contact Caroline Roberts at

Mr Laurel

Saturday 4th July at 7:30pm and Sunday 5th July at 3pm

This Summer the Manifest Theatre welcomes a guest production starring Jeffrey Holland.

A biographical one man play about the life of film comedian Stan Laurel, starring Jeffrey Holland (Spike from the BBC’s Hi-De-Hi). Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, the show takes place during Laurel’s visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.

After the interval there will be a Question & Answer session with Jeffrey Holland.

Tickets £12.00 and concessions £10.00 (to Manifest Members). Non-members will be charged an additional £1.00 visitor fee.

PLEASE NOTE, FOR TICKETS PLEASE CALL: 01206 393055 Monday – Friday 7pm till 9pm.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this original, professional play at the Manifest Theatre.

The Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society

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

Next Showing

  • Sat 13th June
  • Sat 26th September
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.


Some Like It Hot (1959) - 22nd May 2015

Some Like It Hot When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Directed by Billy Wilder Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Rating (not rated) - Comedy



Notebook (2004)- 19th June 2015

The Notebook 2004 American romantic drama. A mill worker and a rich girl fall in love in 1940’s South Carolina.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams

Rating PG-13 - Drama | Romance



The Theory of Everything (2014) - 17th July 2015

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Directed by James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

Rating PG-13 - Biography, Drama, Romance



Movie Tickets

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

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