lakesidetheatre.org.uk (No booking fees apply)
01206 873261 (Staffed Mon-Fri 1-2pm during University Term Time. Answer machine at other times.)
In Person at Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Square 5
Box Office Café opening hours Mon – Fri, 8.30am– 4pm (University term time only)
A note on our Box Office. During the day the Lakeside Theatre Box Office Cafe is not actually run by Lakeside Theatre’s staff, but by staff from the Catering Department at the University of Essex. Whilst they make every effort to sell our tickets and take phone calls, we’ve found it most efficient to divert the box office phone calls to the nearbye Arts Office reception between 1-2pm so we can make sure it is answered. Hence the difference in opening times between box office and phone line.
Tickets can be bought by cash and most credit and debit cards.
We can exchange tickets for another performance or give you credit to the value of your seats for use at a later time. Tickets must be returned to the Box Office. Credit must be used within the same season of its issue date. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, sorry.
UoE Staff, ages 60+, under 18s, NUS cardholders, JSA, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Registered Disabled, Wheelchair Users. (Valid ID/ Documentation will be requested)
We offer fully discounted tickets to University of Essex students and students taking UoE accredited courses at other institutions.
Got a gang together? 10 or more and we can do you a nice little deal, please email email@example.com or call 01206 873261
Free parking after 4.30pm on weekdays, and free all weekend and Bank Holidays.
If you are driving to Lakeside Theatre from London and the South via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). It is recommended to follow roadside directional sign posts to the University.
We recommend following the dotted orange route on this map to find the closest car park. http://www.essex.ac.uk/about/getting_here/colchester/map_prospectus_2013.pdf From here, you can easily see the Lakeside Theatre underneath the giant concrete cube shaped Albert Sloman Library.
Trains run between London Liverpool Street and Colchester station approximately every 10 to 20 minutes. Local bus and taxi services connect Colchester station to the University.
From Colchester North Station (Forecourt): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78. From Colchester Town Centre (High Street stops V and Z): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78, 78X.
Disabled customers who require a carer are entitled to one complimentary ticket with their ticket purchase.
Customers who require a wheelchair space are requested to let the Box Office know as far in advance of a production as possible. We are fully accessible from the main entrance. We have an accessibility lift to all floors and we can accommodate up to 4 wheelchair users in the main auditorium and 2 in the studio. There is limited disabled parking at the stage door for Blue Badge holders, please let us know in advance if you require it by calling 01206 873288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The Valley Road car park opposite Lakeside Theatre has disabled parking bays for Blue Badge Holders. There is a distance of 50 metres on a slight hill between the car park and the theatre entrance.
Visually and Hearing Impaired
We welcome Assistance Dogs at all performances, please inform us when booking. An infrared enhancement system is available in the main auditorium at all performances. Our system is suitable for use with a hearing aid with a T setting. Please let us know of any requirements you or anyone in your party may have. We will do all we can to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For more information about access at Lakeside Theatre please email email@example.com or call our office on 01206 873261.
Babes in Arms
All children under 18 months can watch family and children’s shows for free. Please check in advance before bringing a baby, as some events might not be suitable.
School trip? No problem we can offer all sorts of concessions and extras, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry or call 01206 874985.
Got a gang together? 10 or more and we can do you a nice little deal, please email email@example.com or call 01206 874985.
Food and Drink
The theatre café is open 30 minutes before the performance, during intervals and after the show. Tea, coffee and a wide range of soft and alcoholic drinks are available. Food is only served Mon – Fri 9am-4pm in the Lakeside Theatre Café but there are a number of restaurants open on site on show nights.