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Free fizz on us!

We’re delighted to announce that you can now get a free glass of fizz with your meal at The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House when you dine before ANY show!

Yep, that’s right. No longer limited to just Screenings, your ticket to any main stage or student show (or Screening!) will be enough to nab you a free glass of bubbles with your meal. Just show your ticket or booking confirmation email to your server.

Food is served all day and Wivenhoe House is only a few minutes walk from the theatre.

Click here to view the menu or email for more information.

Become a Young Reviewer

Are you a college or sixth-form student? Do you love the theatre? Want to gain some more writing experience?

Click on the link below to find out more!

Young Reviewer Pack

Submit your own show proposal!

Every season the Lakeside Theatre invites proposals from current and former University of Essex students to make shows for our Studio Theatre as part of our Homegrown Shows programme.

Who can apply?
All University of Essex students and Alumni. You don’t need any theatre experience to apply – we are completely open to all!

What’s the deadline?
Midnight on Sunday 5 November 2017

What dates will your show be?

Tuesday 30 – Wednesday 31 January
Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 February
Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 February
Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 May

What are we looking for?
ANYTHING! But read the guidelines document for full information.

How do I apply?
Firstly, make sure you read our Studio Slot Application Guidelines. Once you’ve done that download the application form below and send it to by the deadline date.

Got a question?
Email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can

Good luck!




Lakeside Theatre tote bags are here!

The cat’s out of the (tote) bag…

We’re very excited to officially reveal our brand new Lakeside Theatre tote bags. Want to get your hands on one? All you have to do is become a Lakeside Theatre member…

If you sign up for a Lakeside Theatre membership before 31 October 2017 you’ll get an exclusive tote bag absolutely FREE. Not to mention 365 days of cheap tickets and freebies!

Pop into the cafe to pick your design – there are four to choose from – but be quick, as they’re only available while stocks last. You can buy a Lakeside Theatre membership online here or from the cafe.


Studio show proposals – now closed!

Due to popular demand we’re giving you one more chance to put on your own show in our Studio this Autumn term!

Every season the Lakeside Theatre invites proposals from current and former University of Essex students to make shows for our Studio Theatre as part of our Homegrown Shows programme. Find out all the juicy details below.

What dates will the show be? Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 October

Who can apply? All University of Essex students and Alumni. You don’t need to have any theatre experience to apply – we are completely open to all!

What are we looking for? ANYTHING! But we are particularly interested in applications surrounding Black History Month. 

How do I apply? Download the application form below and send it to by the deadline date.

Good luck!


Applications are now CLOSED but keep an eye out for when they re-open for the 207/18 Summer term!

Access Advisory Group: Have Your Say

Access is really important to us here at the Lakeside Theatre, and we want to make sure that we’re accessible, welcoming and open to all.

That’s why on Thursday 18 May we’re holding our first Access Advisory Group meeting.

We’ll be talking about:

  • What accessibility measures we currently have in place
  • What plans we have for the future
  • Most importantly, we’ll be asking for your feedback on how we can improve

Please come along, sit down for a cuppa and chat to us about what we need to do next!

Access Advisory Group meeting

Thursday 18 May
11am – 12pm
Lakeside Theatre

Please email to confirm your attendance


It feels like coming home: Jacko Pook on Play Something

Each new performance that takes to the Lakeside Theatre stage is exciting…  but excitement levels go through the roof when it stars a University of Essex graduate!

We spoke to ex Drama student Jacko Pook about his upcoming performance in Play Something by Paul T. Davies, a poignant tale of LGBT love.

Hi Jacko. Introduce yourself!

My name is Jacko Pook. I completed a BA in Drama and an MA in Playwriting at the University of Essex. I am currently trying to find and take opportunities to do more acting, whilst also trying to find platforms for my poetry, playwriting, and music.

It’s been a few years since you graduated from University of Essex. How was your time here?

I only graduated with my MA last summer, so it hasn’t actually been that long. University was an eye-opening experience for me. I have learned some essential skills and had a small insight into the industry I want to be a part of. However I maintain that the greatest gift I had from my years at the University of Essex was that I learned some important lessons about who I am. This is probably very much to do with my age whilst at university, but I would be drastically different if I had not spent these formative years in such a tolerant and thoughtful environment.


Dinner and a show deals

Looking for the perfect date night plans? Fancy some fine dining or looking for a quick bite before the show? We’ve teamed up with Wivenhoe House and The Olive Branch to offer you two delicious dinner options for our Live Screenings.

Free prosecco

Head to Wivenhoe House and enjoy a free glass of prosecco with your meal! Show your ticket or booking confirmation email and you’ll get a free glass of bubbles.

Dinner is available from 5pm and Wivenhoe House is only a 5 minute walk from the theatre. Visit or call 01206 863666 for more information.

Syrian pop-up

Wivenhoe favourite The Olive Branch will be serving authentic Syrian food in our Cafe from 6 – 7pm. Fill your boots with delicious falafel, hummus and wraps, the perfect quick bite before the show starts.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to be kept up-to-date with when they’ll be here.

Now all you need to do is book a ticket to a live screening! Find out what we’ve got coming up 

And don’t forget – we’ve got free parking! #bonus

Live screening tickets now just £8.50 for students

This academic year we’ve brought you various National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company live screenings and encore screenings such as No Man’s Land and The Tempest, and the response so far has been great – and we have some exciting news…

Tickets for University of Essex students are now just £8.50 in advance or £10 on the door! Check out what’s coming up here here.

We hope that you’ll take advantage of this new offer by booking your ticket for some upcoming events such as NT Live: Twelfth Night (Thursday 6 April) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Thursday 20 April).

And to further tempt you, here is a trailer for Twelfth Night…

50% off ticket deal!

As St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, we thought what better way to celebrate than to offer you a theatre deal you can’t resist?

For the performance of Songs For The End Of The World on Friday 17th, we’re offering you your ticket for half price, with your ticket giving you access to cheaper drinks throughout the entire night – including The Hook in the Lakeside Cafe, which starts at 9pm.

Drinks include a double, (yes double!) Irish whiskey and coke for just £2.50 and a pint of Guinness for the same price.

Don’t miss out on a great evening!