Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre

Join our talented team!

Working at the Mercury

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation, parental or caring status, or age.

Where posts are graded at the National Minimum Wage of National Living Wage,

we pay the highest amount of National Living Wage (intended for people aged 25+) irrespective of age.


  • We operate a stakeholder pension scheme
  • We offer an interest free season ticket loan
  • We encourage attendance at in house productions with an allocation of tickets for our team (subject to availability and our ticket policy)
  • Free membership to SmarterCard (subject to availability), which gives discounts in a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure outlets around Colchester.

We are proud to be a Forces Friendly employer. We are currently the only theatre in the country to be recognised on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

We have held our silver award since 2016 and work hard to support, nurture and value the large garrison community we have in our town. We pride ourselves on flexible working, supporting working parents and their family’s changing situations, and nurturing talent in individuals from all backgrounds and experience.

We are also a strategic partner with PiPA (Parents in Performing Arts), who campaign to enable and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitude and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. We are always happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working arrangements.

Who We Are …….Your theatre, your stories

The Mercury is an artistic powerhouse in the East – a vital, vibrant, welcoming centre of culture for the people of Colchester, Essex and beyond.

The theatre takes its name from the Roman messenger god, Mercury.

It was Mercury’s task to connect the people with the gods, and so, in keeping with our name, connection is at the heart of everything we do.

We connect through the live event, the shared experience. The award-winning theatre that we present electrifies, transforms and enriches the lives of our community. We reinvent old stories and conjure up bold, new ones. Stories that reach out and touch our audience, stories from fresh voices that demand to be heard, stories that enable us to see through the eyes of other people and identify and empathise with one another.

We connect with the diverse communities that surround us through our participation programmes, which celebrate creative potential by providing people with everyday opportunities to be artistic and innovative.

We connect with the theatre makers of tomorrow by seeking out our region’s boldest, most talented, theatrically-daring artists and providing them with the support and space to research, explore and test their ideas.

We connect with national and international theatres as we receive their extraordinary work and share our own.

We connect with parents coffee and caking in our cafe bar whilst their toddlers enjoy morning story-time, we connect with seniors learning to Lindy Hop in our brand new dance studio, with school choirs singing their hearts out on the terrace, with families picnicking in the Roman Wall Garden, with professionals hot-desking in our office, with our young company rehearsing in the creative learning space.

We connect by putting inclusivity, accessibility and empowerment at the heart of everything we do.

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