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October 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Crime Fiction
  • Partner Event

Margery Allingham Centenary Celebration


Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Booking essential

A free event to celebrate the life, career, and legacy of the crime writer Margery Allingham, at the University of Essex, Colchester.

Friday 27th October, 6.00pm

Tickets: Free, but booking essential – book via the Lakeside Theatre website


Come celebrate the life, career, and legacy of crime writer Margery Allingham, who was one of the Queens of Crime during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, and who spent most of her life in Essex. The University of Essex’s library has held the Margery Allingham archive for a number of decades.

The evening also celebrates the 100th anniversary since the publication of Allingham’s first novel: a story of pirates and smuggling set on Mersea Island.

This free event will feature talks from historians, the Margery Allingham Society, and a crime novelist from 6 pm in the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus. Afterwards, from 7:30 pm, you can view an exhibition of items from the Margery Allingham archive in the Special Collections room of the University Library.

There will also be a chance to view the exhibition between 5 and 5:45pm as part of an early bird viewing session before the talks.

Tickets are free but are required, and can be booked via the Lakeside Theatre website. Do book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, as there is no guarantee tickets will be available on the night.

It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a local literary talent: whether you are already an Allingham fan, a crime fiction fan, or are just curious to learn more about a local notable figure.



Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
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01206 873261

Accessibility at Lakeside Theatre

Disabled customers who require a carer are entitled to one complimentary ticket with their ticket purchase.

Wheelchair Users

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 [email protected]. 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 Impaired and Hard of Hearing/d/Deaf

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 protected] or call our office on 01206 873261.