Something for all in Westacre Theatre programme

Westacre films: Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Westacre films: Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
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West Norfolk’s Westacre Theatre has just revealed a packed programme of productions for its new spring season.

With a profusion of performances from January to April, it is a spectacular selection with something to suit everyone.

Presenting popular plays, the in-house company directed by Andy Naylor enjoyed total sell-outs in the autumn season.

Boasting a gifted cast and crew, this new season sees a much-anticipated return for the legendary Talking Heads from Alan Bennett.

Originally written for BBC Television, the dramas progressed on to radio and then into theatre; such is their insight, they now form an important part of A-level and GCSE studies.

In February and April, Westacre Theatre’s inspiring rendition of these meaningful monologues unveils Bennett’s trademark juxtaposition of humour with sadness.

Championing local talent, the cast at Westacre Theatre faithfully replicate four of the characterisations made famous in the first BBC screenings by the household names of Maggie Smith, Patricia Routledge, Thora Hird and Bennett himself.

March sees a landmark adaptation by Tom Stoppard; Heroes is a Parisian comedy set during 1959 in a French retirement home for First World War Veterans.

A class trio of John Hurt, Richard Griffiths and Ken Stott enacted the first English version back in 2005. Now see how Westacre recreate this evening of pure escapism.

Westacre Theatre has also been chosen by the National Theatre as the only venue in West Norfolk to offer the opportunity for young people to join in a countrywide festival.

Sadie Grist, director at Westacre Theatre, said: “I’m waiting with great expectation to see the results of the repeated rehearsals by these accomplished youngsters.”

The Musicians, especially written for the National, will enjoy its special Norfolk run in April.

You also have three chances in March to see the Master and the Maestro – Noel and Cole – showcasing the Greatest Showmen in the 20th century.

Film fans are provided with no less than a dozen exciting showings on Wednesdays. Meryl’s Matinees is a short season of Streep on screen – Out of Africa, The Iron Lady, Sophie’s Choice, and The Devil Wears Prada.

There is lots of cinema magic to enjoy in the comfort of the Studio Theatre and St Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with an afternoon showing of the classic Casablanca complete with lunch.

In April, the film of Macbeth following a scrumptious Saturday supper starts Shakespeare’s 400th weekend; Sunday lunch precedes a screening of Shakespeare in Love.

Matt Grist, director at Westacre Theatre, added: “Now there is even more scope to become involved with drama workshops, art classes, and craftwork master-classes.

“There is always something new going on here at Westacre – please check out our website www.westacretheatre.com (or call us on 01760 755800) for up-to-date details throughout the spring season.”