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Stage set for exciting autumn at Westacre

(L to R) Raymond Rose and David Connor (4412998)
(L to R) Raymond Rose and David Connor (4412998)

Westacre Theatre is launching an exciting autumn season of very varied performances.

Writer Alan Bennett is always a firm favourite and his fans will not be disappointed with

three opportunities in November to enjoy his tender observation and wit.

On November 1, Bennett’s brand new play “Allelujah” will be screened live from London’s Bridge Theatre.

The tenth collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, it has opened to sparkling national press reviews.

Set in ‘The Beth’, a traditional hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines and which is faced with closure, it follows a documentary crew capturing its many challenges.

Westacre brings back to the stage two of Bennett’s most popular Talking Heads monologues onNovember 2 and 3. They are newly re-cast.

Well-known for her memorable portrayal of Shirley Valentine, Karen Bates plays lonely vicar’s wife Susan in “Bed Among the Lentils”.

Richard Ellis returns for “A Chip in the Sugar” where Graham lives with his impressionable octogenarian mother.

On November 20, the first-ever live broadcast from the Nottingham Playhouse presents “The Madness of George III” starring Olivier Award winners Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough.

In response to popular demand, the company revive their hilarious version of John Buchan’s thriller “The 39 Steps”. Raymond Rose leads the cast for three October performances.

In November, “Autumn Reflections” celebrates the season complete with a two-course meal.

Raymond Rose (4412996)
Raymond Rose (4412996)

Christmas-tide sees more adventures from the Riverbank and Wild Wood in “Wind in the Willows 2”.

Specially selected live by satellite screenings include Sheridan Smith in “Funny Girl” (on October 24) and “The King and I” from the London Palladium (on November 29).

Fans of contemporary cinema are catered for under the Wednesday Films banner bringing the best of new releases to the big screen with reserved seating in the comfort of the Studio Theatre.

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” starring Lily James and Tom Courtenay is on October 3; “On Chesil Beach” with Emily Watson and Ann-Marie Duff on October 17; “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” with Julie Walters on October 31; a re-released “Maurice” starring Hugh Grant on November 14; and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” on November 28.

The afternoon of Sunday, November 11, will commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day. “Momentous Times” is a journey through the lives of five women touched by the First World War – an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the day with all proceeds in aid of British Red Cross.

For more information on all events and to book your seats visit www.westacretheatre.com or call 01760 755800.

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