Westacre Theatre looks forward to the spring
There is a lot to look forward this spring season from Westacre Theatre.
Westacre Theatre extends a warm welcome to everyone in this post pandemic period andiIn response to vital audience feedback, they are offering many more matinee shows for their audiences who prefer to avoid travelling late at night.
By popular demand, the Westacre Theatre Company returns with Leah Spencer’s own Under Lockdown in Milk Wood on March 13 and 20.
Kindertransport is Diane Samuels’ seminal play imagining the fate of just one of the 10,000 Jewish children taken from their families in Nazi-occupied Germany, to be brought up by foster parents here in Britain.
This new major in-house production directed by Matt Grist is on-stage from March 10 to 19.
All weekend workshops run in the daytime too with an old favourite making an eagerly anticipated comeback. Botanical Watercolours is led by the much respected Isobel Bartholomew on March 19 and 20.
Brand new art activities are Life Theatre with well-known artist Helen Breach on February 27, an Introduction to Oil Painting with widely-respected Bryony Knight on May 22, and the intriguing Enchanted Mosaic Mirror Making with local artisan Carolyn Ash on April 3.
Singing sessions feature for the first time at Westacre so why not discover how to use your vocal chords?
A Masterclass is lined up for March 26 when West End coach Sadie Grist will explain how your voice is capable of doing amazing things and will share a range of reliable techniques which you can take away and use for ever.
On May 28, Sadie will be joined by musician and composer Charlie Williams for a Voices in Harmony Workshop with both experts passionate about the joy of group singing.
Over the years the Westacre venue has developed long-standing collaborations with some of the best touring producers.
fEAST return on February 20 for an afternoon staging of Rob John’s historical perspective of Colman’s mustard factory in The Canada Boys.
With afternoon and evening performances are two new shows fresh out of rehearsals.
On March 5 Kick In The Head Theatre give two delightful performances in tribute to the unique Joyce Grenfell. Following their sell-out visit in the Autumn, Pantaloons drop in again on April 2 with their new Great Expectations.
As a co-production with the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, the Box Tree Soup company presents Great Grimm Tales.
It was an official sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe and now hits the Westacre stage on May 19.
A taste of new writing comes with the East Anglian Tour from the prestigious Ink Writers Festival on May 21.
On the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm, lovers of mainstream cinema are catered for with recent releases on the Westacre Studio silver screen.
The Last Duel opens the season on February 2 and Mothering Sunday on March 2 boasts an all-star line-up with Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Colin Firth, Olivia Colman and Glenda Jackson.
On April 6 Kristen Stewart and Timothy Spall feature in the West Norfolk-set Spencer about Princess Diana.
Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast concludes this varied programme on May 4.
Live satellite screenings through National Theatre are very special evenings.
They bring the absolute best of world class theatre from the metropolis directly to the comfort of your local community theatre.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner and staged at his Bridge Theatre is Book Of Dust.
Penned by Philip Pullman as a prequel to His Dark Materials, you can see this gripping drama on February 17.
Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse is the exciting new version of Henry V exploring what it means to be English and our relationship with Europe and do we ever get the leaders we deserve. Kit Harington from Game of Thrones plays the title role on April 21.
Meanwhile on every term-time Saturday at Westacre, Camilla Falconbridge’s Missadventures Company inspires younger actors to learn new skills and make new friends; two separate classes cover the eight-to-14 age range.
Optional pre-performance lunches or suppers are served at many of these events.
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