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Westacre theatre season starts with first-class comedy

Well, what’s on when at Westacre Theatre this spring?

Firstly, February begins with ‘A Man of Letters’ – the result of well-known playwright Tim Firth being asked by Alan Ayckbourn to write a ‘studio play’.

For 25 years Frank erects signs for a commercial letterer. On February 8 and 9 Westacre Theatre’s own company make this very much their comedy on the edge – of a building!

Straight off a UK-wide tour with rave reviews from the Brighton Fringe, comes a show hurtling through time toward Westacre and arriving on Saturday, February 16.

Suitable for time-travellers and historians, this surreal and satirical comic adventure is the debut solo performance from Ben Watson.

It is ‘The History of Everything in 60 Minutes’ from the dawn of time to the present day – or from Ancient Rome to the Millennium Dome, in fact.

Celebrating St Valentine’s on Friday, February 15, is a special showing of the 2018 film ‘A Star is Born’ starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott, including a cocktail with nibbles.

Wednesday Films during February are ‘Coco’ on the 20th and ‘The Square’ on the 27th .

Throughout the month, the Foyer Gallery is hosting a fresh photographic exhibition ‘The World Through The Lens’ by new group Decent Exposure.

March sees two new productions from the Westacre Theatre Company. In ‘The Secret Love Life of Ophelia’ by Steven Berkoff, everyone disapproves of the underlying love between Danish Prince Hamlet and the beautiful Ophelia.

But the two commit to their passions in writing with the language of courtly love intimating the inevitable tragedy.

The second in-house stage production for March stars Issy Huckle in one of the much-loved Talking Heads by Alan Bennett. ‘A Woman of No Importance’ is Peggy whose particularly precise working office life faces radical disruption after a visit to her doctor.

Issy Huckle as Peggy in A Woman of No Importance at the Westacre Theatre
Issy Huckle as Peggy in A Woman of No Importance at the Westacre Theatre

The four Wednesday Films continue an interesting season with Glenn Close in ‘The Wife’.

Next, starring Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake with direction by Mike Leigh, ‘Peterloo’ is an epic portrayal of the Manchester massacre in 1819.

‘First Man’ is about astronaut Neil Armstrong and stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Finally, ‘The Wild Pear Tree’, directed by the admired Nuri Bilge Ceylan, tells of how a writer returns to his native Turkish village.

The major April production is Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’. Opening in the West End in 1941, it ran for 1,997 performances and became the longest running British non-musical play at that time, with a musical version following in 1964.

Coward adapted it for film in 1945 and later it was broadcast on television and radio.

Not to be outdone, the Young People present ‘Death and Glory?’ This classic, raucous, black comedy shows a chap pencilling in his very last day in this life – but it does not go according to plan.

Shoe-horned into April’s busy schedule is the live screening from the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford upon Avon – the romantic comedy ‘As You Like It’ directed by Kimberley Sykes.

To check out this wide-ranging programme complete with dates and times, and to book your favourite seats, visit www.westacretheatre.com or call 01760 755800.


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