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Monday, 06 December 2021 00:00

A Midwinter Night's Dream

For many years Westacre Theatre has painstakingly earned itself an enviable reputation of celebrating Christmas with its own specially written plays. 

Building on that hard-earned tradition, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies has just sustained a seismic seasonal shift from the original story, with resident dramatist Andy Naylor directing his own free-ranging adaptation of A Midwinter Night’s Dream. 

This year’s delightfully absorbing show retains many of the Bard’s beautifully descriptive passages.  Some simplification of the story-line, however, really has enabled it to become completely appropriate as a festive treat for the whole family who will undoubtedly enjoy it on a variety of levels.     

Servants from the ‘big house’ are planning to perform a Christmas play composed by the Duchess’ daughter.  So they meet secretly at night in the Westacre woods to rehearse before presenting it to the Duchess herself.          

Westacre Theatre welcomes everyone to see Robin Hood and his mischievous merry men on stage with their mirth and music.  Tickets are available for the two evening performances on Thursday 2 December and Friday 3 December at 7:30pm.  Marion joins our gallant outlaws and they desperately need your festive support in their fight for what is right.  You can book online at www.westacretheatre.com  or by phoning 01760 755800. 

But out of sight behind the scenes there is another hidden Christmas story unfolding.  Using the miracles of modern technology, Westacre Theatre is saving the day for local children to meet Robin Hood.

The three Primary Academies – Castle Acre, Narborough and Sporle - forming the Church of England Nar Valley Federation around the Theatre were coming on a special treat to see for themselves if Robin Hood can rescue Sherwood Forest.  With such a fun-filled stage show, it would have been a wonderfully enjoyable and educational afternoon out for all the young people.  

A major international star of stage and screen joins the Westacre Theatre cast when Dylan Thomas’ classic Under Milk Wood is intriguingly transformed into Under Lockdown in Milk Wood.  Helping to reunite some of the original Welsh village characters during the pandemic will be a very special cameo appearance by Welsh actor Sir Jonathan Pryce CBE.    

The award winning star was Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall, the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones, Prince Philip in the final two series of The Crown, and as Pope Francis in The Two Popes alongside Anthony Hopkins.  

Modern, clever technology will bring Jonathan Pryce to the stage of your local community theatre.  To discover his role in this brand new story, you will need to be part of the audience for one of three performances on 5th and 6th November. 


Who are these Lucky Sods?  In the next Westacre Theatre production it is Morris and Jean, a Northern couple who had nothing on Friday and a million pounds on Saturday, thanks to the Lottery.  Married for 23 years and bound by the routine in their lives, they are neither overly happy nor terribly unhappy with their lot.  

Lives will certainly be changed; but will it be for better or for worse?  Is it really their dream come true?  Jean is ready to adjust to the high life while for Morris the world is a confusing place.  As the past catches up with them, their lives risk coming apart as the cracks in their marriage widen.  

Does the money change relations with their relations?  As both try to find personal fulfilment, can the fortune buy the happiness they crave for?  Will the new-found wealth solve their problems or perhaps even add to them? 

Monday, 13 September 2021 00:00

Autumn Season at Westacre Theatre

Attracting audiences old and new, there’s something for everyone in the new Autumn season at Westacre Theatre.  

The new Drive-In Cinema which proved so popular in the Spring returns for a further run of four exciting movies.  Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey kick off their Dirty Dancing shoes on September 24, and Tom Cruise stars in Top Gun on September 30.

Perennial favourite Mamma Mia hits the screen on October 8 with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth accompanied by the singalong music of Abba.  In contrast, the run ends on October 30 with the 1999 film of The Blair Witch Project when three students disappear in the forest with only their footage left behind.  

Westacre Theatre’s newly refurbished Studio comes with brand new comfy seating, all ready to welcome back film-goers to mainstream cinema on Wednesday afternoons.  You can book your own favourite seats every time with free off-road parking and level access throughout.  Optional lunches can be pre-booked for each of the films. 

Howzat!  A strong batting line-up is fielded by the Westacre Theatre Company for their second summer production on the new outdoor stage.  

‘Outside Edge – the Veteran’s Match’ is set around the real exploits of the cricket pavilion where you will certainly be bowled over by this action-packed comedy.  But playing cricket is always about much more than willow hitting leather.  

The gentle humour becomes acerbic and we see worryingly recognisable characters evolving before our eyes.  Their personal relationships are exactly like the ones you come across in your everyday life.  Amusingly, Captain Roger finds his team is being caught out in more ways than in the sporting sense.  

Playwright Richard Harris won well-deserved awards for this play from the Writers’ Guild and Evening Standard.  Just prior to the pandemic, another of his work ‘The Maintenance Man’ met with sensational on-stage success at Westacre.


Monday, 19 July 2021 00:00

News from Westacre Theatre

The Westacre Theatre Company is back, treading the boards of their brand new open-air stage.  Situated in scenic West Norfolk countryside alongside its landscaped lagoon, the new performance area, seating and sound system comes complete with an eye-catching canvas canopy.

The Westacre venue originally blossomed into life over 30 years ago with its legendary outdoor productions.  So the older audience will no doubt reminisce about the return to open-air roots.  

In resisting an airborne virus, superior ventilation brings significant advantages.  But often open-air is true theatre at its most natural with the drama intensifying in the lengthening shadows.  Outdoor performances frequently feel far more relaxed and can attract plenty of people who would not normally be tempted to venture inside their community theatre. 

Sunday, 30 May 2021 00:00

Drive-In Cinema at Westacre Theatre

West Norfolk’s first Drive-In Cinema launched in style last weekend on two gloriously sunny evenings. Now Westacre Theatre looks forward in anticipation of two more showings.

Friday June 4 sees the British gangster thriller ‘The Gentlemen’ played out on the giant open-air screen.

On Saturday, Hugh Jackman stars in the final film of this short Spring season celebrating show business legend PT Barnum. Creating his worldwide spectacular sensation, he is ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Tickets from www.westacretheatre.com are priced per car; gates open at 8pm with the films starting at dusk. Hot dogs and a licenced bar from the outside kiosk will complete your evening of fun.

Winternet is a brand new idea for Westacre Theatre.  Sadly, you can’t come to the Theatre this Christmas so Westacre is coming to you! 

Keen to bring as much good cheer as possible to everyone, your local community Theatre reached out to two dozen talented alumni from its long-running Bursary Scheme.  In suitably festive mood, they will put on their own very individual performances which you can view each day for free from the comfort of your own home. 

"We are desperately disappointed at not meeting with our audiences in person this year" explained director Sadie Grist, "but our Bursary students are stepping forward and their stories, songs and poems are enabling us to reconnect with our friends and supporters old and new all through December"

Graduating successfully into back-stage, on-stage and technical careers with top flight companies and venues across then UK, these students joined residencies that have run since 2005 thanks to welcome financial support from both the County Council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk over several years.  Many of the Theatre’s followers have also shown great generosity and without them the Scheme simply could not continue.

Saturday, 17 October 2020 00:00

Westacre Theatre receives lifeline grant

Westacre Theatre has been awarded £156,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Westacre Theatre  is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks


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