Events at The Beacon 

At The Beacon we run a regular programme of events for the local community to participate in and enjoy.


If you would like to keep up-to-date with all our events, activites and offers, then join our mailing list.


All events run by The Beacon can be booked at The Beacon Box Office Reception: 01235 763456. You can also download our current ticket booking policy here.


Take a look at our regular activities, run by people in the local community.


The Beacon, Wantage is proud to be a member of The Family Arts Standards, providing activities that welcome families. Find out more.





Funny Girl - The Musical

Friday 26 October | 7pm | £15

Certificate: PG

Running Time: 2Hrs 44Mins (Inc 16Min Interval)

Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl is heading to The Beacon Cinema, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). 





NT Live: Allelujah! 

Thursday 1 November | 7pm | £15 

Certificate: 15

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). 

Letterpress graphic by Alan Kitching, art directed by Michael Mayhew. Filmed live in front of an audience. 



Theatre: PALS

Friday 2 November | 8pm | £12 | 12+

Pals is an amusing and touching piece of theatre set during the first years of the Great War. This poignant story follows Stan, George and Joe as enthusiastic pals who volunteer to join Kitchener's new army. Their experience of life on the western front is a stark contrast to what was promised.



Family: How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

Wednesday 7 November | 1:30pm | £6.50 Children | £9.50 Adults | Babes-in-arms go free

When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz. 



Oktoberfest 2018

Friday 16 November: 5pm - 12am

Saturday 17 November: 2pm - 12am

Local Beer | Local Music | Local Food 



Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens - SOLD OUT

Friday 23 November | 8pm | £20 | £18 Concessions

Age recommendation 16+

Featuring personalities from Farage to Lumley, Diane Abbott to Fiona Bruce and the sublime to Jacob Rees Mogg. Over 30 characters for the price of 2 (3 at weekends). A unique mix of impressions and satire from the stars of Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Dead Ringers



The King & I 

Thursday 29 November | 7pm | £15

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.




An Evening of Wine Tasting

Christmas Wines

Friday 30th November | 7:30pm | £20

Come and join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting at The Beacon.

Limited availability, early booking advised.




Community Event: Wantage Silver Band

Christmas Concert |Saturday 1 December | £10

Featuring our prize-winning Wantage Band, conductor Paul Holland

Tickets Available form Regent Bookstore and Bretts Chemist | 01235 770378 |



National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra 

Thursday 6 December | 7pm 

Certificate: 12A

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.





Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty

Friday 21 December | 4pm 

Saturday 22 December | 1pm & 4pm

Tickets £8.50 | £32 Family Ticket for 4

Talegate Theatre Productions are back at The Beacon for the fifth year with Sleeping Beauty.




Andre Rieu New Year's Concert From Sydney 2019

Saturday 5 January | 7pm | £15

Running Time: 2Hrs 5Mins (Including Interval) 

The King of Waltz, André Rieu, will bring to millions of fans across the world his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia.



National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III

Thursday 17 January | 7pm

Certificate: 12A

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 



The Big Enormous Present

Saturday 19 January | 2:30pm

A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside? Find out in this 50 minute play for the age range 3-8. 



Andre Rieu New Year's Concert From Sydney 2019

Saturday 26 January | 3pm | £15

Running Time: 2Hrs 5Mins (Including Interval) 

The King of Waltz, André Rieu, will bring to millions of fans across the world his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia.



National Theatre Live: I'm Not Running 

Thursday 31 January | 7pm

Certificate: 12A

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?



Live Music: The Zoots

The Sounds of the Seventies

Friday 26 April 2019 | 8pm | £ 15

This amazing 70s tribute has it all! Join The Sounds Of The Seventies for their unforgettable live show, as they explore the monster sounds of T.Rex, Queen, Bowie, Abba, The Sweet, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, and other amazing Seventies legends! From Glam Rock to Prog Rock, Motown to Disco – there's something for everyone!– you can't help grooving to The Sounds Of The Seventies'! 



Seann Walsh: After This One, I'm Going Home

Saturday 30 March | 8pm | £15

Support Act: TBC

14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content

Returning from his run in America, where he made his USA television debut appearance on Conan, Seann Walsh is back on tour in the UK.

This disheveled, fiery, animated, fiercely idle, millennial man child is one of best live comedians to have come out of the UK.