What's On 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.

                

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


June


 

National Theatre Live: Salome

Thursday 29 June | 7.00pm

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre. (more info)

Comedy: John Robins & Ivo Graham Edinburgh Preview

Friday 30 June | 8.00pm (Bar open from 7.00pm)

Stand-Up Comedian, Vibe-Magnet and "London's Saddest DJ" John Robins works through new material leading up to his 8th Edinburgh festival show (work in progress). Double-billed with Ivo Graham, the youngest ever winner of the prestigious “So You Think You’re Funny” award at the Edinburgh Fringe. (more info)


July


 

Family Theatre: Sarah & Duck's Big Top Birthday Live!

Sunday 2 July | 1.00pm & 4.00pm

The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life in a brand-new stage show, featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show. (more info)

Cinema: Hidden Figures (PG)

Friday 7 July | 7.30pm

The Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture tells the unbelievable true story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. More info >

Family Cinema: Beauty & The Beast (PG)

Saturday 8 July | 11.00am

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. ★★★★ "Emma Watson dazzles in Disney's show-stopping chocolate box of a remake." - The Telegraph

More info >

Talk: Cafe Scientifique!

Tuesday 11 July | 7.30pm | Doors 7pm | FREE

Monthly science and engineering evening talks in our Coffee Shop, free entry! This month's topic will be geology themed: Wantage -The Last 600 Million Years. More info coming soon.

An Evening of: Wine Tasting

Friday 14 July | 7.30pm

Join Brian Davis, member of the Association of Wine Educators, for an evening of wine tasting around the theme of unusual grape varieties. More info >

National Theatre Live: Angels in America - Part One: Millennium Approaches

Thursday 20 July | 7.00pm

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). (more info)

National Theatre Live: Angels in America - Part Two: Perestroika

Thursday 27 July | 7.00pm

This second part of the new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). (more info)


August


 

Cinema: Fences (12A)

Friday 11 August | 7.30pm

This Oscar, Golden Globe & BAFTA award-winning drama stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, who reprise their stage roles in Washington's screen adaptation of the beloved 1950s-set August Wilson play. More info >

Family Cinema: The Boss Baby (U)

Saturday 12 August | 11.00am

Dreamwork's hilarious animation stars Alec Baldwin as the voice of a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby, who pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop a dastardly plot... More info >

National Theatre Live: Yerma

Thursday 31 August | 7.00pm

Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) (more info)

 

 

Live Music: Cara Dillon

Friday 8 Sep | 8.00pm  | Bar open from 7.00pm

Winner of 2010’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Album, this young Irish singer from Dungiven, County Derry, sings with clarity, beauty and style. If you don’t know her voice, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store. More info >

Comedy: Jeremy Hardy

Saturday 30 Sep | 8.00pm  | Bar open from 7.00pm

One of the UK’s foremost and respected stand-up comedians, winner of the prestigious Perrier Award, selling out numerous tours of the UK and Ireland, and established on much-loved Radio 4 programmes: The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. More info >

 

October

 

 

 

Oktoberfest 2017: Local Beer | Music | Food

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 October | 5pm - midnight / 2pm - midnight

More info coming soon >

Family Theatre: The Hunting of the Snark

Sunday 29 October | 1.00pm & 4.00pm

Fresh from London’s West End, this his sparkling musical comedy adventure stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's much loved classic poem, featuring life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour. More info >

Comedy: Rich Hall's Hoedown

Friday 27 October | 8.00pm

As part of the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival 2017, comedian Rich Hall's critically acclaimed new show begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. “Blissfully funny” - Guardian
More info >

 

November

 

 

 

Morgan & West: More Magic for Kids!

Saturday 18 November | 2.00pm

Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West! More info >

Morgan & West: Time-Travelling Magicians

Saturday 18 November | 8.00pm

Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical
extravaganza to a millennium near you! Witness these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! e!

More info >

 

CHRISTMAS 2017

 

 

 

Live Music: T.Rextasy

Friday 15 Dec | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm

This year, the world’s only official tribute show dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex,are celebrating Marc’s life and works with a very special commemorative tour. Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages! More info>

Panto! - Dick Whittington

Thursday 21 December | 4.00pm

Saturday 23rd December | 1.00pm & 4.00pm

After last year's sell-out pantomime, Talegate Theatre return with this fun-filled extravaganza guaranteed to delight the whole family. So turn again ‘Dick Whittington’, three times Lord Mayor of London! More info >