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.






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
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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 >






National Theatre Live: Follies

Thursday 16 November | 7.00pm | £15

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

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!

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Live Music: T.Rextasy

Friday 15 December | 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>

National Theatre Live: Young Marx

Monday 18 December | 7.00pm | £15

Rory Kinnear stars as Marx in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 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 >

Comedy: Johnny Cochrane | Tez Ilyas | Kate Lucas |Mo Gilligan

Friday 22 December | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm

A line-up of top comedians for some festive fun!
"Radiantly entertaining" - The Times on Tez Ilyas

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An Evening With: Ray Parlour

Friday 2 February | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm | £16

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Family: Comedy Club 4 Kids

Friday 16 February | 1.00pm | £9

It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with three or more of the circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.  "The ethos is just right" - Daily Telegraph | More info >

National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Thursday 22 February | 7.00pm | £15

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? 

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar

Thursday 22 March | 7.00pm | £15

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Phil Jupitus: Juplicity

Friday 23 March | 8.00pm | Bar Open from 7.00pm | £15

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. 

Live Music: The ZOOTS

Friday 30 March | 8.00pm | Bar Open from 7.00pm | £15

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