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.





Community Event: Wantage Male Voice Choir

Saturday 1 April | 7.30pm

For their major event of the year and their 26th Annual Concert, the choir presents an interesting programme featuring favourite male-voice pieces, of course, but also songs from the shows, traditional numbers, and some new songs to keep everyone on their toes! (more info)

Community Event | Theatre: Made in Dagenham

Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 April | 7.30pm | (& 2.30pm Saturday matinee)

Inspired by a true story and based on a hit movie, local drama society Jigsaw Stage Productions present this uplifting new British musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. (more info)

National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night

Monday 10 April | 7.00pm

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, directed by Simon Godwin. (more info)

Talk: Cafe Scientifique!

Tuesday 11 April | 7.30pm (doors from 7pm)

Monthly science and engineering evening talks in our Coffee Shop, free entry! This month's topic will be: Cryogenics - incredible things happen at -196 degrees! (more info soon)

Opera on Film: The Marriage of Figaro

Presented by Opera Unmasked

Thursday 13 April | 7.00pm

(more info)

Live Music: The Zoots - Sounds of the Sixties

Friday 14 April | 8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Experience THE Sixties show that's wowing audiences around the world, and headlining venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford - with the spectacular sounds of THE ZOOTS! (more info)

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Thursday 20 April | 7.00pm

The 50th Anniversary of the mind-bending situation comedy by Tom Stoppard and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig, broadcast from the Old Vic.

Film: A United Kingdom (12A)

Friday 28 April | 7.30pm

An extraordinary true story and romantic drama about the first president of Botswana, who causes a diplomatic stir when he marries a white woman from London (Rosamund Pike) in the late 1940s.  (more info)

Kids' Film: Trolls (U)

Saturday 29 April | 11.00am

DreamWorks' hilarious animation filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures! (more info)




National Theatre Live: Obsession

Thursday 11 May | 7.00pm

 Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. (more info)

National Theatre Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Thursday 18 May | 7.00pm

Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films) stars in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. (more info)

An Evening With: Paul Merson

Thursday 25 May | 8.00pm (Bar Open: 7.00pm)

Enjoy a night with former England, Arsenal and Aston Villa legendary midfielder, manager and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson. (more info)

Cinema: La La Land (12A)

Friday 26 May | 7.30pm

With a record-breaking seven wins at the 2016 Golden Globes, the musical hit stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. (more info)

Family Cinema: Sing (U)

Saturday 27 May | 11.00am

Failed impresario Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) wants to revive the fortunes of his ailing theatre with a singing competition; one that attracts a motley crew of animal entrants. "Immensely likeable" ★★★★ Empire (more info)



Live Music: Ian Siegal

Friday 2 June | 8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Three-times European Blues singer award winner, described as a legend and a national treasure, experience Ian Siegal's varied repertoire, fabulous voice and immense command of the guitar. (more info)

Cinema: Lion (PG)

Friday 9 June | 7.30pm

The twice-BAFTA-winning film ‘Lion’ tells the extraordinary true story of Saroo Brierley, who was born in India but adopted by an Australian couple after he was separated from his family. "Nicole Kidman's Oscar contender will rip you to pieces" - The Telegraph (more info)

National Theatre Live: Peter Pan

Saturday 10 June | 2.30pm

All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. (more info)

National Theatre Live: Salome

Thursday 22 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)



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)

Live Music: The Jives Aces - A Night of Vintage Jive & Swing

Saturday 22 July | 7.30pm (Bar open from 7.00pm)

Having become the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 and performing for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee,  the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band. (more info)