Monday, 13 September 2021 00:00

Autumn Season at Westacre Theatre

Written by  The All Things Norfolk Team
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
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. 

The first screening on October 6 is Nomadland which tells the moving story of Fern who has lost her husband and then her job so has taken to travelling in her converted van.

This is followed on October 20 with the Oscar winning performance by Anthony Hopkins as The Father who gradually becomes increasingly confused with dementia.  

Inspired by the global phenomenon of forming choirs whilst their men are serving away, Military Wives will be shown on November 3.  The final Wednesday Film is Ammonite on November 13.  It follows palaeontologist Mary Anning selling fossils to tourists when a chance job offer changes her life.  

The new Westacre seating will also add to your enjoyment and comfort for two of the best shows available on screen from National Theatre.  With a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary Follies on September 22 should not be missed.  Then the bold new film version of Romeo and Juliet can be seen on September 29.  Starring Jessie Buckley, Josh O’Connor, Tamsin Greig and Adrian Lester, it makes best use of the venue’s remarkable backstage spaces. 

The Studio stage will host two touring productions.  An eccentric Victorian time traveller crash lands in the 21st century.  On October 2, Keeper’s Daughter brings alive this amazing adaptation of the H G Wells classic story, The Time Machine.  An optional pre-performance dinner can also be booked for this evening.   

Well-known playwright Rob John explores an explosive triangular relationship over four tumultuous years when Spanish chambermaid Rosa Mendoza ensures Cromer guest house The Poppyland will never be the same again!  Performed by regular visitors to Westacre, the fEAST Theatre, who take to the stage on October 29 for a most memorable evening.


In partnership with the very best of local teachers, young people all the way from the age of 2 up to 15 are accommodated every week in a variety of classes and workshops - introduce your aspiring star to a real theatre.  All the latest details for these activities together with availability for the many forthcoming events are at

Last modified on Monday, 13 September 2021 19:33

Visit the following businesses

Museum of the Broads
Enjoy the only waterside Museum of Broadland life at the historic and picturesque Stalham Staithe.  We are family and dog friendly, have an accessible site, with a small café and picnic area. So why visit? Superb displays using a variety of ...
City Locks Norwich
City Locks are your local and trusted 24-hour locksmith service in Norfolk and North Suffolk. If you are ever in a situation where you’re locked out your home, or you have lost your keys, City Locks offer an affordable and reliable service to help ...
Norfolk Woodburners
Norfolk Woodburners provide a bespoke service to its customers, before any purchase of a stove or woodburner is made, an in-home visit is conducted to discuss the customer’s individual requirements and to check the suitability of each property for ...
Lisa Redford - Vocal Coach, Guitar and Ukulele Teacher
Warm, encouraging and supportive, I’m a professional vocal coach and guitar teacher. With years of recording, touring and performing experience, I love sharing my skills and passion for music, offering singing and guitar lessons in Norwich, Norfolk, ...
For over 25 years, Toilets+ have been the leading provider of portable toilets within Norfolk, in addition to the South and Central England, as well as the Midlands. With many different locations across the UK, we are able to expand our services to ...
Madeline Dando Books
Thank you for visiting my page. I am an author from Wymondham in Norfolk and I write under the pseudonym of Madeline Dando. This was the name of my late mum and I am extremely proud to write under her name. My real name is Martin Wanger and I ...
benefits banner

Related items

  • Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive in West Norfolk

    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  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.  

  • Brand new play "Under Lockdown in Milk Wood" comes to Westacre Theatre

    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. 


  • News from Westacre Theatre - Lucky Sods launches on October 14th

    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? 

  • News from Westacre Theatre - Outside Edge opens on August 12th

    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.


  • 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. 


© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2021
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday Shout Out to all the wonderful local independent businesses featured on including…