The Octagon Theatre has been presenting plays ever since its early years as The Johnson Hall. Drama is a staple for any theatre and we are excited to bring some truly inspiring work to Somerset in our 2015 autumn season…
We begin with You’re Never Too Old on Friday 11 September. Essentially this is a story of two people, seemingly as different as two people can get, discovering that they have more in common than they first thought. The talented Diane Keen (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Doctors) and Graham Cole (The Bill) star in a special preview performance of this one-act bitter-sweet comedy. Exploring themes of relationships, loneliness and humanity this production touches you right at the heart.
Whether you’ve seen an Alan Ayckbourn play before or not Absent Friends – on Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 September – is one you just have to experience. In typical Ayckbourn fashion it all begins with a well-intentioned dinner party that quickly descends into chaos! The London Classic Theatre Company returns to The Octagon, following their incredible production Entertaining Mr Sloane, for another two riotous performances. However funny Ayckbourn’s work is it is equally as dark, exploring friendship, marriage and ultimately what it means to be happy. This one is a definite must-see.
On Sunday 11 October we welcome a delightful re-telling of the classic Frank Capra film, It’s A Wonderful Life. If you’ve not seen the film we can promise you’ll love this heart-warming classic about a man whose dreams are dashed and needs saving when he finds himself alone on a bridge contemplating his worth to friends and loved ones. Having premiered to excellent reviews in London last year this production has the additional intriguing element of being performed as a radio play – fascinating to watch and wonderfully life-affirming for all audiences.
We round off the season of drama with an adaptation of a classic American novel: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby. Brought to the theatre by the Blackeyed Theatre Company on Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 November, this production lives up to the brilliant reputation the company have earned from past performances such as Teechers and Not About Heroes. If you saw the 2013 film with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby you’ll know just how decadent this story is. Set at the height of America’s Jazz Age this exploration of love will leave you reeling.
You really are spoilt for choice with these four fantastic dramas all within one season… at such amazing value you can’t afford to miss out on these stellar productions. To book tickets call the Box Office on 01935 422884, visit www.octagon-theatre.co.uk or pop into the theatre.
We look forward to welcoming you and these stunning dramas to Somerset’s Premier Theatre soon.