The Octagon Theatre’s spring/summer 2016 season looks set to be its most varied and exciting season yet. This season, South Somerset will be spoilt for choice as a host of stellar names, national tours and top quality performances come to the region.
A number of star names light up the season as we welcome visits from BBC Radio 4 favourite Milton Jones, fellow stand-up comedian Russell Kane, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars Ian and Natalie Lowe, as well as Pasha Kovalev on his own tour. Returning to Yeovil is the legend that is Des O’Connor as well as the unforgettable ‘Grumpy Old Women’: Jenny Eclair, Susie Blake (Mrs Brown’s Boys) and Kate Robbins (Where the Heart Is).
Our dance programme goes from strength to strength with spring visits from Motionhouse and Zoielogic Dance Theatre. We are delighted that the incomparable BalletBoyz have confirmed that they will be returning to The Octagon with their latest work ‘LIFE.’ in May; and that Ballet Theatre UK will present their charming production of ‘Pinocchio’ this season too.
Spring/summer 2016 marks the Yeovil debut of a number of music productions. Gareth Malone’s BBC 2 Naked Choir Winners, The Sons of Pitches come to The Octagon in June along with a stunning musical theatre production, ‘The Magic of the Musicals’ which features not one but three musical theatre stars: Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Casualty), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q) and Richard Meek. Perhaps the unmissable duo of the season, The Proclaimers, will also be making their Yeovil debut July.
For drama lovers we welcome ‘Chaplin: The Charlie Chaplin Story’ which is sure to be an untold story that is too fascinating to be missed. And then there are the huge national tours that are coming to the region… Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ will star winner of the BBC’s ‘I’d Do Anything’ competition Jodie Prenger following her acclaimed performance in ‘Calamity Jane’ and for a whole week in May The Octagon Theatre will be home to the national tour of Agatha Christie’s classic thriller, ‘The Mousetrap’. The production is hugely respected and loved as the longest running production in the history of theatre and will star Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Eastenders, Doc Martin) as Mrs Boyle.
Your little ones also have plenty to choose from this season as the sensational ‘Dinosaur Zoo’ stomps into town. If your children are ‘Mister Maker’ fans they can also see their hero live on The Octagon Theatre stage in a production presented by our very own pantomime producers, Evolution Productions.
As well as these productions our spring/summer season marks the celebratory performances of two of our recent projects. Our exciting new music project aimed at bringing classical music to a new generation of school children, with the support of conductor Charles Hazelwood and the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, ‘Strike A Chord!’ celebrates its pilot year with a night of stunning live music, ‘Perspectives’. In July, we also present ‘And the Show Goes On’, a celebratory performance following The Octagon Archive Project which will feature live performances and aural history films put together by The Octagon Theatre, The Windrose Media Trust, Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society and Westfield Academy.
With all these spectacular productions on offer there has never been a better time to become a Footlights member. For just £15 per person, per year, you could enjoy discounts on most performances at The Octagon, priority booking and notification (via email) of all new events, free postage on tickets and a returns list exclusive to Footlight members.
For more information, or to snap up your tickets now, call The Octagon Theatre Box Office on 01935 422884, visit www.octagon-theatre.co.uk or pop into the theatre.