Once again The Octagon Theatre promises a season of delights as we bring a varied programme of huge names and national productions to the heart of South Somerset this autumn. From big new musicals to the fourth annual Yeovil Literary Festival and then off to Neverland for the spectacular Christmas Pantomime, ‘Peter Pan’ this autumn really does have ‘something for everyone’!
The hugely popular ‘New Jersey Nights’ returns to Yeovil with all the best-loved hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – smashing Box Office records across the US and the UK on the way. The theatre are also excited to be working with the fantastic production company that previously brought you ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ to present ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, a brand new musical based on the endearing friendship between James Taylor and Carole King. Then there’s the next big thing on the new musical scene: ‘All Or Nothing’ celebrates the music of The Small Faces in a brand new Mod musical so jump on your Vespa/Lambretta and be taken back to the free-spirited days of 1964.
From drama to dance and everything in between The Octagon Theatre has you covered. For drama lovers there are two entirely different productions… first, Blakeyed Theatre return to Yeovil with their breath-taking new imagining of Mary Shelley’s, ‘Frankenstein’. Then things shift from gothic horror to classic farce as Billy Pearce returns with, ‘Deadly Serious’. Dance enthusiasts can enjoy new offerings from the Jasmin Vardimon Company as well as the ever-popular Russian State Ballet; and opera fans can delight in Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. The new classical concert series also sees the keenly-anticipated return of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
The autumn season brings with it some incredible comedians; there is already limited availability for Al Murray, as well as sold out shows for Ross Noble and Romesh Ranganathan. If you’ve missed out on tickets or cannot make these nights then never fear as other visitors include ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ star Rob Beckett (you know, the one with the teeth), star of BBC’s ‘Dikensian’, Omid Djalili, and BBC stalwart, Mark Steele.
This year’s fourth annual Yeovil Literary Festival provides even more stellar comedy names as Mark Watson, Miles Jupp and Alan Carr all come to chat about their latest literary works. The festival also sees inspiring talks from one of Britain’s most celebrated composers, Dr John Rutter, the infamous Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Falkland’s veteran, Simon Weston and cycling super-fan, Ned Boulting… to name just a few! There is also a special pre-festival schools event with the national treasure and broadcaster, Clare Balding.
Your little ones are also well catered for this autumn with the return of the stunning children’s production company, Stuff and Nonsense. You may remember their charming production of, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ which was thoroughly loved by audiences a few years ago… well this year they are re-imagining the classic story of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. With beautiful sets, costumes, puppetry and live music this is one you can’t let them miss. The Chinese State Circus promise to leave you on the edge of your seat with their outstanding live performance later in the season; if you’ve not yet seen them then this is the perfect family treat.
The season culminates with the spectacular new professional pantomime, once again brought to you by Evolution Pantomimes, ‘Peter Pan’. This year the show features both girls and boys from the local area who have made it through auditions to perform as Lost Boys, Dancers, Mermaid and Indians in perhaps the most magical of pantomimes. The Octagon welcomes back firm favourites Lizzie Francis, Jack Glanville (both ‘Sleeping Beauty’ 2015) and Andrew Fettes (‘Jack & the Beanstalk’, 2014). Making their Yeovil debut’s as Wendy and this year’s fabulous Dame are Samantha Dorrance and Glen McCready. With stunning special effects, live music and plenty of audience participation there is no better way to enjoy the festive season with your family.
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.