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Legend Of A Band: A Tribute To The Moody Blues
Sat 1 Oct
The music of the Moody Blues in the company of five legendary musicians, singers and songwriters...
Rob Beckett - Mouth Of The South
Sun 2 Oct
Beckett's back with a brand-new show of funnies and he's taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread!
Al Murray The Pub Landlord
Mon 3 - Tue 4 Oct
Al Murray - The Pub Landlord  embarks on a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain in his brand new show.
Clare Balding
Wed 5 Oct
Pre-Festival Schools Event. Schools are invited to join author, national treasure and broadcaster Clare Balding for inspirational stories and family entertainment to mark the publication of…
Jethro Live
Wed 5 - Thu 6 Oct
A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of probably the greatest comic storyteller ever to grace the stage.
The YCAA Man Booker Evening 2016
Thu 6 Oct
Six well-known pannelists will each give their view on one of the short-listed books for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.
All Or Nothing
Fri 7 - Sun 9 Oct
The Mod Musical. Written by Carol Harrison & Directed by Tony McHale.
Jasmin Vardimon: Pinocchio
Tue 11 Oct
Jasmin Vardimon Company presents a brand new adaptation of the classic tale, Pinocchio .
CCS 16/17 Solem Quartet
Wed 12 Oct
HAYDN - Quartet Op.77 No.2. MENDELSSOHN - Quartet Op.13. BEETHOVEN - Quartet Op.59 No.2 Razumovsky .
Sally Morgan: Call Me Psychic
Thu 13 Oct
World-renowned psychic and star of TV’s Psychic Sally On the Road, Sally Morgan returns with her sensational live show.
That'll Be The Day! - October 2016
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Oct
After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show!
Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night
Mon 17 Oct
Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili , known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour!
The Whitney Houston Show
Wed 19 Oct
This breath-taking production, featuring the impeccable vocal talents of South Africa’s Belinda Davids , is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers.
The Yeovil Literary Prize Winners 2016
Thu 20 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* The Yeovil Literary Prize is a highly successful, international writing competition administered by the Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA).
The YCAA Literary Dinner
Thu 20 Oct
With Jason Goodwin. The Yeovil Community Arts Association is delighted to have Jason as our speaker at this gala opening event of the fourth Yeovil Literary Festival.
Frankly Sinatra
Thu 20 Oct
The world’s No. 1 Sinatra celebrates the golden anniversary of his most famous live recording – Sinatra Live at the Sands – with a brand-new production featuring songs from the classic album. It’s…
Hilary Davies
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Hilary Davies is a poet, translator, essayist and teacher. Her fourth collection, Exile and the Kingdom , is due out from Enitharmon Press in Autumn 2016.
Emma Carroll and Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Fri 21 Oct
SPECIAL SCHOOLS EVENT! We are proud to welcome two of the most exciting voices in children’s writing to talk about their books at this special schools event.
How to Write the Perfect Crime Novel
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Join bestselling crime authors Chris Ewan and Clare Donoghue as they take you on a whistle stop tour of writing crime fiction.
Victoria Hislop in Conversation with Kirsty Wark
Fri 21 Oct
We are excited to welcome Victoria Hislop, the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Sunrise , to this year’s festival.
Kirsty Wark
Fri 21 Oct
Join one of Britain’s most highly regarded and versatile broadcasters for a fascinating and enlightening event.
Sinclair McKay
Fri 21 Oct
Following on from the enormous success of his bestseller, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park , Sinclair McKay now uncovers the story of what happened after the Second World War was over.
Women's Historical Fiction Panel
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Transport yourself to a bygone era... We have a stellar line-up of bestselling historical fiction authors: Margaret Graham, Dilly Court, Diney Costeloe and Shelagh…
Murder in the Library
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Hosting the event will be Clare Donoghue who is joined by  Sharon Bolton, Elly Griffiths  and  Tammy Cohen.
Gok Wan
Fri 21 Oct
Join award-winning TV presenter and fashion expert Gok Wan for a highly entertaining and fun afternoon.
Kate Williams
Fri 21 Oct
Bestselling author, social historian and broadcaster Kate Williams will be talking about her latest novel, The Edge of the Fall .
Ian Ross
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* After a year in Italy teaching English and exploring the ruins, Ian’s early love for ancient history was reawakened, he returned to the UK with a growing fascination for the…
Chris Ewan
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Bestselling author Chris Ewan will round off the day of crime in the Library by talking about his career and his psychological thrillers including, Dark Tides - the…
Dr John Rutter CBE
Fri 21 Oct
In Conversation with Christopher Monks. One of Britain’s most celebrated and popular composers joins Christopher Monks, Artistic Director of Armonico Consort, for a fascinating and enlightening…
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Fri 21 Oct
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported.
Westland ONE
Fri 21 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* This film, made by students at Yeovil College, tells the story of when G-Lynx, call sign Westland ONE , set the World Helicopter Speed Record.
Miles Jupp: Songs Of Freedom
Fri 21 Oct
Miles Jupp , (Stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev. and host of The News Quiz ) hits the road in a freshly-ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries…
Greg Jenner
Fri 21 Oct
In this cheerfully entertaining talk, historian Greg Jenner (Historical Consultant to BBC’s Horrible Histories , and co-host of BBC2’s Inside Versailles ) offers a whistle-stop tour of how your…
Criminal Minds Reading Group
Sat 22 Oct
To celebrate Ann Cleeves’ visit to the festival and her 30th year of writing we will be running a special festival Criminal Minds Reading Group .
Tamsin Cooke
Sat 22 Oct
FREE TICKETED EVENT We are pleased to welcome Tamsin Cooke to the festival. A firm favourite with schools and book lovers in the area.
Ann Cleeves
Sat 22 Oct
Ann Cleeves , award-winning and best-selling crime author on which the two major TV hits Shetland and Vera are based, will be giving an insight into her incredible career and discussing her…
Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards
Sat 22 Oct
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is Great Britain’s first Olympic Ski Jumper.
Vaseem Khan
Sat 22 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Vaseem Khan was born in London but subsequently worked in Mumbai for ten years, falling in love with the city, the country and the people he met. He will be talking about…
General Sir Richard Shirreff
Sat 22 Oct
2017: War with Russia In his explosive Sunday Times bestseller, the former Deputy Head of NATO, General Sir Richard Shirreff explains why, in his opinion, Russia is now our most dangerous…
Virginia Baily
Sat 22 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* We are pleased to welcome Virginia Baily to the festival to talk about her amazing novel, Early One Morning.
Ben & David Crystal
Sat 22 Oct
The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used by Shakespeare.
Ashley Pharoah
Sat 22 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* The award-winning producer and screenwriter Ashley Pharoah has a stream of hit TV shows under his belt - Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Wild at Heart, Where the Heart Is …
Joe Swift
Sat 22 Oct
Joe is a familiar gardening face having been a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners World since 1998. He also anchors The BBC coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show as well as other RHS shows.
Alan Carr In Conversation
Sat 22 Oct
The much loved comedian and TV star will be discussing his new book, Alanatomy: Inside Nature's Giant .
Storyteller of the Year
Sat 22 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Let the Bard of Windmill Hill, Bristol Storyteller of the Year, turn the absurd, bewildering and frequently frustrating aspects of modern life into laughter fodder for you!…
Simon Weston: My Life; My Story
Sun 23 Oct
Simon Weston; My Life, My Story is a truly inspirational show about one mans journey from the front line of war, being on the edge of death, to today being a happy and contented Father,…
Stephen Moss
Sun 23 Oct
Wild Kingdom - From otters in the Tyne to peregrines in London, a quest into the state of British wildlife today – and how it’s fighting back.
John Crace & John Sutherland
Sun 23 Oct
The Incomplete Shakespeare. To celebrate the 400 th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death John Crace , author of The Guardian’s Digested Reads , and Professor John Sutherland have teamed up…
Peter Davison in Conversation
Sun 23 Oct
We are excited to welcome a TV legend to the festival. While forever known as the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison’s career in television and theatre has spanned over four decades and made him a…
Julian Hight
Sun 23 Oct
*DISCOVER EVENT* Following the success of Britain’s Tree Story for The National Trust , Julian set off on a five year photographic odyssey, capturing 100 ancient, historic trees across 39…
Bel Mooney
Sun 23 Oct
Agony aunt, author and one of Britain's most successful journalists, Bel Mooney .
John Whaite
Sun 23 Oct
John Whaite is a British chef, food writer and TV personality. Probably best known for winning the third series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off , John now runs his own cookery school,…
Mark Watson
Sun 23 Oct
Following his recent stand-up show at The Octagon it's a pleasure to welcome Mark Watson back to talk about his writing career and his new novel, The Place That Didn't Exist .
Alison Weir
Sun 23 Oct
In her new novel, the first in a series of six, Alison Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon, the King’s first wife, drawing on new research and keeping closely to the historical…
Ned Boulting's Bikeology
Sun 23 Oct
Journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting presents for the first time an honest, self-effacing walk through the world of Bikeology .
The Emperor's New Clothes
Mon 24 Oct
Stuff and Nonsense present a brand new romp through a classic, eccentric tale, telling the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But despite a wardrobe the size of Paris he…
Gold Star Awards 2016
Tue 25 Oct
The Gold Star Awards focus on the amazing feats of youngsters up to the age of 18 as well as adults who work with young people in a voluntary capacity.
Seriously Dead
Thu 27 Oct
Starring Crissy Rock ( Benidorm and I’m A Celebrity ), Frazer Hines ( Emmerdale and Doctor Who ),  Billy Pearce, Leah Bell and Paul Dunn .
Foster & Allen In Concert
Sat 29 Oct
International Recording artists Foster & Allen are celebrating their 40th Anniversary together in the music business.
White Christmas
Tue 1 - Sun 6 Nov
Presented by Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society. This show is sure to get your feet tapping and have you leaving the theatre with that Christmas feeling!
Jon Boden
Mon 7 Nov
Jon Boden is best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead . After twelve years, 250,000 album sales, seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and hundreds of sold out…
CCS 16/17 Nikolai Demidenko
Tue 8 Nov
SCARLATTI - Sonatas in D major, F sharp major L.35 and G major SCHUBERT - Sonata C in minor D.958 CHOPIN - Op.42 in A flat. CHOPIN - Waltzes Op.64 CHOPIN - Mazurka Op.6 No.4. CHOPIN - Mazurka Op.17…
Afro Celt Sound System
Wed 9 Nov
With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’and a UK…
Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational
Thu 10 Nov
Romesh Ranganathan is back with a brand new show exploring the rationality of his worldview. Irrational will see Romesh examine the issues close to his heart, and explains why everybody else…
Ross Noble
Fri 11 Nov
Everybody's favourite randomist is back.  As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it's time to let it all out.  Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly…
Seth Lakeman
Sat 12 Nov
BALLADS OF THE BROKEN FEW 2016 TOUR Plus support from Wildwood Kin
YYT: Seussical The Musical
Wed 16 - Sat 19 Nov
CALLING ALL THINKERS! Come follow YYT as they venture into the fantastical, magical and somewhat crazy world of Seussical The Musical .
The Nutcracker 2016 - Russian State Ballet
Sun 20 Nov
Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians. The highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House …
Steve Harley
Mon 21 Nov
Steve Harley is back on the road with his Acoustic Trio line-up, accompanied by virtuoso players and long-standing Cockney Rebel members, James Lascelles (piano/percussion) and Barry Wickens…
The Chinese State Circus
Tue 22 Nov
The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns in an innovatively spectacular new production, Dynasty.
The YCAA Winter Impromptu!
Thu 24 Nov
A Gala evening of words and music by local people. Laughter, listening and light entertainment.
Peter Pan
Fri 2 Dec 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017
Hook your tickets now for Christmas 2016!
Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac: Hits To Blues World Tour
Tue 17 Jan 2017
Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac , the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage for their landmark Hits to Blues World Tour .
Ross Noble: Brain Dump
Thu 19 Jan 2017
Tickets on sale from 12 noon on Friday 30 September. Following his sell-out show at The Octagon in November 2016, everybody's favourite randomist is back with another chance to catch his …
The Greatest Hits of Motown: How Sweet It Is
Fri 20 Jan 2017
The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back!
Ballet Theatre UK: Romeo And Juliet
Sat 21 Jan 2017
Join Ballet Theatre UK with their passionate and innovative recreation of the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet .
Alice In Wonderland
Tue 24 - Sat 28 Jan 2017
Presented by Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society. Following last year's award-winning pantomime Snow White , YAPS are proud to present their biggest and most spectacular pantomime to date, …
The Classic Rock Show 2017
Sun 29 Jan 2017
Following the huge success of its 2015 & 2016 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs tours, and as further testimony to the enduring popularity of Classic Rock music, the critically acclaimed stage production …
The Pitmen Poets
Tue 31 Jan 2017
Hear the songs of The Pitman Poets new and old.
CCS 16/17 Sinfonia Classica & Angela Hewitt
Wed 1 Feb 2017
Director: Hans-Peter Hoffman. Soloist: Angela Hewitt, Piano. ELGAR - Serenade for Strings. *MOZART - Piano Concerto No.14 K.449. *BACH - Piano Concerto in F minor. HAYDN - Symphony No.5…
Barbara Dickson 2017
Sat 4 Feb 2017
Multi-million selling recording artist Barbara Dickson , with her accomplished band, returns to The Octagon Theatre.
Yeovilton Military Wives Choir In Concert 2017
Sun 5 Feb 2017
The Yeovilton Military Wives Choir return to The Octagon following their 2016 sell out concert.
Jimeoin - Renonsense Man
Thu 9 Feb 2017
An evening of brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up from the internationally acclaimed star of TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Royal Variety Performance, John Bishop…
Fisherman's Friends 2017
Sun 12 Feb 2017
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road with a full catch of new material and some old favourites as well.
Ben Portsmouth: The King Is Back 2017
Wed 15 - Thu 16 Feb 2017
Tickets on sale from 12 noon on Friday 30 September.  Fans from all over the world declare Ben Portsmouth as the closest they have ever seen to Elvis Presley.
CCS 16/17 Armonico Consort & Baroque Players
Wed 8 Mar 2017
Director: Christopher Monks. Evangelist: Ian Bostridge. BACH - St Matthew Passion.
Champions of Magic
Sat 18 Mar 2017
Direct from London's West End following sell-out shows in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Join 5 of the World’s top illusionists for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long…
CCS 16/17 La Serenissima
Tue 21 Mar 2017
Director: Adrian Chandler. BACH - Concerto for Two violins BW1045. VIVALDI - Violin Concerto The Post Horn RV.363. TELEMANN - Concerto in G for 4 violins. CORELLI - Sinfonia to Saint Beatrice…
CCS 16/17 Sinfonia Classica with Jennifer Pike & Timothy Ridout
Tue 11 Apr 2017
Jennifer Pike, Violin. Timothy Ridout, Viola. MOZART - Serenade in D K.185. *MOZART - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola, K.364. TCHAIKOVKSY - Serenade for Strings.
Jasper Carrott's Stand Up And Rock
Wed 12 - Thu 13 Apr 2017
Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up And Rock does what it says on the tin. Jasper is back to his very best…
Lee Nelson: Serious Joker
Fri 21 Apr 2017
After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up…
Remembering Fred
Mon 24 Apr 2017
Starring Strictly Come Dancing stars, Aljaz and Janette. Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire .
Chris Ramsey
Wed 26 Apr 2017
Is that Chris Ramsey ? Yes it is. On his biggest UK tour yet.
Sam Bailey - Sing My Heart Out
Thu 27 Apr 2017
Hot off the back of her portrayal of Mama Morton in the critically-acclaimed show Chicago , X Factor winner Sam Bailey returns to the stage with her very own live show.
An Audience With Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe
Sun 7 May 2017
Somewhere In Time Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever… Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour.
CCS 16/17 Endellion Quartet & Guy Johnston
Thu 25 May 2017
Guy Johnston, Cello. BRAHMS - Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2. *SCHUBERT - Quintet in C D.956.
Pasha Kovalev: Let's Dance The Night Away
Fri 26 May 2017
Pasha Kovakev from Strictly Come Dancing and his fantastic dancers are back again touring the UK with their completely Brand New Show.
Reginald D Hunter 2017
Sat 17 Jun 2017
Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show.
Bugsy Malone
Thu 22 - Sat 24 Jun 2017
Castaway Theatre Group take on the smash hit stage version of the world famous musical Bugsy Malone.
The Dreamboys UK Tour 2017
Thu 29 Jun 2017
Following their sell-out show at The Octagon Theatre in 2016, The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK Tour for 2017.