Are you on the right website? Events at our sister venue Westlands Entertainment Venue are also included in our seasonal brochures. If you can't find your event on this site you might need to check the Westlands site via the link above.
I am having problems booking online, what should I do?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the nature of your booking issue. Where possible please include the device and browser that you are using. Alternatively, you can call the Box Office during their opening hours on 01935 422884.
Do you have wifi?
We have free public wifi.
Can I have a refund on my tickets?
We do not offer refunds on tickets except in the case of a cancelled performance.
Can I exchange my tickets for another performance?
You can only exchange your tickets for a performance of the same production, for example our Christmas pantomime. There is a charge of £1 per ticket (up to a maximum of £5) to exchange tickets.
Can I give my tickets to someone else if I can’t attend?
You can give your tickets to friend or family should you be unable to attend. If your tickets are being held at the Box Office thoseusing them will need to be able to quote your details to be able to collect your tickets.
I’ve lost my tickets, what can I do?
We can reprint your tickets at the Box Office on the day of your performance.
How do I move seats if I’ve already booked?
To move seats please contact the Box Office on 01935 422884. There is a charge of £1 per ticket (up to a maximum of £5) to do so unless additional tickets are being purchased.
Are there any booking fees?
We do not charge any additional fees for the use of credit cards or online bookings. All performances (unless otherwise stated) are subject to a £1 ticket levy (included in the advertised ticket price) that is in place to secure the future of arts and entertainment provision in South Somerset. There is a postage and processing fee of £1.50 if you would like your tickets to be posted to you.
Can I use National Theatre Tokens?
We do not accept National Theatre Tokens due to the commission rate that they incur. We do offer our own gift vouchers which can be exchanged against all performances at The Octagon Theatre and Westlands – these vouchers are valid for three years from the date of purchase. Gift Vouchers can be bought via our Gift Voucher form.
Where are the best seats?
Our auditorium has no columns or pillars and so all our seats have great viewing. Our most popular seats are rows F to H.
I need extra leg room, where should I sit?
Rows A and F have a wider space in front of them. Seats that are on the end of an aisle also provide additional leg room.
Who counts as a Concession?
Concession rates (where applicable) apply to students, those in receipt of state pension, those who are registered disabled and children if no 'Child' rate is available.
Why won’t your website let me leave a single seat?
Our Box Office system is designed not to allow single seats to be left until a set capacity is reached – we would therefore ask that you choose alternative seats. If you require tickets that will leave a single seat for access reasons please contact the Box Office on 01935 422884.
How do I book a wheelchair space online?
Due to the specific access requirements of wheelchair spaces these seats are not available to purchase online. To book a wheelchair space please contact the Box Office on 01935 422884. Six disabled parking spaces are also available to book on a first come first served basis.
What is a Family Saver?
Where applicable, a Family Saver can be made up of either two adults and two children or one adult and three children. On most occassions this works out cheaper than buying individual adult/children tickets.
What age qualifies for a Child ticket?
Children from the age of 2 require a Child ticket for all performances. A Child rate is applicable for anyone up to the age of 16. Those over 16 but still in full time education would qualify for a Concession ticket where applicable.
What is a Babes in Arms ticket?
Where applicable, a Babes in Arms ticket is a free ticket allowing a child under the age of 2 to sit on a parent’s lap. These are available from the Box Office on the day of the performance. Please note if you would like your little one to have their own seat a Child ticket (or Concession ticket where no Child rate applies) must be purchased.
Tables in our Prelude Bistro are available for booking via our Open Table system online - please visit the Food & Drink section of our website. You can also book a table through our Box Office on 01935 422884.
Do you have baby changing facilities?
Both our ladies and gents toilets are equipped with baby change facilities.
Do you have booster seats?
Booster seats are available to hire from the theatre for a charge of 50p. Please see any member of staff for assistance.
I am hard of hearing, do you have an assisted hearing system?
The Octagon Theatre auditorium is fitted with an Infra-Red hearing loop system. To use the system you can either set your hearing aid to T setting or you can use headphones/necklaces that we can provide – hire of these requires a £5 deposit that will be returned to you when equipment is returned. For assistance please see a member of our Box Office team.
I am a wheelchair user, how do I access your facilities?
We have level access to our café/bar and upper auditorium via a lift as well as level access to our wheelchair spaces located at the front of the auditorium. We also have a disabled toilet which is located on the ground floor. More informaton can be found on our Access Page.
Why can’t I take photos/record video in the auditorium?
Unless you are invited to take photos/record video we ask that you do not use any form of recording equipment in the auditorium. This is due to production copyright and failure to comply may result in your removal from the auditorium.
Can I take a drink from the bar into the auditorium?
Drinks from our bar can be taken into the auditorium as long as they are in plastic cups. If you would like a plastic cup please inform bar staff when placing your order. Hot drinks are not permitted in the auditorium.
Where should I store my pushchair when I go into the auditorium?
For a place to store your pushchair please see our Duty Manager. Any member of staff at the theatre can call the Duty Manager for you on the day of your visit.
How do I get my show presented at The Octagon Theatre?