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  • We Chat To Explorer Benedict Allen

    We Chat To Explorer Benedict Allen

    Benedict Allen has spent his whole career exploring some of the wildest and most remote regions of the planet. He was the first known human to cross the Amazon Basin at its widest point. He once made...

  • From Santa To Emperor, We Welcome John Hester

    From Santa To Emperor, We Welcome John Hester

    John is delighted to be working for Evolution again this Christmas, having last appeared for them as the eponymous hero in Dear Santa at Lichfield in 2016. This year he'll take on the role of Emperor...

  • A Week In The Life Of Summer School

    A Week In The Life Of Summer School

    Ahead of the three fantastic Summer School Projects taking place across our venues we asked our Showstoppers Team to give us an idea of how their week long project runs… Day 1 Welcome and warm up. W...

  • Aladdin: The Story Behind The Panto

    Aladdin: The Story Behind The Panto

    Thanks to the hugely popular 1992 animated film by Disney, as well as the critically-acclaimed Broadway and West End production, Aladdin is a story that children across the world are well-versed in. A...

  • Sorsha Talbot-Hunt Is Princess Jasmine

    Sorsha Talbot-Hunt Is Princess Jasmine

    We are delighted to introduce you to another fantastic new member of our Octagon pantomime family for Aladdin 2018. Originally from Weybridge, Surrey, Sorsha trained at Performers College, Essex grad...

  • He's Back And This Time He's Bad

    He's Back And This Time He's Bad

    Everybody’s favourite ‘Dabbing Dandini’, Thom Ford, is returning home to Yeovil, for what promises to be yet another fantastic show. Last year’s pantomime, Cinderella, saw Thom’s return to The Octagon...

  • We Chat With Comedian Sara Pascoe

    We Chat With Comedian Sara Pascoe

    Sara Pascoe is an English writer, actress and comedian, who once worked as a tour guide in London. Sara started performing stand-up comedy in 2007 and performed her first  show at the Edinburgh Fringe...

  • Here's To You! Our New Customer Rewards Initiative

    Here's To You! Our New Customer Rewards Initiative

    From complimentary tickets to shows and events to a free dessert after a meal and special ‘one of a kind’ experiences; thousands of Octagon Theatre & Westlands Entertainment Venue patrons will be rewa...

  • There's Nothing Like A Dame: Meet Our Widow Twankey

    There's Nothing Like A Dame: Meet Our Widow Twankey

    We are excited to welcome some brilliant new cast members to The Octagon panto this year. Our wonderful new Widow Twankey, Gordon Cooper, has many panto credits to his name... Gordon is a familiar fa...

  • We Remember Brian Morgan

    We Remember Brian Morgan

    At The Octagon and Westlands we are fortunate to have the support and loyalty of so many friends and colleagues. It is the people that make a place special and make a venue come to life – and recently...

  • Everyone's Favourite Fairy Is Back

    Everyone's Favourite Fairy Is Back

    What would The Octagon Theatre pantomime be without everyone’s favourite fairy, Lizzie Frances? As well as being a Yeovil audience favourite, Summer School Director and a great friend of The Octagon,...

  • More 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival Events Announced

    More 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival Events Announced

    We are delighted to announce even more fantastic events coming to the 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival. We've already SOLD OUT An Audience With Simon Reeves and we've been on sale with Benedict Allen, Mi...

  • Meet Our New PC Pongo: George Akid

    Meet Our New PC Pongo: George Akid

    George originally hails from the mighty county of Yorkshire but he is thrilled and excited to be spending Christmas in Somerset. George began his professional performing career by donning the world...

  • Introducing Jack Glanville as Wishee Washee

    Introducing Jack Glanville as Wishee Washee

    Jack Glanville has been making ‘em laugh ever since he enjoyed his first stage role at age 5. Then going on to support top comedians like west country favourite Jethro and performing alongside celebri...

  • A Minute With The Manager: We Bid Farewell To Our Operations Manager

    A Minute With The Manager: We Bid Farewell To Our Operations Manager

    When it comes time to leave a role and to move on to a new job you start to ask yourself, “Have I done a good job?”, and this can be a difficult thing to measure. I always think the test is, “Is the p...

  • 2018 Pantomime Charities Announced

    2018 Pantomime Charities Announced

    The Octagon Theatre has announced that the charities they will be raising money for over the course of their 2018/19 pantomime production, Aladdin, are the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and The Fo...

  • Security Updates for Online Booking

    Security Updates for Online Booking

    TLS (or Transport Layer Security) is the encryption protocol that makes browsing the web a secure experience. Because our Box Office provider, Spektrix, is committed to providing customers with a secu...

  • A Minute With The Manager: 12 Months of Westlands Entertainment Venue

    A Minute With The Manager: 12 Months of Westlands Entertainment Venue

    During another busy day at Westlands a couple of weeks ago everyone in the Westlands office paused for a moment as we realised that it has now been a full twelve months since the newly refurbished ven...

  • Octagon Theatre Donates Rope To Monkey World

    Octagon Theatre Donates Rope To Monkey World

    On Tuesday 27 March staff from The Octagon Theatre visited Dorset’s Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre to see the latest installation in the woolly monkey enclosure… During the theatre’s most recent ‘dar...

  • A Minute With The Manager: How The Arts Promote Health & Wellbeing

    A Minute With The Manager: How The Arts Promote Health & Wellbeing

    The teams working here at The Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue are hugely passionate about their work, theatre and the arts in a wider context. We are all keen theatre-goers ourselves...

  • Spotlight: New Magazine Launched!

    Spotlight: New Magazine Launched!

    The Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue are excited to launch their new magazine, Spotlight. Spotlight is our new platform for sharing fantastic behind the scenes features, interviews,...

  • The First 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival Events

    The First 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival Events

    We are excited to open our 2018 Yeovil Literary Festival programme with two fantastic events! We've already got a SOLD OUT visit from explorer Simon Reeves on Sunday 28 October and we're now delighte...

  • Cinderella Breaks Box Office Records For The Sixth Consecutive Year

    Cinderella Breaks Box Office Records For The Sixth Consecutive Year

    The Octagon Theatre’s 2017/18 pantomime, Cinderella, has officially become the best-selling pantomime that the Yeovil venue has ever presented. Following five previous years of record-breaking produc...

  • Lizzie Frances Celebrates 200 Performances At The Octagon Theatre

    Lizzie Frances Celebrates 200 Performances At The Octagon Theatre

    On Saturday 30 December 2017, Lizzie Frances – currently playing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella – celebrated 200 performances at The Octagon Theatre. During the finale of the evening performance o...

  • Paul Zerdin Named As Patron Of The Octagon's Name A Seat Campaign

    Paul Zerdin Named As Patron Of The Octagon's Name A Seat Campaign

    The Octagon Theatre is running a Name A Seat campaign to raise the last funds needed to replace the 622 seats in their auditorium. Local businesses, friends, staff and visitors to the theatre have the...

  • A Minute With The Manager: The Octagon Academy

    A Minute With The Manager: The Octagon Academy

    When you look back over the things you’ve achieved in work there are moments and things that you are particularly proud of. For me, one of the things I am most proud of at The Octagon is our participa...

  • A Minute With The Manager: The Octagon Philosophy

    A Minute With The Manager: The Octagon Philosophy

    By the time you are reading this we will have celebrated the official re-opening of Westlands with Darcey Bussell cutting the ribbon and marking a new chapter in the life of the sports, entertainment,...

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