Something for everyone at the Octagon

SOUTH Somerset’s Octagon Theatre autumn programme can truly claim to have something for all tastes – from baroque to burlesque, Private Lives to pantomime.

For music-lovers, the scope is as wide as you could wish – including tributes to rock royalty like Prince or Queen, classical treats with pianist Martin Roscoe, the BSO, Monteverdi and the Messiah with the Armonico Consort and the Gildas Quartet, folk stars Steeleye Span and Skerryvore and legends from Dr Hook with Dennis Locorriere, Marty Wilde and others on the Solid Gold Rock’n’Roll Shoe, Joe Brown, and The Stylistics.

On stage, Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society’s autumn show is the musical Nine to Five (made famous by the Dolly Parton hit and film, with Dolly, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlinson), London Classic Theatre in Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Russian State Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker, a musical version of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, burlesque stars Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales in The Vaudevillians, and Motionhouse dance in Charged.

Other highlights include Chris Packham’s Wild Night Out, Saba Douglas Hamilton talking about A Life With Elephants, and wine expert Oz Clarke joining forces with the Armonico Consort to Drink To Music.

Yeovil Literary Festival returns in 2017, from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October, at venues including the Octagon and the Manor Hotel – this year’s speakers include Dame Harriet Walter, Ben Fogle, Alan Johnson, Monty Don, Suzi Quatro, Jay Rayner, Michael Portillo, Polly Toynbee and Joanne Harris. More details on the FTR Word Words section shortly.

This year’s pantomime is Cinderella – yes, you can all go to the ball, from 8th December to 7th January 2018!

Full details see www.octagon-theatre.co.uk and regular previews on the Fine Times Recorder website.

Pictureed: Saba Douglas Hamilton; Motionhouse in Charged; The Armonico Consort playing Monteverdi’s Vespers.