YEOVIL audiences are in the fortunate and increasingly unusual position of having a council that values its theatre and entertainment spaces and continues to support them.
Under the leadership of arts and entertainment venues manager Adam Burgan, both the Octagon and Westlands continue to provide a wide variety of events to satisfy the tastes of their audiences, as can be seen in the late winter and spring 2020 programme.
Once the terrific pantomime ends on Sunday 5th, the January programme includes tributes to Orbison, Take That, Queen, Buddy Holly, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and the Jackson family, a return from Spirit of the Dance, jive and swing at Westlands and an Octagon Sinfonia Classica concert with star saxophonist Jess Gilllam (pictured).
The big show among these is the Yeovil premiere of Buddy, billed as the world’s most successful rock and roll musical and on the Octagon stage from 16th to 18th January.
In February music lovers can hear the Black Dyke Band, Turin Brakes, Tony Blackburn introducing Sounds of the 60s and the Armonico Consort playing Bach’s B Minor Mass.
The ever popular Fascinating Aida (pictured) are on tour again, coming to Yeovil to 12th and 13th February, and Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will be on stage from 17th to 22nd February … “Suspect Everyone” is the message.
There is also a Peaky Blinders party and a chance to relive the glory days of Round the Horne on its 50th anniversary tour, as well as an evening of Eric and Ern and a look back to The Navy Lark (pictured).
Multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer has a solo show on 1st March, and Quo frontman Francis Rossi will be talking too much on 13th March at Westlands.
On the comedy front, Joel Dommett is Unapologetic on 8th March, Ed Byrne will be Honest on 29th March, and Josh Widdicombe is a Bit Much in April.
Local talent is always important in the Octagon programming, and Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society will be on stage in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music from 11th to 21st March. from 6th to 9th April the Yeovil cast of Project Play’s Dad’s Army is on stage.
Other highlights include visits from Russian State Opera in Aida, Lesley Garrett on 1st April, New Old Friends in Crimes, Camera, Action on 4th April, and Balletboyz Deluxe show on 14th April.
Pick up the full programme, with events up until the end of April, from your loca library, arts centre or theatre, or visit the Octagon/Westlands website, www.octagon-theatre.co.uk
Watch out for regular updates and full listings on The Fine Times Recorder.