Appetising menu at the Octagon

THE best antidote to winter blues is looking ahead to spring, and there are plenty of exciting and entertaining events at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands entertainments centre, including an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the Armonico Consort with a Valentines-themed programme, BalletBoyz, Seth Lakeman, and comedians Nish Kumar and Mark Steel.

January highlights include anthropologist, archaeologist and television presenter Professor Alice Roberts, “Digging into Britain’s past” on Saturday, 19th, Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society with Jack and the Beanstalk, from 22nd to 26th, and oboeist Nicholas Daniel as soloist in two works by Mozart, with Sinfonia Classica on Wednesday 30th.

Fans of the television hit drama Peaky Blinders should dig out their cool headgear and sharp tweeds for a charity party raising funds for St Margaret’s Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK, on Saturday 2nd February.

Other highlights that evening include The Searchers on Wednesday 6th, television’s favourite doctor, Michael Mosley, on Sunday 10th, Apollo Theatre recreating three classic Hancock’s Half Hour scripts on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th, explorer Ran Fiennes on Tuesday 12th at Westlands, the Armonico Consort with Love Handels on Thursday 14th, a sing-along-a The Greatest Showman at Westlands on Saturday 23rd, and the brilliant contemporary dance company BalletBoyz in Them/Us, on Tuesday 26th.

Looking further ahead, the March programme includes a concert by folk star Seth Lakeman on Tuesday 5th, the Richard Alston Dance Company on Thursday 7th, The Manfreds with Paul Jones on Wednesday 13th, and Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society in 42nd Street, from Wednesday 27th to Saturday 6th April.

Westlands is the venue for the brilliant comedian Nish Kumar with It’s Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves, on Sunday 31st March, and Mark Steel will be bringing his sardonic take on life, in Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright to the Octagon on Thursday 11th April.

For full details visit www.octagon-theatre.co.uk and westlandsyeovil.co.uk and keep an eye on the FTR arts diary and previews.

Pictured: BalletBoys in Them/Us, and folk singer Seth Lakeman.