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  • We Quiz Our Panto Cast

    We Quiz Our Panto Cast

    We had lots of fun at our official pantomime launch with our brillaint cast for Aladdin. We have quizzed some our cast to find out what their favourites things are and what they are hoping for from fa...

  • 10 Facts You May Not Know About Panto

    10 Facts You May Not Know About Panto

    You might visit our spectacular Christmas pantomime every year and be well-versed in ‘Boo-ing’ the baddies and singing along with our Ghost Gag but here are few more panto facts to help you become a t...

  • Our Aladdin May Be A Little Familiar

    Our Aladdin May Be A Little Familiar

    We are excited to reveal that, playing Aladdin in our spectacular 2018/19 production is Yeovil’s very own Jonny Purchase! Aladdin will mark his return to pro panto at The Octagon after 9 years – havin...

  • Madama Butterfly: Q&A with Alexej Ignatow

    Madama Butterfly: Q&A with Alexej Ignatow

    The Russian Opera House return to Yeovil on Friday 7 September with their stunning production of Madama Butterfly; ahead of the performance, we chatted to Alexej Ignatow, Director of Amande Concerts L...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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