A premier venue in Yeovil, Somerset for a range of disciplines within the performing arts. The Octagon was first built as the multipurpose, community building under the name of Johnson Hall in 1974. Its name was later changed after a public vote that followed permanent seating being installed in the auditorium, taking the shape of a theatre. Visitors can enjoy everything from music to musicals, dance to drama, and a range of entertainment for children at the Octagon. The varied programme is estimated as a composition of 80% professional and 20% local amateurs, giving the community a blend of big names and new talent, alongside different genres and disciplines. Being in close proximity to London, the venue often attracts the biggest acts, particularly in comedy. Lee Evans, Dara O’Briain and Alan Carr have left Somerset in stitches during national tours. The Octagon annually hosts a month of workshops and projects during the summer, after gaining success with the first edition of its Summer School in 1991. The venue also houses the Octagon Academy, a space with a range of classes related to singing, dancing and acting for all ages and levels. The Foyers Club was originally launched as an area that connected the building to the community; giving information and advice to locals, however has aided the site’s investment in theatre over the years, providing space for more performances. With the addition of the Footlights Club in 1990, the Octagon was able to further establish its relationship with the community, serving as an area for members and regular theatre-goers. To further cater to growing demands in entertainment, the Octagon gained a sister venue in 2017; the Westlands Entertainment Venue.