Darcey Bussell's dance career has spanned over 20 years since
she joined the Royal Ballet's National School in London at 16. In
1989 she became the youngest ever British ballerina to be made a
Principal dancer, and her final performance on stage, MacMillan's
'Song of the Earth' in 2007, was broadcast to over 3.3 million
viewers. In 2011 Darcey was appointed as Vice President of the
Royal Academy of Dance and today she is a member of the Board of
Directors for Sydney Dance Company.
More recently, Darcey has brought her expertise and experience
to the judging panel of BBC One's 'Strictly Come Dancing' as well
as hosting her own series of TV documentaries about Audrey Hepburn,
Margot Fonteyn and others.
An official opening ceremony for Westlands will take place on
the afternoon of Tuesday 27th June for invited guests who have been
involved in South Somerset District Council's project to reopen the
venue. In the evening an 'Audience With' event, open to the public,
will take place in the Ballroom of the new venue.
Adam Burgan, Arts and Entertainment Manager for The Octagon
Theatre and Westlands said, "We are delighted to welcome Darcey
Bussell to officially open Westlands and for audiences to be able
to find out more about her incredible career in an exclusive,
one-off 'Audience With' event. As the UK's most popular 'Prima
Ballerina', and from her role on 'Strictly' to her work as an
author and television presenter, we really are thrilled to have
such an amazing artist for the official opening."
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure &
Culture at South Somerset District Council said, "To have such an
incredible artist like Darcey Bussell opening the newly refurbished
Westlands Entertainment Venue is such a great coup and goes to show
how the team managing the venue are pulling out all the stops to
attract top names to Yeovil for the enjoyment of residents across
South Somerset and beyond."
Tickets for 'An Evening With Darcey Bussell CBE' will go on
general sale from 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd February, with
Footlight Members having priority booking a few days prior.
To book tickets on Wednesday 22nd February, call the venue Box
Office on 01935 422884, visit www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk
or visit The Octagon Theatre.
Photo Above: Darcey Bussell (Credit Grant
Date issued: Friday 17 February 2017