Darcey Bussell CBE to officially open Westlands

Dance legend Darcey Bussell CBE will officially open the newly refurbished Westlands Entertainment Venue on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

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.

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Photo Above: Darcey Bussell (Credit Grant Sainsbury)

Date issued: Friday 17 February 2017