YAOS News & Events

'Chess' Postponed to 2021


New dates: 12 - 16 Oct 2021


The last couple of months have been difficult for us all, but we have got through them successfully and have continued to do what we love best. We have continued to audition and rehearse 'virtually', learning new ways to work and creating, what we think will be an exceptional show.

Whilst trying to remain up-beat and positive, we have welcomed and embraced these new ways and look forward to doing more of this in the future.

We are so proud of the reputation of YAOS within the South West area - we only want to bring a show to you, that merits the high bar which this society has achieved in their past productions.

After carefully considering all the logistics associated with staging a show this autumn, YAOS has had to make the decision not to go ahead with 'Chess' this October, but stage the show next October 2021 at the Octagon Theatre.

It's a great shame, as we have an amazingly talented cast, who are raring to get into that rehearsal room and start on this incredible score.

However, it is not all bad news, as rather than cancel the show, it is only postponed until 12th to 16th October 2021.

Everyone is desperately sad to have to do this, but as social distancing measures are likely to be in place in some form or another for the remainder of the year, this makes it difficult to bring together all the many elements of staging a major production.  The prospect of keeping a cast socially distanced while rehearsing, and more obviously on stage in a theatre isn't realistic.

There are also many more people to consider who are associated with the production in other roles: crew, orchestra, wardrobe, props and many, many more. We have to think of everyone's safety first.

So once again thank you for your continued support over the years and during these extraordinary times. We are just on pause at the moment, but will come back even bigger and better in 2021.  The cast of ‘Chess’ is very much looking forward to seeing you all in October 2021, 12th to 16th October, at the Octagon Theatre Yeovil.

In the meantime, our plans for March 2021 remain the same with another amazing production - 'Kinky Boots' - 16th to 27th March 2021.


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