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INTERVIEW: Michael Peavoy talks Bolton Summer Holiday

Whilst the country continues to bask in record-breaking hot weather and enjoy the feel-good factor of a Royal Wedding, in Bolton, the Octagon Theatre is preparing to open its much-anticipated site-specific version of Summer Holiday. Directed by Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, the popular 60’s musical is the first show to be performed away from the Octagon whilst the theatre undergoes ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – The New Vic – Newcastle under Lyme.

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Book: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The New Vic’s latest co-production with Bolton’s Octagon Theatre of Singin’ in the Rain is a show not to be missed. Full of memorable songs written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, laugh-out-loud antics, clever choreography plus heaps of love and ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Deborah McAndrew

Deborah McAndrew is best known in Yorkshire for her multitude of successful plays for two companies: Northern Broadsides (most recently last year’s award-winning An August Bank Holiday Lark) and Mikron Theatre Company. The Public Reviews’ Ron Simpson talks to her about her next play One of Each, which opens at Mikron’s Marsden Mechanics base on 2nd May 2015. How did ...

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Of Mice and Men – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ is one of those stories that an awful lot of people are already familiar with. It seems to be a favourite for high school English lessons, so to breathe new and exciting life into an already established story can be quite the challenge. Luckily, ...

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Lighthearted Intercourse – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [rating:4]   Bolton’s most successful playwright, Bill Naughton, he of ‘Alfie’ and ‘Spring and Port Wine’ fame, has done it again with a little help from the Octagon. Lighthearted Intercourse is a moving, often funny, exploration of existence, the choices we make and the consequences we face. Selfish, slightly self-obsessed Joe ...

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The Queen of the North – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Ron Rose Director: Elizabeth Newman: Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:2]   Manchester’s always been full of them. Tough northern matriarchs who shout loud for what they believe in. From Emmeline Pankhurst to Elsie Tanner. The woman that Prime Minister James Callaghan called “the sexiest thing on television” was, for a generation of Britains, the embodiment of the working-class north. Full ...

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