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Hamlet – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Brevity may be the soul of wit but brevity was certainly not on William Shakespeare's agenda when he wrote the Danish classic. It is easy not to appreciate, when seeing a production every few years, the mammoth task a director, lead actor and whole company undertake when committing to stage the ...

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Talking Heads – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom Alan Bennett's series Talking Heads showcased the art of the monologue on television to great acclaim; here, three of those mini-masterpieces make the leap from screen to stage in the Octagon's quietly captivating production. The television format has its benefits, camera close-ups provide a window into each characters world that the ...

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I Capture the Castle – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Book & Lyrics: Teresa Howard Music: Steven Edis Director: Brigid Larmour Reviewer: May Mellstrom 'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink'. Readers of Dodie Smith's 1948 novel I Capture the Castle will all recognise this famous opening line, which is kept intact by Teresa Howard and Steven Edis to launch their new musical adaptation of the classic coming-of-age tale. ...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Anne Brontë Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs If you’re familiar with Anne Brontë’s 1848 novel, you’ll know that it’s a gripping tale of love, loss and human failing. You’ll also know that it harbours some dark issues that remain, unfortunately, completely relevant to a 21st Century audience. If, like this reviewer, you have seriously failed ...

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Ashes – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Ashes at Bolton Octagon 2017

Writer: David Rudkin Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Octagon Theatre’s latest offering of Ashes is an eclectic piece of poetic theatre, which is at one both powerful and testing. Following a couple’s journey, as they struggle to conceive despite all the best medical attention, this is an intimate and raw piece of storytelling that tugs at the heartstrings ...

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Educating Rita – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Talk to anyone about Educating Rita and two names inevitably crop up - Julie Walters and Michael Caine. To those whose only experience of Willy Russell's meaning-of-life tale is the 1983 film, it may come as a surprise to learn it began life three years earlier, as a stage play featuring ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: David Thacker Reviewer: May Mellstrom Former Artistic Director David Thacker returns to the Octagon to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a new production of The Winter's Tale, one of his latest and most unusual plays. Difficult to categorise, The Winter's Tale is both tragedy and comedy and features a host of narrative conventions ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird ­- Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize­winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and quickly became a literary classic, achieving both immediate and continued success throughout the decades that followed. It resulted in an on Oscar-­winning film adaptation soon after in 1962, however, it took playwright Christoper Sergel ...

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