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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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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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A View from the Bridge – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Arthur Miller’s play premiered on Broadway in 1955 with less than favourable reviews, but following revisions and an apt relocation, given the subject matter, across the pond to London, this play has been one of Miller’s most popular, enjoying regular performances and critical acclaim alike. The story snapshots into the warm ...

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Tull – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Phil Vasili Director: David Thacker Composer: Adrian Johnston Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:3] In the early part of the 20th Century, when Walter Tull played football and served in the army, racism was so ingrained it was actually part of army policy to limit the promotional possibilities open to non-white soldiers and football commentators felt at ease referring to the ...

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