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Treasure Island – Octagon Theatre at University of Bolton Football Stadium

Writer:  Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: Kate Ferguson Music and lyrics: Susannah Pearse Director: Tim Jackson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The still temporary homeless Octagon Theatre in Bolton set sail down the road to The University of Bolton football stadium to deliver their new family musical Treasure Island. As much a staple in the festive Christmas show fold as rum on board ...

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Seagulls – Octagon Theatre at Bolton Library Theatre, Bolton

Book, Music & Lyrics: Beth Hyland Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: May Mellstrom Hosting the world premiere of a new musical is an exciting and ambitious choice from Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham, particularly when the musical is a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s late 19th Century classic The Seagull. It sounds an unlikely fit and yet the themes of the original remain; ...

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Beryl – Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Bolton Library Theatre

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: May Mellstrom An all-time cycling legend, Yorkshire-born Beryl Burton’s list of achievements is extraordinary; winning more than ninety national championships, seven world titles and even surpassing every male rider in a 12-hour time trial, setting a women’s record that stood for an incredible fifty years. Despite such a remarkable career, Burton remains largely ...

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INTERVIEW: Katie Elin-Salt and Sally George on Bolton Octagon’s Little Voice

Whilst Bolton’s Octagon Theatre undergoes a multi-million-pound redevelopment it is continuing to provide first-class entertainment in a variety of Town Centre venues. The Octagon is currently enjoying a short run at the iconic Bolton Albert Halls with a revival of Jim Cartwright’s, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice; the original production at the National Theatre in 1992 making an ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Octagon Theatre at Albert Halls, Bolton

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom During this period of redevelopment to the main Octagon Theatre building the shows must go on elsewhere; this time it is the turn of the beautiful Albert Halls to play host to a revival of Farnworth born playwright Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.  The popular play was ...

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The Last Five Years – Albert Halls, Bolton

Book: Jason Robert Brown Director: James Edgington Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen For their first in-house production, the beautiful Albert Halls in Bolton could have, and arguably should have, started with more of a bang. While the venue should be commended for its attempt to transform and experiment with theatre space, The Last Five Years is an overly ambitious choice to begin with ...

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Gulliver’s Travels – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Jonathan Swift Adapters: Satinder Chohan & Mike Kenny Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There are big things happening in Queen’s Park in Bolton over the next couple of weeks. The Octagon Theatre’s outdoor, promenade production of Gulliver’s Travels lands ashore with lots of silliness, a vast community chorus and one giant puppet! The story of ...

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Summer Holiday – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Stage Adapters: Michael Gyngell & Mark Haddigan Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After weeks of commuter hell in the north of England, it was a pleasure to see a crowd of people with beaming smiles desperate to board public transport at Bolton’s new travel interchange. The OctagonTheatre’s production of Summer Holiday may not take us beyond Bolton’s ...

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