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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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Cinderella – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Mike Kenny Additional Lyrics: Ivan Stott Music: Rob Hiley Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Marie Smith Cinderella is an entertaining and animated production from award-winning children’s writer, Mike Kenny. It tells the story of Cinders, her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters but in a unique way with lots of ridiculously funny moments and a really lively cast. This version of ...

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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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Singin’ in the Rain – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

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: May Mellstrom Summer may technically have arrived but it looks to be a wet month at the Octagon as they bring classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain to the stage in a production which should make a deserved splash in Bolton. Although a ...

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Look Back In Anger – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: May Mellstrom   Sixty years ago John Osborne's heavily autobiographical play Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court and sent shockwaves through a British theatre industry thoroughly unaccustomed to hearing a working class voice on stage. There is no question that in helping to propel the genre of "kitchen-sink drama", the ...

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