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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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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

Writer: Charlottte Jones Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is the story of a Bolton dominatrix turning 50 and reviewing her life. As that might imply, it is a comedy. It took some minutes for the comic chemistry to connect between stage and audience, but once it did, it built steadily throughout the ...

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Two 2 – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Katy Cavanagh and Colin Connor in Two 2

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace   Following on from the conclusion of the Octagon’s brilliant revival of Jim Cartwright’s classic play Two, the theatre now presents the world premiere of the sequel, Two 2. Set several years after the conclusion of Two, the play rejoins the Landlady and Landlord at another time of crisis for their ...

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Two – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Production Image of Two at Bolton's Octagon Theatre

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Prolific playwright Jim Cartwright premiered Two in 1989 in this very theatre and the play has since become a favourite among regional and amateur companies. With this excellent revival co-produced with the University of Bolton, it is easy to see why. Set within a pub in northern England the play focuses ...

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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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The BFG – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Jay Nuttall For over 30 years, Roald Dahl’s tale of the The Big Friendly Giant has lit up classrooms, libraries and bedtimes. It is no surprise that David Wood’s adaptation has been produced for nearly 25 years and has been chosen as The Octagon Theatre’s festive production. Filled with Dahl’s ...

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The Family Way (All in Good Time) – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The rising price of property is making acquiring a home increasingly difficult for the younger generation. Which brings an unexpected contemporary relevance to Bill Naughton’s 1966 social comedy The Family Way. The stress of residing with their in-laws Ezra (David Birrell) and Lucy Fitton (Barbara Drennan) has an unfortunate effect ...

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