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Hindle Wakes – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Stanley Houghton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a run of intense dramas The Octagon opts for a lighter mood with Stanley Houghton’s 1912 comedy/drama Hindle Wakes. The Hawthorn family are scandalised to learn that their unmarried daughter Fanny (Natasha Davidson) spent the wakes holiday with the son of the local mill owner. The families unite to discuss ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week Beginning 19th January 2015

As the pantomimes and Christmas shows pack up from their runs over the festive period, theatres around the UK are this week beginning to get back into some normality. From a new work exploring the race for nuclear armament, to revivals of masterworks from some of theatre’s greatest writers there is a host of great works to see all across ...

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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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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning Monday 13th October

Another week passes and the world of theatre continues to thrive and excite. This week's shows include looking at the past and the future - from famous literary voices to some of the finest comedians the UK has ever seen. Some of our shows look at our society and asks some striking questions about our moral code and ethics, and ...

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Early One Morning – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Les Smith Director:David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Early One Morning, written by Les Smith, is a companion piece toJourney’s Endthat opened the current season at The Octagon. The plays share a common theme of the atrocity of World War 1 and feature many of the same cast members. Smith’s play, being less familiar than the classic, has a freshness ...

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Journey’s End – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: R C Sherriff Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Tensions mount in the trenches during World War 1. Rumours of a massive German offensive abound and the rigours of command have made the dedicated Stanhope (James Dutton) increasingly dependent upon alcohol. Steadfast Osborne (David Birrell) worries that the arrival of Raleigh (Tristan Brooke) who hero-worships Stanhope will make bad ...

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NEWS: Bolton’s Octagon Theatre announce new 2014-2015 season

Artistic director David Thacker and his associates have announced the 2014/15 season for Bolton’s Octagon Theatre that promises to build upon the theatre’s considerable strengthens while offering also some startling innovations. The Octagon will continue its successful collaborations with The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle- under- Lyme, and Oldham Coliseum. The policy of through casting, with the actors from one production ...

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Brassed Off– The Octagon, Bolton

Writer: Mark Herman Adapter:Paul Allen Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Adaptations of films to the stage can be a lazy way of achieving quick audience approval. The expectations of the audience are easy to satisfy as they are determined by what they have seen in the past. Brassed Off, Paul Allen’s stage adaptation of Mark Herman’s screenplay, is a ...

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