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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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Separation – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Only days after opening Duet for One, the first in a double bill of Tom Kempinski’s plays, the same cast and creative team have premiered the second, Separation. Having now viewed both, the ways in which each piece complements the other are apparent and director Elizabeth Newman deserves credit for her ...

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NEWS: Boys and Samuels to star in Bolton Octagon’s Love Story

Producers have today announced that TV talent show stars Daniel Boys and Lauren Samuels will join the Octagon Theatre, Bolton cast of Howard Goodall's musical adaptation ofLove Story. Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling novel and subsequent hit film, Love Story is widely regarded as one of the most romantic and moving films of all time. Taking on the rôle of ...

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Duet for One – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom   In a rare and ambitious double-header, Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is staging two of playwright Tom Kempinski’s works in repertoire, with the same cast playing the only two rôles in both. The first of these, Duet for One, is an affirming and touching play that premiered in 1980 but was updated ...

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This May Hurt a Bit – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Stella Feehily Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: George Wallace The Bolton Octagon isn’t afraid to be controversial and tackle difficult subjects and with its new play, This May Hurt a Bit, the theatre is taking on that most British of institutions, the National Health Service. The play, which has been written in conjunction with Out of Joint Theatre Company, can ...

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Twelfth Night – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The Octagon's publicity describes this production as The Bard meets Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. This description hits the nail firmly on the head - or the coxcomb, as Sir Toby Belch might exclaim. Separated on the waves during a fierce tempest brother and sister Viola and Sebastian are washed up ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Written in 1916 Hobson’s Choice has remained a favourite of audiences and theatre companies alike throughout its 98 year history and with this new co-production between the Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme it is easy to see why. Harold Brighouse’s superbly written play tells the tale of Salfordian ...

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Robin Hood – The Octagon, Bolton

Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Composer and Musical Director: Barbara Hockaday Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] The Octagon has an enviable reputation for staging festive productions that are a bracing change from the usual bland pantos. This year, however, you can’t help but wish they had retained a few of the traditional elements such as a simple villain you ...

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