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NEWS: Octagon Theatre Bolton announces new Artistic Director

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton has today announced Elizabeth Newman as its next Artistic Director. Newman is currently Associate Director at the Octagon Theatre, directing main house and studio productions, leading the organisation’s new writing department, and programming additional Octagon events. Before arriving at the Octagon in 2009, Newman was Artistic Director of award winning Shared Property Theatre Company. She also ...

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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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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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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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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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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:2.5]   When Eugene O’Neill wrote Long Day’s Journey Into Night, he wrote a play of brutal honesty, a semi-autobiographical confrontation of the ghosts of his own past. A play of such unremitting frankness he actually had it locked in a publisher’s safe with a stipulation that it wasn’t to be ...

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