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An Inspector Calls – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Director: David Thacker Designer: Ruari Murchison Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:4] With a riveting story and a single set An Inspector Calls is a staple of regional theatre. The status of self –made industrialist Arthur Birling (Brian Protheroe) and his wife Sybil (Margot Leicester) as respected pillars of their community is challenged by a mysterious Inspector Goole (David Prosho). The Inspector ...

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The Glass Menagerie – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Luke Walker [Rating:4] Tennessee Williams' exquisite 1944 familial drama is an American classic and constantly produced in theatres up and down the land. And, judging by the Octagon Theatre's production in Bolton, it is easy to see why. Set in 1930s St Louis, faded southern belle and matriarch, Amanda Wingfield (Margot Leicester), lives ...

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Tull – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Phil Vasili Director: David Thacker Composer: Adrian Johnston Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:3] In the early part of the 20th Century, when Walter Tull played football and served in the army, racism was so ingrained it was actually part of army policy to limit the promotional possibilities open to non-white soldiers and football commentators felt at ease referring to the ...

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Of Mice and Men – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ is one of those stories that an awful lot of people are already familiar with. It seems to be a favourite for high school English lessons, so to breathe new and exciting life into an already established story can be quite the challenge. Luckily, ...

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Lighthearted Intercourse – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [rating:4]   Bolton’s most successful playwright, Bill Naughton, he of ‘Alfie’ and ‘Spring and Port Wine’ fame, has done it again with a little help from the Octagon. Lighthearted Intercourse is a moving, often funny, exploration of existence, the choices we make and the consequences we face. Selfish, slightly self-obsessed Joe ...

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