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Educating Rita – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Talk to anyone about Educating Rita and two names inevitably crop up - Julie Walters and Michael Caine. To those whose only experience of Willy Russell's meaning-of-life tale is the 1983 film, it may come as a surprise to learn it began life three years earlier, as a stage play featuring ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird ­- Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize­winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and quickly became a literary classic, achieving both immediate and continued success throughout the decades that followed. It resulted in an on Oscar-­winning film adaptation soon after in 1962, however, it took playwright Christoper Sergel ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – The New Vic – Newcastle under Lyme.

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: Carol Lovatt The New Vic’s latest co-production with Bolton’s Octagon Theatre of Singin’ in the Rain is a show not to be missed. Full of memorable songs written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, laugh-out-loud antics, clever choreography plus heaps of love and ...

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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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Singin’ in the Rain – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Music: Nacho Herb Brown. Lyrics:Arthur Freed, Book:Betty Comden and Adolpho Green Director:Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There is always a mix of excitement and trepidation when a production ofSingin’ in the Rainis announced. Excitement at seeing one of Hollywood’s Golden Era musicals and trepidation in wonderingif the production will ensure the first few rows of audience members will get slightly ...

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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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Private Lives – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Noel Coward Director:Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   According to Noel Coward there are no limits to the depravity to which, if circumstances allow, we might descend in ourPrivate Lives. Divorced couple Elyot (Harry Long) and Amanda (Fiona Hampton) had a tempestuous marriage in which physical violence from both parties was a feature. Both have now remarried but when ...

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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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