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Alice in Wonderland – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Paul Downham This year’s festive offering from Bolton’s Octagon Theatre sees Alice in Wonderland take to the unique in-the-round stage. Seven actors undertake 35 different rôles in what is a non-stop 90 minutes of enthralling theatre for all ages. As you enter the auditorium, a school classroom greets you on the stage ...

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Love Story – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eric Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe As powerful and devastatingly haunting, witty, romantic, tear-jerking and heart-wrenching as the original novel by Eric Segal which was also turned into an iconic film starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw Love Story has the ability to turn even the ...

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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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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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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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Piaf – Bolton Octagon

Writer: Pam Gems Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] On a rain soaked street in Belleville Edith Gassion (Caroline Faber), a street singer, catches the eye of nightclub owner Louis Leplee (Danny Cunningham). In reference to her slight frame he renames her Little Sparrow – ‘ Piaf’. Pam Gems’s play is a warts and all examination of a flawed ...

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