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The Big Corner – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Adaptor: Lawrence Till Director: Elizabeth Newman     Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘You don’t get to choose the story you’re told ’ A landmark on the Bolton landscape, and a cultural gem the Octagon Theatre is proudly celebrating 50 years of theatre.  In a world where we are constantly finding arts and cultural endeavours pared down and marginalised, this is ...

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Hamlet – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Brevity may be the soul of wit but brevity was certainly not on William Shakespeare’s agenda when he wrote the Danish classic. It is easy not to appreciate, when seeing a production every few years, the mammoth task a director, lead actor and whole company undertake when committing to stage the ...

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Jane Eyre – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Adaptation: Janys Chambers and Lorna French Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Matt Forrest Last year saw this literary classic celebrate 170 years from when it was first published – since its release it has been wowing readers and audiences the world over with various stage and screen adaptations.  It would seem that now Jane Eyre’s place in the ...

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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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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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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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