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Gulliver’s Travels – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Jonathan Swift Adapters: Satinder Chohan & Mike Kenny Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There are big things happening in Queen’s Park in Bolton over the next couple of weeks. The Octagon Theatre’s outdoor, promenade production of Gulliver’s Travels lands ashore with lots of silliness, a vast community chorus and one giant puppet! The story of ...

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Summer Holiday – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Stage Adapters: Michael Gyngell & Mark Haddigan Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After weeks of commuter hell in the north of England, it was a pleasure to see a crowd of people with beaming smiles desperate to board public transport at Bolton’s new travel interchange. The OctagonTheatre’s production of Summer Holiday may not take us beyond Bolton’s ...

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INTERVIEW: Michael Peavoy talks Bolton Summer Holiday

Whilst the country continues to bask in record-breaking hot weather and enjoy the feel-good factor of a Royal Wedding, in Bolton, the Octagon Theatre is preparing to open its much-anticipated site-specific version of Summer Holiday. Directed by Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, the popular 60’s musical is the first show to be performed away from the Octagon whilst the theatre undergoes ...

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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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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Anne Brontë Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs If you’re familiar with Anne Brontë’s 1848 novel, you’ll know that it’s a gripping tale of love, loss and human failing. You’ll also know that it harbours some dark issues that remain, unfortunately, completely relevant to a 21st Century audience. If, like this reviewer, you have seriously failed ...

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Into The Woods – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Amy Ellen Richardson and Alex Gaumond in Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Original Book: James Lapine Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Matt Forrest   It’s Christmas time, which invariably means that across the land, Panto season is upon us. All over the country pantomimes will be in full swing, most loosely based on the fairy tales so familiar with our childhood, but imagine a production which has interwoven ...

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: James Brining Reviewer: Seb Farrell [rating:5] The multi award winning seminal Sondheim piece about a murderous barber seeking vengeance and his cunning cohort pie shop owner Mrs Lovett has been both wowing and turning the stomachs of audiences since its Broadway debut in 1979 and now it’s settling in for a month ...

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