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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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Journey’s End – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: R C Sherriff Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Tensions mount in the trenches during World War 1. Rumours of a massive German offensive abound and the rigours of command have made the dedicated Stanhope (James Dutton) increasingly dependent upon alcohol. Steadfast Osborne (David Birrell) worries that the arrival of Raleigh (Tristan Brooke) who hero-worships Stanhope will make bad ...

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Twelfth Night – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The Octagon’s publicity describes this production as The Bard meets Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. This description hits the nail firmly on the head – or the coxcomb, as Sir Toby Belch might exclaim. Separated on the waves during a fierce tempest brother and sister Viola and Sebastian are washed up ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Written in 1916 Hobson’s Choice has remained a favourite of audiences and theatre companies alike throughout its 98 year history and with this new co-production between the Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme it is easy to see why. Harold Brighouse’s superbly written play tells the tale of Salfordian ...

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Virgin – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: EV Crowe Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2.5] EV Crowe’s latest play Virgin comes to us under the auspices of Watford Palace’s Ideal World season, exploring the way that the digital revolution has impacted on human relationships, but it crowbars so much into its 80 minutes that the brief ends up feeling a little constrictive. Working mother Emily ...

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