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Beryl – Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Bolton Library Theatre

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: May Mellstrom An all-time cycling legend, Yorkshire-born Beryl Burton's list of achievements is extraordinary; winning more than ninety national championships, seven world titles and even surpassing every male rider in a 12-hour time trial, setting a women's record that stood for an incredible fifty years. Despite such a remarkable career, Burton remains largely ...

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NEWS: Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom to leave The Royal Exchange Theatre

After twenty years of working at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Sarah Frankcom has announced that she is stepping down as the theatre’s Artistic Director. Frankcom joined the Company as Literary Manager in 1998; ten years later she was made Joint Artistic Director and in 2014 took up her current position as sole Artistic Director. Frankcom is leaving the Royal Exchange ...

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INTERVIEW: Katie Elin-Salt and Sally George on Bolton Octagon’s Little Voice

Whilst Bolton’s Octagon Theatre undergoes a multi-million-pound redevelopment it is continuing to provide first-class entertainment in a variety of Town Centre venues. The Octagon is currently enjoying a short run at the iconic Bolton Albert Halls with a revival of Jim Cartwright’s, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice; the original production at the National Theatre in 1992 making an ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Octagon Theatre at Albert Halls, Bolton

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom During this period of redevelopment to the main Octagon Theatre building the shows must go on elsewhere; this time it is the turn of the beautiful Albert Halls to play host to a revival of Farnworth born playwright Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.  The popular play was ...

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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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PREVIEW: All Aboard! Octagon Theatre to stage site-specific Summer Holiday in Bolton

As Bolton’s much loved Octagon Theatre prepares to close to undergo major redevelopment, it seems fitting that, as part of its current 50th anniversary season, it has chosen to produce a site-specific production of the classic 1960’s feel-good musical film, Summer Holiday.   The Octagon Theatre and Summer Holiday have much in common: They are both products of the 1960’s, still ...

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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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Talking Heads – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom Alan Bennett's series Talking Heads showcased the art of the monologue on television to great acclaim; here, three of those mini-masterpieces make the leap from screen to stage in the Octagon's quietly captivating production. The television format has its benefits, camera close-ups provide a window into each characters world that the ...

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