Bolton Octagon's One Man band of goodies

Published: 26 February 2020
Reporter: David Upton

With its multi-million pound redevelopment nearing completion Bolton’s Octagon Theatre has announced its autumn-spring season, ahead of the building reopening this summer.

Two world premières, a Linbury Prize-winning regional première, a Dickensian classic and a smash-hit comedy form part of the offering.

Opening the season will be One Man, Two Guvnors (September 3 to October 3). Richard Bean’s farce, an adaptation of A Servant of Two Masters, promises a mix of slapstick and music.

The Octagon then presents the world première of Marvellous (October 7–31) in a co-production with New Vic Theatre.

Originally a novel, then made in to a BAFTA-winning BBC film starring Toby Jones, this new stage adaptation tells of the life of Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin, a person who refused to accept the label of ‘learning difficulties’.

Audiences can expect a musical extravaganza with the festive production of A Christmas Carol (November 19 to January16). From the writers of last year’s Treasure Island, Lotte Wakeham directs a new musical adaptation.

The season continues with An Adventure (January 28 to February 20 2021) the regional première of an epic love story, following the journey of Indian husband and wife Rasik and Jyoti, spanning seven decades and three continents.

The season closes with The Book Thief (March 12 to April 10), set in 1930s Nazi Germany and following young orphan Liesel as she enters a dangerous game of book thievery.

The new season will also include a programme of events in the venue’s brand-new, purpose-built studio.