Octagon goes 'on the road'

Published: 30 April 2018
Reporter: David Upton

The remainder of this year and next sees the Octagon Theatre Bolton map out a season of dramas, musicals and family shows across locations around the town.

The new Bolton Interchange, Queens Park, Macron Stadium and Bolton’s Albert Halls will all play host to productions whilst the town centre building undergoes a £10 million redevelopment.

Kicking off the new season with And Did Those Feet, Les Smith’s story of the Bolton Wanderers at the 1923 FA Cup Final which was produced at the Octagon in 2007 and 2010, takes place at the home of the Wanderers, the Macron Stadium.

In December the Octagon will be presenting their yearly festive production The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, last seen at the Octagon for Christmas 2011, at the Premier Suite, Macron Stadium.

They start 2019 with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Bolton born Jim Cartwright directed by Ben Occhipinti, which artistic director Elizabeth Newman directed at the Octagon in 2012.

Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest runs from June 6 to 15 in the setting of Bolton’s Albert Halls.

Shows already announced in the season out of the building include the Octagon’s next production Summer Holiday. Starting from Bolton Interchange, this promenade production will take audiences on a bus journey to Victoria Square before concluding the story at the Octagon.

Bringing together Bolton’s young people and community choirs, an open-air promenade production of Gulliver’s Travels will take place in Bolton’s Queens Park, August 16 to 27.