A community led space managing to produce and attract some really excellent theatre
Described by The Guardian as 'the most revitalised regional theatre in the country', The Octagon Theatre continues to produce excellent work inside its main midsize theatre and studio space.
The main space is one of the theatre's greatest assets. Its flexibility allows for work in all formats – end stage, in the round, thrust – so that the presentation of work is as varied as the work itself. Visiting productions sit easily alongside those from the Octagon itself, and the main shows are supplemented with music and comedy, talks, special events and a very successful youth programme.
Over 150,000 visitors each year enjoy everything from 'Journey's End' to 'Mother Courage', and The Octagon has its roots firmly planted in its hometown, making opportunities available to local people to audition via its Community Company. Here, absolutely zero acting experience won't necessarily be a barrier to joining in, making the Octagon a place where community engagement is far more than just a bolt on.
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Things to do
The Secret Garden Project: Youth Theatre
An opportunity for 8-25 year olds to take part in a production of the classic children's story by Frances Hodgson Burnett working alongside the new Artistic Team.Classes and workshops Until Saturday August 13 2016Read more
The Secret Garden
The Bolton Octagon presents Janys Chambers's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's story in which a lonely orphan encounters Gothic mystery in crumbling Yorkshire mansion.Thursday August 11 2016 - Saturday August 13 2016Read more
Octagon Pleasure Beach
The Octagon auditorium is transformed into a seaside pleasure beach. Enjoy all the fun of the fair, indulge in candy floss and ice cream and enjoy a range of family activities and pop-up theatre performances.Friday August 26 2016 - Monday August 29 2016Read more
Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird
Christopher Sergel and Elizabeth Newman's moving stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Atticus Finch.Thursday September 8 2016 - Saturday October 15 2016Read more