Octagon Bolton announces first autumn season in new theatre


Home, I'm Darling opens the Octagon's first full season in its newly-rebuilt theatre
Home, I'm Darling opens the Octagon's first full season in its newly-rebuilt theatre

A new co-production of Laura Wade’s comedy Home, I’m Darling, a Christmas production of magical adventure Peter Pan, a new monthly comedy club and a family festival are all in the line-up at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre this autumn – with more items still to come.

Laura Wade’s Olivier Award-winning comedy Home I’m Darling (September 1-October 2) opens the season, a hilarious look at the marital bliss of perfect couple Judy and John. But what happens when things begin to unravel? Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be in this funny co-production with Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake and Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The Octagon will be flying audiences to Neverland for Christmas with a new production of Peter Pan (November 26-January 9). Barrie’s classic tale will be adapted by Sarah Punshon, with songs by Claire Tustin and Ziad Jabero.

There’s a new free family festival over the August bank holiday weekend (August 27-29), running alongside the town’s Food & Drink Festival. The Octagon will be offering free activities, from storytelling and dancing to craft activities.

The theatre is also launching a new monthly comedy night on the last Friday of each month from September 24.

Octagon artistic director Lotte Wakeham said: “It’s been a joy to welcome our first audiences this summer for our Warm Up season in our beautiful new building. I’m now really looking forward to the line-up for the coming months.”

The new season - the first full season since the Octagon reopened after its multi-million-pound refit in July – will run under appropriate social distancing and other anti-viral measures.

Theatre chief executive Roddy Gauld added: “The theatre industry is slowly recovering and our plans are constantly changing, but we’re just delighted to be open and staging live theatre once again. Audiences can visit the Octagon safely and confidently this autumn.”

The season goes on sale on Thursday at 9am, though theatre members have priority booking from today.

Info and tickets here or on 01204 520661.