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Octagon opens its wardrobe

Pick up a hand-made dress at the Octagon's wardrobe sale
Pick up a hand-made dress at the Octagon's wardrobe sale

Thousands of items will be going up for sale later this month as Bolton Octagon's wardrobe department holds a costume sale.

The venue will be opening its doors to the public from 10am-4pm on July 22 for the first event of its kind in the theatre’s 56-year history.

The theatre's staff make all the costumes for their in-house productions – meaning their wardrobe store has amassed more than 16,000 garments. The sale will include clothes, shoes, hats; everything from everyday clothing items and vintage pieces to costume items and fancy-dress.

Included will also be a number of notable pieces from some of the theatre’s biggest productions, including Don Lockwood’s suit and Lina Lamont’s pink dress from the 2016 production of Singin’ in the Rain, period costumes from Jane Eyre, and costume pieces from The BFG.

Wardrobe manager Su Newell said: “We've been building our costume collection for over 50 years and our store is bursting at the seams, so we are offering many items a second life by putting them on sale.

"The sale will include men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, with many items starting from only £1. Lots of the items will have been hand-made by our wardrobe department, so will be a chance to get a piece of Octagon history. We will also be selling make-your-own bunting and patchwork kits made up of left over fabric scraps, which will make wonderful craft projects.”

The Octagon's cafe and bar will be open on the day for visitors to have something to eat and drink.

More info here


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