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Octagon to present Shakespeare online

Matt Pinches and Sarah Gobran in the 2017 production
Matt Pinches and Sarah Gobran in the 2017 production

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton is to present its first live streamed production.

The theatre is collaborating with Guildford Shakespeare Company on a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be presented online from September 24-27.

The 75min version of the comedy is based on GSC’s 2017 open-air production directed (then and now) by Lotte Wakeham, now the Octagon’s artistic director.

The show will be streamed live on Zoom and has a cast of six, with Jack Whitam, Emma Tenney, Sarah Gobran and Matt Pinches from the 2017 production making their Bolton debuts, alongside Misha Duncan-Barry and Nathan Ives-Moiba.

Wakeham said: “We’ve had fantastic feedback from our audiences about other online content during lockdown, so it felt like a natural next step to try a full production.”

GSC co-founder Matt Pinches added: “Dream, with its accessible storyline, beautiful speeches and laugh-out-loud comedy, was an obvious choice. We worked with Lotte when she directed this ttruly magical show for us in 2017 and so it seemed a natural union to make with Bolton.“

Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow (September 3) at £20 per device (maximum two viewers per device or £10 for each additional viewer).

More into and book here or by phone on 01204 520661.


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