The Octagon Theatre is situated in the heart of Bolton. It is a producing theatre, and aims to be bold, adventurous and popular, whilst making Theatre of the highest quality.
With huge support from the local government and the community of Bolton, funds were raised to build the first theatre in the North West since World War One. “There was a sense of enormous achievement and a feeling that anything was possible, which was typical of the late 60’s. The feeling behind the Octagon was to get everyone interested in the theatre.” Octagon founder and Artistic Director (1967-1972) Robin Pemberton=Billing.
The theatre was opened in 1967 by HRH Princess Margaret. Recently the Octagon has specialised in producing great American drama including works by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.
The Octagon also runs its BoltON season, which runs alongside the season of plays in the Main Auditorium, with events investigating or complementing the main season. This ranges from professional practical workshops to full day Investigate Days with casts and creative team.
In addition to its own productions, the Octagon also plays host to touring shows, including touring theatre, children’s plays and stand-up comedy.