The Octagon Theatre was officially opened on 27 November 1967 by HRH Princess Margaret. The first production was Annie And Fanny by Bolton playwright Bill Naughton. The building was constructed for the princely sum of £95,000 using money raised by public donation. The Octagon was the first professional theatre to be built in the North West of England following World War Two.
The Octagon Theatre is currently one of Bolton’s most successful and popular cultural attractions and currently welcomes over 150,000 people a year to performances and its services. The Octagon’s unique selling point is the intimate and flexible Main Auditorium theatre space. In the space of one season, audiences can see performances in thrust, end-on or in-the-round. In 1987, the Octagon building was extended to include a studio theatre, which in 1994 was re-named The Bill Naughton Studio Theatre after Bolton’s most famous playwright.
On top of this, the Octagon’s community, participatory and education work is recognised as a benchmark for community work both regionally and nationally.
In addition to the two theatre spaces, the Octagon Theatre offer pre-theatre dining – from classic local dishes to international favourites and the Bar, which is open pre-show, during the interval and post-show until 11pm.
Please note: Some productions may contain smoking (herbal cigarettes), strong language and/or themes of an adult nature. Ask when booking for more information.
All customers need a valid ticket. We do not admit babes in arms. Photographs and recordings are not permitted during the show.
We reserve the right to refuse admission.
For further information, visit www.octagonbolton.co.uk.
Howell Croft South
Members of Mandy who have worked for Octagon Theatre