Education at the Octagon

The Octagon was one of the first theatres in the country to have an education department. Working with young people is in our DNA and remains the Octagon’s primary commitment.

We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to SEE great theatre, to SHARE brilliant creative experiences and to CONNECT with industry artists and professionals.

We offer unique experiences for young people across primary, secondary and further education. From one day workshops, Arts Awards and backstage tours to bespoke partnerships with schools, there’s loads of ways to work with the Octagon.

Download the brochure below for full information about our workshop offers and free teacher CPD.

“Students have been talking about the sessions since we returned to school and the day created a genuine buzz. It was a real treat to work with such a great theatre."

L Mitchell, Teacher at Bedford High School

Download our education brochure

We’d love to hear from you to discuss how we can work with your school or college. Email us on or phone 01204 556501 to chat to one of our Education team.


As a producing theatre we want to offer young people the experience of seeing work live. The stories we tell on our stages are at the heart of what we do. 

We have great shows suitable for schools from our family festive show to GCSE set texts.


Save up to £6.50 per ticket

1 free teacher for every 15 pupil tickets purchased (1 in 10 for our festive show)

BOOK NOW AND PAY LATER (payment required 2 months before your visit)

Visit our What’s On pages for more information about our shows or call our Box Office on 01204 520661.