As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are launching our public fundraising campaign, calling out for help to raise money to complete our major redevelopment
From when it was first built in 1967, the Octagon Theatre Bolton has been at the heart of the Bolton community and has continued to thrive with the help of its audiences and the public.
This November marks the Octagon’s 50th birthday, and now the building is 50 years old and is no longer big enough or modern enough to withstand the next five decades. The building is in need of updating to ensure better access and a more positive customer experience for all visitors, actors and staff.
Currently, with the confirmation of Arts Council England providing a grant of £3.8m to the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s redevelopment project and with funding from other Foundations and supporters, 85% of the total £9.87m required funding has been raised so far.
Now, as a registered charity, the Octagon is looking to the public for their support to make sure the theatre can continue making world class theatre and reaching out to the community for decades to come. There are a number of ways that you can help the Octagon raise the final £1.5m of funding needed to modernise and renovate the theatre’s building. Find out more about the redevelopment and the ways that you can support.
You can make your mark on the future by buying a brick for the new building. There are three types of brick to choose from, each with different benefits.
Or why not take a seat? You can sponsor a seat for yourself or for a loved one, with two different options available.
You could also take on a challenge and fundraise for the Octagon by running a marathon, holding a bake sale…or even jumping out of a plane! The Octagon welcomes fundraising in all shapes and sizes, so you can have fun challenging yourself while helping to ensure the future of the theatre.
The redevelopment project aims to ensure that the Octagon is an accessible theatre for all audience members, actors, and staff. It will ensure access to all areas for those with mobility impairment and for wheelchair users, including backstage and into dressing rooms, which will make the theatre more accessible than ever before.
For audience comfort and experience, there will be air conditioning in the main auditorium, more toilets, and a new two-floor café and bar area. In order to continue and develop working with and for the community, particularly young people, the Octagon will also have a dedicated new learning space where seminars and workshops can take place.