Following sell out success and national acclaim, the work of Octagon Theatre Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman and Associate Director, Ben Occhipinti is recognised by UK Theatre Awards.
The Octagon Theatre were thrilled to receive a nomination for their feel good summer smash hit Summer Holiday. Marking the end of the Octagon’s 50th anniversary this was the final show in the Octagon’s building before the multi million pound redevelopment of the building which is now closed until early 2020.
The 1960’s musical was brought to life by a cast of multi-talented actor-musicians. Audiences were treated to an unusual setting for the performance as the sounds of Cliff Richard’s timeless songs could be heard across Bolton. The show began at Bolton’s new Travel Interchange before audiences embarked upon a fleet of Vision buses and were transported to see the story continue on the steps of the town hall. With rave reviews from critics and audiences the cast received standing ovations after each performance with audiences dancing in the aisles.
Director Ben Occhipinti comments on the nomination “Summer Holiday was such a huge joy to create and was only made possible with the hard work of the team at the Octagon and all the amazing support of our friends at Vision Buses, TFGM and Bolton Council. We worked together to create something very special and an unforgettable experience for everyone who watched the show. It is something I’m immensely proud to have been a part of and am thrilled that UK Theatre have recognised the production as a piece of extraordinary theatre.”
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Summer Holiday has been nominated for Best Musical 2018 alongside other nominees The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, a Theatr Clwyd production, Miss Littlewood, a Royal Shakespeare Company production and Pieces of String, a Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO co-production.
The awards take place on Sunday 14th October 2018 at London’s historic Guildhall where the winner will be announced.