To run or not to run…Hamlet gets on his running shoes for the Octagon

To run or not to run…Hamlet gets on his running shoes for the Octagon

David Ricardo-Pearce who is playing Hamlet in the Octagon’s upcoming production is to run the London Marathon in a bid to raise money for the theatre’s redevelopment.

Straight from the West End, actor David Ricardo-Pearce will be returning to the Octagon Theatre to play Shakespeare’s famous tragic hero in David Thacker’s new production of Hamlet. As well as learning lines and rehearsing with the rest of the cast, David will also be taking on additional training for the London Marathon which he is due to run on 22nd April 2018, in a bid to raise funds for the Octagon Reimagined redevelopment project. 

As the Octagon reaches its milestone 50th anniversary, the building is no longer big enough or modern enough to withstand the next five decades. The Octagon Reimagined project aims to make sure that the theatre is fully accessible for all its audience members, actors, and staff, ensuring improved customer experience as well as improvements in artistic output and community outreach. It will be the most comprehensive redevelopment in the theatre’s history, and is going to ensure the theatre’s future for generations to come.

David Ricardo-Pearce says: “I am so excited to be running the London Marathon again, it is such a wonderful event and it is even more exciting to be running under the Octagon banner. The Octagon is such an amazing theatre and I am thrilled to be part of its 50th anniversary and to help support them to continue their great work for another 50 years to come.”

David has recently performed as the title role the Lorax in the Old Vic’s production of The Lorax, and as Oberon and Theseus in the Barbican international tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014). He also starred as the lead role of Alfie in Alfie in 2012 and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2011, both at the Octagon Theatre Bolton and directed by David Thacker. 

David will be raising the money for the Octagon Reimagined campaign and Alzheimer’s Society when he runs the London marathon later this year.

There are many ways you can support the Octagon’s plans for redevelopment – visit for more information on the plans and find out how you can play your part.

To donate to support David’s marathon please visit -

Hamlet opens on Thu 15 February until Sat 10 March 2018Find out more and book tickets here.