Autumn 2019 season

We are thrilled to announce our brand new season of shows and events in venues across Bolton as the major redevelopment of our building continues.

In Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham’s, first season here at the Octagon we have a fantastic range of popular, bold and adventurous theatre coming up. From new writing, to quality drama and of course our annual festive treat for families, autumn 2019 promises to be a season not to be missed.

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Thu 19 Sep - Sat 19 Oct 2019


Thu 24 Oct - Sat 16 Nov 2019


Thu 5 Dec - Sat 28 Dec 2019

Treasure Island

First bite - play readings

Join us for three evenings of rehearsed readings of new plays at our home in the Market Place Shopping Centre. We invite you to see our actors perform three new “script in hand” readings, followed by a Q&A. We’d love to hear your thoughts about these scripts, which might one day become full productions.

Fri 15 Nov 2019

First Bite: Family Trees

Fri 22 Nov 2019

First Bite: Wilt

Fri 29 Nov 2019

First Bite: Burkas and Bacon Butties


Storytelling with a difference for children and the grownups who look after them. With stories read aloud by a professional actor plus live music and creative craft activities, classic tales will come to life for your little ones to enjoy.

Fri 23 Aug - Sat 24 Aug 2019

StoryMakers: The Gingerbread Man

Tue 22 Oct - Tue 22 Oct 2019

StoryMakers: Hansel and Gretel

Sat 7 Dec - Sat 14 Dec 2019

StoryMakers: The Snow Queen

Investigate days

Delve deeper into the worlds we create on stage. Explore the themes of Beryl and Seagulls with the director and cast in our informal Investigate Days. Discover the process of how we produce plays at the Octagon and ask your burning questions to our actors and directors.

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Investigate Day: Seagulls