Octagon Theatre Bolton
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Ben Occhipinti

Renowned playwright Alan Bennett’s masterful collection of monologues are beloved to many since they first aired on television nearly 30 years ago. In these moving and affectionate pieces, Bennett depicts the bittersweet tales of seemingly ordinary and uneventful lives. Poignant and wonderfully observant, this is a rare opportunity to see three of the original Talking Heads live on stage.

A Chip in the Sugar
Middle-aged Graham finds life becoming complicated when his mother, or "Mam", with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame.

Lady of Letters
Irene is a one-woman Neighbourhood Watch scheme and her habit of writing letters gets ridiculously out of hand.

A Cream Cracker under the Settee
75 year-old widow Doris, obsessive about tidiness and maintaining her independence, has a fall that decides her future. Made famous by Thora Hird in the original TV series..

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Ticket Prices 

£27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)

Investigate Day

Sat 24 June (Find out more)

Post Show Talk

Mon 19 June (Free) find out more about the performance after the show with the actors and director.

Special Offer

Get half price tickets to see First Words when booking for Talking Heads - find out more


David Birrell

David Birrell

Graham (A Chip in Sugar)
Cathy Tyson

Cathy Tyson

Irene (A Lady of Letters)
Sue Wallace

Sue Wallace

Doris (A Cream Cracker Under the Settee)

"Quietly captivating"

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"You are immersed mind, body and soul."

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"Emotionally charged"

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Ticket Prices £27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)*
Groups and school prices available (see underneath dates for details)

*Please note concession, group and school rates not available for the last week of this production.

Show accessible performances only

Groups 10+ £3 off (Mon-Thu eves and 2pm matinees) plus 1 free organiser ticket
Groups 31+ £4 off (Mon-Thu eves) £3.50 off (2pm matinees) plus 1 free organiser ticket
Schools £17 - £10 plus 1 free teacher tickets per 15 pupils

For Groups and School tickets call our Box Office on 01204 520661.

*Please note concession, group and school rates not available for the last week of this production.