Octagon Theatre Bolton
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Elizabeth Newman

“Heroism is danger and risk, and frankly, until now, it’s been male.”

In the near future a group of women gather in a half built hotel on Winter Hill in Bolton; is it a book group discussing famous heroines? Is it a chance to meet with friends and drink wine? Or is it...a revolution?

Winter Hill centres on a group of eight local women, as they deal with the ramifications of land on nearby Winter Hill being sold to developers to create a luxurious skyscraper hotel – the largest in Europe. To appease the local community, they are promised by developers that a new school and social housing will also be built on the hill. However, as the money begins to run out, these plans are scrapped leading to the group meeting up in the half-built hotel to discuss what, if anything, can be done about it and if power can ever truly belong to the people.

In this new play by one of the most influential British playwrights, Timberlake Wertenbaker, author of the award-winning plays Our Country’s Good and Jefferson’s Garden, we see how seemingly ordinary women endeavour to protect the landscape of Bolton forever, no matter the cost. Questioning the lengths people go to for a cause they believe in, we are left asking at what point does the fight for freedom become terrorism?

Watch the cast and writer of Winter Hill rehearsing on location on BBC North West Tonight:

Additional information

Ticket Prices

£27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)

Investigate Day

Sat 27 May (Find out more)

Post Show Talk

Mon 22 May (Free) find out more about the performance after the show with the actors and director. 

Running time

2 hours 15 minutes (including interval) 

Supported by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan

“A Powerful relevant drama”

The Bolton News


Denise Black

Denise Black

Souad Faress

Souad Faress

Fiona Hampton

Fiona Hampton

Janet Henfrey

Janet Henfrey

Louise Jameson

Louise Jameson

Susan Twist

Susan Twist

The Fury
Cathy Tyson

Cathy Tyson

Eva-Jane Willis

Eva-Jane Willis



Timberlake Wertenbaker


Elizabeth Newman


Amanda Stoodley

Set & Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Lesley Hutchison

Movement & Associate Director

Ben Occhipinti

Sound Designer

Jenkins McShane

Casting Director

Alex Joynes

Assistant Director

Sophia Horrocks

Deputy Stage Manager
The Stage

“Ambitious new play”

The Guardian

“A Powerful relevant drama”

The Bolton News

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

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.