Plans to enlarge and modernise the Octagon Theatre, Bolton have been revealed to improve accessibility and accommodation for the Theatre's on and off-stage projects.
The plans propose a reconfiguration of the building around the core of the Theatre’s original auditorium to create a new ‘intimate flexible’ performance space as well as two multi-purpose studio spaces for rehearsals, participation activities and performances. New café and bar areas would also be created.
Roddy Gauld, Octagon chief executive, said: ‘Much of the detail is still being developed…but you can already see how much more welcoming, visible and larger the Octagon will be.’
Elizabeth Newman, Octagon artistic director, said: ‘Our vision for the Octagon is to have a building that will thrive for another 50 years to come and this new vision is an exciting step towards this.’
The Octagon building will close from mid-2018 and re-open in autumn 2019, with the theatre operating in different spaces in and around Bolton during this time. A planning application is due to be submitted in early July and public consultation for the redevelopment is now open.