May 2017

Vision for Bolton's Octagon Theatre revealed

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.

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Vision for Bolton's Octagon Theatre revealed