The Octagon is a producing theatre in Bolton, Greater Manchester. It offers a rich and varied programme that includes classic and contemporary drama, musicals, and festive shows.
There are two performance areas. The Main Auditorium is a flexible performance space that can seat up to 400. The Bill Naughton Studio Theatre hosts smaller productions and can accommodate 100.
The theatre’s café, eight, is open throughout the day Monday to Saturday. Pre-show meals are available on performance evenings.
Tickets for performances at the Octagon Theatre can be bought online from the official website (see information box below). A seating plan is shown during the booking process. They can also be purchased over the telephone by calling the box office on 01204 520661.
Tickets can also be purchased in person from the box office. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7.30 pm (5.30 pm on days when no performances are scheduled).
Discounted tickets are available for children, students, pensioners, and the unemployed. Standby tickets are extremely good value. They are offered to young people and students of the University of Bolton on the day of the performance.
The Octagon Theatre is situated on Howell Croft South (postcode BL1 1SB) in Bolton town centre, immediately south of Bolton Town Hall and Le Mans Crescent. Bolton Bus Station is just 200 yards from the theatre. Bolton Train Station can be reached on foot in five minutes.
The closest car park is the NCP Octagon Theatre Car Park, a multi-storey car park with spaces for just over 500 vehicles. Vehicles enter the car park from Great Moor Street (postcode BL1 1SN). At the time of writing (December 2015) parking here is free on Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays, and weekdays (between 3 pm and midnight). Check the NCP website for the latest parking prices and information.
Shows - What's On
Upcoming shows and events at the Octagon Theatre are listed below.
|Wed 6 Sep - Sat 23 Sep 2017||Rita, Sue and Bob Too|
|Sat 23 Sep 2017||Investigate Morning - Rita, Sue and Bob Too|
|Mon 25 Sep 2017||Bridges Company- Autumn 2017|
|Tue 26 Sep 2017||Stage 3A - Autumn 2017|
|Tue 26 Sep 2017||Stage 3B- Autumn 2017|
|Wed 27 Sep 2017||ArtBeat- Autumn 2017|
|Wed 27 Sep 2017||Stage 3C - Autumn 2017|
|Thu 28 Sep 2017||Bridges Youth Theatre-Autumn 2017|
|Thu 28 Sep 2017||Octagon Connect- Autumn 2017|
|Fri 29 Sep - Fri 29 Sep 2017||Storyplay - The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and Little Beaver and the Echo|
|Fri 29 Sep 2017||Stage 2A - Autumn 2017|
|Sat 30 Sep 2017||Stage 1 - Autumn 2017|
|Sat 30 Sep 2017||Stage 2B - Autumn 2017|
|Sat 30 Sep 2017||Thank You For the Music presents ABBA|
|Mon 2 Oct 2017||Voices & Lyrics: Starring Kerry Ellis|
|Tue 3 Oct 2017||Official Opening Ceremony for Black History Month|
|Tue 3 Oct 2017||African Market place|
|Tue 3 Oct 2017||Out of Africa Creative Workshops: Drumming Workshop with Nat Biney|
|Tue 3 Oct 2017||Out of Africa Creative Workshops - African Crafts|
|Tue 3 Oct 2017||Out of Africa Creative Workshops: Traditional Textile crafts|
|Tue 3 Oct 2017||Out of Africa - Performance|
|Thu 5 Oct 2017||A Little Bit More of Headspace|
|Thu 12 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017||The Threepenny Opera|
|Fri 27 Oct - Fri 27 Oct 2017||Storyplay - Bill Naughton Celebration|
|Sat 28 Oct 2017||Investigate Morning- The Threepenny Opera|
|Thu 2 Nov 2017 - Fri 8 Jun 2018||Backstage Pass - Group Tours 2017/2018|
|Wed 8 Nov 2017||Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn|
|Thu 9 Nov 2017||Teacher's Forum|
|Sat 11 Nov - Sat 11 Nov 2017||Best of Bolton 2017|
|Fri 17 Nov 2017 - Sat 13 Jan 2018||A Christmas Carol|
|Fri 24 Nov - Fri 24 Nov 2017||Storyplay - Gorilla and the Tiger Who Came to Tea|
|Sun 26 Nov 2017||The Big Octagon Birthday Party|
|Fri 22 Dec 2017||Storyplay - Father Christmas and The Snowman|
|Thu 18 Jan - Sat 10 Feb 2018||Jane Eyre|
|Fri 26 Jan - Fri 26 Jan 2018||Storyplay - The Cat in the Hat: A Dr Seuss Celebration|
|Sat 3 Feb 2018||Investigate Morning - Jane Eyre|
|Thu 15 Feb - Sat 10 Mar 2018||Hamlet|
|Thu 22 Feb - Sat 10 Mar 2018||Sherbet|
|Fri 23 Feb - Fri 23 Feb 2018||Storyplay - Handa’s Surprise|
|Sat 3 Mar 2018||Investigate Morning - Hamlet|
|Sat 10 Mar 2018||Investigate Day - Sherbet|
|Thu 15 Mar - Sat 14 Apr 2018||East is East|
|Fri 23 Mar 2018||Storyplay -The Velveteen Rabbit|
|Thu 29 Mar - Sat 14 Apr 2018||All I See is You|
|Sat 31 Mar 2018||Investigate Day - All I See is You|
|Sat 7 Apr 2018||Investigate Morning - East is East|
|Thu 19 Apr - Sat 5 May 2018||The Big Corner|
|Fri 27 Apr - Fri 27 Apr 2018||Storyplay - Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Little Mermaid|
|Sat 28 Apr 2018||Investigate Morning - The Big Corner|
|Thu 31 May - Sat 23 Jun 2018||Summer Holiday|
|Sat 23 Jun 2018||Investigate Morning-Summer Holiday|
|Fri 3 Aug - Sat 25 Aug 2018||Gulliver's Travels|
The list was last updated on Tuesday 19th of September 2017.
Address and postcode
Howell Croft South