New look Octagon Theatre re-opens its box office
THE Octagon Theatre has opened its new box office after two months of refurbishment.
The £580,000 improvement project was put in place to modernise the theatre — which has been open since 1967 — and bring the technical capabilities of the auditorium up to date, improve safety and make it an even more welcoming place to visit.
The doors have been shut since June 17 for work to be carried out on its box office, bar and cafe area and replace the lighting grid in the theatre itself.
Work is still being done on the cafe and bar, but they are on schedule to open on September 5 for the first show of the season — An Inspector Calls.
Staff celebrated the new signage and opening of the box office by donning hard hats and handing out the new programme guide.
To fund the changes, the theatre received a grant of £380,000 from the Arts Council, £50,000 from Bolton Council and cash from the theatre’s own reserves, £25,000 from Garfield Weston and also help from the public.
Helen Jones, head of communications at the Octagon, said: “We want to create the best theatre that we can, and bringing the cafe, bar and auditorium up to date has helped us achieve that.
“Anyone who has been to the theatre knows it had a rather dated feel to it and the bar and cafe weren’t really fit for purpose.
“We wanted to do more with catering and although we still have the same footprint, by moving the bar back we have made a better use of the space we have.
“It’s given us a lot more options with food and it definitely looks more welcoming.
“The auditorium has also had an overhaul. The lighting grid, which is the structure above the stage, was the original grid from when we first opened in 1967 so you can imagine it was out of date.
“The season is starting in two weeks and we want people to know that they can come in and see us.”
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