An Inspector Calls to become the Octagon's most successful play of all time
THE Octagon Theatre looks set to add another success story to its year.
It has undergone a £650,000 refurbishment and now it looks set to have staged its second ever most successful performance run.
Already, 10,189 people have been to the Octagon to see An Inspector Calls, directed by artistic director David Thacker.
The most successful play staged by theatre had been Bill Naughton’s Spring and Port Wine, which attracted audiences totalling 9,369 in 2008.
The record was recently beaten when Of Mice and Men played to 11,841 in January and February this year.
Mr Thacker said: “The response to An Inspector Calls has been wonderful. It’s so encouraging to see full houses every night, it’s incredibly rewarding for the actors and it creates a great atmosphere in our intimate theatre-in-the-round space. You can really feel the tension and emotion in the auditorium.
“It’s great for the theatre and for Bolton as a whole. We want to keep the Octagon thriving for future generations and it’s encouraging to see what we are producing is meeting the approval of local audiences.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people in Bolton who haven’t seen the play who would enjoy it if they gave theatre a go.”
The revamp included a the Octagon's cafe, called eight, and feedback from visitors has been positive with staff saying it is proving popular.
The J B Priestley classic runs until Saturday, with some seats still available.
To book tickets call 01204 520661, visit octagonbol ton.co.uk, or visit the box office between 9am and 6pm, or until 7.30pm on performance days, Monday to Saturday.
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