AUDIENCES had plenty to clap about when Bolton Operatic Society staged Applause at the Octagon Theatre.

The musical, based on the 1950 film All About Eve and the short story of which the movie is based, Mary Orr's "The Wisdom of Eve", was performed in 1975.

The story centres on ageing star Margo Channing, who innocently takes a fledgling actress under her wing, unaware that the ruthless Eve is plotting to steal her career and her man.

The musical opened on Broadway on March 30, 1970 and ran for 896 performances. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Lauren Bacall won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.

Pictured in the local production are, from left, Sonia Joy Talbot as Bonnie, William Steel and Howard Benedict and Pamela Hopkinson as Eve Harrington.