WORK is continuing on the Octagon Theatre's £10 million refurbishment.

The area around the popular theatre has been fenced off since August and a large part of the rear of the old building has now been demolished. Heavy machinery has been in the area around Howell Croft South, digging out foundations.

The plans to refurbish the Octagon Theatre Bolton were first announced in 2015 and will enlarge and modernise the building.

When finished the theatre will have new studio rehearsal spaces as well as new look café and bar areas.

Work should be finished on the theatre next year and it is planned to re-open in the autumn.