The Octagon theatre is making hundreds of tickets available for just £4.

Tickets to the town centre theatre will be made available for Bolton residents on Universal Credit or Pension Credit, or those living in low-income households.

From this month, any Bolton resident on Universal Credit or Pension Credit, or referred by one of the theatre’s partners – Bolton at Home, MSV Housing, and Bolton Lads & Girls Club – will be able to access tickets for £4 across all of the Octagon’s produced shows.

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According to the most recent census, Bolton is the joint-third most deprived borough in Greater Manchester.

More than 1,000 £4 tickets will be available every year, with scheme members able to access tickets to see shows including the musical Little Shop of Horrors, and the comedy Dracula – The Bloody Truth.

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According to the Octagon, the offer, which comes weeks after Bolton was named Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture for 2024, is in addition to making more than 10 per cent of its tickets available at a £15 price point throughout the year.

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Octagon chief executive Roddy Gauld said: Our audiences tell us what fantastic value for money the Octagon is, but we know that for some people, the price can still be a barrier and especially during the cost-of-living crisis.

“We are proud to offer some of the most affordable theatre tickets in the country, for award-winning productions, up close in our intimate auditorium.

“With this new scheme, fantastic seats will be available from just £4. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the magic of live theatre and this is just one of the many ways we’re working to enrich our communities with fun, creativity and excitement.”

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