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The Octagon is an award-winning theatre that produces innovative and exciting theatre events for all ages.

Experience a wide range of entertaining and thought-provoking productions including Shakespeare, American drama, great European plays and contemporary classics, alongside brand new work, musicals, theatre for families and plays that are rooted in the culture of Bolton and the North West. 

Location, Directions and Contact

Howell Croft South, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 1SB

The Octagon Theatre is situated in the heart of Bolton town centre, within easy reach of all the main train, bus and road routes, and just a 5 minute walk from the train and bus stations.

01204 520661

Opening times

Monday - Saturday: 9am - 7.15pm (6.45pm on the telephone, 5.30pm on non-performance days)


There are both free and paid for events scheduled at the Octagon. Theatre tickets for main house plays range from £5 - £27.

Disabled Access

The Octagon has a flat foyer entrance, with lift access to the Main Auditorium and Bar. Wheelchair spaces are available in both theatre spaces (two in the Main Auditorium, several in the Studio Theatre), which must be booked in advance.

Access to most of the seating requires the use of stairs; please mention any access requirements when booking.

An accessible toilet is situated in the foyer. Parking for Blue Badge holders is available in a designated bay near to the theatre entrance.

Wheelchair users and visually impaired customers are entitled to one free companion ticket.

Our main house productions have Stagetext captioning for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors, providing access to live performance. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are sung or spoken. Captions also include sound effects, offstage noises and character names.

We offer an infrared system, which can assist those with a hearing impairment. A number of receivers are available which must be reserved when booking. Please discuss your requirements with a member of our Box Office staff. We offer a British Sign Language interpreted performance for several Main House productions. Specific seats with a clear view of the signer are reserved, so please specify that you are booking for the BSL performance when you contact the Box Office.

Audio Described Performances for blind or visually impaired visitors provide a description of the action on stage, interspersed between actors’ dialogue. You need to pre-book a headset through the Box Office.

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