Octagon Theatre releases redevelopment details2:46, 18th August 2017
Octagon Theatre in Bolton has released further information about its new vision. The redevelopment of the 50-year-old theatre was announced in January 2015, and it has now been revealed that this redevelopment will include a number of exciting improvements.
The building itself will be expanded and modernised to improve accessibility, a project that will involve demolishing parts of the building and rebuilding around the core of the auditorium. There will be two new multi-purpose studio spaces for rehearsals and performances, a revamped café and new bar areas.
‘Much of the detail is still being developed, including the final colour and the material of the exterior,’ said chief executive Roddy Gauld, adding that ‘you can already see how much more welcoming, visible and larger the Octagon will be.
‘The modern design will really add something new and exciting to the redevelopment of Bolton town centre.
‘Internally, as well as the main auditorium, our new studio spaces will provide better facilities for young people and the community. The building will be fully accessible and the audience experience will be much better, with air conditioning and new toilets. And backstage, artists and staff can look forward to more modern, less cramped working conditions.’
The anticipated cost of the project is around £10m, with funding pledges from Arts Council England and Bolton Council. Octagon is also running a fundraising campaign. Feilden Clegg Bradley are the architects involved with the project.