Casting announced for the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s site-specific production of SUMMER HOLIDAY


Octagon Theatre Bolton are delighted to announce full casting for their forthcoming site-specific production of the musical Summer Holiday.

The production’s cast will feature Michael Peavoy (The Fall of The Master BuilderWest Yorkshire Playhouse and Jane Eyre, Octagon Theatre Bolton) as Don; Eleanor Brown (Singin’ in the rain, Bolton Octagon/Salisbury Playhouse/New Vic and The Wipers Times, Watermill Theatre) as Barbara;  Greg Last (Sweet Charity, New Wolsey Theatre) as Jerry; David Heywood (Sleeping Beauty The Rock and Roll Panto, Theatr Clwyd and Mike Leigh’s forthcoming film Peterloo) as Steve; Isobel Bates (Oh What A Lovely War, Oldham Coliseum ) as Mimsie; Luke Thornton (Dusty, Charing Cross Theatre and Footloose UK Tour, Sell A Door ) as Edwin; Sarah Workman (Three Minute Heroes, Belgrade Theatre ) as Angie; Alexander Bean (Teddy, Southwark Playhouse ) as Cyril; and Barbara Hockaday (Singin’ in the rain, Bolton Octagon/Salisbury Playhouse/New Vic and Rebecca, Kneehigh )as Stella. All the cast will play additional roles. 

For Summer Holiday, the site-specific production will see audiences meeting at Bolton Interchange where a short scene will take place. They will then embark onto 6 double decker buses along with actors on each bus where there will be a song along the way as audiences are driven onto Victoria Square next to Bolton Town Hall. Audiences will then disembark from the buses to witness the “mini crash” scene outside of the hall – before being transferred to the Octagon Theatre Bolton to watch the remainder of the performance.

The production will be co-directed by Octagon Theatre’s Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director at the Octagon Theatre, said:
As the Octagon building closes for our important redevelopment, we are heading on our adventures as we produce shows out of the building. We wanted to offer our audiences some exciting and fun experiences and since producing Singin’ in the Rain we’ve been keen to create another joyous musical – so Summer Holiday is the perfect show to begin our adventures! It will be an ambitious staging of the musical, with talented actor-musicians singing, dancing and playing musical instruments in locations across Bolton. This will be a version of Summer Holiday never seen before and I can’t wait to share it with audiences in Bolton and beyond.”
 Summer Holiday will be playing at Bolton Travel Interchange and Octagon Theatre Bolton between Thursday 31 May – Saturday 23 June. Ticket prices from £27.50 - £18.50.


DATES: Thu 31 May – Sat 23 June 2018
TIMES: Evenings 7.30pm. 2pm matinees@ Sat 2, Wed 6, Sat 9, Wed 13, Sat 16 & Sat 23 June
TICKETS: £27.50 - £18.50 (concessions available)
Groups 10+ 
Save £3 off full price tickets plus 1 free organiser ticket*
Groups 30+ Save £3.50 off full price tickets plus 1 free organiser ticket*
Schools Tickets £11 - £18 plus 1 free teacher per 15 pupils*
*Excludes Friday and Saturday evening performances, rear gallery on all performances & Bargain Night performances.
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VENUE: Bolton Travel Interchange and Octagon Theatre Bolton
PARTNERS: TFGM, Vision Buses and Bolton Council
FOOD PARTNER: Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant – offering set pre-show menu and space for hospitality for press night.