The Octagon WILL be back - but we need your help!

Octagon Theatre profile

Project by Octagon Theatre

The Octagon WILL be back - but we need your help!

Octagon Theatre profile

Project by Octagon Theatre


raised of £50,000 stretch target


91% 26 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st July 2020 at 10:00pm

Support the Octagon today, so we can all look forward to the future of live theatre made in Bolton.

New stretch target

Please keep supporting us through these difficult times, so we can all look forward to being together again soon.

This campaign is being generously supported by The Oglesby Charitable Trust, meaning your support will make an even bigger difference.

It's been an eventful few weeks!

2020 was set to be the biggest year in the Octagon's history. We were on the brink of opening a beautiful new theatre for all the community to share, having just announced a new season of world class productions. Instead, with no warning or safety net, Covid-19 means we cannot re-open as planned and we are instead facing a significant financial shortfall.


The Octagon has been part of Bolton’s rich cultural history for over 50 years. We are a creative home for the people of Bolton, and are passionate about supporting our community, improving health and well being and providing positive, uplifting experiences. We have given first starts and opportunities to young actors and artists from Bolton and beyond, including many who’ve gone on to have hugely successful careers. Theatre and the arts contribute £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy, and the Octagon contributes £6 million to the local economy. We believe our community will need us in the recovery from Covid-19 more than ever before, and we really want to be there for you. But right now, we need your help.


We are determined that we WILL be back! Bigger, bolder and braver than ever before. We are doing all we can to reach out in new ways during this time of social distancing - offering entertainment and creativity to as many people in our local community as possible and ensuring the most vulnerable are supported.

Please support today to help ensure the future. 

However, we must meet the financial shortfall of half a million pounds to ensure the Octagon's future. Our team is fighting for survival and doing everything we can - using all the government help available, finding new ways to adapt and plan as an organisation and increasing fundraising wherever possible. We are asking our audiences, friends, community and those who believe in our work to keep supporting us and help us through this difficult time. 

2020 has certainly been a year we will never forget, and the most unexpected in the Octagon's history. We will continue to plan for the future with all the ambition and hope we felt at the start of the year. 

Please donate today, so we can throw open our doors and welcome all of our community in as soon as it is safe to do so.

We WILL be back - but we need your help!

Thank you.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

18 of 20 claimed

Backstage Tour with Lotte

A backstage tour with Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham

£500 or more

Be an Octagon Hero

Be named as an ‘Octagon Hero’ on our website, and receive an invitation to ‘toast the future’ with the cast of our opening show.

£1,000 or more

Octagon Super Hero

Be credited as an ‘Octagon Super Hero’ on our website, on a special feature page in the programme for our opening show and receive an invitation to 'toast the future' with the cast of our opening show.

£2,500 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Super Show Supporter

Be named as a personal sponsor of a show of your choice in the opening season. This will include all Hero rewards, plus you will be named as a sponsor on the online webpage for that production, on the front of the show programme, and will receive the opportunity to bring up to 4 guests for a private drinks reception with Lotte and be invited backstage on Press Night to be personally introduced to the cast

£30 or more

35 of 35 claimed

£30 Reward

Invitation to tea/coffee and cake with the Octagon team when the Kitchen and Bar are open.

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