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

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Project by Danielle Fearnley

Total raised £52,588

raised so far

+ est. £9539.75 Gift Aid



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

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st August 2020 we'd raised £51,743 with 503 supporters in 102 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

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

It's been an eventful few months!

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 had no choice but to delay the planned re-opening, 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. 

However, with no date of when social distancing restrictions will be lifted, or when theatres will be able to re-open, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone previously announced productions leaving us in a continuing fight for survival.

Not only have we lost over half a million pounds in expected income, social distancing creates financial gaps as well as physical ones. As a registered charity we are 100% not for profit, every pound we receive through fundraising and ticket sales goes straight back into making the shows you love and working with our community. We typically need at least 75% of seats sold for a show to be financially viable. Social distancing will reduce our capacity to just 25%, dramatically reducing our ability to earn the income needed to keep on going when we are able to re-open.

Please continue supporting to ensure our future

Whilst we are delighted to have made it this far thanks to your support, we are continuing to fight for the Octagon's future in these very difficult times.

Please keep supporting your local theatre by donating or becoming an Octagon Member or Patron. We have added a new reward, so you can join via our Crowdfunder page today.

Members will enjoy fantastic rewards and priority booking, as well as ensuring the future of this incredible theatre we all love. 

If all of our loyal audiences, and everybody that believes in what we do joined us today, together we could all be part of a strong and adventurous future of Theatre Made In Bolton.

Thank you.

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This project offered rewards

£36 or more

1 year Octagon Membership

Members will find out first with priority booking and receive: discounts in our new Kitchen & Bar, ticket discounts (1 ticket discount per member), invitations to season launches and Member events, a Members backstage tour!

£60 or more

Joint Octagon Membership

Members will find out first with priority booking and receive: discounts in our new Kitchen & Bar, ticket discounts (2 ticket discount per joint member), invitations to season launches and Member events, a Members backstage tour!

£240 or more

Become a Stage Patron for 1 year

Priority booking before Members, invitations to drinks receptions with the artistic team, your name in programmes and on the website, invitations to rehearsals.

£480 or more

Become a Guardian Patron for 1 year

All Stage Patron rewards plus a signed script from the cast and director of a show, reserve a table in the bar when attending shows, Invitations to Press Nights.

£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.

£1,200 or more

Become an Angel Patron for 1 year

All Guardian Patron rewards plus your name on a gold brick in our foyer, invitation to the first day of rehearsals, access to sell-out shows.

£2,500 or more

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

£30 Reward

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

£100 or more

Backstage Tour with Lotte

A backstage tour with Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham

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