Octagon Theatre

Stories are at the heart of everything we do at the Octagon – from telling some of the greatest stories ever written on our stages to encouraging the young people we work with to tell stories of their own.

We are theatre situated in the heart of Bolton and believe in reaching out to all of the communities that surround us and are striving to bring wonderful theatrical experiences to the people of Bolton and beyond.

At nearly 50 years old we were the first theatre to be built in the North West since World War One. Beginning as brainchild of a university lecturer and group of students to build a theatre for the people of Bolton, the Octagon was going to be a little but different form the usual.

With amazing support from the local government, and the people of Bolton who helped raise funds brick by brick – our building was officially opened on 27 November 1967 by HRH Princess Margret and we opened our doors for the very first time to begin our long journey of telling wonderful stories to the people of Bolton and beyond.


The Octagon Theatre is situated in the heart of Bolton town centre, within easy reach of all the main train, bus and road routes.



There are some temporary road closures when you get into Bolton Town Centre. Great Moor Street, the road that the car park is accessed from cannot be accessed from Bradshawgate from January – June 2017.

If you are coming from the motorway you need to take a left onto Trinity Street past the railway station (on your right), turn right at the next set of traffic lights (once you’ve pasted Morrison’s on your right), at the second traffic lights take a right, then right again, then a left into the Octagon NCP car park.

Alternative routes for traffic will be sign posted, please do leave ample of time to get here for the performance.

The Octagon NCP car park will be open as usual, SAT NAV: BL1 1TN.



The nearest car park is the Octagon NCP multi-storey car park adjacent to us:

Great Moor Street
0345 050 7080

SPECIAL £2 RATE FOR OCTAGON PATRONS: £2 per evening after 5pm. Please bring your parking ticket to the theatre bar area for validation, when you attend an evening performance.

Blue Badge holders – Designated parking is available close to the Octagon. Please see the full map of parking for the exact locations.

Bolton Council provides free on-street parking after 6pm, and there are various bays located around Le Mans Crescent and the surrounding area.



Bolton is easily accessible by train, with only a 20-minute train ride from Manchester (all stations) and 25 minutes from Preston. Buses also run regularly from Manchester and the surrounding areas. The Octagon is a five-minute walk from Bolton’s rail and bus stations.

For Rail enquiries call: 08457 484950

For Bus enquiries call: 0161 228 7811