I've been going to the Octagon on and off for years and now my friend and have been season ticket holders for the last three years. We have enjoyed all of the productions / evenings we've spent there, obviously some more than others. Some productions can be little lacklustre but in the main they are highly professional, enthusuastic and well directed performances. The theatre attracts a lot of well known names - I've seen Michelle Collins, John McCardle, George Osborne, Hannah Waterman, Huw Higginson, Christopher Villiers and Christopher Ravenscroft to name but a few. I've even spotted Peter Barlow from Corrie in the audience!
The season ticket is great value for money at £90 and we always book for the audio description night as my friend is visually impaired. She is supplied with a headset describing the action onstage which is really helpful. The staff from Box Office to Bar are always helpful and friendly. The food in the restaurant is of a good quality and good value for money.
One reviewer mentions the temperature of the theatre; I agree it can be a bit erratic at times - I just wear layers so can add/remove as I wish!
I think it's vital that local theatres like the Octagon are supported by the local community - use it or lose it! One thing I have noticed is that most patrons tend to be middle age and above, unless there is a school/college group in. It would be great to see a bigger mix of people there.
So give your local theatre a go - who knows - you might enjoy it!
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