Octagon Theatre Bolton have released production images for the promenade production of the much-loved musical Summer Holiday which opens today. This will be the first time the musical has been staged as a promenade production.
During a miserable wet British summer, Don arrives with a borrowed double-decker bus ready to take his friends on a journey to sunny Athens. Join us as we tell the story of their summer adventure beginning in Bolton’s new interchange before we take you on a musical bus journey to the Octagon Theatre to see the conclusion of Don’s fun-filled summer escapade across Europe.
For Summer Holiday, the promenade production will see audiences meeting at the Bolton Interchange bus station 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 to watch the remainder of the performance.
The production will be 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.”
Photos by Richard Lakos