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Bolton Little Theatre

Season Brochure


A warm welcome to Bolton Little Theatre


ach year we at Bolton Little Theatre (BLT) not only look back at the past years , with a certain amount of nostalgia, but we also look forward as we plan for an exciting new season of plays and other events. This coming season has been planned so that there is a balance of old and new drama and comedy to suit the audiences that we welcome in our theatre The main project for 2014-15 which has already been publicised, is for us to ‘purchase’ the building from the Wigglesworth Trustees, The work on the project began 3 years ago involving surveys and negotiations that we (the Board) hope will with your support enable the theatre be ours. The appeal for £90,000 was launched just before Christmas 2013 and by the time we reached the start of February we had with pledges, donations from members and added to by gift aid reached £74,000. The Board appreciates the confidence that has been shown in what we do , Ownership will enable us to continue to improve the building – internally and externally for the benefit of audiences and members and future generations. We are still fund raising so ask that you support in whatever way you can. Watch out for events that will be taking place but above all buy your tickets for the plays 2014 marks an eventful date in BLT history as it was 80 years ago that the first (now very dated) play – Mr Prohack - was produced. More than 600 plays later we are still doing what we all enjoy , by being involved in all aspects of running a successful theatre

The production team has planned an interesting and exciting programme for the coming season One for the Road was last done in 1984 when it was taken to Skipton Drama Festival. That was in the days when festivals were part of the theatre calendar Classic plays have their place – Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance and Arsenic and Old Lace will make a splendid contrast to end 2014. 2015 will see BLT presenting two interesting plays in the Forge –Damages and Boy Gets Girl. BLT has been chosen to take part in the RSC Open Stages. Leah’s Daughters in April 2015 will see Lear from the perspective of his three daughters. And not to forget two great main stage plays, Pack of Lies and We’ll Always have Paris, to complete a fantastic season. No comment could be better than the comment made in her Archive interview by our President Shelia Coates ‘ BLT is a busy place. If one asks the question ‘Why are you involved ? they’re interesting people who go down to the Theatre no matter what they’re turning their hands to really. There’s an artistry there, but they’re all notorious for having some kind of quirk ‘ There is a place for everyone at BLT whatever your skills but especially for your enthusiasm. So help us make our 80th year in Hanover Street one to remember for many years to come. Elizabeth Tatman Chairman

Season at a Glance September 13th - 20th 2014

One for the Road by Willy Russell November 1st - 8th 2014

Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance by John Arden December 7th - 14th 2014

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring January 31st - February 7th 2015

Damages by Stephen Thompson March 7th - 14th 2015

Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitmore April 15th - 18th 2015

Lear’s Daughters by Women’s Theatre group and Elaine Feinstein May 9th - 16th 2015

Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman June 13th - 20th 2015

We’ll Always have Paris by Jill Hyem



Booking Arrangements • At the Town Hall, Albert Halls Box Office in person • By phone (01204 334400) • Online at • Or on 01204 524469 after 6:30pm on performance nights only All performances start at 7:30pm unless otherwise stated. Ticket Seat Prices: All seats for Main Stage and Forge Theatre shows: £10 Monday Special: Buy 2 tickets and get 3rd free. Reduced prices for groups of 10 or more except on Fridays and 2nd Saturdays All major cards taken at Albert Halls Box Office Cheques for tickets should be made payable to Bolton MBC and sent to: Albert Halls Ticket Office, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 8RU

Matinees All our Forge Theatre productions now include a Sunday afternoon matinee performance at 2:00pm. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Season Tickets You can buy a season ticket for the whole season at a reduced price of £60 for all seven shows, a saving of £10. Forms of application are available from the theatre. This offer is available until 16th September.

Charities and Hospitality Many charities and other organizations are now enjoying a night out at the theatre as a fund-raising activity or ‘theatre night out’. This can be part of a ‘Supper and Theatre’ deal for groups. Just contact our charities and hospitality coordinator Carol Butler on 01204 460306 or 07828 944293, or ask at the theatre for more information.

Main Stage: 13th - 20th September 2014

The Forge: 1st - 8th November 2014

One for the Road

Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance

by Willy Russell

by John Arden

This wickedly observant comedy by the author of Educating Rita finds Dennis on the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday, making a last-ditch attempt to break away from the confines of his middle-class, housing-estate existence. Reaching breaking point at his birthday party he packs a rucksack to make his escape but everyone wants to accompany him. An hilarious comedy boarding on the farcical, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser and a great start to the new BLT season.

Set between 1860 and 1880, four deserters bring the body of a dead soldier back to his home town, a mining community in the grip of a coal strike and cut off by snow. Their leader, Serjeant Musgrave, plans to hold the town at gunpoint and confront its people with the realities of warfare. Arden’s play questions the military principle of “Obey or suffer” and the cruelty and futility of war.

Saturday 13th Sep 2014 Monday 15 Sep 2014 th

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014 th

Wednesday 17th Sep 2014

3 for 2 tickets

Saturday 1st Nov 2014 Sunday 2nd Nov 2014

2pm Matinee

Monday 3 Nov 2014

3 for 2 tickets


Tuesday 4th Nov 2014 Wednesday 5th Nov 2014

Thursday 18th Sep 2014

Thursday 6th Nov 2014

Friday 19th Sep 2014

Friday 7th Nov 2014

Saturday 20th Sep 2014

Saturday 8th Nov 2014

Main Stage: 7th - 14st December 2014

The Forge: 31st January - 7th February 2015

Arsenic and Old Lace


by Joseph Kesselring

by Stephen Thompson

A timeless and classic hit both on Broadway and in the West End. Arsenic and Old Lace is the amusing story of two charming and innocent elderly ladies who decide that by poisoning their poor, lonely lodgers and burying the bodies in their cellar, they are saving these unfortunates from the sorrows of this world - however, not everybody shares their views! This is one of the world’s most widely acclaimed comedy hits.

Deep in the bowels of a tabloid newspaper office, the clock is ticking with only an hour left before the presses have to roll….A controversial photo of a topless children’s TV star has mysteriously turned up. Who sent it? Why? And is it really all it seems? Damages is a witty and contemporary (im)morality tale of power-hungry hacks, suicidal subeditors and razor-sharp lawyers, trying to put the past and the paper to bed.

Saturday 6th Dec 2014 Monday 7 Dec 2014 th

Tuesday 8th Dec 2014 Wednesday 9h Dec 2014 Thursday 10th Dec 2014

3 for 2 tickets

Saturday 31st Jan 2015 Sunday 1st Feb 2015

2pm Matinee

Monday 2 Feb 2015

3 for 2 tickets


Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015 Wednesday 4th Feb 2015 Thursday 5th Feb 2015

Friday 11 Dec 2014

Friday 6th Feb 2015

Saturday 12th Dec 2014

Saturday 7th Feb 2015


Main Stage: 7th -14th March 2015

The Forge: 15th -18th April 2015

Pack of Lies

Lear’s Daughters

by Hugh Whitemore

by Women’s Theatre group and Elaine Feinstein

The Jacksons are a nice middle aged English couple. Their best friends are their Canadian neighbours, the Krogers. All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to try and foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area. The Jacksons become more and more put out as Scotland Yard’s demands on them increase. They are really put to the test when the detective reveals that the spies are the Krogers and he asks them to help set a trap. Should they betray their friends?

Sisters born in a nursery-rhyme world begin to play more and more dangerous games. After experiencing Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, one may have unanswered questions: What happened to the Queen? Who is the Fool, really? And why is everyone so evil? Lear’s Daughters is an imagined prequel that delves into the castle’s past and explores the circumstances that turn princesses against each other.

Saturday 7th Mar 2014 Monday 9th Mar 2014 Tuesday 10th Mar 2014 Wednesday11h Mar 2014 Thursday 12th Mar 2014 Friday 13th Mar 2014 Saturday 14th Mar 2014

3 for 2 tickets



Wednesday 15th April 2015 Thursday 16th April 2015 Friday 17th April 2015 Saturday 18th April 2015

The Forge: 9th - 16st May 2015

Main Stage: 13th - 20th June 2015

Boy Gets Girl

We’ll Always have Paris

by Rebecca Gilman

by Jill Hyem

Theresa’s blind date with Tony seems to go well and she agrees to dinner. She has a successful career in New York and it is easier for her to commit to work than another person. But when flowers arrive every day and the phone keeps ringing, she doesn’t know whether to feel flattered, angry or threatened

Three women of a ‘certain age’ gravitate to Paris. There’s Nancy, a retired headmistress determined to throw off the shackles; Anna, recently widowed – and free – after years of nursing a sick husband; and Raquel, a divorcee in search of eternal youth and a new toy boy. A feel-good play with laughter and tears, the promise of romance, friendship and anger, and the advantages and disadvantages of growing old. Perhaps not La Vie en Rose, but We’ll Always Have Paris is certainly a play that will leave audiences charmed, amused, thoughtful – and singing!

Saturday 9th May 2015 Sunday 10th May 2015

2pm Matinee

Monday 11th May 2015

3 for 2 tickets

Tuesday 12th May 2015 Wednesday 13th May 2015 Thursday 14th May 2015 Friday 15 May 2015 th

Saturday 16th May 2015

Saturday 13th June 2015 Monday 15th June 2015 Tuesday 16 June 2015 th

Wednesday 17th June 2015 Thursday 18th June 2015 Friday 19th June 2015 Saturday 20th June 2015

3 for 2 tickets

The Next Generation Appeal Dear Supporter We need your help. As the oldest theatre building in Bolton and indeed one of the oldest theatrical societies in the area, Bolton Little Theatre has been an important and well-used home for theatrical and community groups in Hanover Street for 80 years. We are a registered charity, run by an enthusiastic and committed army of volunteers of all ages and receive no outside subsidies. We have been offered an opportunity to buy the lease of our Hanover Street building and thus to secure the future of Bolton Little Theatre. We have so far raised ÂŁ66,250 towards the total of ÂŁ90,000 from our own efforts and kind donations, but we need one big push to help us reach our goal before time runs out.

We welcome any donations, personal or business, small or large. If you would like to discuss how you can help please write to me at the theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton BL1 4TG or by email: Elizabeth. You can also make a donation online by visiting our website, I hope that we can count on your help to create a Bolton Little Theatre legacy for future generations to come. Thank you. Elizabeth Tatman Chairman

Fridays in the Forge As well as a fantastic programme of plays, Bolton Little Theatre also holds regular Friday evening events in the Forge Theatre. Everything from acoustic music sessions and comedy evenings to one man shows and murder mysteries. Keep an eye on our website or social media accounts to find out more or join our mailing list.

Plays + Our Plays+ selection of performances are specially selected by the production team to offer something different to the main programme. These plays provide our audiences with the opportunity to take in something different to the usual fare with short runs of new, experimental or sometimes controversal plays from around the world. More details are available via our website, social media sites and of course through the mailing list

Membership As a charity run entirely by volunteers we are reliant on the good will of our members to keep us going. As well as actors, we also need a legion of ‘back stage’ workers: stage managers, props people, lighting and sound engineers, and ‘front of house’ people to work behind the bar, serve tea and coffee, man the box office, assist people getting to their seats etc. In addition we meet on Monday evenings from 7.15pm to socialise and prepare for our next production. Most of our volunteering involves evening work but some activities do take place during the day. Membership is £12 per year for individuals and £20 for couples. For young people under 16 and Senior Citizens, membership is just £6. Contact the Membership Secretary at the theatre or email

Directions and Parking Bolton Little Theatre is located on Hanover Street and is less than a two minute walk from the town centre. The central bus station is located at the end of the road and the train station is just a short walk away - making Bolton Little Theatre extremely accessible from across the region. For those travelling by car the theatre is located just 5 minutes away from the A666 and M61. Just head towards the Town Centre following signs for Moor Lane. Hanover Street is located directly beside the Albion Pub On show nights audience members may use the car park on Hanover Street from 6pm at no charge. There is also free on-street parking from 6pm on Hanover Street and Gas Street in the designated areas.

Contact Details Address: E-mail: Website: Facebook: Twitter:

Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton, BL1 2TG @theatrebolton

The Forge The Forge Theatre is an intimate 60 seat auditorium with limited disabled access. Because of the nature of the theatre, late entry may not be possible until the first interval.

Main Stage The Main Stage is a 163 seat proscenium arch theatre with raked auditorium, and disabled lift facilities, wheelchair platform and induction loop. Late entry may be possible at the discretion of the House Manager.

With thanks to: Ben Latham for poster and leaflet design Kev Walsh for designing the brochure



Bolton Little Theatre Ltd Registered Company No. 01333890 and Registered Charity No. 507832

Andrea Keeley for photography

BLT Brochure 2014/15  
BLT Brochure 2014/15