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Site-specific Summer Holiday at Octagon Theatre Bolton casting announced

The show opens at the end of May and will see audiences transported around the city on double-decker buses

Summer Holiday at the Bolton Octagon
Summer Holiday at the Bolton Octagon

Casting has been announced for Octagon Theatre's new site-specific production of the musical Summer Holiday, which will see audiences ride double-decker buses and witness a 'bus crash' outside Bolton Town Hall.

Co-directed by the theatre's artistic director Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti, the production's cast will feature Michael Peavoy (The Fall of The Master Builder) as Don, Eleanor Brown (Singin' in the Rain) as Barbara, Greg Last (Sweet Charity) as Jerry, David Heywood (Sleeping Beauty The Rock and Roll Panto) as Steve, Isobel Bates (Oh, What A Lovely War!) as Mimsie, Luke Thornton (Dusty) as Edwin, Sarah Workman (Three Minute Heroes) as Angie, Alexander Bean (Teddy) as Cyril and Barbara Hockaday (Rebecca) as Stella.

Newman 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!"

The musical is based on the film of the same name, which starred Cliff Richard and had a screenplay by Ronald Cass and Peter Myers. The piece features songs including "In the Country", "Summer Holiday", "Travellin' Light" and "Living Doll". It was adapted into a stage show by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan.