Monday, July 22

Cast announced for A Christmas Carol at Bolton Octagon

Casting has been announced for a festive broadcast reading of Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol at Bolton Octagon on Sunday 20th December.

The classic redemptive tale old miser Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits will be read aloud by a team of actors, and broadcast from various locations inside the new theatre. It will also give audiences a sneak peek at the newly refurbished and redesigned town centre venue ahead of its opening in early 2021.

The cast includes Coronation Street’s Susan Hilton, John Afzal, Brianna Douglas, Brassic’s Neil Ashton, Colin Meredith, Purvi Parmar, Natalie Amber and Sam Black.

“I’m delighted to be working with this fantastic cast of talented actors, all of whom are based locally to the Octagon,”, says the Octagon’s Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham.

“We got to know them through our ‘general audition’ process for locally based actors, so this reading of A Christmas Carol is a real celebration of the wonderful professional acting talent we have on our doorstep here in Bolton and nearby.  I’m confident that audiences are in for a real treat when they tune in to hear this cast narrate the full version of Charles Dickens’ classic festive tale”.

This free event will premiere on the Octagon’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday 20th December at 2pm. The reading will then be available to view online over the festive period.

The broadcast reading of A Christmas Carol forms part of a programme of on-line festive events that the venue announced last month. Details of the Octagon’s full festive programme can be found by visiting