(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/20.)
We may try to kid ourselves otherwise, but for every one of us, all roads eventually lead to the cemetery. So it's worth taking a detour via Bolton, a place which may not qualify as the Elysian Fields, but where something rather remarkable is happening. Now in his second season as artistic director, David Thacker continues to take audiences on a rewarding journey through Shakespeare and 20th-century classics, matching great writing with astute productions. It's a reminder that audiences willingly rise to the challenge of meaty programming when they feel confidence in their local theatre, and that directors do their best work when they have a real passion for a play.
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