A world premiere, a Linbury Prize-winning regional premiere, a powerful modern classic, and a hilarious smash-hit comedy all form part of the Octagon Theatre's unmissable spring/summer season.


The world premiere of Habibti Driver a brand new ‘East meets Wigan’ comedy by Shamia Chalabi and Sarah Henley co-produced by Octagon Theatre and Tara Finney Productions will run in Bolton from Thurs 21 April - Sat 7 May 2022.


Relationships are put to the test for Ashraf – an Egyptian Muslim taxi driver – and his half Egyptian, half Wigan daughter Shazia, in this heart-warming new play directed by Sepy Baghaei that explores the clashes, compromises and comedy that come with living in a mixed-culture family in today’s Britain.


The Octagon’s Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham commented: “After an extraordinary year for the Octagon, which has seen us re-open our building and welcome audiences back for our Warm Up season and autumn programme, it feels wonderful to now be looking ahead to 2022 and announce our new spring/summer season! I am incredibly excited by the shows we have lined up for audiences over the coming months – there is a real mix of laugh out loud comedy, classic drama and new writing... We have a real treat for audiences with the world premiere of brand new comedy, Habibti Driver. I fell in love with this script when it was part of our First Bites play-reading series in 2019, so I cannot wait to share the full production with our  audiences next year – I am sure this new 'East meets Wigan' comedy will leave audiences smiling!”

Priority booking for Season Saver tickets are on sale now, with individual tickets on sale from Thurs 25 November, 9am. For more information and tickets, click here.


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