REVIEW: Jane Eyre @ Bolton Octagon

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A stage adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of those productions that could go horribly wrong.

But Bolton Octagon continues its 50th year celebrations in fine style with a superb version based on the classic novel.

Jessica Baglow takes on the title role, providing a convincing and passionate portrayal of the strong willed woman, ahead of her time.

And Baglow’s impressive performance is matched admirably by Michael Peavoy who is perfect in the role of the smouldering, brooding tragic hero – Mr Rochester. For anyone who has read the novel, he is everything you expect.

Director, Elizabeth Newman, has produced an exciting piece of drama, making full use of the space at the Octagon with the attention the audience switching from the dramatic action at stage level to the mysterious action above.

Everything that is great about the novel is beautifully brought to life from Jane and Rochester’s first encounter to the scenes featuring Rochester’s tragic secret in the attic.

Runs till Saturday February 10

Dave Toomer

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