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Know your theatre:

Opened in 1887, the Coliseum is one of the oldest British theatres still operating, and is much loved by its loyal supporters. Once a circus, in the 1930s it was briefly a cinema before becoming the members-only Oldham Repertory Theatre. It is said to be one of the most haunted theatres in Britain, and a famous stage death occurred there in the 1940s.

By the 1950s-60s the resident company helped to form the careers of Coronation Street stars Jean Alexander, Pat Phoenix, Roy Barra-clough, William Roache and local girls Barbara Knox and Anne Kirkbride.

In 1978 it became the Arts Council and local authority-supported Oldham Coliseum. Offering a mix of professional productions of its own and other touring shows, it remains famous for its massively-popular annual pantomime, and has thriving community groups.

Plans for a new building were scrapped in late 2018 so the original remains, part hidden down a side street but still making its presence felt. Seats 524, with a 50-seat studio.

CAUTION: until theatre resumes fully following the Covid restrictions, check with the theatre and book tickets and meals ahead before travelling




Box Office: 0161 624 2829 (inc groups/accessible seating), admin 0161 624 1731


The Coliseum is an old building and doesn't have space for cafes or restaurants, but there are two popular bars that will happily sell you a packet of peanuts or crisps. The Coliseum thrives on its audience experience: on its best day, few other theatres come close, and now several community theatre and theatre-interest groups can be found there to carry on the good work.


Some on-street metered parking. Bradshaw Street car park is nearby, with a concessionary rate after 6pm. More information here

Online box office:

Go here for what's on and follow the show links for tickets.

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