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.

Address:

Phone:

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

Facilities:

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.

Parking:

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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