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Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Coliseum Theatre Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW, England
+44 161 624 2829
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So professional, so welcoming and so funny

We went to see the opening night of "Relatively Speaking" by Alan Ayckbourn - his first West End... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
508anon
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Oldham, United Kingdom
Elvis comes to Oldham

My wife bought tickets to see Lee Memphis King as a Christmas present, so both of us have been... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Steven L
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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Located in the very heart of Oldham, the Coliseum Theatre is venerable building with a history stretching back to 1885.We serve a vibrant cross section of the community with an award winning selection of comedy, drama & traditional panto. The history of Oldham Coliseum Theatre spans a period of 128 years making it one of the oldest theatres in Britain still operating today. The theatre is also widely considered as the true home of traditional pantomime and produces a new production each year attracting delighted audiences of over 35,000. The Coliseum Theatre dates back to 1885 when it began life as the Grand American Circus and Hippodrome. Situated in the heart of Oldham and surrounded by almost a dozen other theatres, almost 125 years later, the award winning Coliseum is the only surviving theatre in the town. The Coliseum stage has seen countless performers over the years from comedy greats Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel to fledgling movie stars such as Ralph Fiennes and Minnie Driver. Many of the stars of Manchester staple Coronation Street have also cut their teeth treading the boards at the Coliseum. Oldham Coliseum Theatre is one of the most established and well attended venues in the North West where it produces eight in-house shows each year. It is also operates as a receiving house for touring productions, visiting companies and special one-night events. The Coliseum as we know it today has recently undergone a £1.5M facelift and renovation with improved seating, heating and front of house facilities bringing the venue up-to-date with modern theatre-goers' demands. The auditorium has a capacity of 524 seats, in addition the theatre has a studio space with a more intimate capacity of 50 seats. The inhouse and touring productions seen on the main stage each year offer a balanced programme of drama, comedy, musical, new writing and the annual pantomime.
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Coliseum Theatre Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to see the opening night of "Relatively Speaking" by Alan Ayckbourn - his first West End hit. The cast were brilliant, the set was fine, the direction was superb and the whole experience was just so entertaining and amusing. Interval refreshment was good...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

My wife bought tickets to see Lee Memphis King as a Christmas present, so both of us have been looking forward to last night for some time. We had seen Lee before at the Palace so had an idea what to expect. The Coliseum is...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

What a night, my Mrs and I went to see the kitchen sink and we had a throughly great evening from start to finish, car parking was free after 6 and round the corner, seating was great, price was very reasonable only gripe was one...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The Coliseum in oldham is a lovely little theatre. It's been refurbished over recent years and is now quite plush. At the moment they seem to be choosing plays that are 'middle of the road', which suits me though I acknowledge not everyone's taste. Overall...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Went to see The Kitchen Sink on Friday night in this lovely traditional theatre. Two bars in the theatre that sell a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, would highly recommend you pre order your interval drinks like we did to save time at...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Attended the matinee performance yesterday, 17th Feb, to see The Kitchen Sink. Unfortunately I was late booking and the only seats available were on the front row of the Upper Circle. The top guard rail partially blocked the view of the stage. This meant that...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Had a family visit to watch Dick Whittington one evening through the week with my 3 children. we had a fantastic time the show was absolutely great. The Coliseum has been a big part of my life growing up like many other Oldhamers visiting each...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Superb family entertainment from a brilliant cast. The singing and humour was excellent. Our two grandkids aged 6 and 8 loved it and joined in with all the songs They loved the final parts which featured all the latest songs from the charts Pantomime as...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Oldhams local theatre, great little place with brilliant shows, very helpful staff. Just been to the yearly Pantomime, really good, very funny.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

I was a little apprehensive about taking my grandson to his first pantomime when the rest of the theatre was going to be full of school groups for this afternoon performance on December 7th. After the experience I ALWAYS want to go in future to...More

2  Thank William S
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andyk38
16 November 2017|
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Response from Sue F | Property representative |
Hello there There aren't any hotels in central Manchester. There are a few Travelodges and Premier Inns dotted about the Oldham vicinity - one in Chadderton and one near Elk Mill Retail Park. If you fancied seeing the... More
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reveclipse
17 September 2016|
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Response from Paul H | Property representative |
Hello there - sorry I missed your question. Give our Box Office staff a ring as they'll be able to answer you on a seat by seat basis. We've got an old auditorium (the seats are very comfortable) and restricted views were... More
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