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“great value, great entertainment, great atmosphere”

Oldham Coliseum Theatre
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed July 8, 2013

As a regular season ticket buyer I highly recommend Oldham Coliseum. We were so pleased when it reopened after its refurb, and love the fact that it has lost nothing of its old charm. We attend the Sat matinees which makes it really affordable. This theatre is a real hidden gem.

Thank Rita D
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I used to come here a lot as a teenager and always remembered it fondly. The theatre has been refurbished, and it has been done without upsetting the cosy feel it used to have. Seats are comfortable and the view from anywhere is good.

The staff deserve a special mention, including the volunteers, one of whom showed me personally to the bar and was very friendly.

Went to watch Birdsong, which was an excellent production. This was a touring company, and the place was packed. Really good actors and just shows the sort of production the Coliseum can attract.

Thank MysticManc
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Its good to see Oldham coliseum getting bigger audience. its all worth the money that went into regeneration. Made my visit cosy.

Thank Greg L
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We were very impressed with the refurbishment as this was our first visit since the update. Plenty of legroom which is a priority for theatre seats. The cast and production were excellent as always.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

love the shows and plays, seen so many good actors start there, have performed 3 shows there myself and love the atmosphere, Great bar, Need to do more with the marketing especially with the recent refurbishment. alway feel privileged when asked to help out.

Thank drnicolajs
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