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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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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Oldhamjambo”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Myself and three friends went to see Ken Dodd in this theatre and since it has been done up it looks brilliant. Prices are very reasonable and seating is very good. Nobody is too far away from the stage so that can never be a complaint. There is always something good on there, and don't forget, a lot of our well known stars made their way into stage and screen from this theatre !!!

Visited January 2013
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Oldham Coliseum Theatre”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

How lucky we are in Oldham to have this theatre. The variety of shows, the standard of acting and the very reasonable cost of tickets make it a MUST. The Coliseum today carries on the great tradition of yesteryear, so many of the actors we see on our screen today started their careers off here, long may it continue!

Visited April 2013
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Oldham is very fortunate to have the Coliseum”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

A varied programme with some great young talent. The company make the best of characterful old premises with a cramped foyer. Always fun to go to the Coliseum, even when some socially conscious dramas are playing. Love the musicals.

Visited May 2013
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Another excellent panto”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

2013 was our 4th panto visit in a row and this one was the best yet. It was slick and the story line moved on quickly with no time for little ones to get bored. As usual the dame and simple simon stood out, the same actors every year, but the were ably supported by the other leading role, in particular the good/bad fairy and the baron.

Visited November 2013
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“good old traditional theatre”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

good plays and panto's , also this theatre has been the proving ground for a lot of now famous actors and actresses.

Visited January 2013
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