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Oldham Coliseum Theatre

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Address: Coliseum Theatre Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW, England
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+44 161 624 2829
10:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 23:00

Located in the very heart of Oldham, the Coliseum Theatre is venerable...

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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Excellent theatre

Went to watch meat pie sausage roll really good play very funny with some serious messages really enjoyed it ,good acting and good singing by the cast

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to watch meat pie sausage roll really good play very funny with some serious messages really enjoyed it ,good acting and good singing by the cast

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Management response:

Thanks so much for that review, Frankyboy T. Really glad you enjoyed Meat Pie, Sausage Roll - we really enjoyed making it and the fantastic audience response. See you soon. More 

Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoy going to this gem of a theatre. A varied genre of productions. Both productions that we have seen recently were very professionally done. The staff are lovely, friendly and helpful. We ventured into the bar and had a coffee before the start- good coffee and reasonably priced. We will return again in the future.

Thank Janet H
Management response:

Thanks so much Janet H for your feedback. We're so glad that you enjoyed Spring and Port Wine and Hysteria. Next up is a run of Hard Times beginning on Friday 19 May - Saturday 3 June, and following that a North West premiere of The Father from Friday 16 June until Saturday 1 July. We'll pass your feedback on... More 

Bury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

An evening to here Clare Teal and her 9 piece band sing Etta James. Simply wonderful. Clare has a lovely warm, engaging manner and a wonsderful voice. She's complemented by an excellent band of talented musicians and she allows them to demonstrate their abilities. Oldham Coliseum is a great venue, staffed by volunteers and has comfortable seating and a bar... More 

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Thanks so much prefdavid - we're really glad you enjoyed your visit to see the wonderful Clare Teal who goes down a storm every time she performs. Thanks so much for your feedback about our venue. We have an incredible band of loyal hard working volunteers who make that front of house experience so special and deliver tip-top service, and... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Not been to Oldham Coliseum for years but we will definitely be going again. From the minute we arrived the staff were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Programmes were very reasonably priced at £2, bottles of water £1. Seats were very comfy in the stalls and a good amount of leg room. All areas appeared to be... More 

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Thanks so much mrso1980. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit to us - come and see us soon: next up is Oldham Coliseum Theatre's production of the 1960s comedy "Spring and Port Wine" (from the pen of Bill Naughton - the writer of "Alfie") We're incredibly lucky to have so many talented amateur companies in our area - Ashton... More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

I love visiting this theatre and enjoy every production. Love the building and even have favourite seats. The best theatre in the area by far

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Management response:

Thanks so much - we're delighted to hear that you value the theatre so much. We're very proud of our theatre and we really value our loyal audiences, as well as new people who are discovering the Coliseum. Thank you for taking the time to review us and see you soon! More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Booked on the afternoon as last minute choice and had a great night. Mat pie sausage roll is ace. The coliseum stalls bar was a pleasant experience before the show, and ice cream at the interval wasn't particularly a rip off either. Great seats in a good old traditional theatre

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Management response:

Thanks so much Lynne. We're delighted that you made that last minute choice and got seats too as "Meat Pie, Sausage Roll" was a smash hit with audiences (we're very pleased to say.) Really glad you enjoyed the bar, and found our prices competitive for those extras like ice cream. We do our very best to keep our prices reasonable... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Nice theatre staff always pleasant and good value for money. Watched Justin Moorhouse who provided good northern humour with a lot of local knowledge

1 Thank chris f
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Really glad you enjoyed it. You might like Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, which is on at the moment (must end Saturday 25 March) - audience feedback to this great night out has been incredible. More 

Oldham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I go to this theatre every year for the pantomimes, we take a whole school and hav the best time with the children. Great humour with big laughs even from the kids , they get it lol. Great view wherever you sit, great music and entertainment that all can join in with.

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Management response:

Thanks so much for your review. We're really glad that your school enjoys coming to the Coliseum. Thanks very much for booking with us. More 

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

From the telephone reservation taken by Anna, to the warm smile and courtesy by all the staff. We were delighted with the theatre. Thank you.

1 Thank Stuart170649
Management response:

Thanks so much Stuart. Wonderful to have your feedback on our Box Office team and Front of House team of staff and volunteers. Our audiences are incredibly important to us so thank you for booking with us. Hope to see you at Meat Pie, Sausage Roll which opens tonight. More 

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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

One of the best Theatres going. The productions here are always top class. The amount of stars who have learned their trade here is endless.

1 Thank Graham A
Management response:

Thanks very much Graham. Wonderful to hear that. Hope you've booked for Meat Pie, Sausage Roll. We open it tonight and it's looking (and sounding) fabulous. More 

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