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Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Coliseum Theatre Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW, England
+44 161 624 2829
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BELIEVABLE THOUGHT PROVOKING WITH SOME LAUGHS INCLUDED

We are regulars at Oldham Coliseum. Tightwads want good value for money and we have never yet been... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tightwads
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Manchester
The Father. Superb performance

The performance was excellent and superb acting. A very thought provoking play but this difficult... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Samantha2014246
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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 5 days ago

We are regulars at Oldham Coliseum. Tightwads want good value for money and we have never yet been disappointed with Oldham Coliseum. buying a season ticket is superb value for money and the staff are always helpful if at any stage you have to change...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The performance was excellent and superb acting. A very thought provoking play but this difficult subject was handled in a unique way

Thank Samantha2014246
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Samantha for your review. We're delighted to have your review on The Father. We've had so much positive feedback, as well as brilliant reviews. The Father must end on Saturday 1 July.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Oldham coliseum to see latest drama Hard Times. All the actors were very good and the play was excellent. Would recommend visiting this great theatre.More

Thank Susan J
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much, really delighted to hear that and I'm so glad you had such a good time. See you soon. Next up is The Father, which is a North West premiere of a play that won prizes on New York's Broadway. It's our production...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank frankyboy T
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 7 May 2017

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-...More

Thank Janet H
Management response:Responded 10 May 2017

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...More

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...More

1  Thank prefdavid
Management response:Responded 10 April 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank mrso1980
Management response:Responded 10 April 2017

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")...More

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Reviewed 21 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 farMore

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Management response:Responded 30 March 2017

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...More

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...More

1  Thank Lynne P
Management response:Responded 30 March 2017

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...More

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
Management response:Responded 17 March 2017

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.

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reveclipse
I presume the restricted view behind the pillars are quite poor ?
18 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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kimberleywoodward77
can you see from the front row of the upper circle and is it suitable for children?
8 April 2016|
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Response from Paul H | Property representative |
Hello there Kimberly you can see very well from the upper circle front row. Our friendly box office team are very happy to answer any questions you've got about the suitability of the show for different age ranges of... More
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catherine c
What is the upper tier like? Is there any restrictions on the view?
22 November 2015|
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Response from Paul H | Property representative |
Hello there Kimberly you can see very well from the upper circle front row. Our friendly box office team are very happy to answer any questions you've got about the suitability of the show for different age ranges of... More
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