Oldham Coliseum is a building-based producing theatre. The company produces eight shows a year on its main stage, offering a balanced programme of drama, comedy, musical, new writing and new writing. it also operatesa as a receiving house for touring productions, visiting companies and special one-night events.
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 home to a traditional pantomime and produces a new production each year attracting audiences of over 35,000.
The Coliseum Theatre dates back to 1885 and began life as a Grand American Curcus and Hippodrime. 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.
The Coliseum as we know it today has recently undergone a £2m 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 523 seats, in addition the theatre has a studio space with a more intimate capacity of 50 seats.
The Oldham Coliseum Theatre is a registered charity, Charity number 508829
The Coliseum gratefully acknowledges funding from AGMA, Arts Council England and OMBC
The Coliseum has recently installed a hearing loop, donated by the Friends of the Coliseum
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