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Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Coliseum Theatre Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW, England
+44 161 624 2829
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Lucky Oldham!

I hope the good citizens of Oldham realise just how lucky they are in having such a magnificent... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Suratrichard
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Surat Thani, Thailand
Fab night

Went to see the Bollywood show. Fantastic dancing and good story line too. Inquired about show... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
John K
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Manchester, England, 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 14 August 2017

I hope the good citizens of Oldham realise just how lucky they are in having such a magnificent local theatre. If they don't then they should be ashamed of themselves. Provincial theatres used to feature in many towns but sadly this is no longer the...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Went to see the Bollywood show. Fantastic dancing and good story line too. Inquired about show ending times and parking. Staff went out of there way to help me. They even lent me a umbrella to sort out my parking issues. Thanks so much to...More

Thank John K
Management response:Responded 28 July 2017

Thanks so much John K. So glad you enjoyed it and thank you so much for your feedback on Jane and Kyle. We will pass that on to them. Thanks for booking with us and see you soon.

Reviewed 21 June 2017

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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Management response:Responded 26 June 2017

Thanks, Tightwads for your feedback on our venue and our pricing which we work really hard to make value for money. We're the most cost effective theatre season ticket around. We're do delighted that you found The Father such a good play. We've had fantastic...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

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

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Management response:Responded 19 June 2017

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 7 June 2017 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 9 June 2017

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 24 May 2017

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 25 May 2017

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

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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

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reveclipse
18 September 2016|
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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
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
22 November 2015|
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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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