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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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Hard Times – the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

The cast are silhouetted against a set of iron girders bathed in blue light

Writer: Chares Dickens Adaptor: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Timing is occasionally everything and with a general election looming amid a backdrop of political unrest in the UK; Oldham Coliseum’s production of Hard Times fits perfectly into this current programme.  Although originally published in 1845; the central themes of Charles Dicken’s novel ring true today.  The conflict ...

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Spring and Port Wine – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Donna Kelly The story of a household living in fear of tyrannical father may seem a little dated in today’s liberated society but Bill Naughton’s subtle comedy Spring and Port Wine feels surprisingly resonant today as it did in 1959. Set in the Greater Manchester town of Bolton, Spring and Port Wine tells ...

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Meat Pie, Sausage Roll – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Music and Lyrics: Carol Donaldson Writers: Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly The Lancashire town of Oldham is known for many things, cotton mills, the invention of the tubular bandage and birth place of scientist Professor Brian Cox to name but a few. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was town's football ...

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Sleeping Beauty– The Coliseum, Oldham

Writers: Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard It’s that time of year again and Oldham Coliseum are first out of the blocks with the 2016 pantomime; Sleeping Beauty.  Renowned for being one of the best in the region; this production does not disappoint. The story of Briar Rose (Demi Goodman); the princess whose fate ...

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French Without Tears – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Terence Rattigan’s play French Without Tears first made its debut in London in 1936, critics hailed it as ‘gay, witty and thoroughly contemporary’. 80 years later, the sparkling comedy still continues to entertain audiences with a fresh and lively revival by Paul Miller. French Without Tears tells the story of ...

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Pygmalion – Oldham Coliseum

Charlotte Brimble as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at Oldham Coliseum

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Donna Kelly More than a hundred years after its stage premiere, George Bernard Shaw’s sparkling comedy Pygmalion has been revived in a new production by Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Pygmalion tells the tale of Henry Higgins, an egocentric Professor of Phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can ...

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Our Gracie – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Sue Devaney as Gracie Fields

Writer: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly 37 years after her death, Dame Gracie Fields’ extraordinary life story is brought to life in a brand-new stage production written for Oldham Coliseum and New Vic Theatre. The former mill girl from Rochdale rose to international fame in 1931 with Sally In Our Alley, the film which featured her signature ...

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