OLD­HAM COLI­SEUM

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THE Old­ham Coli­seum has an­nounced its pro­gramme of plays for the au­tumn/win­ter months. The sea­son opens on Mon­day, Septem­ber 24 with a week that brings the new and of­ten dar­ing work seen in the Stu­dio theatre to the Coli­seum’s Main Stage.

High­lights in­clude the Coli­seum’s Pick of the Greater Manch­ester Fringe Fes­ti­val and Manch­ester Theatre Award win­ner The Nar­cis­sist in the Mir­ror by Rosie Fleesh­man.

From Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 2 to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 the Coli­seum presents Dishoom!, a new play in co-pro­duc­tion with Rifco Theatre Com­pany.

Set in the sum­mer of 1978, Dishoom! fol­lows teenagers, Si­mon and Baljit, who are in­spired by the Bol­ly­wood clas­sic film, Sho­lay.

Manch­ester’s own award-win­ning com­edy duo LipSer­vice are back with their cult Brontë spoof With­er­ing Looks to mark the 200th an­niver­sary year of Emily Brontë’s birth.

Mag­gie Fox and Sue Ry­d­ing just couldn’t re­sist the urge to dust off their crino­lines, wear flat­ter­ing bonnets and sit at rain-lashed win­dows in a pale and dec­o­ra­tive man­ner.

With­er­ing Looks opens on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 16.

English Tour­ing Theatre re­turns to Old­ham from Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 23 – Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 with their pro­duc­tion of Othello.

Newly mar­ried Mus­lim gen­eral, Othello, is em­ployed to lead the Vene­tian army against the im­pend­ing Turk­ish in­va­sion, but his life quickly unravels as he turns on every­thing he holds dear.

The high­light of the fes­tive sea­son is al­ways the Coli­seum’s na­tion­ally renowned tra­di­tional fam­ily pan­tomime, which this year is Cin­derella.

Each year the Coli­seum serves up the very best in tra­di­tional fun for the whole fam­ily – and not a cheesy celebrity in sight.

The Christ­mas spec­tac­u­lar runs from Satur­day, November 10 - Satur­day, Jan­uary 12.

In the New Year the Coli­seum presents a home-grown pro­duc­tion of Martin McDon­agh’s A Skull in Con­nemara. Martin McDon­agh is best known for fea­ture films:

In Bruges, Seven Psy­chopaths and Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri (win­ner of three BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards).

A Skull in Con­nemara fol­lows Mick, a gravedig­ger whose wife died un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances seven years ago.

Now her bones are miss­ing.

A Skull in Con­nemara opens on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 22.

Open­ing on Tues­day, March 12, Mid­dle Ground Theatre Com­pany present Barry Reed’s best-sell­ing court­room thriller The Ver­dict.

Washed up veteran lawyer, Frank, is given an open-and-shut med­i­cal mal­prac­tice case that no one thinks he can win.

Smelling a cover-up, he in­stead takes the case and the en­tire le­gal sys­tem to court. Hi­lar­i­ous stand-up com­edy fil­ters through­out the theatre this au­tumn. Amer­i­canin-the-UK, Rich Hall, presents his Hoe­down on Satur­day 22 Septem­ber; crit­i­cally ac­claimed Chris Ram­sey comes to Old­ham as part of his The Just Happy To Get Out of the House Tour on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29; Phoenix Nights’ Bar­bara Nice presents the play­ful and life-af­firm­ing Raf­fle on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29 and Manch­ester’s Justin Moor­house presents North­ern Joker on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15. ● Mee Shelling h Oc­to­nauts

LipSer­vice Theatre re­turn with With­er­ing Looks

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