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