Oldham Coliseum announces new season of classics, comedies and masterpieces

Classics, heart-warming comedies and modern masterpieces will fill the stage for Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Autumn/Winter 2015-16 season.

A hat for every show: the Coliseum’s new season cover image

The season opens on Friday,September 5 with the fabulous 1970s and ‘80s musical, Hot Stuff, back at the Coliseum for its 25th anniversary.

Meet Lucy Fur, the devil wears high heels in former Coliseum Artistic Director Paul Kerryson’s Faustian thrill-ride.

Wannabe rock-star Joe Soap will stop at nothing for fame and fortune, even if that means selling his soul in a devilish pact.

The show features all of the best and worst music of the ‘70s and ‘80s – Blame it on the Boogy, Nutbush, Le Freak, D.I.S.C.O, Addicted to Love and of course, Hot Stuff.

Then in October the Coliseum presents Willy Russell’s world-famous Educating Rita.

Worlds collide when Rita, a down-to-earth hairdresser meets Frank, a disillusioned academic with a drink problem.

Rita wants to improve herself under Frank’s tutelage in English Literature and Frank falls more than a little in love with Rita’s free spirit.

Willy Russell’s comedy starring Julie Walters as Rita won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy at its premiere in 1980 and the film that followed won a BAFTA and made Julie Walters a household name.

The theatre’s annual pantomime this year is Mother Goose, starring Coliseum favourites Fine Time Fontayne, Richard J Fletcher, Justine Elizabeth Bailey, Kaitlin Howard and Andonis Anthony.

Old Mother Goose has run out of money, until a magical golden goose lays all of her problems to rest… or so she thinks. The mischief begins on Saturday 14 November running through until Saturday 9 January.

Then opening on Friday, February 4 next year the Coliseum presents the funny, uplifting true story of the Ashington Group in Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters.

The Ashington Group were Northumberland miners who, in 1934, employed Robert Lyon of Kings College Newcastle to teach them Art Appreciation.

Lyon taught the miners to paint, with amazing results, and the group went on to be a working class phenomenon.

Lee Hall is best known as the writer of Billy Elliot, both the hit film and the highly acclaimed West End musical.

Elsewhere in the season the Coliseum welcomes the return of the award-winning Northern Broadsides with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (29 September – 3 October), London Classic Theatre with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot (6 – 10 October) and Middleground Theatre Company with Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced (19 – 23 January).

This season the Coliseum also introduces its first season of studio productions with a double-bill from Edinburgh Festival Fringe First winner and Mobil Playwriting Competition winner Renny Krupinski, presenting Katie Crowder (8 – 12 September) and The Alphabet Girl (15 – 19 September)

Kevin Shaw, Artistic Director and CEO of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, said: “We’re very excited to be working on this selection of in-house productions – a great mix of charming, funny shows with a lot of heart and of course the Coliseum’s annual large-scale musical and pantomime.

“This autumn we’re also launching our new season in the studio with two new plays that will be coming to us fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe.”

Last, but certainly not least, the Coliseum also has a fantastic variety of special one night events including Jenny Éclair (3 November), Justin Moorhouse (29 January), Clare Teal (30 January) and tribute show Buddy Holly: The Legend Reborn (16 January).

For a full list and dates of performances visit the Oldham Coliseum website.


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