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Oldham Coliseum Theatre listings

Plays by Harold Pinter, Brian Friel and Noel Coward are some of the highlights of the autumn/winter season at the Coliseum

Published on June 3rd 2010.


Oldham Coliseum Theatre listings

KES
3 – 25 September 2010
£5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
Billy, a Yorkshire school boy, is neglected and misunderstood. Failed by society and detached from the world around him he finds solace in the unlikely source of a chick kestrel, Kes.

THE HOUSE OF BILQUIS BIBI
28 September – 2 October 2010
£5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
In a small town in Pakistan’s fertile Punjab region stands The House of Bilquis Bibi. With her husband gone, Bilquis must uphold her family’s honour at all costs – the fates of five unmarried daughters lie in her hands. As it celebrates its 21st year, Tamasha theatre company teams up with Harrogate Theatre to present a modern interpretation of Federico García Lorca's 1936 masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS
7 – 23 October 2010
£5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
Creaky and cranky ex-Vaudeville stars Lewis and Clark are teaming up for a television comedy special. The problem is they haven't seen each other in over a decade. Originally produced on Broadway in 1972, Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys was later adapted for both television and film.

DESPERATE TO BE DORIS
27 – 30 October 2010
Tickets: £5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
An homage to musical icon Doris Day, featuring a selection of the diva of the duster’s greatest hits. Desperate to be Doris tells the story of Dean, who works as a buyer for a mail order nightwear firm called The Pyjama Game. At home he is a legend in his own living room and sings like Doris Day, but will he dare to share his Calamity Jane with an unsuspecting world? For this musical extravaganza Lip Service duo Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding have enlisted the services of Darren Southworth, fresh from the West End hit Spamelot, who will become Doris for the Day

THE CARETAKER
2 – 6 November 2010
Tickets: £5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
Davies, an elderly drifter, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston. He quickly makes himself at home in the squalid attic but an uneasy peace is fractured by the arrival of Mick, Aston’s quick-witted, streetwise younger brother. 50 years since its first performance, Pinter’s compelling study of loneliness and power games still has the capacity to amuse, to shock and to fascinate.

THE NUTCRACKER
8 November 2010 at 7.30pm
Tickets: Band A £16 / Band B £14
Ballet Theatre UK presents this fairytale classic. Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable musical score combines with magical choreography, exquisite costumes and breath-taking scenery to create an atmosphere of fantasy and illusion.

Sleeping Beauty

HOW THE KOALA LEARNT TO HUG
9 November 2010 at 1.30pm
Tickets: £5 – £7 or free for under 26s*
Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, How the Koala Learnt to Hug is a charming tale about the magic of family and the importance of a nice warm hug. Join a host of wild characters including Natascha the Witch, the reggae beavers and Karen the koala for some great stories, sing along songs, games and first class hugging. All you need are your ears. (And your arms.)

SLEEPING BEAUTY
20 November 2010 – 8 January 2011
Tickets: £6.75 – £16.95 or free for under 26s (restrictions apply)This enchanting version of Sleeping Beauty has a stunning set, sparkling costumes and all of the usual pantomime magic. Expect evil spells, hazardous spinning wheels, mischievous fairies and, of course, a handsome prince.

Kes

FRANKIE TITTERS ON
19 January 2011 at 7.30pm
Tickets: Band A £16 / Band B £14
Actor and comedian Paul Harris lays bare the comic genius of Frankie Howerd and portrays the much-loved comedy star 'at his tittermost'. Hewill take you behind the scenes and uncover Frankie’s secrets and private torments in this affectionate one-man show.

SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED – A MOTOWN REVUE
20 January 2011 at 7.30pm
Tickets: Band A £16.50 / Band B £14.50
Direct from its preview in the West End, this acclaimed soul revue hits the road. From Reach Out, I’ll Be There, Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Signed Sealed and Delivered, the diversity of the show takes you on a journey through time.

BROADWAY AND BEYOND
21 January 2011 at 7.30pm
Tickets: Band A £16 / Band B £14
An uplifting celebration of the best of musical theatre. This mix of live music, movement and wit is performed by eight versatile West End professionals with a dazzling array of costumes and the sounds of over a dozen instruments.

PETER’S FRIENDS
22 January 2011 at 7.30pm
Tickets: Band A £14 / Band B £12
Join local singer Peter Wakefield and his friends for the third musical celebration to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and this year supporting St Paul’s Methodist Church, Shaw, in their 200th anniversary year. With a fantastic array of songs from the musicals and other inspirational popular music, the concert promises to be a night to remember.

PRIVATE LIVES
27 January – 19 February 2011
Tickets: £5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
Noel Coward's riotous comedy of manners tells the story of hedonistic divorcees Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne who accidentally arrive at the same French hotel to honeymoon with their respective new partners. After five years of separation they meet by chance and their insatiable feelings for each other are immediately reignited.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA
22 – 26 February 2011
Tickets: £5 – £18.50 or free for under 26s*
Brian Friel’s Olivier Award-winning play is set in a cottage in the remote Irish village of Ballybeg in 1936. The five Mundy sisters live a simple life in the shadow of the hills of Donegal with their recently returned brother Jack, a missionary priest, seven-year-old Michael, and a wireless set called ‘Machoney’.Years later the grown-up Michael looks back at that fateful summer when the knockings of change finally caught up the Mundy family.

*Terms and conditions online.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, 0161 624 2829, www.coliseum.org.uk

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