Never visited Oldham Coliseum Theatre or been to Oldham before? Fear not! We’ve put together a quick guide on what you need to know. However, if you need any further information please do contact our Box Office team on 0161 624 2829. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Find Us:
Walking, bus, tram and driving directions to the theatre are available here. The main customer car park for the Coliseum is Bradshaw Street Car Park, just 100 yards from the theatre, postcode OL1 3EX for Sat Nav. The car park is run by Oldham Council and their rules apply at all times. From 6pm the car park is £1.50 and it’s currently free on Saturdays and Sundays for up to three hours. To qualify for this offer, you must take a ticket from the pay and display machine for the length of time you’re intending to stay. Season ticket holders park entirely free on the Bradshaw Street Car park making a season ticket even better value for money. You get a pass to display in your car. Another car park close by is the Sports Centre car park (just off St Mary’s Way / Lord Street, opposite Oldham Parish Church) – it’s £1.50 from 6pm and is free on Saturday and Sundays for up to three hours. More parking information here. All information correct as of October 2016.
You might be wondering what to wear. Our answer is: wear what you feel comfortable in. Some people like to dress up and others go for a more casual look. It’s entirely up to you.
It’s best to arrive at the theatre with some time to spare before the advertised start time of the show – the start time is on the website under each show – especially if you’re collecting tickets from Box Office, as it can get fairly busy in our foyer.
If you’ve reserved tickets for collection and payment at Box Office we ask you to collect them from an hour before the show is due to start. You can purchase tickets on the night (subject to availability).
Depending on the show, the auditorium doors are usually open 30 minutes before the show begins to give everybody time to find their seats. An announcement will be made to inform you that the doors are open and you can take your seats.
What happens if you are late:
We know that sometimes the traffic is bad or the babysitter was late; in order to avoid disrupting the show, and at the House Manager’s discretion, a member of the Front of House team will show you to your seat at a time that is suitable in the action – meaning that you still get to enjoy your afternoon or evening. There’s a Relay Screen in the Stalls Bar which means you can watch the show in the bar – if there is some time before a suitable gap in the action.
All Coliseum produced shows have an accompanying programme giving background information on the play and a cast list of who’s appearing in the show plus their biographies. They’re priced at £3 and are available at Box Office, they are sold by the Front of House team in the main foyer area as you enter the Coliseum and from any other sales points around the theatre. You can also pre-order your programme for just £2.50 by phoning Box Office on 0161 624 2829.
Drinks, Confectionary and Ice Creams:
A range of drinks (hot and cold, alcoholic and soft) are available to buy. Head to either the Stalls or Circle bar, or see the Front of House teams in the main foyer or up in the circle. The bars are open an hour before the show starts on performance nights and they’re open after the show too. You can also pre-order interval drinks upon arrival to avoid queuing during the busy interval period. If the interval finishes before you’ve had chance to finish your drink, you can simply take a plastic glass into the auditorium with you – just ask at the bar for one.
We also sell a selection of ice creams and confectionary which are available to buy in the main foyers, from behind the bar before the performance and during the interval. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of the auditorium, you can also buy ice creams and refreshments there from our Front of House team.
Phones / Cameras / Video Cameras:
To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the performance on stage, we ask that phones, cameras and video cameras aren’t used in the auditorium. Please ensure your mobile phone is switched off. Photography in the auditorium is not permitted during a performance and video cameras or any other recording devices are not allowed into the auditorium.
Our usual interval time is 20 minutes and most performances have this, but it’s probably best to check with staff for the specific show you are coming to see or check details on our website. You can pre-order your interval drinks at the bar before the first half of the show so your drinks will be waiting for you at the interval.
We have wheelchair spaces available in both the main auditorium and in the Studio Theatre. Disabled customers are also entitled to a free companion ticket if required. Please mention any specific access requirements when booking and then we can accommodate you accordingly. We also have British Sign Language Interpreted and Captioned performances for Deaf audiences and Audio Described performances for Blind audiences. For more information, see the Access section of our website here.
The Coliseum is a non-smoking building and electronic cigarettes are also not permitted.
Eating out in Oldham:
There’s a good selection of restaurants and cafes in Oldham, and they’ve always been a popular destination for a pre-show dinner or a spot of coffee or lunch, if you’re coming to a matinee.
If you fancy grabbing a coffee and a cake before or after a matinee, there’s a range of coffee shops and independent cafes to choose from. Oldham has a branch of Rhode Island Coffee, the award winning North West chain, in the Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre. It’s staffed by theatre fans who’ll serve you a cappuccino and give you the lowdown on our latest production. There’s also Nola’s Tea Room on George Street (at the back of Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre) which serves up home made cakes and is described by its many fans as a “hidden gem”.
Here’s our eating out and coffee picks. All are practically on our doorstep.
Long established, Valentino’s, on Retiro Street; Romano’s on Rock Street and The Old Bill on Greaves Street cater for people who love Italian food, and they always have special offers for Coliseum customers – check their websites for more details.
Newer to the town are two restaurants cooking up American style burgers and Southern cusine – Jack’s Smokehouse on Yorkshire Street and The Smoke Yard on Church Terrace. They’ve also been joined by The Grill at No 20 on Retiro Street serving up steaks and Italian style dishes. Newly opened in 2017 is Stocco serving up a modern Italian menu on its Yorkshire Street’ premises.
If you fancy a curry, Café Lahore is a good spot on Union Street with a very loyal following.
The stunning Old Town Hall development which features the ODEON cinema has a Costa Coffee, a Nando’s and Molino Lounge, an independent family friendly restaurant. Gourmet Burger Kitchen has also joined the ranks of restaurants at the Old Town Hall development. Just across the street from the Old Town Hall development is the Parliament Sq café which serves up light lunches, tea, coffee and cake – it’s also licensed to serve wine and beer.
Check individual businesses’ websites for opening times, menus and their latest offers. Tripadvisor Oldham is regularly updated with food news, customer reviews and pictures so it’s always worth checking there too.