19 May - 3 June 2017
An Oldham Coliseum Theatre Production
Hard Times is set in the fictional Northern Coketown. It portrays the decades' long friendship between mill owner Josiah Bounderby and schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind.
Bounderby dragged himself up from the gutter and is determined to see his family rise to the very top of society whatever the cost. Gradgrind is obsessed with facts, facts, facts, insisting on the superiority of facts over fancy. He's adamant nothing else will be of service to his pupils, including his own daughter.
The glittering prizes and the hardships of the Industrial Revolution are conjured through a rich tapestry of characters including factory hands, a circus impresario and a daring girl bareback horse rider.
Less is definitely more in this fast moving adaptation where a score of memorable personalities are played by an ensemble of just seven actors. It's Charles Dickens as you've never seen him before.
Act 1: 1 hour 25 mins
Act 2: 1 hour 12 mins
Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket
This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £68 or less. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.
Full price: £14.50 - £22.50
Concessions: £14.50 – £20.50
Get In! Under 26: £6 (limited tickets available)
Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, registered unemployed people and eligible people with a disability. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.
If you feel you are entitled to a concession due to a disability or have specific access requirements please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.
Groups of 10 + get £3 off full price evening ticket (£19.50)
Groups of 25+ get £5 off full price evening ticket (£17.50) with free programme for group organiser
Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm
Meet the Cast
Thursday 25 May (after the show)
Audio Described Performance
Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm
Friday 26 May, 7.30pm
Part of the Season Ticket deal
Book by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys
Directed by Chris Lawson
Designed by Sammy Dowson
Lighting Designer Alexandra Stafford
Sound Designer Lorna Munden