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A New Coliseum for Oldham

Chief Executive and Artistic Director Kevin Shaw with Oldham Council Leader Councillor Jean Stretton

Oldham Coliseum Theatre will be moving to a new state-of-the-art building on Union Street in 2020.

Through Oldham Council, the Coliseum has been approved a grant of £7.1m from Arts Council England. Alongside a future Capital fundraising contribution to the project by the Coliseum, this means the theatre is now on its way towards a new building in Oldham’s Cultural Quarter, alongside the new Heritage and Arts Centre, Gallery Oldham, Library and Lifelong Learning Centre.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is an integral and much loved part of Oldham’s history and has been intimately connected with the cultural, social and educational life of the town since 1885.  For the second time in its history, the Coliseum will move to a new home, embarking on an exciting new phase in its development that secures the theatre’s long-term future as a powerhouse of creativity and enterprise in the North.

The new £27m Oldham Coliseum Theatre will be a dynamic cultural hub for the whole community and home to a rich and varied artistic programme.  It will support its community in many ways, providing exceptional professional theatre production and a forum for people to create and learn together.  It will be a major driver in the economic and social regeneration of Oldham, providing a public space accessible to all.

The Coliseum at Union Street will be:

  • A nationally-recognised centre of excellence in the performing arts
  • A dynamic space for learning and engagement
  • A high-quality, and impressive new building, designed by Mecanoo, the international award-winning architectural practice
  • A potent symbol of transformation in Oldham
  • A focus for civic pride and confidence


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