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Comedy, Dance, Music Previous Production: June - July 2014

Close the Coalhouse Door

An Oldham Coliseum Theatre Production

From the team who brought you Chicago, Blonde Bombshells of 1943 and Brassed Off

by Alan Plater

based on stories by Sid Chaplin

songs by Alex Glasgow

Celebrating the lively spirit of the Geordie miners through tumultuous times, Close the Coalhouse Door is told with a typical wry smile, pithy dialogue and touching songs.

Using the rich seam of British mining and its turbulent history, the stirring story takes us through the strikes, victories and frustrations. The plot revolves around a lively Newcastle family looking back on 140 years of miners’ struggles and triumphs. The irreverent saga is coupled with the joyous music of Alex Glasgow, inspired by the anthems of working people.

From the team who brought you last season’s musical spectacular Chicago and Alan Plater’s masterpiece Blonde Bombshells of 1943 - prepare for a production filled with laughter and tears and an energetic all-singing, all-dancing actor/musician ensemble piece for which the Coliseum is renowned.

With additional material written by award-winning writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters), Close the Coalhouse Door has all the irony and lively mischief of Oh! What A Lovely War.


Previous Production: no tickets available

Production Information:

Directed by Kevin Shaw

Designed by Foxton

Written by Alan Plater


“Kevin Shaw’s production cannot be faulted in any department” - The Stage

“A highly enjoyable way to close the season” - Oldham Chronicle

“A slick and impressive production” - Britsh Theatre Guide


Phill Corbitt as Geordie in Close the Coalhouse Door
Phil Corbitt
Cliff Burnett as Thomas in Close the Coalhouse Door
Cliff Burnett
James Hedley as John in Close the Coalhouse Door
James Hedley
Samuel Hargreaves as Reilly in Our Day Out the Musical
Samuel Hargreaves
Maeve O'Sullivan as Ruth in Close the Coalhouse Door
Maeve O’Sullivan
Jane Holman as Mary in Close the Coalhouse Door
Jane Holman
Andrew Vincent as Jackie in Close the Coalhouse Door
Andrew Vincent
Matt Connor as Vicar - Expert in Close the Coalhouse Door
Matt Connor
Vicar / Expert