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Drama 19 May - 3 June 2017

An Oldham Coliseum Theatre Production
Hard Times


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.

Running times
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 to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.

Group Discounts
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

Saver Performance
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

Production Information:

Book by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys

Directed by Chris Lawson

Designed by Sammy Dowson

Lighting Designer Alexandra Stafford

Sound Designer Lorna Munden

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"A joyous and impressive production" - British Theatre Guide

"Dickens' fans will love seeing their favourite characters expertly brought to life" - Oldham Evening Chronicle

"A pleasure to behold" - The Reviews Hub


Tom Michael Blyth
Tom Michael Blyth
Stephen Blackpool
Cliff Burnett
Cliff Burnett
Mr. Gradgrind
Isabel Ford
Isabel Ford
Mrs Sparsit
Verity Henry
Verity Henry
Louisa Bounderby
Samuel Holland
Samuel Holland
Tom Gradgrind
Felicity Houlbrooke
Felicity Houlbrooke
Sissy Jupe
William Travis
William Travis
Josiah Bounderby