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Horror 30 January - 21 February

The Mist in the Mirror

An Oldham Coliseum Theatre Production

Adapted from the novel by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black, this tense and atmospheric new production promises to be a chilling, edge-of-your-seat theatre experience.

Eavesdrop on this gothic fireside story which tells the ghostly tale of James Monmouth, an intrepid traveller who has spent most of his life following in the footsteps of his childhood hero,  the explorer Conrad Vane. Warned against pursuing this quest,  James becomes ever more determined to unravel the mysteries of the past. His research leads him up and down the country, but who is the little boy who follows him on his journey, and what is the uncontrollable sobbing that only James can hear?

Visual theatre wizards imitating the dog will be on hand to scare you out of your wits. These talented innovators previously worked with the Coliseum to provide the haunting video projections in the 2012 production of Hound of the Baskervilles. Their visual antics will create an unsettling feeling that might just follow you home at the end of the night …

Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket

This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £58.00 or less, plus discounted extra show tickets. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.


Full: £11.00 - £19.50
Concs: £11.00 - £17.50
Under 26: £5.00 - limited tickets available

Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 60, 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

10 - 30 people: £2.00 off each ticket
30+ people: £3.00 off each ticket
Free ticket for the organiser

Post-show Discussion

Find out more about the production after the show on Thursday 19 February (FREE)

Signed and Described Performances:

Audio Described: Wednesday 11 February, 7.30pm
(Please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 if you require a headset)

Sign Interpreted: Friday 20 February, 7.30pm

Theatre Works Special

Saturday 21 February, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Before the matinee performance join theatre professionals and cast members to explore the play.
Tickets: £5.00

For details of our accompanying education programme including school workshops please ring 0161 785 7007.

Mist in the Mirror Tour Schedule

After its première at Oldham Coliseum Theatre Mist in the Mirror will continue on a tour of the UK:

Oldham Coliseum Theatre Friday 30 January - Saturday 21 February
Northcott Theatre, Exeter Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 February
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich  Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 March
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 March
Cast, Doncaster Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 March
Nottingham Playhouse Tuesday 31 March - Saturday 4 April
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 April
Hull Truck Theatre Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 April
Theatre Royal, Wakefield Tuesday 28 April - Saturday 2 May
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 May


Production Information:

Adapted by Ian Kershaw from the novel by Susan Hill

Directed by Kevin Shaw

Designed by Barney George

Lighting Designer Andrew Crofts

Sound Designer Lorna Munden Video Design by Simon Wainwright, imitating the dog

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"Ian Kershaw’s adaptation is a rich and unusual box of horrors" - The Independent

"Layers of visual creepiness" - The Stage

"A scary, chilling and gripping stage play that will scare you out of our wits" - The Public Reviews


Jack Lord as Reader, Innkeeper, Beamish and Porter
Jack Lord
Paul Warriner as Sir James Monmouth
Paul Warriner
Mr James Monmouth
Sarah Eve as The Boy, Esther
Sarah Eve
Caroline Harding as Gypsy Woman, Lady Viola Quincebridge
Caroline Harding
Lady Viola Quincebridge
Martin Reeve as Rev. Votable, Dr Valentine Dancer, Sir Lionel Quincebridge, Landlord Ram Inn, Cannon
Martin Reeve
Dr Valentine Dancer