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An Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre production
Whisky Galore

The islanders of Great and Little Todday are dismayed to find their whisky supply dwindling as the UK government diverts the precious stuff to the Americans, in an attempt to bribe them into supporting the British war-effort. When the whisky runs out completely it seems like the end of the world…

But then a 50,000 whisky bottle cargo is shipwrecked close by the islands, and welcome relief seems to be at hand.

Conflict is guaranteed, however, once stuffy Paul Waggett of the Home Guard takes it upon himself to try to reinforce discipline and prevent the thirsty islanders from taking advantage of their apparent good fortune.

Meanwhile, as in the finest of Shakespearian comedies, two weddings are planned: one hinges on timid George Campbell finally finding the (Dutch?) courage to stand up to his disapproving mother; the other involves an English Officer’s love for the daughter of a leading whisky filcher.

This new production, set in 1955, is a tribute to the feisty, fearless all-female touring theatre companies of the post-war years. Under the dogmatic direction of the redoubtable Flora Bellerby, witness the Pallas Players - Win, Doris, Flora, Bea, Aileen, Connie and last-minute replacement Juliet – as they play all the hilarious and diverse characters from Mackenzie’s comedy classic, in an innovative and beguiling adaptation that breathes fresh life into a well-loved, internationally acknowledged masterpiece.

Running Time: 2hr 21mins (includes 20 minute interval)

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: £16 - £23
Concessions: £16 – £21
Get In! Under 26/NUS: £7 (limited tickets available)

Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, and registered unemployed people. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.

If you 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 (£20.50)

Groups of 25+ get £5 off full price evening ticket (£18.50) with free programme for organiser

Audio Described Performance
Tuesday 3 April, 7.30pm

BSL Performance
Friday 23 March, 7.30pm

Meet the Cast
Thursday 22 March

Saver Performance
Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm

Part of the Season Ticket Deal


Illustration based on a book cover design by Birlinn Ltd, which features an illustration by Paul Bommer.
Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie is available in a gift book edition from Birlinn Ltd.

Production Information:

Adapted by Philip Goulding

Directed by Kevin Shaw

Designed by Patrick Connellan

Music by Alan Edward Williams

Lighting Designer Jason Taylor

Sound Designer Lorna Munden

Written by Compton Mackenzie

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"The Pallas Players are a joy to watch and the nature of Goulding’s production means that all of the actors get their chance to shine" - The Reviews Hub

"An impressive and enjoyable show and a perfect to vehicle to introduce someone who might not be a theatre-goer to just what can be achieved on stage" - Manchester Salon

"A light-hearted and jovial night of entertainment that is guaranteed to fire the imagination" - The GM Reviewer


Sally Armstrong
Sally Armstrong
Flora Bellerby
Lila Clements
Lila Clements
Aileen McCormack
Isabel Ford
Bea Cornford
Christine Mackie
Christine Mackie
Win Hewitt
Alicia McKenzie
Alicia McKenzie
Juliet Mainwaring
Joey Parsad
Joey Parsad
Doris Sanderson
Shuna Snow
Shuna Snow
Connie Calvert