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Kenneth Alan Taylor stars in The Father for its North West premiere

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Actor, director, former Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse and twice former Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Kenneth Alan Taylor, stars as André in The Father. The Father is a French drama phenomena that has been performed internationally to great acclaim; this is its North West premiere.

André is a charming elderly gentleman who once had a glittering career as a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine in a chic […]

Oldham amateurs take on a play within a play and turn Shakespeare on its head

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Lyceum Theatre Oldham is re-creating Macbeth, through the medium of the women of Farndale.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society are a fictitious group of unpredictable amateurs created by playwrights David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr. They have re-imagined a number of classic plays within plays, each with hilarious comic effect. Their version of Macbeth is no exception.

The performance includes witches on crutches, a stand-in cross-dressing Lady Macbeth and a set that […]

The Day After the Fair – Saddleworth Players

The Day After the Fair production starts tonight at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph and run through to May 27.

Anna, a servant, meets an attractive stranger called Charles, a Barrister from Manchester, at the county fair. Anna, being illiterate, persuades her mistress to carry on a correspondence with him on her behalf, with surprising results.

Booking is now open for this and all other shows in the new season.

They have now teamed up with Delph Library to […]

Oldham theatre invites you to celebrate Christmas early with a classic Ayckbourn comedy

Lyceum Theatre Oldham continues its season with Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious, rarely-performed comedy LIFE & BETH (11-19 November 2016).

Set in the living room of recently-bereaved Beth, preparations are underway for a low-key first Christmas without her husband. However, her gregarious, inappropriate family have other ideas of how to help her get over herself! Frustrated and tired, Beth soon realises it’s more than the living who want to remind her of her former life.

LIFE & BETH is actually the third […]

Spring & Port Wine in Delph

Spring & Port Wine – the family

There has been quite a lot of pungent cooking in the theatre lately. The Saddleworth Players revival of Bill Naughton’s family drama features a plate of herring. Perhaps there should be a new term for this kind of gritty culinary realism – kitchen stink drama.

Spring & Port Wine is a Northern Comedy set in Bolton. A family play about a family. And a play about relationships between siblings. A play about […]

Carnage on stage as Oldham theatre opens its 2016/17 season

Lyceum Theatre Oldham opens its new season with Yasmina Reza’s razor-sharp wit in THE GOD OF CARNAGE.

Reza’s plays start with a simple idea and this one is no exception. Set in a middle class district of Paris, THE GOD OF CARNAGE tells the civilised story of two well-to-do couples meeting to discuss a playground fight between their young sons. As the evening draws on, one father wants to get away to deal with a crisis at work while one […]

Brassed Off at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham Coliseum Theatre presents the funny and life-affirming Brassed Off this September, featuring the musical talents of Oldham and Saddleworth local brass bands, The Delph Band, The Diggle Band, The Oldham Band (Lees) and Boarshurst Silver Band.

Based on a true story, and adapted from the 1996 film starring Pete Postlethwaite and Ewan McGregor, Brassed Off is a tale of community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity.

It’s 1992 and Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead Grimley Colliery Band […]

An unexpected twist on an American comedy classic

Lyceum Theatre Oldham ends its season in New York style with the female version of Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE in June.

THE ODD COUPLE proved such a huge success for Neil Simon in the 1960s and 1970s that he returned to this winning formula in 1985 and re-imagined the play with a cast of female protagonists.

This final production in the Lyceum Theatre Oldham 2015/16 Season is directed by well-known Lyceum regular, Phil McCarthy, Vice-Chair of the Management Team, […]

She Stoops to Conquer at Saddleworth Players

Liz Travis and Tony Wright

This Much Loved Comedy of Mistaken Identity opens Saturday May 28 in Delph.

When Marlowe mistakes Kate’s house for an inn and treats her father like an inn keeper, things are not going to go smoothly for him. With her brother causing mischief, her father insulted and her mother plotting a marriage nobody wants it’s no wonder Kate has to stoop to conquer.

Writing in 1773, Goldsmith believed comedy should provoke laughter by exposing […]

World Premiere brings ancient story to a modern audience

This Spring, theatre maker Rose van Leyenhorst and co-director Chris Hill have teamed up to create THE ODDITY, a contemporary exploration of The Odyssey introducing ​Tilly​,​ a girl lost between ancient fiction and modern reality.

The production will tour the North West from Friday 29 April – Tuesday 7 June 2016, playing at Oldham Library, Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, Unity Theatre in Liverpool, New Continental in Preston and Mill at the Pier in Wigan.

Creator Rose van Leyenhorst […]

See Of Mice and Men for only £7 at Lyceum Theatre Oldham

Lyceum Theatre Oldham would like to offer Saddleworth News readers an offer on tickets for Of Mice and Men (13 – 21 November) pay only £7 each.

The offer is valid for this Saturday 14 November and next Monday 16 November 7.30pm.

To take advantage of this offer, book online bit.ly/LTOOfMiceandMen using the discount code Saddleworth15 when prompted.

(The offer is only valid for these two evening performances. We are sorry but we are not able to swap tickets already […]

George Costigan gives his thoughts on play coming to The Swan in Dobcross

Rita Sue and Bob Too – George Costigan (centre) with Michelle Holmes (left) and Saddleworth’s Siobhan Finneran (right)

George Costigan, star of ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’ and ‘Happy Valley’, gives his thoughts on ‘The Box of Tricks’, a play coming to The Swan in Dobcross on 25 November.

George has appeared in a host of well-loved TV shows including ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Happy Valley’. He rose to fame in 1986 with ‘Rita, Sue and Bob […]

Late kick-off is worth the wait at Oldham theatre

Following major refurbishment of the auditorium, Lyceum Theatre Oldham returns with John Steinbeck’s adaptation of his classic novella OF MICE AND MEN, playing from 12 – 21 November 2015.

Set during hard times in 1930s California, John Steinbeck creates a microcosm of society in his portrayal of the American Dream. Gentle giant Lennie and his world-wise friend George are longing for a new life. Their hopes and dreams are reflected back at them through the characters they meet. Their lust […]

London Classic Theatre come to Oldham with Waiting For Godot

London Classic Theatre Company come to Oldham Coliseum Theatre with their production of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting For Godot as part of a 37-venue national tour.

A country road. A tree. Evening. Vladimir and Estragon meet as dusk approaches. Estragon tries to remove his boot. Vladimir examines his hat. A conversation begins, a joke is interrupted. A carrot is eaten. The two men quarrel, then embrace. A pair of eccentric travellers arrive. Seemingly master and servant, one stands weighed down […]