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Calling playwrights – see your work on stage at Oldham’s oldest theatre

Saddleworth news theatre listings

Lyceum Theatre Oldham has set its sights on making you laugh with a season celebrating British Comedy in all its different forms. Spanning 80 years and many genres, 2017/18 is a season to make you smile. ( See listings below)

Next year, Lyceum Theatre Oldham is celebrating a significant birthday and is starting the celebrations by putting on stage three brand new plays created by its audience. PLOTFEST, launched this summer, asks local playwrights to send in new one-act plays […]

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 […]

Theatre comedy and music at The Swan with the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

For the second year running, The Swan in Dobcross has joined forces with The Greater Manchester Fringe festival to bring an eclectic programme of gorgeous music, innovative theatre and dynamic comedy to Saddleworth. Landlord Michael Powis, says, “We hope the people of Saddleworth enjoy the chance to see something a little bit different again this year. We have local performers as well as supremely talented people from further afield such as, London, SouthAfrica and Brazil”.

All together The Swan will […]

Saddleworth Festival of the Arts: ‘Something for everyone’

Duke Ellington Jazz Night at the White Hart, Lydgate when Alan Barnes.

Saturday saw the start of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts with something for everyone at this year’s festival including jazz, comedy, classical music from choirs and orchestras, brass band music, exhibitions, open gardens, guided walks, a ceilidh and much more from an outstanding array of international, national and local talent.

All this in the beautiful setting of Saddleworth’s hills and villages. The festival provides the perfect […]

Stones In His Pockets at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

STONES IN HIS POCKETS – the multi award-winning comedy by Irish writer Marie Jones, will be performed at Oldham Coliseum Theatre at the end of October as part of a nationwide tour with original director Ian McElhinney, now starring in the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones, at the helm.

Directed by Ian McElhinney and Starring Conor Delaney and Stephen Jones.

Following its Tony Award nominated run on Broadway, four and a half years in the West End and on tour, […]

Comedy double bill at The Swan in Dobcross

Do you remember the fantastic play, “Spoonface Steinberg”, that we had on here last year? Well, the theatre company behind that production, The Freerange Theatre Company, are coming back to The Swan, Dobcross in June with a double bill of COMEDY plays by Jon Brittain.

The amazingly talented Rebecca Fenwick (who was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award for her role as Spoonface at The Swan) stars in both plays alongside Adam Urey, who impressed us so much in the […]

Roy “Chubby” Brown “looking forward” to his Civic Hall visit

Roy "Chubby" Brown.

Britain’s bluest comedian Roy “Chubby” Brown will be performing at the Civic Hall in Uppermill this Friday.

His material is considered by many to be outrageous, however he has always warned his audience “If easily offended please stay away.”

He has become a huge superstar without appearing on television, some may say his success is because he does not appear on our TV screens. This warning has worked in his favour, forbidden fruit!

Promoter Stuart Littlewood […]

Bank Holiday Sunday Comedy At Off The Rails

Silky (picture via Off The Rails)

The focus of much of the comedy world may be on the Edinburgh Festival, but Saddleworth laughter fans are still being promised a top line-up at this Sunday night’s Off The Rails gig in Greenfield.

Liverpool comedian Silky tops the bill, and he’ll be a familiar face to anyone who has gone to a recording of Strictly Come Dancing, as he acts as the warm-up man […]

Mick Ferry Added To Bill For Friday’s Mossley Comedy Night

Mick Ferry

This Friday night is comedy night at the Mossley AFC Social Club, and top comic Mick Ferry is now part of the line-up. Described as an “absolute legend” by fan and fellow stand-up Jason Manford, Mick’s credits include Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on TV, and the movie Looking For Eric.

Mick’s also due to appear at the Off The Rails night in Greenfield later this month, but that gig has […]

Tickets On Sale For Next Mossley Comedy Night

The next comedy night at Mossley AFC’s Social Club takes place a week on Friday, that’s 8 July.

Three top acts are on the bill: Keith Carter as Nige, Anthony J Brown and Ro Campbell. To find out more about each of them, just click on the name.

The doors will open at 8pm with the show starting at 8:30pm. Advance tickets costing £8 can be bought online here. Should be […]

Back To Basics For Off The Rails On Sunday

Roger Monkhouse (picture via Off The Rails)

After hosting a stop on Rob Rouse’s national tour, it’s back to a regular monthly outing for Saddleworth comedy night Off The Rails this coming Sunday, 26 June.

Roger Monkhouse and Gary Delaney are on the bill. Both have done Off The Rails before, although it’s been more than two years since either of them appeared. The night’s organiser says both are known for their high turnover of material, so there should […]

Rob Rouse To Play Saddleworth Date

Rob Rouse

A familiar face is stopping in Saddleworth later this month, as part of a national comedy tour. Rob Rouse, probably best known for regular appearances on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The Friday Night Project, is appearing at a special Off The Rails night on Tuesday 21 June.

As usual, the show takes place at the Royal George in Greenfield. Tickets are £10 with concessions £8, and […]

Success For First Mossley Comedy Night

Comedians Caimh McDonnell (left) and Chris Roche at the first Mossley Comedy Club night.

The Mossley Comedy Club is to return next month, after a successful first night for the new venture. Caimh McDonnell and Oldham’s Chris Roche were among the acts who performed on Friday night, at Mossley AFC’s Social Club.

The event was organised by Rob Riley, who already runs the successful Off The Rails night at the Royal George […]

New Comedy Night In Mossley

A new monthly comedy night begins in Mossley this Friday evening. It’s being organised by Rob Riley, who already runs the successful Off The Rails night at the Royal George in Greenfield.

The new event takes place at Mossley AFC’s Social Club. There are three live comedians and an MC on the bill for this Friday. Doors open at 8pm with the show beginning at 8:30pm.

Topping the bill is Irishman Caimh McDonnell. Roger Monkhouse and Rhys Jones will also […]