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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Lyceum Theatre Oldham continues this season’s success with Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s proper Northern comedy, BILLY LIAR

Billy Liar – set in a town that could easily be Oldham

Lyceum Theatre Oldham have taken on the challenge of this iconic Northern comedy in order to explore the talents of three generations of actors in the community. The challenge also lies in a complex, realistic single set which, in addition to the main playing area of the living room, incorporates stairs and outside space, all integral to the plot.

Set in a made-up Northern town that could […]

Lyceum Theatre Oldham follows up November’s sell-out success with modern Irish classic


The play takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride, yearning for Maureen to escape her bitter mother. The comedy of the Irish brogue hides a turmoil of horror and discomfort. It’s compelling viewing. Even the set is a challenge for an amateur theatre company as it demands working taps and realistic-looking electrics and fire.

Award-winning Director Ian Orry is making his directorial debut for Lyceum Theatre Oldham, having won best production awards for other local […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

All change for Oldham’s oldest theatre company

New seats at the Lyceum

Lyceum Theatre Oldham has been a feature of the town centre for nearly ninety years, and in its current basement location in the Lyceum building since 1938.

This summer, following years of saving and cutting costs, they are undergoing a full auditorium refurbishment, with new seating and colour scheme.

It’s a busy time for local amateur dramatics group Lyceum Theatre Oldham. The week after finishing their 2014/15 season with an almost sell-out production, they […]