Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham Coliseum is a building-based producing theatre. It has a capacity in its main auditorium of 524 seats; in addition the theatre has a studio with a capacity of 50 seats. The company produces 8 shows a year on its main stage, offering a balanced programme of drama, comedy, musical, new writing and the annual pantomime. In addition to in-house produced work on the main stage the theatre also takes in 4 weeks of touring theatre as well as around 15 non-theatre performances including music dance and stand up. Coliseum@ an offshoot to the theatre’s building based productions promotes a programme of theatre at three community venues.

Find us at...

  • Oldham Coliseum Theatre
  • Fairbottom Street
  • Oldham
  • Manchester
  • OL1 3SW

Our family-friendly offer

Family Friendly at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Besides programming our nationally famous pantomime at Christmas which has delighted families for generations, we host touring shows suitable for all the family.

We want your visit to be the best it possibly can be so we work hard to be family friendly at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Public Transport

Access to the building with your pram or pushchair

Access into the theatre building is via four steps, although there is a side door just up Fairbottom Street – the street on which we’re located – which is on a flat surface.  Just ring the doorbell and someone from our Box Office or Front of House teams will meet you.

Access to the building if you’re disabled

Buggy parking

We’re a small building, and, although there’s no purpose built space to park your buggy or pram, our staff will be only too happy to find somewhere safe for you to store it.

Baby change facilities

We’ve got baby change facilities in the Ladies’ toilets in the Stalls Bar, and in the Unisex Accessible toilet in the Education Suite, just off the Stalls Bar.  Both are on the ground floor.

Food and drink

Our Stalls Bar – on the ground floor – and our Circle Bar – on the first floor – serves fruit juices and cordials.


We’re breastfeeding friendly at the Coliseum.  You’re welcome to breastfeed in all public areas.  If you need quiet time with your baby, our Education Suite, just off the Stalls Bar, is a good place.

Staff and Customer Experience Volunteers are on hand to help you

Our staff and Customer Experience volunteers are here to help you:  ask at Box Office for any help you need.  Or ask our badged Customer Experience Volunteers or Front of House Managers. We want you and your family enjoy your visit to the Coliseum.

Age Suitability

You know your family best, so although we will advise about age suitability for our theatre shows, this is for guidance only.  We will tell you if there is content that some families might find more challenging.  If you need any information, please contact Box Office or check on our website.

Family Ticket Pricing

Our annual pantomime has a family ticket deal every year, and we try to make that deal as flexible as possible to accommodate the family in the 21st century. Wherever possible, with visiting touring productions suitable for families, there are family offers available.  We are conscious that Christmas, in particular, is an expensive time of year for many families so we serve refreshments at accessible prices, our website gives you information about Oldham’s various restaurants and cafes where you can eat as a family (many have special theatre offers) and where free or low cost parking is available.  Oldham Coliseum Theatre is a registered charity so keeping prices affordable for our audiences is a very important consideration for us.

Families with Disabled People

If you need information before your visit check out our Access page which gives information on making your booking, getting here and access in and around the building. There is also information on special interpreted performances for Disabled people like our Infrared Assisted Listening System for Deaf audiences, as well as the dates of our special performances such as British Sign Language Interpreted and Captioned performances for Deaf audiences.  We have Audio Described performances for Blind audiences including touch tours.  Although our building was built in 1887, with no lift, we always go the extra mile for our audiences.  If you have any Access needs or feedback on our services, please contact our Box Office on 0161 624 2829 or


Here at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, we’re committed to being an accessible venue for all our visitors.  The following section of the website has information on access:

Our Events

  • Manchester


    21-Mar-2020 13:30 PM - 14:30 PM

    Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel!

    4 - 12 years
  • Manchester


    27-Mar-2020 16:30 PM - 17:30 PM

    Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.  Zog tries so very hard, perh...

    3 - 10 years


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