Get Behind Us #SaveOurTheatres - Oldham Coliseum

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Get Behind Us #SaveOurTheatres - Oldham Coliseum


raised so far

+ est. £5213.25 Gift Aid



New stretch target

We’re so pleased to have reached our £40,000 target. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us, this will help the Coliseum immeasurably as we continue to face our biggest crisis in 135 years.


Having already postponed our pantomime to 2021 because it is not possible to present it with social distancing, very sadly we have had to cancel our socially distanced production of A Christmas Carol due to the second UK lockdown which commenced on Thursday 5 November. However, in the lead up to Christmas your support has helped us to keep some panto magic alive for children in our area, taking pantomime stars into schools to tell their stories as they’ve never been heard before.


We are continuing to fundraise and hope that with your support we can grow the target to £55,000. If you are able, please #GetBehindUs and support the Coliseum so that we can continue to serve Oldham and Greater Manchester for generations to come.


“Bright Futures School have attended the pantomime at Oldham Coliseum for a number of years now. We have also booked workshops that have taken place both at the theatre and in school. Visiting the theatre to watch a show can be problematic to pupils with autism – they are faced with loud music and sound effects, darkness, sudden noises, variable lighting and new smells. The way that Oldham Coliseum prepared our children and catered to their needs enabled all of the children to not only access the pantomime but thoroughly enjoy the experience.

“When attending the theatre the children are able to interact with people working in the theatre and meet others from the local community forging links and memories. The workshops give the pupils the freedom to see the world from a new perspective and practice scenarios to help them deal with day to day life. I cannot express how valuable both the workshop and pantomime experiences are for our pupils.” - Alex Ludlam, teacher at Bright Futures School 


We believe the Coliseum, its history and its future, are worth fighting for. 


For many years you have come to the Coliseum at Christmas to shout ‘it’s behind you!’, now we’re asking you to Get Behind Us and help to save Christmas in Oldham for generations to come.

It gives us great pleasure to say we received a truly astonishing £53,907 from our Get Behind Us Campaign. We could not have expected this level of wonderful support and we want to send the biggest thank you to everyone who has helped us towards this. You’re generosity will truly help to Save Christmas in Oldham for many generations to come. Thank you and Merry Christmas

Keep the magic of theatre alive in Oldham #SaveOurTheatres

For over 100 years generations of people from Oldham, Greater Manchester and across the North West have come to Oldham Coliseum Theatre to experience the magic of our nationally renowned pantomime and enjoy our year round programme, ranging from award-winning drama to music and comedy. 

This year to keep all our wonderful audiences safe and adhere to social distancing guidelines, we can’t present the pantomime. The Coliseum’s pantomime runs for three months presenting over 80 live performances. With 35,000 people coming to see the show during the run our auditorium is regularly at 90% capacity, and the foyer and bar spaces are busy with happy families purchasing drinks, sweets and merchandise before the show and in the interval.  

The Coliseum is a charity and having been closed with no ticket income since mid-March - and having had to cancel or reschedule our programme of drama, music and comedy we’re facing a very tough Christmas and an uncertain future. 

Justine Elizabeth Bailey, Richard J Fletcher, Simeon Truby, Sara Sadeghi and David Westbrook in Sleeping Beauty, 2016

Since we closed the theatre to the public we have been working closely with the Government and our industry body, and we are incredibly grateful for all the support the Coliseum has received. Now, this urgent fundraising campaign to raise £40,000 will to help secure the Coliseum’s future. 


"I joined Oldham Repertory Theatre Club in 1962. Friends and I went every Wednesday night (a different show every week!) and I have seen every panto. The theatre only closed at Oldham Wakes when the whole town closed down. We also used the theatre bar as our local, there most nights of the week!! We made many friends there. Please support the theatre as much as possible... It is a huge part of the history and future of Oldham." - Campbell Robertson, Theatre Patron.


The Coliseum contributes millions to Oldham’s economy and has helped to launch the career of many famous faces. Income from our work on stage helps to fund our vital work in the communities of Oldham with over 50,000 sessions per year – supporting some of the most underprivileged young people in the country, working with people with additional needs, offering training, bringing our richly diverse population together and building confidence. 

We believe the Coliseum, its history and its future, are worth fighting for. 

For many years you have come to the Coliseum at Christmas to shout ‘it’s behind you!’, now we’re asking you to Get Behind Us and help to save Christmas in Oldham for generations to come.

Match funding for this project has now been reached.

Sam Glen, Shorelle Hopkin and Richard J Fletcher in Jack and the Beanstalk, 2019-20. Photograph by Darren Robinson

Save Our Theatres

We're part of national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres. 

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills. 

But we risk losing this forever.

Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most - including the Coliseum - to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.

Shorelle Hepkin and Sam Glen in Jack and the Beanstalk, 2019

This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.

Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent. 

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.

#GetBehindUs    #SaveOurTheatres


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