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Oldham Histories Festival

Oldham Histories Festival 2019:  September 9th - October 5th

for more information and events booking please telephone 0161 770 4654 or email archives@oldham.gov

September Activities

  • 9th Sep. Family History Advice
  • 9th - 20th Sep.Mayor's Parlour and Silverware Tour - weekdays only
  • 9th - 21st Sep.From Waterloo to Peterloo
  • 9th Sep - 5th Oct. Ben Brierley
  • 10th Sep, Made in Oldham
  • 11th Sep. A Stroll along the Oldham Panorama
  • 11th Sep. Alexandra Park Walk
  • 11th Sep. Family History Advice
  • 11th Sep. Saddleworth Historical Society
  • 12th Sep. Building Stones of Oldham
  • 12th - 15th Sep. Holy Trinity, Waterhead
  • 13th Sep. Daisy Nook Canal History Walk
  • 13th - 15 Sep. St. Margaret's Church, Hollinwood
  • 14th Sep. Castlefield Roman Forts
  • 14th Sep. Oldham Microscopical and Natural History Society Open Day
  • 14th Sep. Moorside & District Historical Society Heritage Day
  • 14th Sep. Origins of Everyday Things
  • 15th Sep. Failsworth Cemetary Walk
  • 16th Sep. World War One Servicemen from Moorside
  • 16th Sep. Writing Life Storioes
  • 18th Sep. Alexandra Park Walk
  • 18th Sep, Peterloo - the Aftermath
  • 19th Sep. Oldham Lyceum
  • 19th Sep. Saddleworth Gone but Not Forgotten
  • 21st Sep. Daisy Nook Canal History Walk
  • 21st Sep. Oldham From Above
  • 21st Sep. Waterloo to Peterloo
  • 21st Sep. Werneth Parl Walk
  • 21st - 22nd Sep. Christ Church Denshaw
  • 21st - 22nd Sep. Christ Church Friezland
  • 22nd Sep. Castlefield Roman Forts
  • 23rd Sep. Family History Advice
  • 24th Sep. Roman Rd. Independant Methodist Church
  • 25th Sep. Mills Reborn
  • 25th Sep. Family History Advice
  • 25th Sep. Oldham Town Centre Ghost Walk
  • 25th Sep. George St. Chapel
  • 28th Sep. Holy Trinity, Coldhurst
  • 28th Sep. Shree Swaminarayan Temple
  • 30th Sep. Peterloo

October Activities

  • 1st Oct. Conscientious Objection in Oldham
  • 1st Oct. Activism in the Archives
  • 2nd Oct. Oxfam in Oldham
  • 3rd Oct. Women Citizens Association
  • 3rd Oct. The Red Cross in Oldham during the Fist World War
  • 4th Oct. Activism in Oldham

Oldham Coliseum Autumn-Winter Season

This is the line-up of plays for the Oldham Coliseum's Autumn Winter Season

  • No Man’s Land (5-7 September)
    A dark comedy by Nobel Prize winning writer Harold Pinter which sees two elderly writers – one famous and wealthy and the other a down-at-heel poet, in an alcohol fuelled night of reminiscence and power games.
  • Strangers on a Train Set (11-14 September)
    A new show from Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, LipService. This time, the comic duo are taking on train related crime fiction.
  • Gym & Tonic (1-2 October)
    John Godber’s laugh-out-loud comedy set in a health spa.
  • Black Men Walking (24-26 October)
    Follows three friends who walk through the Peak District, and 2000 years of Black British history.
  • Trojan Horse (6-7 February)
    Looks at the true story of a community torn apart by racial divisions following accusations of ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.
  • Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (21 February–7 March)
    A topical drama that looks at how we see ourselves and others and highlights the dangers of modern technology.
  • Absurd Person Singular (10-14 March)
    Alan Ayckbourn’s much-loved classic set over three successive Christmas parties.
  • AND of course the always wonderful Coliseum PANTO! : Saturday 16 November 2019 - Saturday 11 January 2020
    Jack and the Beanstalk Poor young lad Jack sells his cow for magic beans, much to the dismay of his mother. But when the beans grow into a gigantic beanstalk Jack and Jill set off for an adventure in the magical land above the clouds.

Lyceum Theatre Oldham Season 2019-2020

  • Mr. Wonderful

    Lyceum Photo - Mr Wonderful

    20 – 28 September 2019

    Mr Wonderful - by James Robson

    Norma is growing old without growing up. She lives with her bedridden mother Phoebe who is on the verge of Alzheimer’s which makes her believe she’s the Queen Mother.

    Norma is trying to find her Mr Wonderful through a dating agency. After several hilarious and poignant attempts she meets Geoff, who seems to fit the bill until Norma finds out more about him and plots a lasting revenge …

  • My Three Angels

    Lyceum graphic - map  - My Three Angels

    22 – 30 November 2019

    My Three Angels - by Sam & Bella Spewack & Albert Husson

    It is Christmas Eve in the tropics and Felix Dulay, a hopeless storekeeper, is fearfully awaiting the cruel shop owner.

    In a twist of fate, only allowable around Christmas, three convicts with a desire to do good, drop in (literally) from above and find touching, funny and inventive ways to save the family and restore justice in time for Christmas Day.

  • Prisoner of Second Avenue

    Lyceum Graphic map of new york - Prisoner of Second Avenue

    31 January – 8 February 2020

    Prisoner of Second Avenue - by Neil Simon

    Economic meltdown and urban angst create the perfect setting for a Neil Simon comedy.

    In a Second Avenue apartment with paper thin walls, Mel has been sacked, his wife is sacked too, they are robbed and his psychiatrist dies.
    Mel follows the only path he can think of … he has a mental breakdown. But this bleak picture is painted by the master of New York comedy, so it’s not all going to end up as bad as it sounds!

  • A Life

    Lyceum Photo - A Life

    27 March – 4 April 2020

    A Life - by Hugh Leonard

    A bittersweet Irish comedy that begins in the 1970s and slips back to the 1930s to see a man reflecting on a life that was not well lived.

    Drumm is reaching the end of his days and he’s beginning to see that he has not been as kind as he could have been, even to his devoted wife, who has always seen something more than his sharp sarcasm and sardonic responses.

    Looking back over 40 years, (we see the four main characters as young people, as well as old!), Drumm begins to understand the consequences of his past behaviour

  • Holiday Snap

    Lyceum Photo - Holiday Snap

    29 May – 6 June 2020

    Holiday Snap - by Michael Pertwee & John Chapman

    Classic mistaken identity set in a Portuguese timeshare villa will get you in the mood for your summer holidays.

    Holiday rep and expat Commander Chittenden seems  completely oblivious to the fact that two couples have been double-booked into his villa.

    When they begin to mistake each other for the servants and their adulterous tendencies come to the fore, inevitable plot twists make for an hilarious night out.

Lyceum Theatre Oldham is located on the lower ground floor of the Lyceum Building, 95 Union Street, Oldham

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