BAFTA nominated Julie Hesmondhalgh stars
After over a year of closure due to the pandemic the first live theatre show at the Coliseum will be the award-winning Edinburgh Fringe sell-out one-woman show The Greatest Play in the History of the World…
The Greatest Play in the History of the World… takes us on a heartfelt journey that starts and ends in a small, unassuming house on a quiet suburban road. Julie narrates this story of two neighbours and the people on their street, in a universal love story that celebrates the human race in all its glorious messiness, confusion and joy.
Starring BAFTA nominated Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) and written by Ian Kershaw (the Coliseum's productions of Star-Cross'd, The Mist in the Mirror and Bread & Roses), The Greatest Play… is squashed full of exquisite observation and heartbreaking beauty.
The breathtaking show ran at the Traverse Theatre during the 2018 festival before transferring to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre Studio in September 2018 and to London’s West End in December 2019. It has been adapted especially to fit with potential continuing coronavirus restrictions.
The Greatest Play in the History of the World runs from Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 June.
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On Friday 23 July Oldham Pride and Oldham Coliseum Theatre present Queer Cabaret.
Drag artist, activist and academic Cheddar Gorgeous explores the experience and ‘blitz spirit’ of the pandemic in Oh What A Lovely Lockdown – a new performance using spoken word, comedy and a tune or two; while triple-threat vocalist, dancer and choreographer Jason Andrew Guest celebrates Black, Queer artists, musicians and icons through vocal house, Vogue and high fashion, in a showcase of QTIPOC Excellence - Welcome to the Haus of Myztique.
Plus Lily Savage’s former drag partner and the original Lucy Fur David Dale, Drag Queen Felicia DuPaul, Australian Diva Kelly Wilde and more. Hosted by Terri Fox.
Oh What A Lovely Lockdown and Welcome to the Haus of Myztique have been developed with Pride Stages Bursaries from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts & Culture Network. The Pride Stages Bursary is supported by The Met and Bury Pride, Waterside Arts and pride in Trafford, The Lowry and Salford Pride, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Oldham Pride, Manchester International Festival and Manchester Pride.
ThickSkin Theatre take to the streets of Oldham with their outdoor celebration of difference, SHADE.
An explosive dance party, SHADE is a bright, loud and vibrant movement performance that explores moments of self discovery and empowerment through a series of vignettes, against the backdrop of contemporary Queer culture. Amplifying and illuminating the value of difference, join the party and step out of the shade and onto the dance floor.
SHADE is being created at the Coliseum in May for free outdoor performances in Oldham during Oldham Pride.Read More