A supportive, welcoming and playful creative environment to take your work to the next level. The Studio programme runs alongside that of the Main Stage with a mix of new writing, visiting companies, rehearsed readings, bespoke and in-house productions.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre Studio Artist Development Programme

Oldham Coliseum Theatre Studio is an intimate 50 seat space that’s available to artists at different stages of their careers.


We want to support artists’ work and development and to build mutually beneficial working relationships. 




Spare Room

Although our Studio is at a premium – our space also doubles as our rehearsal room – we offer the space, when available, to artists and companies for R&D and rehearsal at no cost. 


This is on a first come, first served basis (just remember to switch the lights off!) and, occasionally, subject to organisational capacity, we can offer those companies who’ve been part of Spare Room the opportunity of a rehearsed reading so their work is performed in front of a supportive audience.

Interested in bringing a show to the Coliseum’s Studio?

The Studio season runs February – June and September – October.  We don’t offer the Studio for hires as our programme is a curated one in line with our overall artistic programming.  We place a particular emphasis on programming companies from across the UK; work with contemporary themes and work that explore issues that impact on our local area. We also bring work to Greater Manchester that’s received critical and audience acclaim at festivals such as the Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

We welcome enquiries from new and established theatre companies about their shows, please familiarise yourself with our programme of work and look at our Studio Tech Specs. If you believe your show would work well here, please send a tour pack to programming@coliseum.org.uk detailing the show, company, creative/artistic team together with links to any footage, photography, media coverage and, if possible, a script, synopsis and links to previous work.

Does the Coliseum programme work for children/families and young people in the Studio?

Although we do occasionally programme work specifically for young audiences, this is often in collaboration with our partners or in the school holidays. Usually, performances aimed at children, families and young people will be for shorter runs of one or two performances only.

Please note that the work in the Studio is programmed and we do not offer the Studio on a straight hire basis for public performance.

For further information please contact programming@coliseum.org.uk

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is proud to be part of Venues North, please download the Routes In Guide to help you approach us in the correct way if you are interested in bringing your work to our studio.

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