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Plans submitted for new Oldham Theatre

Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has put forward proposals for Oldham Theatre, a £24M new venue the council hopes will replace the town’s Coliseum Theatre.

Designs submitted to Oldham Council include the transformation of the town’s Grade II-listed former Post Office and former Quaker Meeting House into a purpose-built theatre.

The scheme’s plans include 300-capacity auditorium, a 120-seat studio theatre, an education suite and a café with an outdoor terrace.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “One of the very first things I did after becoming council leader was to meet with the Oldham Coliseum board.

“We agreed they will be tenants at the brand-new theatre we are building in Union Street – underlining our collective determination to work together for the good of the borough.”

A triple-height front-of-house foyer will open onto Union Street, a major road running through the town, with an additional entrance connecting the venue with Oldham Civic Gardens if the plans get the green light.

Completion is anticipated in 2026.

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