It’s almost Christmas time in Oldham and the talented team of familiar pantomime faces are back with the timeless rags to riches story of Cinderella. We’re big fans of the Oldham pantomime (oh yes we are). Packed with all the elements of a proper traditional panto, laugh-out-loud gags, thigh-slapping songs and a generous helping of “It’s behind you!”- there really is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at Oldham Coliseum this Christmas.
This year’s pantomime will give you two Pantomime Dames: Fine Time Fontayne and Simeon Truby will be causing mayhem as the Ugly Sisters. And Dinnerladies star Sue Devaney will step into the Wicked Stepmother’s shoes. The universal fairytale about a girl, a glass slipper and a handsome prince will be given the full Coliseum treatment – mixing contemporary pop culture and hit sing-along songs with all the elements of a proper traditional panto.
Prince Charming has decided to throw a party and Cinderella would love to go, but her Wicked Stepmother and the two Ugly Sisters have other plans for her. But with help from her best friend Buttons and a magical fairy, will she be able to escape them and make it to the ball after all?
One of the reasons that we love pantomime at Oldham Coliseum is because the auditorium is the perfect size for audience participation – everyone has the opportunity to be part of the action. There are many chances for the children to shout out, sing along and interact with the friendly cast. And panto designer Celia Perkins’ stage and costume design is always a highlight in giving a suitable backdrop for the magic and mayhem to ensue.
The Coliseum’s traditional pantomime has been entertaining families from Oldham and beyond for generations. Each year the theatre serves up the perfect panto recipe – with a pleasing price-tag and a magical sprinkling of fairy dust, this is top-notch traditional theatre fun for little ones and their grown-ups.