£1.65m Oldham Coliseum revamp completes

David McCourt

Oldham Coliseum has reopened after Warrington-based Globe Construction completed refurbishment work on the 125-year-old theatre.

The 35-week project included installing a modern heating and cooling system as well as seating, lighting, and decoration throughout the auditorium. The stalls and circle bars were updated.

Oldham ColiseumLast weekend Oldham Coliseum re-lifted the curtain on the stage once graced by Charlie Chaplin to mark the theatre's 125th anniversary.

Kevin Hargreaves, director of Globe Construction, said: "The theatre dates back to 1885 and the refurbishment works will ensure that the Coliseum remains a leading producing theatre offering a varied programme of shows and educational activities for the local community."

Kevin Shaw, artistic director and chief executive of Oldham Coliseum, said: "Globe has been working flat out to make sure that everything is completed to the standard we expected. The theatre looks fantastic and it was great to see the brand new auditorium full again."

David Martin, executive director of Oldham Coliseum, says the Coliseum is now financially secure until 2015 after receiving grants from Oldham Council, which funded a large part of the refurbishment.

Globe Construction has recently completed the Vanbrugh Theatre at The King's School, Chester, as well as various developments for Bruntwood, St Modwen, Halton Borough Council and Manchester College of Law.

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