Theatres and Entertainment
Bolton Little Theatre
Hanover Street, Bolton (alight at the bus station)
Buses 8, 2, 36, 37, 471, 501, 507, 524, 561, 562, 571, 572, 575 and 582 will take you there
This is an award-winning little theatre showing nine plays a season, offering classical plays to traditional comedies and even the very successful Christmas Pantomime. They have been entertaining the greater community of Bolton since 1931 where members of the then “Bolton Dramatic Society”, decided to acquire their own theatre, now Bolton Little Theatre, and is the premier volunteer theatre in the locality. Visit their website for further details and ticket sales. Better still why not go down to theatre where every Monday is open night from 7:30pm, there are many opportunities to use your skills and make new friends.
The Octagon creates theatrical experiences that inspire the people of Bolton and the North West. Over the year, the Octagon presents a wide range of entertaining and thought-provoking productions that include Shakespeare, American drama, great European plays and contemporary classics, alongside brand new work, musicals, theatre for families and plays that are rooted in the culture of Bolton and the North West.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Fairbottom Street, Oldham
Buses 58, 59, 83, 184, 350 and 425 will take you there
Oldham Coliseum Theatre is renowned for its professional programme of plays and its annual pantomime which is a hit with audiences from all across the North West of England. Whether you’re into comedy, a musical or a play to get you thinking, Oldham Coliseum Theatre has something for everyone with competitively priced tickets. It has regular nights of music and comedy too. Located just off Yorkshire Street, this hidden gem is perfect for an afternoon or evening performance.
Shaw Playhouse 2
Newtown Steet, Shaw
Buses 58, 59 and 182 will take you there
The Playhouse 2 is a 153 seat theatre in the heart of Shaw, Oldham. The unique open thrust stage provides perfect viewing from any angle. The home of amateur theatre company ‘Crompton Stage Society’, since 1966, staging a wide variety of entertainment, professional as well as amateur - Five drama productions each season as well as Live Music, Cinema and a Youth Theatre.
Summerseat Players at the Theatre Royal
Smithy Street, Ramsbottom
Buses 472 and 474 will take you there
Based in Ramsbottom, this theatre has been opened since 1991 and has gained more popularity over the years. Today, they host a wide range of productions to suit all ages, tastes and interests.
The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street, Manchester
Bus 33 will take you there
The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester's international concert venue, built to give the best possible space for music. The Hall hosts over 250 performances a year including classical music, rock, pop, jazz, world music and much more. The Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. The Hall also programmes its own classical music season, the International Concert Series. Closed during August.
The Lowry is home to theatre and gallery space which hosts a varied programme of plays, musicals, dance, comedy, opera and concerts and which focuses on nurturing local talent and supporting local communities. The Lowry also contains the world's largest public collection of paintings and drawings by artist L S Lowry.
The Royal Exchange Theatre
St Annes Square, Manchester
Buses 1, 3, 8, 67, 93, 97, 98 and 100 will take you there
The Royal Exchange is the largest theatre in the round in the country and sits within a Grade II listed building in the centre of Manchester. Some of the most famous British actors have performed here, including Dame Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant and in 2016 the Royal Exchange was named Regional Theatre of the Year.