Greater Manchester Suburban Theatres

Bolton Octagon Theatre

Howell Croft Street South, Bolton BL1 1SB. Tel:
01204-520 661
The Octagon has a national reputation for modern interpretations of
Shakespearean play, as well as for the production of modern drama.
It’s a successful theatre which attracts visitors from all over the
north-west of England, and frequently attracts international theatre
groups, as well as specialist events, like snooker tournaments. It
has recently opened a second stage for the production of more experimental
works of drama.
Open from Monday to Saturday, with evening performances and matin�es.

Bury Met Arts Centre

Bury Met Theatre

Market Street, Bury BL9 0YZ. Tel: 0161-761 2216
A small suburban theatre which hosts many other visiting companies,
including the M6 Theatre Company. Booking at the Met in Market Street
from Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm,
and for 1 hour before each performance.
By Post, write to The Met Arts Centre, FREEPOST BL5162F, Market Street,
Bury BL9 0YZ. Cheques should be made payable to “BMAA”. By phone,
all major credit cards welcomed.
Full price tickets �5.50, Children & Discounted at �4 – please check
– prices may change. (Discounted includes Senior Citizens, unemployed
people, students, under 19 year old, registered disabled people).
Facilities are limited on site, street parking. Full facilities for
the disabled, including wheelchairs and special toilets. Guide dogs
accepted. Supported by NW Arts, Bury MBC and Arts Council of England.

Bolton Little Theatre

Bolton Little Theatre

Hanover Street, Bolton BL1 4TG. Tel: (General):
01204-394223. Tel: (Box Office): 01204 334400.
(Tickets are sold through The Albert Halls Ticket Sales Office).
Bolton Little Theatre, established in 1931, is an amateur group with
charity status and relies on box office takings, membership fees and
charitable donations to pay for the upkeep of the Theatre. The theatres
main proscenium arch auditorium seats 165 in traditional rows and
the Forge, an intimate theatre in the round has seating for 60.
The theatre also has a comfortable bar and exhibition area where one
can enjoy a pre-performance drink, or mingle with the cast after the
We anticipate the usual high demand for our performances, so do book
early to avoid disappointment. New members are always welcome, come
along to any Monday Evening Club Night and introduce yourself or contact
us by email at
Bolton Little Theatre is a member of the Greater Manchester Drama
Federation and The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain.

Grange Arts Centre, Oldham

GrangeTheatre Oldham

Rochdale Road, Oldham OL9 6EA. Tel: 0161-624 8013.

Box Office Open Mon-Fri 10.00am-12noon, and 1.00pm-4.00pm.
Provisional bookings may be made by phone. Access for wheelchairs.
As part of Oldham College, the Grange Arts Centre offers a full programme
of theatrical and dramatic performances, as well as a full range of
practical vocational training in all aspects of Theatre and Media,
for both young people and adults.
Performances range from modern works by such playwrights as Alan Bleasdale,
to musicals like “Calamity Jane”.
The Manchester Youth Dance Theatre group and Oldham Symphony Orchestra
frequently present programmes here too.

Oldham Coliseum

Oldham Coliseum

Fairbottom Street, Oldham. Tel: 0161-624 2829.
Tucked away in a side street, Oldham’s prestigious Coliseum is a
local friendly repertory theatre which celebrated its centenary
in 1987. It has a reputation for ambitious productions. Its beautiful
interior makes it a great period classic in theatre terms, and has
seen the likes of local performers such as Eric
, Charlie Chaplin, Dame
Thora Hird
and Dora
tread its boards.

Farnworth Little Theatre

Cross Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7AJ. Tel: (General)
01204792599. (Box Office) 01202 303808.
Email: Website:
An amateur theatre with a licensed bar offering a varied programme
of comedies, thrillers and drama. Alumni include Frank Finlay, Jim
Cartwright and Ian Hastings. The Theatre Box Office is open 5.30pm
from the Monday two weeks preceding each play; postal booking forms
are available from the website. Farnworth Little Theatre is a membership
organisation, and welcomes new members in a variety of capacities
(set building, painting, design, wardrobe, makeup, performance, etc)
– please contact the membership secretary on
with membership enquires or visit the theatre on Thursday club nights,
meet a few members, have a chat and a drink? Membership costs £7.50
per annum. The theatre also runs a youth group for 11-18 year olds
Located near the King Street bus station and Farnworth market. Free
car parking is available next to the theatre or on nearby residential

Other Suburban Theatre Venues around Manchester

Abraham Moss Theatre

Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester 8. Tel: 0161-795 4186.
Community theatre named after a local civic dignitary. Has its own
theatre company, and hosts occasional visiting companies and fringe

The Lowry
The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays

Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford
M17. Tel: 0161-876 2020.
Email: Website:
There are really 2 theatres at this newly developed theatre/arts complex.
The Lyric, with 1750 seats, and the smaller Quays Theatre with a seating
of just 450 which is like a modern day Shakespearean Globe Theatre.
See also: Main Entry: The Lowry.

Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire. Tel: 01298-72190.
A beautiful old theatre in the spa town of Buxton. Also stages music
and opera. Receives many visiting productions.

The Dancehouse
Oxford Road, Manchester 1. Tel: 0161-237 9753.
Home of the Manchester Dance School, the Dancehouse stages everything
from classical music to ballet and modern dance. Also hosts regular
visiting companies.

Chapman Theatre

University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford. Tel: 0161-745 5000 ext
Regular visits from fringe companies.

Garrick Playhouse

Barrington Road, Altrincham. Tel: 0161-928 1677.

Garrick Theatre
Stockport Garrick Theatre

Stockport Wellington Road
South, Stockport.
Tel: 0161-4480 5866 – Box Office. Tel: 0161-480 3287 – Stage Door.

Oldham Sixth Form College
Union Street West, Oldham. Tel: 0161-287 8000.

Romily Forum

Compstall Road, Romily, Stockport. Tel: 0161-430 6570.
Local Authority owned and run theatre and performance centre, which
offers plays, music, comedy, cajun and speciality nights.

Tameside College of Technology
Beaufort Road, Ashton-under-Lyne. Tel: 0161-330 6911 ext 2113.
Occasional visits from visiting companies.

Tameside Hippodrome
Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne. Tel: 0161-308 3223.
Managed by the company which runs the Opera House and the Palace Theatre
in Manchester, it stages a wide variety of shows, including plays,
music and comedy acts, with special children’s shows.

Woodford Community Players
Cited as “…a friendly and welcoming amateur dramatic group”,
based at The Woodford Centre, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport, Cheshire.
Currently stage two full lengths plays per year (Spring & Autumn).

Wythenshawe Forum
Civic Centre, Wythenshawe Forum, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22.
Tel: 0161-437 9663. A satellite of the Library Theatre – see
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