Eric Potts and John Jardine




Staff at Oldham Coliseum have been researching facts and figures about their annual pantomime to prepare display materials for the forthcoming production. During the research marketing trainee Sharif Soliman discovered that just under 2,000,000 people had attended Coliseum pantomimes since the Colossseum was rebranded and re-opened as the Coliseum in 1939.


A search back through the theatre’s history and records revealed that 1,999,211 patrons had booked for pantomimes in the Fairbottom Street Theatre whose name has become synonymous with traditional pantomimes.


At the current rate of booking the Coliseum estimate that the two millionth booking will take place sometime during the week beginning Monday 8th November.


The Theatre have decided to give a special prize to the person who books the two millionth ticket. They will be given a free season ticket for the new season that is to be announced on Sunday 12th December at the New Season launch Evening. If the two millionth seat to be booked is a child the theatre will also be giving a collection of pantomime goodies including a special signed version of Lazy Larry’s Light Catcher! ( destined to be this year's most wanted pantomime accessory)


This year’s pantomime has seen record sales. Tickets went on sale during the first performance of last year’s show, Babes in the Wood. The show has been jointly written by Coliseum Artistic Director, Kevin Shaw together with Eric Potts who stars as Pantomime Dame, Nurse Nora. This year’s pantomime opens on Saturday 27th November and runs through for 78 performances until 15th January 2005. There is no need to panic as even with two million bookers there are still some great seats available for the performances through Box Office on 0161 624 2829 - Oh Yes There Are !


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