About Us

A message from our Chairman

We have a really exciting range of plays and events for the new   season, and we hope you will enjoy the journey as we take you to somewhere you may not have been before.

Our Artistic Directors have created a really varied programme of theatre. Their selection ranges from classic gripping dramas such as Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, to Alan Ayckbourn’s madcap comedy Confusions, and plenty of places in between.

In addition, our special, one-night events were all extremely         successful last season, and so the Fun Quiz Night returns along with Theatre In The Bar. Plus we’ve added a Musical Evening, so there’s something for everyone’s taste

Please note, like most of our plays, our extra events last season were complete sell-outs, so please make sure you book early!

Our theatre is entirely run by our wonderful team of volunteers, and we are introducing an Active Member scheme in the near       future to reward their efforts. Would you be interested in joining our team? If so, please talk to myself or any member of the        Management Committee.

Ian Orry, Chair,  Lyceum Theatre Oldham


A Message from our Artistic Directors

After the success of our 23/24 season we are hoping that you will again enjoy what we have to offer this coming year.  We have tried to choose plays which will entertain, make you laugh and think.    We start the season  in September with:

HANSARD by Simon Woods

This is a very funny and yet moving play about the relationship between a married couple and the politics of the time.

The title comes from the word Hansard which is the traditional name of the transcripts of Parliamentary debates in Britain. The play is set in 1988 during the premiership of Margaret Thatcher.

It's a summer's morning and the Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of thirty years, Diana.   But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a hangover, a fox is destroying the garden and secrets are being dug up all over the place.  As the day draws on, what starts as the familiar hilarious rhythm of marital sparring turns to blood sport.

SHORTS AND A JUMPER by Colin Smith and Peter Fitton.

Our November production is three very different, comic one act plays by local writers both current members of the Lyceum.  Each play is a two - hander and  is witty, sharp and explores themes that aren't always easy in conversation.

APOLOGIA by Alexi Kaye Campbell

In February we bring you Apologia, a fascinating play which tackles the subject of women, ageing and motherhood.  Kirsten Miller is a firebrand matriarch and an eminent and successful art historian.  As a young mother she followed her politics and vocation which included storming Parisian barricades. Her birthday gathering should be a cause for celebration but the recent publication of her memoir has exposed cracks in her family relationships.   When her two sons deliver their own versions of the past, everyone must confront the cost of Kristen's commitment to her passions.  A funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family losing its grip.

CONFUSIONS by Alan Ayckbourn

In March we have the ever popular Confusions by one of Britain's most successful and prolific playwrights.  Five farcical interlinked plays, exploring loneliness with humour and care.  Full of eccentric characters, some actors playing more than one role, these stories will leave you in stitches by the end of the night.

All MY SONS by Arthur Miller

Our final play of the season is generally regarded as one of the twentieth century's masterpieces by one of the greatest American playwrights.  Based partly on true events, the play is set just after the Second World War.  It tells the story of Joe Keller a successful businessman who, with his partner produced for aeroplanes during the war.  During one shipment, some of the parts were found to be defective, which resulted in the death of 21 airmen.  Both men were accused of the crime, but only Joe's partner was found guilty.  The play explores the Keller family's complex relationships, which are burdened with shame, denial, guilt and grief.  Nothing lasts forever, and long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

We hope that this will give you a snapshot of the season to come and that you find it as exciting as we do.  Looking forward to welcoming you to the Lyceum during our 24/25 season. Artistic Directors


A Few Words About Us

The Lyceum Theatre Oldham is a successful and award-winning amateur theatre company entering its 93rd year.

The Theatre can be found on the lower ground floor of the Lyceum Building, 95 Union Street, Oldham. A varied programme of productions is presented each season in this intimate theatre space.

In 2015 the Lyceum Theatre Oldham refurbished the auditorium to provide new seating and decoration.


The Theatre has also recently refurbished the front of house and bar area. The large and comfortable bar and coffee lounge is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments before, during the interval and after the performance.