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The Little Mermaid and a New Chief Executive at Oldham Coliseum

By Steve Cooke

The Little Mermaid - the story we all know and love, as you’ve never seen it before, this Spring at the Oldham Coliseum.

Morgan’s sisters are perfect mermaid princesses. They love grand balls and dream of marrying respectable mermen from good currents. Morgan, however, dreams of adventure…

Going to the surface is strictly forbidden, but it’s all Morgan has ever wanted. When the sisters receive a strange gift from an aunt they’ve never been allowed to meet, Morgan can’t resist the urge to set off on an adventure beyond the palace walls. Her adventure will take her to a forbidden undersea jazz club, a 1980s yacht party, and finally to a very unexpected happy ending.

With the help of her Aunt Celeste, a sassy French crustacean named Bertrand, and a shape shifting seal with an eye for interior decoration, Morgan learns that the world is a lot more magical when we all accept each other for who we are.

‘It’s a little bit Pride and Prejudice, a little bit Saved by the Bell, just a touch Chicago, and a whole lotta fun.’

Thursday 30 March - Sunday 16 April

Tickets £7 - £21

Flexi-Family Tickets £16 per person

And for the youngsters The Little Mermaid Family Fun Workshop

A family friendly workshop inspired by The Little Mermaid. We will create some underwater scenery and bring our sea-creatures to life through drama games and activities.

Suitable for children aged 4-8 (and their grown-ups).

Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 April, 10:30am

Tickets £3 per child

Chris Lawson, Coliseum Artistic Director since 2018, is the new Chief Executive.

Chris joined the Coliseum in 2015 as Associate Director from the Almeida Theatre, London, becoming Artistic Director in 2018. Since joining the Coliseum, Chris has directed several of the Coliseum’s most acclaimed recent productions, including Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara, James Fritz’s Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Maxine Peake’s Beryl, and the award-winning pantomime, which this year was Robin Hood, performed to thousands of people per week.

Chris said: “We have a difficult but exciting job ahead of us, and I’m committed to working with the Board and the Coliseum’s dedicated and amazing staff and volunteers to shape a future for the theatre. I’m proud to take on the combined role of Artistic Director and Chief Executive at the Coliseum.”

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