Help Jack climb the Beanstalk at the Coliseum this Christmas

OLDHAM Coliseum Theatre is on the look-out for talented young people aged between eight and 15 to join the young chorus of this year’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. 

Oldham Coliseum pantomime Cinderella 2018 (Photograph by Darren Robinson)

The Coliseum’s annual pantomime was described last year by The Guardian as “A lovingly made dessert of a panto” and Upstaged Manchester as “the best traditional panto in the North”.

Pantomime is the biggest show of the year at the Coliseum, attracting audiences of 35,000 people.

Joining the pantomime as part of the chorus gives young people the opportunity to perform alongside the theatre’s cast of professional actors, including Richard J Fletcher, who makes his debut as the Pantomime Dame this year after 11 years as the Coliseum’s beloved Pantomime Comic.

The theatre is looking for three teams made up of both boys and girls to form the chorus for Jack and the Beanstalk. Auditions will take place on Sunday, September 1 at the Coliseum.

Audition times will be allocated based on age and slots can be registered for by downloading the form on the Coliseum’s website and returning it by email to The deadline to register for an audition slot is Monday, August 26 at 9am.

Those interested in joining the pantomime chorus must be able to dance and should wear clothes that they can easily move around in to their audition. There is no need to prepare anything in advance.

If chosen to be part of the chorus, each young person will need to have approximately six full days and four half-days off school for performances.

Rehearsals will take place on two weekday evenings and Saturday days each week between 28 September – 16 November (exact dates to be confirmed). Successful chorus members will need to have excellent availability for rehearsals.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs at Oldham Coliseum Theatre from Saturday 16 November 2019 – Saturday 11 January 2020. 

Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0161 624 2829 or online at

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