Months of events being held by the theatre at Oldham College have been cancelled after safety inspectors shut the site with immediate effect.
The Grange Theatre, on the Alderson Street campus in the town, is a fully operational theatre available for performing arts students at the college, with various productions taking place throughout the year.
But now, just two months before the Christmas panto kicks off, the building has been forced to call curtains on all performances due to “significant faults” with the facility’s wiring.
The theatre will be forced to remain closed until it can be deemed safe to reopen, although it is not yet known how long work will take.
All events in October and November have now been cancelled, and ticket holders will be contacted shortly.
Fortunately, the theatre has been able to arrange for this year’s pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty, staring Coronation Street’s Bruce Jones, Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona, and Nathan Morris of Hollyoaks’ fame, to be transferred to the nearby Queen Elizabeth Halls.
A statement posted on the Oldham College Facebook page announced the decision.
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It read: “Grange Theatre, our on-site theatre, is closing temporarily with immediate effect.
“This follows a scheduled inspection of the building and infrastructure, which revealed significant faults with electrics and wiring in the facility.
“Unfortunately, all its events in October and November have been cancelled. Anyone who has bought tickets will get a full refund and be contacted by the Grange within the next week.
“GOOD NEWS – the Pantomime is still going ahead, and will now be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham. Anyone who has bought tickets will be contacted with all the new details and new e-tickets.”
Pantomime ticketholders will be allocated the same seats in the Queen Elizabeth Hall as the ones booked at The Grange.
Tickets are still available for purchase for the festive performances, with prices starting at £17 per adult, and £14.50 for children and concessions.
More information about the show, and contact informaiton for the venue, can be found on the Grange Theatre website.
Oldham College and Grange Theatre have been contacted for comment.