Double Sherlocked by Oldham Coliseum!

The Coliseum is staging 2 different Sherlock Holmes extravaganzas in two totally different venues.

The first is “Hound of the Baskervilles” – a Oldham Coliseum production which runs 12-19 performing at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield as part of its UK Tour. The story is one of the best known of the Holmes canon recounting the mystery of the Baskerville heir tormented by a ghostly hound and this collaboration with Imitating the Dog features digital effects to conjure up the hound.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Poster for Sherlock Holmes Hound of the Baskerville
Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Clive Francis
Directed by Kevin Shaw
Designed by imitating the dog
The Hound of the Baskervilles opens at the Lawrence Batley Theatre from 12 – 17 March 2012 and then tours until 19 May.
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on o161 624 2829 or online at

Move Over Moriarty

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding in Move Over Moriarty
3 – 7 April at the Grange Arts Centre, Rochdale Road, Oldham
Written by Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding
Directed by Gwenda Hughes
Designed by Kate Owens
Music composed by Mark Vibrans
Lyrics by Malcolm Raeburn

The second – “Move Over Moriarty” is a variation on the Sherlock Holmes Mythology which could be described as a She-lock Holmes comic mystery.  The musical comedy was created by Lipservice Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding  who  have been writing and performing together since 1985, touring nationally and internationally. They have written 14 original comedies for the stage, and have twice won the Critics’ Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. Their Radio 4 comedy series LipService was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award, and their Classics at Bedtime for Radio 2 was selected for Pick of the Year.

While the Coliseum building itself is closed while essential repairs and refurbishments are underway so the current season of productions is being staged at a range of hospitable venues such as the Grange Arts Centre, University Campus Oldham and indeed, Huddersfield. So while a bit of travel would be required – Holmes fans could hold a month long Sherlockathon: Take in both of these, get the box sets of the BBC series (last year’s is on special offer most places) at the motorway services on the way back from Huddersfield then see “Move Over Moriarty” at the Grange.