It began to snow as press gathered outside Arts Council England’s Manchester base, waiting for an update on the fate of Oldham Coliseum, which has announced it will close at the end of the month following a £1.845 million cut in funding from the Arts Council. The funds, enough to support the theatre for three years, have instead been offered to Oldham Council. The council haven’t yet revealed what they propose spending the money on, but we do know that it isn’t the Coliseum Theatre.
We were left waiting for a while in the cold as talks continued past the scheduled time, and predictably no solution has yet been found. It’s back to the discussion table, with just over a fortnight left before the Coliseum closes its doors.
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