Some of Manchester’s most familiar faces of stage and screen started their careers in repertory theatre at Oldham Coliseum.

Coronation Street regulars Pat Phoenix, Anne Kirkbride, Barbara Knox and Bill Roache all trod the boards at the Fairbottom Street theatre.

Other stars who performed there include Charlie Chaplin, Dora Bryan, Minnie Driver and Ralph Fiennes.

How well do you remember them? Just for fun, why not test your knowledge in our nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?

Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books on the 1950, 60s and 70s.

They’re on sale for £14.99, including postage and packing, from inostalgia.co.uk. You can also ring 01928 503777 to place your order.

Watch out also for Clive’s new book, The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s packed with unmissable images from World War II, many from the North West.
 

In 1947, Harold Norman died on stage at Oldham Coliseum when he was accidentally stabbed with a sword in which Shakespeare play? Actors refuse to call it by its name as they believe it is cursed.

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The Coliseum, dating from 1885, is believed to be haunted – not least by Harold Norman. Which programme on the paranormal, presented by Yvette Fielding, filmed there in 2004?

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Oldham-born actress Judith Barker, pictured, played which character in Coronation Street from 1969 to 1977? She had dalliances with Len Fairclough and Alan Howard before eloping with Ken Barlow.

Actress Judith Barker
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Dora Bryan spent six years learning her craft at Oldham Rep before moving to London’s West End. In 2002, she received a BAFTA nomination for playing which on-screen friend of June Whitfield in Absolutely Fabulous?

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Oldham actress Barbara Knox, pictured, made a swift exit for running repairs when the zip on her dress came undone on stage at the Coliseum in 1964. In what year did she first play Rita on Coronation Street?

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She played Rita Littlewood for one episode in 1964 but joined the cast permanently in 1972

Oldham Coliseum veteran Dame Thora Hird portrayed which character in Last of the Summer Wine from 1986 to 2003?

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Anne Kirkbride, Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street, was an assistant stage manager at Oldham Rep. Who was Deirdre’s first husband on the Street?

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Former Oldham Rep performer Ralph Fiennes played which central role in the Harry Potter films from 2005 to 2011?

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Fallowfield-born Pat Phoenix, pictured, portrayed Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street from 1960 to 1973 and again from 1976 to 1984. Which fellow cast member did Phoenix marry in 1972?

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Oldham Rep actor Roy Barraclough played which character on Coronation Street?

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