Playhouse 2 is a 153 seat theatre in the heart of Shaw, Oldham.
The unique open thrust stage provides perfect viewing from any angle.
The home of amateur theatre company ‘Crompton Stage Society’, since 1966, a wide variety of entertainment, professional as well as amateur, is produced each year.
The theatre is solely owned and operated by the Society’s membership with no regular external funding and new recruits to help run the theatre are more than welcome. Crompton Stage Society is a registered charity 246831.
Crompton Stage Society was formed in 1934 and used the top floor premises of the Oddfellows Hall on Farrow Street, Shaw, for it’s first ever
production : The Broad Highway.
The Society acquired in 1938, a disused Methodist chapel in Gordon Street, Shaw
During the 2nd World War, the Society kept it’s doors open despite many restrictions. In the post war era the Society gained strength and as a local paper observed in our 21st year (1955), ‘Crompton Stage Society’ sets the standard for drama in the area’.
In the early 1960’s however, disaster struck when the theatre was gutted by a mystery fire.
A grant of £2000, generously made by the Pilgrim Trust, together with many donations, insurance money and a tremendous amount of hard work saw the Society back in business within 3 years.
A former cinema ‘The Princes’ was restored and converted to the first amateur theatre with a open thrust stage in the North West, re-opening it’s doors as Playhouse 2 in December 1966.