This Theatre opened on 3rd November 1971 in Wythenshawe, besides being a major theatre in one of Manchester suberbs it featured a main hall, meeting rooms, leisure centre and library but by the mid 1990’s it had closed down as a theatre. It was an extention of the Library Theatre and was run by their production team.
The directors in this theatre were mainly Howard Lloyd-Lewis who sadly died in a car crash in 1986; also Roger Haines and Paul Kerryson. all three of them were involved with both the Library and the Forum Theatres.
In 1971 a play written by Colin Wellard ‘Say Goodnight to Grandma’ was on, it starred Colin Wellard, Susan Jameson and Ken Farrington. In 1972 Peter Adamson, who gained fame as ‘Len Fairclough’ in Coronation Street as did Ken Farrington appeared in a play.
The Panto in 1979 was a bit different as it was written by folk singer, comedian and the multi-talented Mike Harding ‘the Witch that nicked Christmas’ . I have seen many of his plays and loved them all, I was sad to find that this was one I hadn’t seen but I can imagine how different it must have been. This was typical of the shows that were put on at the Forum.
I remember going to see the wonderful story teller in ‘An evening with David Kossoff and sitting spellbound listening to the dulcet tones of his voice and being carried to off in my mind to far off places.
In the 1980’s they put on a suberb array of shows including ‘Roll on 4 O’Clock’ (which starred John Jardine, Jack Smethurst and Glynn Owen)’ Oh What a lovely War; What the Butler Saw and Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett. Bury’s own Victoria Wood starred in ‘Talent’ which she wrote. Another Manchester icon Foo Foo Lamour, famous as the top drag queen of the North-West whose club was re-known for its great party nights appeared in ‘the Rocky horror show’
In 1991 the play ‘Driving Miss Daisy’starring Stephanie Cole which had previously gained fame as a film.
Finally an apt tribute to Roy Hudd and the Theatre!!