James Joyce is currently starring in Tennesee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at the Oldham Coliseum as Tom - who many say is based loosely on the author, himself. We caught up with James to find out his five reasons why you should go along.

1. It's a classic piece.
The Glass Menagerie
is an undisputed Classic of American drama. Since its premier on Broadway in 1945 it has been produced time and time again, as its themes of escape, duty and a longing for the past, appeal to us as much today as they did just after the second world war.

2. It is relevant to our times.
Tennessee William's play focuses on a family who have been dealt a hard blow, not only due to the absence of the father figure, but also due to the depression. Our own uncertain economic times resonate with this, and the difficulty of a family trying to make ends meet is as relevant now as it was then.

3. It's a memory play.
It is not a 'realistic' play, it is a 'memory' play. To that end expect to be transported to a semi dream world, where the charged theatrical imagery and language is potent and beautiful.

4. Excellent reviews.
Five stars from The Public Reviews and The Stage says “it sparkles every bit as much as the animals in Laura’s glass menagerie.”

5. Great for newcomers and lovers of the text.
You have to see the play once and if you have, always worth seeing again.




The Glass Menagerie runs until 5 November 2011 at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 0161 624 2829 or online at www.coliseum.org.uk