Malcolms Musicland will be closed Monday-Thursday throughout June, but tickets can still be bought at Ebb & Flo Bookshop on Gillibrand Street (with a 5% booking fee), online, and whenever the theatre is open for an event.

In addition, the theatre box office will be open every Tuesday 5pm-7pm and won't charge a booking fee. Come and say hello to a lonely box office operator.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

The next play from Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society at Chorley Little Theatre is an acclaimed drama that depicts the big events life through the small things that happen.

Set in a small, growing town, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” covers the universal themes of love, parenthood, work and death as we follow the lives of residents through the early years of the 20th Century. Everyday life, such as deliveries by the postman or milkman are depicted as the community grows.

Central to the story are George and Emily Gibbs, who we see fall in love, get married and have children together. The audience sees the ripples their relationship creates, from the parents to the friends, to the gossips in the choir.

In an unusual move, the story is guided by the Stage Manager, who sets the scenes and cues the actions. He narrates the play, and fills in the gaps.

Written in the 1930s “Our Town” is considered one of the greatest American plays of the 20th Century, winning a Pulitzer and influencing such diverse works as It’s A Wonderful Life and Twin Peaks. 

This production is simply staged by director Mark Jones, who makes the most of the 18-strong cast with minimal props and set, but effective lighting and music. 

Mark says “Although set in America, the themes of the play are universal and resonate with everyone. The cast will be using their own Lancashire voices, and audiences will really get to know the characters over the course of 90 minutes.”

NODA Award winner Dave Reid leads the cast as the Stage Manager, with a mix of long-term and debut CADOS actors in the ensemble. Amber Tabiner stars as Emily, with Dom Nolan as her husband, George.

Tickets are £8 Mon-Wed, £10 Thurs-Sat from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com. It opens on 29th April at 7.30pm for 6 nights - book here

The cast has been announced for April's CADOS play, Our Town. See below. 

Stage Manager - David Reid
Dr Gibbs – Sam Thurston
Joe Crowell – James Clow
Howie Newsome – John Holland
Mrs Gibbs – Sara Norse
Mrs Webb – Danii Townsley
George Gibbs – Dom Nolan
Rebecca Gibbs – Sadie Christopher-Coles
Wally Webb – James Clow
Emily Webb – Amber Tabiner
Professor Willard – Val Fotheringham
Mr Webb – James Clow
Simon (Mrs) Stimson – Denise Audsley
Mrs Soames – Libby Burke
Constable Warren – Beverley Heinze
Si Crowell – James Clow
Sam Craig – Hannah Liddle
Joe Stoddard – Shaun McManus
Belligerent Woman/Dead Soul/Ensemble – Hannah Liddle
Lady in the box/Dead Soul/Ensemble – Cathy Hurley
Woman in the balcony/Dead Soul/Ensemble – Tasha Reece-Lewis

Our Town is written by Thornton Wilder, directed by Mark Jones and runs for 6 nights from 29th April. More details here.

Here are our winners from the NODA Awards covering 2018. Congratulations to all of them, and the rest of the nominees.

Best Supporting Female Actor – Drama
Emma Bailey – Be My Baby

Best Supporting Male Actor – Drama
Steven Catterall – For The Love of the Game

Best Comedy
Guards Guards

Best Original Script
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Mark Jones

PANTOMIME

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Kim Brookfield

Best Choreographer
Rebecca Dickinson

Best Female Youth In An Adult Production
Lucy Aspinall

YOUTH

Best Male Actor in a Lead Role Youth Production Musical & Drama
Charlie Kemp - James and the Giant Peach

Best Musical Director-Youth Production
Paul Carr – Popstars

Best Artistic Director Youth Production Drama
Alice Charnley & Lucas Burns - James & the Giant Peach

Attendees a special meeting on Thursday at Chorley Little Theatre voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the venue. The building will be called “Chorley Theatre” from 2020, after that option beat Chorley Empire Theatre and the current name. The vote was done in secret at a packed event, with 85% voting for change.
 
Chairman Ian Robinson said “Chorley Little Theatre is a great name and has served us well, but as we expand and face competition it’s time for a change. It was great to have so many people turn out for the vote, and now we will look at bringing in the new name while staying true to our heritage and ethos."
 
“Our new name is boldly saying we are Chorley Theatre and we are here for the town and community”
 
The new name will be introduced from 2020, by which time venue owners CADOS should be operating 2 stages and hope to use the extra space to give more opportunities to local performers.
 
Ian Robinson added “the important thing now is we can concentrate on all the great shows we’ve got coming up in 2019 and plan for further ahead"