The latest play at Chorley Little Theatre is based on the emotional real-life stories of children who moved from Nazi Germany to Britain in the 1930s. As authorities in that country cracked down on Jewish activity the British government arranged for 10,000 children to be rescued just before World War II broke out.
The play, Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels focuses on Eva/Evelyn who lives with a foster carer, Lil, in Manchester. Spanning several time periods a story emerges of life in Germany, including concentration camps, and a possible new life in America.
Eva finds herself torn between life with her adopted family and her roots and heritage. All the time, the action is haunted by the nightmarish figure of “the Ratcatcher”
Director David Reid says the play is “about family, about separation, about new beginnings and the distress they can cause. Most importantly it’s a play about mothers and daughters.”
In the lead role Becky Chamberlain takes Eva from child to teenager, with Sue Hilton as Lil. Debbie Garrett, Sam Quinn, and Katie Waller play characters from different times in Eva’s life, while Ryan Norse is the German concentraion camp guard who haunts their lives.
Producer Jacqueline Green said “Kindertransport tells a captivating story of survival and building a new life, and which strikingly resonates with current events facing the world today.”
She added “It’s a very emotional and moving play and we hope audiences will be affected by it the way we have”
The play runs from Monday 27th February to Saturday 4th March at 7.30pm each night. Tickets from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com
CADOS is about to embark on a fund-raising campaign to improve the comfort of everyone who comes to watch shows at Chorley Little Theatre
The plan is to install comfier seats with more legroom, to make a visit to our shows even more enjoyable than it already is. Many people have asked for this, and now it’s become urgent as our current set of chairs are at the end of their lifespan and frequently broken, worn and falling apart.
We want to replace the current seats before they all collapse so have drawn up a plan that re-arranges things slightly but only loses us a couple of seats. But we can’t quite afford to do this and continue to stage the high-quality productions we’re known for so need a little help.
Our main source of income is from ticket and bar sales, so keep on supporting our events and you’ll be helping. Chorley Youth Theatre and Chorley Empire Community Cinema are also helping with the funding but as we’re all volunteers and very busy there’s only so many shows we can put on and still see our families or work colleagues.
We’ll soon be launching a crowdfunding campaign with incentives and rewards so look out for that. We’re also applying to funding bodies and also have collection tins around the building. Please feel free to pop a few coins in there when visiting.
We want to put on the best entertainment in Chorley – from our award-winning plays, to top touring comedians, our Youth Theatre shows, local bands, cinema screenings and the best of world theatre on our big screen. And we want you to watch them in the most comfortable way possible. If we raise enough money, we can also replace our decades-old crumbling heating system and do some other work around the building, so every little helps.
Keep an eye out for the crowdfunding campaign, but in the meantime please continue to enjoy our shows and events or simply donate below!
Tuesday 20th: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 21st: 9am - 4pm
Thursday 22nd: 9am - 5pm
Friday 23rd: 9am - 5pm
Saturday 24th: 9am - 3.30pm
December 25th - 31st: CLOSED
January 1st - 2nd: CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January: 10am - 5pm
Open as normal
Theatre Box Office:
7pm-7.30pm Wednesday 21st December
Noon - 2pm: Tuesday 27th December
7pm-7.30pm Wednesday 28th December
Noon - 2pm Saturday 31st December
Don't forget you can book online for all shows via www.ticketsource.co.uk/chorleytheatre where you can pick your seats. Booking fees apply.
We're delighted to have been nominated 40 times by NODA Region 6. The winners will be announced on 11th February, and we'll list them here.
Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role (Play) - David Reid (Billy Liar)
Most Entertaining Comedy Actor Male (Play) - Ryan Norse (The Railway Children)
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Play) - Bobby Walsh (Billy Liar), David Walker (Habeas Corpus)
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Play) - Diane Glover (Habeas Corpus)
Best Artistic Director (Play) - Mark Jones (Pals)
Best Ensemble Cast (Play) - Pals
Best Play - Pals
Best Youth in an Adult Production - Lucy Aspinall (The Railway Children), Scarlett Gorman (The Railway Children) & Adam Wilson (The Railway Children)
Best Ensemble Cast (Musical) - I Love You Because
Best Musical Director - Matthew Peter Clare (I Love You Because)
Best Artistic Director (Musical) - Paul Carr (I Love You Because)
Best Musical - I Love You Because
Best Staging/Technical - The Railway Children
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Pantomime) - Amy Hardcastle (Ali-Ooop – Cleopatra)
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Pantomime) - Ashley Hambrook (The Evil Asp – Cleopatra)
Best Comedy Duo Performance (Pantomime) - Scarlett Gorman & Ryan Norse (Carter & Carnarvon – Cleopatra)
Outstanding Performance as Pantomime Dame - Andy Burke (Neffy-Titty – Cleopatra)
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Pantomime) - Max Porter (Mark Anthony – Cleopatra)
Best Female Actor in a lead Role (Pantomime) - Rachel Offord (Cleo - Cleopatra)
Choreographer (Pantomime) - Kate Burke & Rebecca Dickinson (Cleopatra)
Director (Pantomime) - Paul Carr (Cleopatra)
Best Pantomime – Cleopatra
Award for Innovation in Writing or Adaption - Mark Jones (Pals), Ian Robinson (Hamish and Dougal) & Paul Carr (Cleopatra)
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Youth Play) - Charley Burke & Emma Heyes (The Light Burns Blue)
Best Male Actor in Supporting Role (Youth Musical) - Lucas Burns (13)
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Youth Musical) - Eleanor Anderton (13)
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Youth Musical) - Jack Titherley (13)
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Youth Musical) - Holly Petts (13)
Best Choreographer (Youth) - Lucy McManus (13)
Best Musical Director (Youth) - Paul Carr (13)
Best Artistic Director (Youth) - Lucy Aspinall (The Light Burns Blue), Scarlett Gorman (13)
Best Production (Youth) - The Light Burns Blue, 13
We’re in the process of changing our Box Office software which means you’ll be able to book your seats online. You’ll still also be able to purchase at Malcolms Musicland, and both these places will have a booking fee. As ever, if you pay at the theatre box office there’s no booking fee but it’s only open when a show is on.
We’re still transferring shows across to the new system, which means some shows such as Cleopatra The Pantomime and The Witches are not on (and may not be). All new events will be on the new system. Do let us know what you think of it, and apologies in advance for any hiccups!
Manfords Comedy Club return for another run in 2017 on the first Saturday of the Month (except March) from February. We’re going back to unallocated seating for these, and will be announcing the line-ups one week in advance - but guarantee you will always get 4 top comedians.
Saturday 4th February
Saturday 11th March
Saturday 1st April
Saturday 6th May
Saturday 3rd June
Saturday 1st July
MARK THOMAS: THE RED SHED
Saturday 18th March - 7.30pm
A stand-out show from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe comes to Chorley Little Theatre
ANDY ZALTZMAN: PLAN Z
Wednesday 17th May - 8pm
Silly satire with the host of the international hit podcast The Bugle
Thursday 25th May - 8pm
New show about modern life from the Mock The Week regular.
I DANIEL BLAKE
Sunday 8th January - 7.30pm
Ken Loach’s powerful film about modern Britain
STAGE ON SCREEN
More great stage productions beamed to our cinema screens (shown live when possible)
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
AMADEUS - Thursday 2nd February (LIVE)
SAINT JOAN - Thursday 16th February (LIVE)
HEDDA GABLER - Thursday 9th March (LIVE)
TWELFTH NIGHT - Sunday 16th April (Delayed)
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY:
JULIUS CAESAR - Sunday 7th May (Delayed)
ANTHONY & CLEOPATRA - Wednesday 24th May (LIVE)
TITUS ANDRONICUS - Sunday 3rd September (Delayed)