Chorley Little Theatre groups were winners at the recent National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) Awards in Blackpool recently. The NODA Awards honour the best of amdram across the whole of the North West and we're delighted that CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre brought home 3 awards against tough competition.

CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson won the top award, Special Achievement, for his work running the theatre including the refurbishment work and adding extra events. Ian says he's "surprised and delighted" to win the award.

Katie Eccles won "Best Actress In A Supporting Role" for her performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit last year. This is the second time Katie has won this award, having previously won for Stepping Out in 2008.

Santa The Panto was nominated for "Best Panto" but sadly did not win.

Chorley Youth Theatre had four nominations at the Youth Awards for Peter Pan, including "Best Musical," "Best Actress In A Supporting Role" (Rosie Pemberton), and "Best Actor In A Supporting Role" (Alex Hardman). Hannah Smithers won for "Best Choreography"

Congratulations to all our winners.

Comedian Robin Ince returns to Chorley Little Theatre on Tuesday 14th May with his show The Importance of Being Interested.

In a whirlwind night of stand-up comedy, the the co-presenter (alongside Professor Brian Cox) of Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage uses humour to talk about some of his most favourite things in science.

Find out why we have eyebrows, why bald dogs have bad teeth, how heavy metal music makes pigs deaf and why spaghetti snaps into four pieces.

He’ll also stop off on the way to look at some of the more bizarre views of early science. For instance, is the ostrich really the offspring of the union of a gnat and a giraffe?

Promising “a night of spaghetti, barnacles and safe cracking.” it is also a loving look at Charles Darwin, Richard Feynman, Aristotle, the joy of picking shells up on the beach and the realisation that being self-conscious in a big universe is a darn good thing.

Suitable for ages 12 to 112, the show makes science fun and accessible while being very funny too. It starts at 7.30pm, with tickets priced £12 and £10 from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or here


This week’s play, Two, is not just a great show on stage, but the fun continues into the bar afterwards.

Pop into the theatre bar for a taste of the real pub experience - we’ve got shovehapenny, skittles, cards, and dominos. There’s a genuine 80s jukebox ready for your selection, and all the furniture is from real pubs (supplied to us by JW Lees Brewery in Manchester)

There’s even a Pub Quiz - with proper prizes! At 9.30pm every night we’ll be running a music quiz and general knowledge round. Entry is free, and there’s a bottle of wine for the winner. But if you buy the programme (for £1) you get another two rounds and another chance to win a bottle of wine.

It’s all a bit of fun, and we hope to see you there.

Two runs until Saturday 27th April, doors open 7pm and the play starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 Mon-Weds, and £8 Thurs-Sat.


This week at Chorley Little Theatre there’s a show that promises to reveal everything you secretly knew about relationships but were afraid to admit.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is new comedy musical that covers dating, romance, marriage, in-laws, and children with a series of sketches performed at a whirlwind pace.

A comedy sketch show packed with memorable songs, it sees four multi-talented performers become dozens of characters as the show loosely follows the pattern of relationships from first date to funeral.

The female side of the cast is made up of former Chorley Youth Theatre chairperson Vicki Forrester, who now works with the Halle Orchestra, and Samantha Hilton, who was a member of a girlband and now presents on Ideal World shopping channel. Both have been singing with amateur dramatics groups from very early ages.

The males are Michael Cosgrove and Gaz Jenkins, old friends who have been performing at amateur and professional level for several years and have a rapport that really comes across on stage.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” originally ran on Broadway for 12 years and has since become a worldwide hit but this is the first performance in Chorley, and is the first musical from Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society for four years. With a live band on stage, the society are hoping there will be enough support to make future musicals possible.

Director Paul Carr has previously overseen the pantomimes and Youth Theatre musicals but is keen to stress this show is adults-only as there are some themes unsuitable for children.

The show runs Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th May at 7.30pm. All tickets £7 from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or here

Chorley Empire Community Cinema have announced their Spring season of films - they're all British films released in the UK in the last 12 months and will be shown at Chorley Little Theatre on the big screen, with digital HD picture and Dolby Surround Sound.

You'll have heard of some of them, but others might be new to you so we hope you come along to discover these little gems.


1. Sunday 10th March - Skyfall

2. Sunday 24th March - Anna Karenina

3. Thursday 28th March (2.30pm) - To Alma Cogan With Love

4. Sunday 14th April - The Wedding Video

5. Sunday 28th April - Great Expectations

6. Thursday 2nd May (2.30pm) - Outside Bet

7. Sunday 12th May - Quartet

8. Sunday 26th May (2.30pm and 7.30pm) - Les Miserables

In a change to plans, there are no "classic" films as there was so much good new stuff to show you.

Tickets are on sale in Malcolm's Musicland but you should still be able to buy on the door for films.

Prices remain the same: £4 for a film, £16 for all 8, and we're opening at 6.30pm on Sunday 10th March and giving every audience member a complimentary glass of wine!

Afternoon films are £2.50, with optional tea and cake for £1.