The hilarious struggle of three actors to stage the works of Shakespeare forms the basis of the latest CADOS production at Chorley Little Theatre.
In The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) performers Steven Catterall, Andrew Kidd and Steve Unsworth attempt to act out all of the Bard’s 37 plays, playing dozens of characters as they race through the full works.
The show is fun for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike, as Titus Andronicus is recreated as a cooking show, the Histories are done as a football match, and there’s an attempt at the world’s fastest performance of Hamlet.
The play was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987, then ran for nine years in London’s West End and has been performed all over the world.
Director Sean Duxbury recently won awards for directing the comedy The 39 Steps at Chorley Little Theatre and brings the same fast-paced irreverence to this show, with speedy costume changes, crazy props, songs and improvisation.
Making up the cast, Andrew Kidd and Steve Unsworth are long-time CADOS actors, known for The 39 Steps, Allo Allo, Two and Bouncers between them. Panto regular Steven Catterall is also a long-time member of improvisation group ComedySportz and brings that experience to the show.
These madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in just 97 minutes, plus interval.
Tickets are £6 Monday to Wednesday, £8 Thursday to Saturday from www.chorleytheatre.com or Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362.
Due to filming conflicts, Joel Dommett's show on Sunday 21st May has had to be rescheduled for Sunday 28th May. All tickets are still valid, and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have tickets but can no longer make the new date please get in touch by 1st May.
This means some tickets are now available - book here!
This has also had a knock-on effect with other events:
ADDED: La La Land - Sunday 21st May, 7.30pm.
MOVED: A Monster Calls - from Sunday 28th May to Sunday 4th June, 7.30pm. Again, all tickets still valid.
AUDITION NOTICE FOR THE PART OF LITTLE VOICE ONLY
(Auditions for the rest of the cast will take place in a month or so)
'The Rise And Fall of Little Voice' by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Robert Walsh
Produced by Rachel Offord
Production Dates – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September
Date and time of audition – Sunday 9th April from 10am onwards at Chorley Little Theatre
Little Voice is a modern day classic. It is a working class fairy-tale about a girl with extraordinary talent. It is funny, tragic and a cabaret performance all rolled into one. What’s not to like!
LV – Female, playing age of late teens to early twenties (you must be 16 or over to audition)
Despite being so shy and hardly ever leaving her bedroom, she can sing exactly like the big divas in her record collection. So the person playing Little Voice needs to be able to do that!
The audition process
STAGE ONE: SINGING
Everyone auditioning will be asked to sing three songs from the following options:
- Song one: ‘Goldfinger’ or ‘Big Spender’ in the style of Shirley Bassey
- Song Two: ‘The Man That Got Away’ or ‘Get Happy’ in the style of Judy Garland
- Song three: ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ or ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in the style of Marilyn Monroe
If there are a lot of people at the audition then you won’t sing the entirety of each song. If you are asked to stop before the end don’t worry! It is not a reflection of your performance. You can choose to sing with or without a backing track. If you want a backing track, please come prepared with a backing track WITHOUT VOCALS! We want to hear your voice and your voice only. If there are a lot of people at the audition then not everyone will go through to the second stage.
STAGE TWO: ACTING AND SONG
Stage two will include:
- Reading of a short scene from the play.
- Singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ in the style of Judy Garland without backing track.
No matter how good the rest of the play is, if LV does not sound like Shirley Bassey/Judy Garland/Marilyn Monroe/a selection of other divas, the play does not work!
However if you:
- Don’t sound exactly like those people YET but think that you could.
- Haven’t tried impersonations before but have a great singing voice.
- Fancy auditioning for a bit of fun!
Then please come down and have a go!
For more information, contact Robert Walsh on:
Major changes are coming with the upcoming CADOS seasons!
We've decided to move from an academic to yearly timetable, which means seasons will run January-December, rather than September-June. We think this is a more modern way of doing things, brings us into line with the award schedule for NODA, and will cause less confusion for audiences. It means Season Tickets will make great Christmas presents and every season will end with a big Panto party.
To bridge the transition, the Autumn 2017 CADOS Season will contain three productions:
The Rise & Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright, directed by Robert Walsh
Seasons Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Kath Ashworth
Whittington! The Panto, written and directed by Steven Catterall & Andy Burke
The 2018 Season will be announced and onsale in November 2017.
Season Tickets are now available for the CADOS Autumn 2017 Season, priced £25 each. For this you get a seat at each show (saving up to £7 on individual prices) plus £4 off tickets to Stage On Screen events. You can book at Malcolm's Musicland, at the theatre (when open) or book via Paypal below stating your preferred day and seats (we'll get back to you).
Previous Season Ticket seats have been carried over and will be held until confirmation of renewal or cancellation.
Panto group booking is also now open.
The shows (including Panto) will be available individually from Saturday 1st April. Theatre Box Office will be open Noon-2pm on Sunday 2nd April for all tickets and you will also be able to book online.
We are very pleased to confirm that the new season will be comfier than ever as we will have brand-new seats, each with more legroom. Now you can enjoy our plays, films, stage on screen and other events even more thanks to an investment of over £60,000. These new seats will be installed over the summer break and ready for the start of September.
You can see the new layout below. Look out for fund-raising events coming soon so we can pay for them!
If you earn Time Credits, they can be spent on the following shows:
Sunday 16th April 7pm – NT Live: Twelfth Night
Thursday 20th April 7pm – NT Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Monday 24th – Thursday 29th April 7.30pm CADOS present The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
Thursday 4th May 1.30pm – Hellzapoppin’ (classic film)
Saturday 6th May 8pm – Manfords Comedy Club (stand-up comedy)
Sunday 7th May 7pm – RSC Live: Julius Caesar
Thursday 11th May 7pm – NT Live: Obsession
Wednesday 17th May 8pm – Andy Zaltzman (stand-up comedy)
Wednesday 24th May 7pm – RSC Live: Anthony & Cleopatra
Saturday 3rd June 8pm - Manfords Comedy Club (stand-up comedy)
3 Time Credits per show. You can book online with the links above or at the theatre box office. Remember to bring the credits with you on the night. Allocated on a first come, first served basis but check our twitter in case any more get released.
Please note: we do not get any reimbursement for these tickets. Please only pick Time Credits tickets if you can make the show.
WHEN BOOKING: PLEASE ONLY SELECT TIME CREDITS IF YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TIME CREDITS - or you will have to pay on the door.
Volunteers at Chorley Little Theatre can earn Time Credits - simply work behind the bar, HM on a show night, or go that extra mile.
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