Thanks to everyone who came down and made the opening weekend of Noises Off and the Heritage Open Days a big success. Hundreds of people came to Chorley Little Theatre and left vowing to come back after having such a great time.

The first two nights of the show had audiences laughing loud, with a standing ovation for the hard-working cast. The crew also get applause for their set change - worth the admission alone! We've also been doing a roaring trade in Fredericks Ice Cream and Prospect Ale.

Over two days, there was a steady flow of people taking the opportunity to look backstage and see the 100-year-old building up close beside the very new renovations we've made in the last 18 months. People from 5 years old to over 80 were shown the building's hidden spaces and discovered just how much work goes into the running of a theatre. There was also a chance to relive happy memories of CADOS shows with the displays we had in the auditorium and bar.

The event was opened by Chorley Mayor Ken Ball and his wife Councillor Nora Ball, who met 5-year-old Danielle Boyd and Barnaby Bear from Manor Road Primary School. They were the first of many to be shown round the building by Estelle Bryers over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, a large group from Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society took a walk around Chorley before coming for an extensive tour of the inside of the building - and a rest in the Empire Bar!

Noises Off runs until Saturday and tickets are still available on the door, online, or from Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 (Please note: Malcolm's is closed Monday)

Things we've learnt this weekend:

  • The Empire Electric Cinema (as Chorley Little Theatre used to be known) was very well-known for showing 3-D films. Staff from other cinemas would come here to find out how to do it.
  • After spending long hours in the Theatre you hear all sorts of strange noises: slamming doors, ticking clocks, toilets flushing - all done by Fred The Ghost?
  • Kids are endlessly fascinated by curtains, stairs, trap doors... and crisps
  • St George's Church, Chorley (also open this weekend) has the only roof of it's kind in the world.
  • No-one remembers the old, smaller, bar. It's been wiped from the collective consciousness.
  • Lots of people think we got people in to do the Noises Off set - but we didn't, it was all done by CADOS members!

Malcolm's Musicland will be closing at 4pm on Saturday 11th September, and re-opening on Tuesday 14th at 9am.

You'll still be able to buy tickets online all hours and on-the-door from 7pm each night. We apologise for any inconvenience.

It's exactly 100 years since Chorley Little Theatre opened. Here's the description in the Chorley Standard/Weekly News from 1910.

We had a member's night last week, where Act One of Noises Off was previewed. It went down brilliantly, so take a look at this:

 

 

Noises off is a play about a drama company on tour with a terrible farce, and battling through all the petty squabbles and secret relationships that develop over the tour. It's very, very funny - book now!

Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 • We Got TicketsSee Tickets

 

If you've got the town's free paper this week, you may have read a piece about the big-name comedians coming to Chorley Little Theatre this Autumn. We thought it best to put the latest news here so you're completely up-to-date:

Whose Line Is It Anyway Impro All-Stars

Scheduled for Thursday 23rd September, this show has sadly had to be cancelled. We may try and re-arrange one day but all ticket-holders should go to Malcolm's Musicland for a refund. Sorry about that.

Chris Addison - Thursday 7th October

There are very limited tickets left for this - we've run out of our own allocation but you can still buy some at See Tickets and Ticketmaster. But be quick!

Lee Nelson - Saturday 6th November

Totally sold out, we've got no spare tickets left at all.

Dan Antopolski - Thursday 18th November

Plenty of tickets left for this great stand-up, which can be purchased from Malcolm's, We Got Tickets, See Tickets or Ticketmaster!

 

(We like to give you options for buying - there'll be a guide to this on here soon)

In addition to these, don't miss the spooky comedy of How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse on Thursday 28th October. Laughs and scares in time for Halloween!

We hope to announce more big names for 2011 soon, but tickets are already on sale for return visits from Richard Herring and Bernard Wrigley. Both men sold out their last show here so the lesson is: buy early and don't miss out!

Noises Off - Friday 10th - Saturday 18th November

Tickets start at just £5. Book now!