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)
Chorley Empire Community Cinema have had to cancel showings of Miss Saigon this weekend due to technical reasons.
We’re very disappointed to cancel but it was unavoidable.
We have invested in new equipment and technology to show the film, but the distributor Universal decided at the last minute that we didn’t meet their standards. We sent our set-up to them weeks ago but they only confirmed the cancellation on Thursday this week.
It’s very frustrating, as we have done tests and it would have looked brilliant. We know we can show it and they know we can show it – but they won’t let us.
Hopefully we can work on this for future events but we’re very sorry to let people down.
Ticket holders are advised to return to where they bought their tickets for a refund. You can also show your ticket at any future Stage on Screen event to get the lowest-price ticket for that show.
CADOS have also announced a change to their season, with The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) replacing the previously announced One Man, Two Guvnors. Tickets are still valid for the replacement show but refunds are available if requested.
It’s very rare we cancel shows but then this happens in the same week. We had to drop the original play for practical reasons, but hopefully people will be happy with the replacement, which is a very funny show
All other shows for Chorley Little Theatre should go ahead as planned, with new events being added all the time.
Two well-loved Radio 4 characters make their stage play debut at Chorley Little Theatre in September.
Hamish and Dougal have been entertaining the listeners of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue since 1979 and now Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS) have been granted the rights to do a stage version.
Created and performed on the radio by Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, Hamish and Dougal feature in the Sounds Charades round of the ‘antidote to panel shows’ where the other team must guess a film or book title from a short sketch. They were given their own series from 2002, and the stage version is based on those scripts.
The scripts have been adapted from Garden and Cryer’s radio scripts by CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson, who also directs.
Ian says “comedies always do well at Chorley Little Theatre so we were looking for new things to do, when we released this was something we could really put our stamp on.”
“Jeremy Hardy starred in the original radio series so when he did a gig here we asked if he thought it was possible, he got in touch with Graeme Garden, and he very kindly granted us permission”
“There are challenges in making it visual, especially when a throwaway radio gag needs a special prop but that just adds to the fun. It’s a fantastic cast and we’re having lots of laughs in rehearsals”
The cast is led by Andy Burke as Hamish with Steven Catterall as Dougal, then Barry Callander as The Laird and Siobhan Edge as their housekeeper Mrs Naughtie (played by Alison Steadman on the radio). The rest of the roles are played by Kath Ashworth, Steph Threlfall, and Ashley Hambrook.
The show is full of gags and plenty of innuendo. The Independent newspaper described the radio series as “The Beano with smut” and the aim of the cast and crew is to provide a funny and uplifting night out for everyone.
An authentic Scottish feel will be provided by live band Still Reeling, who have been sent the music from the radio series by John Garden (Graeme’s son).
The show runs Monday 12th until Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm each night. Tickets are £6 (Mon-Weds), £8 (Thurs-Sat) from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com
Some people have asked why we’re not taking part in Chorley Live this year so here’s the definite all-purpose answer.
Chorley Live is organised by Chorley Council and Nigel Stewart of The Creative Network and is a fantastic event that takes place right across the Town Centre. We’ve been involved since the start and for the past 4 years have had dozens of acts on our stage and thousands of people through the door. But it’s hard work and we’re all volunteers so this year just fancied some time off.
For every other week of the year we programme what’s on at Chorley Little Theatre ourselves and try to have events that we know we can cope with and can easily stage around all our activities. This year we must get our October play The Railway Children ready, and it’s a big production. We can slot in some comedians and film screenings throughout October but 2 days of bands is harder work, takes up many hours, and just not possible with the set we have to build.
On top of this the volunteers who’ve run the Chorley Live nights for the last 4 years would quite like to go out and experience it themselves.
In the meantime, we wish all the best to everyone taking part in Chorley Live 2016 and will maybe see you out and about that weekend.
If you earn Time Credits, they can be spent on the following shows:
NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea
Thursday 1st September - 7pm
Hamish & Dougal
Monday 12th - Saturday 17th September - 7.30pm. Time Credits available Mon-Thurs
NT Live: The Threepenny Opera
Thursday 22nd September - 7pm
RSC Live: Cymbeline
Wednesday 28th September - 7pm
An American In Paris
Thursday 29th September - 1.30pm
Pay on door
3 Time Credits per show. 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.
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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