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.


If there’s demand, we can try and show Miss Saigon over the Christmas period however in the meantime it is showing at Cineworld Bolton, and will be available to buy on DVD from 24th October.


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.


Chorley Live

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.

Hopefully if Chorley Live is back next year we can take part then but we could do with more people to volunteer on bar, and help set build. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
Book Here

Hamish & Dougal
Monday 12th - Saturday 17th September - 7.30pm. Time Credits available Mon-Thurs
Book Here

NT Live: The Threepenny Opera
Thursday 22nd September - 7pm
Book Here

RSC Live: Cymbeline
Wednesday 28th September - 7pm
Book Here

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.


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


High-res photos can be downloaded here


Shoppers in Chorley Town Centre were treated to a surprise song and dance on Saturday as members of Chorley Youth Theatre staged a flashmob in the town.


Around 30 kids joined in and performed the opening song from their new show, the musical comedy 13, around the market areas. The four minute routine introduced lead actor Jack Titherley as Evan, a thirteen-year-old kid moving to a new school.


With similarities to Grease and Footloose, the routine soon attracted quite a crowd, with shop-workers coming out to see what all the fuss was about.


Bystander Paul Lee said “They were really good – my daughter and I will be there on the Saturday night now”


The musical runs at Chorley Little Theatre from 13th July until 16th July, and the video of the flashmob can be seen here: