With reaching the halfway point of the current season, Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (CADOS) have announced the productions set to be performed at Chorley Little Theatre from September until June next year.

The six shows include a pantomime, musical, drama, comedies and a world premiere to mark 65 years since the group started performing at the venue. Last year’s productions gained 40 award nominations, with 10 winners including Best Play for Sherlock Holmes and several acting nods.

The 2016-2017 Season will open with Hamish & Dougal: You’ll Have Had Your Tea, a comedy starring characters from BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Set in a small Scottish village and packed with puns and silliness, this is the first-ever stage adaptation of the radio scripts after the Society were granted permission by writers Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer.

E Nesbitt’s much-loved novel The Railway Children is adapted for the stage in October, and this year’s Pantomime introduces a new princess – Cleopatra. Full of all the classic Panto traits, CADOS are hoping for a sixth sell-out year with this one.

2017 will open with Kindertransport in February. It is the story of a Jewish girl relocated to Manchester during World War II and the effects her new family has on her. In April the play is comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. Originally written in 1743, CADOS will be staging the National Theatre revival that recently starred James Corden in the West End.

The season rounds out with musical Our House, featuring the songs from pop group Madness and from the writer of Calendar Girls.

Season Tickets cost £39 with the plays priced between £6 and £10. More details of season are below.

Note for current Season Ticket holders: your seats have been carried over to the new season and will be held until September. Please let us know if you would like to renew or not.

12th - 17th September - Hamish & Dougal: You’ll Have Had Your Tea

24th - 29th October - The Railway Children


9th - 17th December - Cleopatra The Panto

27th February - 4th March - Kindertransport

24th - 29th April - One Man, Two Guvnors


12th-17th June - Our House



Manfords Comedy Club starts it's regular slot (the first Saturday of the month) on 5th March and has a cracking line-up confirmed:

MC Mike Wilkinson

Jason Cook
Rob Thomas
Andrew Bird

Jason Manford won't be appearing (unless we're really lucky) but each month him and his team pick four great stand-up comedians to come to down for a night of fantastic comedy. Some of the acts might be off the telly, some of them might be starting out, but we promise to bring you the best of comedy circuit each and every month.

At the moment booking is open for all shows until July, then we're taking a month break and will be back in September (dates soon). Tickets for each show are £12.50 (plus booking fee where applicable) and it's unreserved seating at the moment (let us know what you think about this).

Hope to see you soon. Call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or book online: WeGotTicketsSeeTicketsTickettextSkiddle

Please note, the box office at Chorley Little Theatre will be open from Noon until 1pm on Sunday 14th February for all ticketing needs, including Cinema Season Tickets for the upcoming run of movies.

Billy Liar is filling up fast. Here's the latest availability (10am, Saturday 27th February)

Saturday - SOLD OUT


The show runs until 9.40pm

Theatre box office will be open before the performance and during the interval (approx 8.40-9pm) to book any other show.

We are delighted to once again be nominated for awards in the NODA North West Region 6 district. CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre have racked up 40 nominations between them! The ceremony takes place on 23th January.

Update: We won 10 Awards in all - winners noted below

Actor In A Lead Role Male - Play
David Reid - Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem

Actor in a Supporting Role Male - Play
Danny Almond - Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem
Bob Hopkinson - Fur Coat And No Knickers - WINNER

Actor in a Supporting Role Female - Play
Zoe Jones - Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem

Most Entertaining/Comedy Actor Male
Kenneth Brindley - Fur Coat And No Knickers

Most Entertaining/Comedy Actor Female
Siobhán Edge - Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem

Best Staging Set/Technical - Adult
Steel Magnolias
Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem

Best Musical Director
Paul Carr - Our Day Out

Best Director of a Musical Show
Kate Burke - Our Day Out

Best Director - Play
Rebecca Dickinson - Steel Magnolias
Mark Jones - Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem

Best Ensemble Cast
Steel Magnolias
Our Day Out

Best Play

Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem - WINNER
Steel Magnolias

Best Musical
Our Day Out


Male Actor in a Supporting Role -
Ashley Hambrook (assisted by Céire Edge) - WINNER

Female In A Lead Role -
Steph Threlfall

Comedy Team/Duo -
Laina Marie Grimshaw-Brown & Kira Brookfield

Choreographer -
Rebecca Dickinson

Best Director -
Andy Burke & Steven Catterall

Best Pantomime


Best Male Youth Performer in an Adult Production
Ciaran O’Brien - Our Day Out - WINNER

Best Female Youth Performer in an Adult Production
Charley Burke - Our Day Out

Best Female Actor In A Supporting Role
Eleanor Anderton - Grease
Olivia Chandler - The Demon Headmaster - WINNER

Most Entertaining/Comedy Actor - Female
Miranda Entwistle - Grease
Abigail Sallery - Grease

Best Staging/Technical

Best Actor In A Leading Role - Male
Ciaran O'Brien - Grease

Best Actor In A Leading Role - Female
Rachel Offord - Grease
Lucy Aspinall -
The Demon Headmaster - WINNER

Best Choreography
Pearl Williams - Grease - WINNER

Best Musical Director
Paul Carr - Grease

Best Director
Sammi Offord - Grease - WINNER
Kira Brookfield - The Demon Headmaster - WINNER

Best Ensemble/Chorus

Best Production
The Demon Headmaster