We were delighted to win 8 awards at the recent NODA District 6 ceremony in Southport. Honours were split between CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre with 4 wins each and between them the groups got a massive 38 nominations.

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association is the overseeing body for amdram groups, and this ceremony is like the Oscars of the amateur world, with groups right across Lancashire and Merseyside competing for trophies.

Chorley Youth Theatre won three awards for their production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, with trophies for Best Staging and for Kira Brookfield as the villainous Ursula, and Miranda Entwistle as Sebastian The Crab. The show was directed by Youth Theatre chairperson Sammi Offord. Lucy McManus won for her lead role in the play Bad Girls, staged last January and directed by Kira Brookfield.

In the adult categories, Dave Reid won Best Actor for the second year in a row. Having won for Sherlock Holmes last year, this time it was for his portrayal of Alan Turing in Breaking The Code. He's clearly Chorley's answer to Benedict Cumberbatch, and returns to the role of Sherlock in this June's production from CADOS.

CADOS newcomer Laina Grimshaw-Brown won an award with Steven Catterall for their parts of Flip and Flop in The Elves And The Shoemaker, which had also been nominated for Best Panto.

The "rip-snortingly funny" thriller The 39 Steps won for Best Production and Best Director, Sean Duxbury. The entire cast were also nominated for acting awards.

CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson was delighted with the results. "We always aim for high-quality productions and the number of nominations shows the depth and variety of what we stage. We've had a really good year of great shows with increased audiences so the awards are really the icing on the cake for everyone's hard work"

Sadly the Youth Theatre members couldn't be there on the night as they were performing their latest play The Demon Headmaster to a sellout crowd, but they'll be staging their own mini ceremony at an upcoming meeting.

Acting nominees Susan Hilton and Diane Glover can next be seen in the CADOS production Steel Magnolias at the end of February.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Supporting Actor (Female) Youth - Kira Brookfield (Little Mermaid)
Best Leading Actor (Female) Youth - Lucy McManus (Bad Girls)
Most Entertaining/Comedy Female Youth - Miranda Entwistle (Little Mermaid)
Best Staging Youth - The Little Mermaid
Best Pantomime Comedy Duo - Laina Grimshaw-Brown & Steven Catterall (Elves and the Shoemaker)
Best Actor (Drama) - Dave Reid (Breaking The Code)
Best Director (Drama) - Sean Duxbury (The 39 Steps)
Best Production (Drama) - The 39 Steps

As of 7pm, Thursday 15th January there are about just single seats remaining per performance. Please call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 to book. Online sales are now closed.



We're getting a lot of inquiries about joining Chorley Youth Theatre but at the moment the group is full up. We're not operating a waiting list because it looks like being at least September 2016 before any spaces become available so please don't get in touch.

Please note, we have change a couple of events over Christmas. We had originally scheduled the National Theatre Live screening of JOHN on Tuesday 30th December, but as we've got nearer we felt we wanted something more upbeat and seasonal, so have swapped that for Andre Rieu's Home For Christmas. This is Andre's 2012 concert and has previously been released on DVD but is available to cinemas this Christmas so we hope you'll join us for this great big-screen experience which starts at 7pm.

Next, we added the Mauriinsky Theatre 2013 production of Swan Lake for Sunday 28th December - however, since then there has been a falling-out between the Mauriinsky Theatre and the screening's producer which has led to all worldwide screenings being pulled. Very frustrating for us! We tried to get an alternative, but nothing quite worked - apologies for any inconvenience. If you bought Swan Lake tickets please return to the seller for a refund.

On Sunday 28th December we will now be showing a special version of the Disney film Frozen. This Sing Along version will have song lyrics on screen for the audience to join in. The screening starts at 2.30pm.

Both events can now be booked at Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or when the theatre box office is open (30 minutes before panto start time). Andre Rieu is also available to book online - just follow the links here.


Please note the opening times for Malcolm's Musicland over the Christmas period:

Christmas Eve - closing 4.30pm

Christmas Day - closed

Friday 26th December - closed

Saturday 27th December - closed

Sunday 28th December - closed

Monday 29th December - 9am-5pm

Tuesday 30th December - 9am-5pm

Wednesday 31st December - closing 4.30pm

New Year's Day - closed

Friday 2nd November - closed

Saturday 3rd November - 9am-5pm

Approximate running time for Elves And The Shoemaker is 2hrs, 30mins (including interval)


This means 7.30pm performances end 10pm

2.30pm performances end 5pm

Noon performance ends 2.30pm

4pm performance ends 6.30pm