This week sees the first of our Shakespeare broadcasts for 2015 on the big screen. For our first two screenings, Christopher Luscombe directs Shakespeare’s great pair of romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won – the latter usually known as Much Ado About Nothing.

Paired together for the first time and set in a beautiful manor house, based on Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park, the plays are set on either side of World War One, with both productions featuring the same company of actors.

Tickets are £12, £10 Concessions, £8 for holders of CADOS or Cinema Season Tickets. Book at Malcolm's Musicland, 01257 264362, online (links below), or on the door.

Here's the schedule:
Wednesday 11th February
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

Doors open 6.30pm, pre-show starts 7pm, Act I starts 7.15pm
There will be a 20 minute interval, and the broadcast will end approximately 9.45pm


Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his
friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they
made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting
arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare's sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an
unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in
fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the
merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the
world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.
Online booking: WeGotTickets SeeTickets.

Wednesday 4th March
LOVE'S LABOUR'S WON

Doors open 6.30pm, pre-show starts 7pm, Act I starts 7.15pm
There will be a 20 minute interval, and the broadcast will end approximately 9.50pm


Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and
his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of
conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly,
deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more
combative courtship.

Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war
house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is
threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.
Online booking: WeGotTickets SeeTickets.

Reviews
Daily Telegraph ????? 'Terrific...continual comic verve'

Times ????? 'Brilliantly comic...extraordinarily powerful'

Daily Mail ????? 'A marvel...immaculately co-ordinated'

Sunday Times ???? 'These productions are a joy.'

Guardian ???? 'This imaginative pairing makes total sense. If love is thwarted in the first play, it is triumphantly fulfilled in the second'

Financial Times ???? 'A power that shakes you in your seat'

Evening Standard ???? 'Exquisite....Cherishable... Immaculate'
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Whatsonstage.com ???? 'Visually astounding...a feast for the eyes'

Sunday Mirror 'Quite simply, the best plays you'll see anywhere'


In other news, the new cinema season Membership cards will be in Malcolm's Musicland from Wednesday this week (and at the Love's Labour's Lost screening)

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

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

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.

 

IMPORTANT:

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.