Latest availability for this week's production:

 

Wednesday - VERY LIMITED

Thursday - Available

Friday - Available

Saturday - Available

 

You can book online or via Malcolm's Musicland but tickets are going very fast.

A few people have asked if we're showing children's films over the Summer, and the answer is no. Sorry for any disappointment, but this August we're taking it a little easier with many of the volunteers going on holiday.

More than that, though, the summer closedown is a chance to do some building maintenance and refurbishment. Some of the auditorium seats are being moved so we have fewer odd seats which means a few less couples will be split up on busy nights (in theory); we're also hopefully replacing some doors and touching up the paintwork. We'll also be doing some urgent backstage work in order to make sure the building stays up! With all this and PAT testing it just isn't possible to open up to the public.

However, we're back with a vengeance in September. Look for the film listings coming soon, including dates of the children's films which are being supported by a grant from Chorley Council.

In  the meantime... have a great Summer!

With our screening of Skylight less than two weeks away, and with packed houses for Monty Python this weekend, we’ve added more Event Cinema showings over the next few months.

Skylight stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in a play that’s received wild four and five star reviews from the press, and has completely sold out it’s live West End run. We’re showing it on Thursday 31st July at 7pm and although it won’t be ‘live’ it’ll still be an amazing and immersive experience.

Monty Python are making their final-ever performances at the O2 in London this week and we’ll be showing the last night live on Sunday, with a repeat screening on Monday. The Sunday showing is almost full, but there is still room for Monday. It’s going to look great on the big screen and we’ll have subtitles for the songs so you can sing along with Bruce’s Philosophers Song, Spam, and – of course – Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.

In September, our first Royal Shakespeare Company broadcast takes place, with the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. You can watch a trailer here. Our next RSC screenings are Love’s Labours Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (better known as Much Ado About Nothing) which have been re-imagined as taking place either side of World War I.

The Young Vic’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire is on Tuesday 16th September and stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois, who is in a downward spiral that brings her face to face with brutal unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. This is the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, and will be broadcast live from the West End.

Our National Theatre Live line-up continues with classic revenge play Medea (live), and Danny Boyle’s acclaimed 2011 production of Frankenstein. Modern-day TV Sherlocks Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller took turns to play both the Creature and the Doctor and we’re showing both versions over 2 weekends in November.

Further on, during the Christmas holidays we have physical theatre in the form of JOHN, which is based on true stories and combines movement and spoken word. Strictly for over-18s though!

In January we’ll screening the all-new production of classic swashbuckler Treasure Island live from London, and then running a family-friendly encore showing during the February school holidays.

We are trying to show as many of these events live, but it’s not always possible because of other shows we have booked in or long-planned. However, the HD digital projection, surround sound, and big-screen make it a great experience at any time.

Tickets for most NTLive and RSC Live screenings are £12, with concessions at £10. If you have a current CADOS or Community Cinema Season Ticket you can get in for £8. (Please note current Cinema Season Tickets expire when the new season starts on 14th September). Other screening prices may vary, but we try to give you the best value for money.

Look out for more events being announced soon, along with the full season of films from Chorley Empire Community Cinema (to be the first to find those out, sign up to the cinema newsletter here)

 

Whiskey in the Jar, one of the regions longest running and most popular Irish bands returns to Chorley soon to celebrate 25 years on the road, and the numerous occasions they have visited Chorley.

It was 25 years ago in August 1989, when Phil Taylor and Steven Bird arrived at the Farmers Glory in Haslingden for a gig, just to find that two of their band members were unable to play. But the show went on and when the landlord asked them back to repeat their performance as a duo; and Whiskey in the Jar were born. Over the coming year’s band members came and went, including All Ireland whistle champion Sean Moran, Chorley's favourite son Ian Grimes, fiddler Teresa Gowan, bassists Jeff Bickerton and Paul Walster, all rounder Stuart Thompson, as well as Chorley based guitarist George Harvey and Manchester's highly respected fiddler Frank Mallon. Now the line up is completed by Phil's daughter Samantha Court, raconteur Brendan Comer and fiddle player Jamie Knowles. All have played an important part in the band's success and popularity since.

So why Chorley Little Theatre for their 25th Anniversary Concert? It's simple really. Our first regular gig was at the Rose and Crown in Chorley, and soon we were playing in and around Chorley more than anywhere else, solely because it was where we felt most welcome. We met our friends Joe and Kath Singleton, both sadly deceased now, and along the way played to and enjoyed the company of hundreds of friends at the Rose and Crown, the Gillibrand Arms and a host of other Chorley venues.

We last played Chorley Little Theatre in the late 1990's at a memorial concert for Ian Grimes, he had been with the band for two years whilst still turning out for Chorley favourites, the Blue Water Folk. Over 200 people squeezed into the theatre for an evening of real joy, an experience our band have never forgotten and hoped for the opportunity again one day. Well that day has arrived as we play there on Friday 1st August.

Inevitably there will be some sadness that Ian and Frank, and Joe and Kath will not be there, we'll mark their passing in style though, but most of the remaining members of the band will be. Tickets are sale at all the theatre's usual ticket outlets and on the door, and at £10.00 each will help to raise some money for two local charities along the way. Derian House and St Catherine's Hospice will be receiving our support, and if we can fill the theatre this should enable both charities to share many hundreds of pounds.

For further details of the event, please see the bands website www.witj.co.uk or book via the links here.

18th July: Only single seats remain for the final three performances.

 

Call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 to book.