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

The Elves And The Shoemaker is selling fast. Here's an update on ticket availability. Please call 01257 264362 to book

Updated: Monday 8th December

There a couple of single seats available for nearly every performance, but none together.

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!

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.

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 or book via the links here.