It's always a pleasure to welcome Richard Herring to Chorley Little Theatre, and this visit - his sixth - was no exception but turned out to be even more eventful than we expected!

As we always give Richard a Chorley cake when he comes we thought he might be a little sick of them and fancy something different so we commissioned Ruth at Woodchats Coffee Shop to create a special "Richard Herring Chorley Cake" containing mango chutney and cheese. Herring would often visit a cafe called Tempting Tattie during the Edinburgh Fringe and order this combination on a baked potato, so we decided to do the same thing with a Chorley cake. Sounds weird - but they're delicious!

Richard Herring Chorley Cakes will soon be available from Woodchats, based on Chorley bus station and open 8am-4pm Monday-Saturday. Do make sure you ask for a "Richard Herring"

But what happened next has made national news. You can read The Telegraph's coverage here, and hear from audience member Gary Robinson here on Radio 5 Live (58 minutes in) but the best coverage is, of course, in Richard Herring's blog. Read all about it here.

High-res photos from the night are here.

From our point of view, it was all very interesting, and highly unusual. We try to signpost when we have "offensive" or controversial comedians on but although Herring can push the bounds there's always a great deal of thought behind everything. So when she labelled him "disgusting" it was very surprising - this show is essentially about nostalgia, growing up, friendship and mistakes we make. It's not nearly as rude as some of his past stuff and really is Rich being a bit playful.

But this show wasn't for this one woman, who would clearly prefer Peter Kay* and that's fair enough. Hopefully she and Gary can make up and maybe we'll see them here again for a happier night!


*Peter, if you're reading this, you're most welcome to pop in and do a show.

In case you've missed them, we've added these shows to the line-up lately:


Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th July-
The classic musical, performed by Chorley Youth Theatre - Adults £10, Children £8, Family £32


Saturday 4th July -
An evening of lively chat with the former Lancashire and England player - £10

Sunday 19th July -
The award-nominated show in which comedian Alex builds an incredible machine on stage - £15

Friday 13th November -
The Mock The Week and Bake-Off regular with a brand-new show - £19

Friday 27th November -
Three top female comedians in a night full of laughs - £12


Monday 20th July -
The 12 Years a Slave star in a new update of a classic tale - £12/£10/£8


The new season of films opens with The Imitation Game on Sunday 8th March.

See here for the full lineup - Season Tickets now on sale at Malcolm's Musicland

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

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

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

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.

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'
???? ???? '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)

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.