Chorley Little Theatre has been rated the Number 1 attraction in Chorley on travel website Trip Advisor.

The venue has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Places awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the top businesses listed on the website.

The site takes reviews from the public, and 37 people have written reviews of Chorley Little Theatre and rated it either "Very Good" or "Excellent"

Chairman Ian Robinson would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to write nice things. He said "We're all volunteers and don't have the resoources of some businesses so it's good to see people appreciate the work we put it in."

"It's great to be rated so highly and that people enjoy the plays, comedy, films and warm welcome we offer."

He added "But despite the high rating, we know we can't rest on our laurels. We'll continue to provide great stuff to watch, and will carry on refurbishing the building. We're hoping to improve the toilets and do some auditorium work this Summer."

Chorley Little Theatre is entirely owned and operated by Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (CADOS), who have run the former cinema since 1960 and have just had one of their most successful seasons ever.

 

 

From Paul Carr, the full, unexpurgated notes about Little Shop of Horrors, our show this week....

 

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Welcome to the final show of this epic CADOS season – Little Shop of Horrors!

I’m delighted that we are finally staging a full length musical again as part of the main CADOS season. I’ve always been a fan of musical theatre and it is the genre that got me interested in theatre in the first place, so it has felt like something has been missing slightly over the past few years. And what better show to try and revive that interest than Little Shop, with its catchy musical numbers and unique blend of comedy, sci-fi and humour. Having been a fan of the film when I was young it was also one of the first professional shows I ever went to see and I still remember my complete disbelief at the ending when I saw it for the first time!

It is always interesting to revisit shows from time to time and this was one of the first ‘big’ musicals that I produced with our youth theatre 10 years ago, with two promising young directors named Sean Hargreaves and Vicki Forrester. Things have now come full circle and Vicki is back playing Crystal, alongside CADOS characters both old and new. Paul Duckworth makes a return after 25 years trapped on the other side of the border in Leyland, Danny Watkiss was last here 5 years ago in RENT, whilst Katie, Rachel, Steven and Alan are all relatively regular faces at the theatre. Finally Rob Armstrong as the voice of the plant and Diane Glover as Audrey make their CADOS debuts and I hope this is just the first of many shows that we might see them here for. The entire cast has worked really hard throughout rehearsals and

The great thing about revisiting shows is that you can go back and do all the things you wanted to do the first time but that we couldn’t afford the time or money to do for a youth theatre show, and thanks must go to all the crew in all departments of the theatre who have worked so hard to put together what is a deceptively complicated show. From quick costume changes to moving scenery, all the unseen tech in the background to the backstage plant wranglers they have all pulled out the stops for this musical return, and let me turn back the clock to address some of the things I wish I’d got round to the first time!

Thanks must also go to Ian Robinson and Andy Burke for their immensely ‘hands-on’ producing, and spare a thought for Ian who is really suffering for his art this week! Wayne Oakes and our fabulous musicians for giving the show the ‘oomph’ factor, and Hannah my choreographer who has once again done a sterling job of making the show look as good as it does.

A final thanks goes to you, our audience – without you there is no show, and without people coming to see live theatre and using our smaller venues the amateurs would have nowhere to while away the hours. Our brand new season is already on sale, including two studio productions (including the studio musical ‘Eating Raoul’ next spring), a brand new pantomime, the North West premiere of ‘The LadyKillers’, and a host of other top quality shows. We have also started screening National Theatre Live shows in conjunction with the film society allowing us to bring more professional theatre productions to the venue, plus a regular supply of live top name comedians, musical acts and feature films. But we can only keep up these shows with the support of our wonderful audiences so please do look to see if there is anything you might be interested in, book your tickets now for the best seats in the house and please recommend us to others if you like what we do!

Finally for musical or Menken lovers please remember that we have our youth theatre show, The Little Mermaid, in three weeks time (and who knows - maybe one of them will be writing these notes in 10 years time!)

We hope you have a fantastic evening – and remember DON’T FEED THE PLANTS!

With John Bishop here this week, here are the answers to the questions we keep being asked:

I booked online. Is it first come, first served?

No, your seats have been allocated. We have an odd-shaped auditorium and by allocating seats we can squeeze more people in. Seats were assigned in the order the sales came in. Because the shows are sell-outs we cannot re-allocate once you get to the theatre.

I booked online or by phone. Can I collect in advance?

No, we're all volunteers and haven't time to sort out individual queries. Your tickets will be on the door for collection on the night.

I have unwanted tickets, can you resell them?

We may be able to, but you have to tell us which seats you are reselling (and then tell us if you have resold them yourself).

I bought too many tickets. Can I get my money back on my spare?

No. Tickets are non-refundable.

Are there any spare tickets/returns?

No-one has given us any. There might be some on the door, but no guarantees.

I bought online for a friend, how do they collect?

All people collecting tickets need to bring proof of purchase and credit card used.

Will I be able to meet John?

Probably not

What time does John come on stage?

8pm

What time does it finish?

Expect 9.45-10pm

I missed out. Will John be adding any more nights?

Unlikely, sorry.

 

In addition, please remember these are Work In Progress shows. All filming, recording, photography is forbidden and anyone caught doing so will be ejected without refund.

Our Edinburgh Fringe Preview season starts this Sunday with Dan Nightingale and Joel Dommett presenting their brand-new shows. For just £10 a night you get to see two top comedians at the top of their game trying out new shows before they go to the world's biggest arts festival.

We're delighted to add Carl Hutchinson and Gavin Webster to our line-up. If you've seen Chris Ramsey here, you'll have seen Carl warm up for him. Soon, he'll be headlining his own tours but for now check out his brand-new 60-minute show.

Fellow Geordie Gavin Webster is making his Chorley debut, and promises an hour of unfussy gag-telling. The show is Sunday 6th July and tickets are on sale now, priced £10 - call Malcolm's Musicland, or click here: WeGotTickets, SeeTickets, Skiddle.

Get a CADOS Season Ticket for £39

Book for the entire season of six productions right now: save up to £11 on ticket prices, save yourself money on booking fees, plus claim discounts on special events such as Studio Productions and event cinema (National Theatre Live, RSC Live, etc).

Simply click the button below and tell us your preferred night (Monday to Saturday) and seats. We'll then allocate those seats for that night of each show and send you those tickets along with the card. Please note that some seats are going to be very popular so we will allocate the best available as the orders come in. If you want to change your seats later on, simply get in touch with us at any time.

You can purchase direct from Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or the theatre box office whenever it is open. To purchase online, click the Paypal link in the event pages for CADOS shows like Talking Heads or The Ladykillers.