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.

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?


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.

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For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year with 10 shows at the 02 Arena in London. Tickets sold out in minutes but now Chorley audiences can see the final show as it happens thanks to a new investment from Chorley Little Theatre.

Using satellite technology, Monty Python Live (Mostly) will be on the venue’s big screen on Sunday 20th July, with audiences watching events in London at virtually the same time as those in the Arena.

At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.

Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014, with the final show likely to be the very last time the group perform together.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 29th April and are £15 from Malcolm’s Musicland, 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com. The showing will be on Sunday 20th July at 7pm, with a recorded Encore showing the next day.

This joint venture between CADOS and Chorley Empire Community Cinema is part of a new strand at Chorley Little Theatre which will include broadcasts of productions by the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company as well as special events.

Chairman Ian Robinson said “We’re already the best venue around for stage shows, comedy and films, so this new investment combines all three to bring the best of the world’s live theatre to Chorley.”

Details of the National Theatre and RSC showings will be announced soon - watch this space!

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.

The new comedy production from CADOS is full of heroic derring-do and dastardly double-crossing as the classic thriller The 39 Steps comes to life on the Chorley Little Theatre stage.

Loosely based on John Buchan’s novel, and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, the fast-paced play sees the suave Richard Hannay on the run for murder after a mysterious femme fatale is found dead in his apartment.

As he journeys from London to Edinburgh and across the Scottish highlands he realises he’s stumbled across a plot that could threaten the entire country and decides he must save King and country and clear his name.

Garth Maunders keeps his stiff upper lip as Hannay, with Sarah Burrill playing all the female characters, including Pamela who Hannay finds himself handcuffed to as they flee from double agents.

All other parts are played by Andrew Kidd and Matthew Routledge in a series of hats, disguises and accents. Hannay encounters everyone from underwear salesmen to jealous hoteliers in his journey, and even ends up jumping from the Forth Bridge to make his escape.

Director Sean Duxbury describes the show as “rip-snortingly funny” and really puts the cast through their paces. It won Best Comedy at the Olivier Awards in 2005 and is still running in London’s West End.

The show runs from Monday 28th April until Saturday 3rd May, with tickets £6 (Monday – Wednesday) and £8 (Thursday – Saturday) from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com

Sneak Preview on YouTube here



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