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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!

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

 

 

Publicity Photos on Flickr here


 

The John Bishop shows sold out by lunchtime on Friday - congratulations to those who managed to get tickets. We realise some people had difficulty getting through, but with such a demand for tickets there was always going to be disappointment. Demand for this was higher than anything we've ever had before and we worked flat out to clear the queue and the phones on Friday morning, but sorry for those who missed out. Sign up to the newsletter via the front page of this website so you know what's coming up, and better luck next time.

To those that got tickets: doors will open at 7pm for the shows and John will be on stage at 8pm prompt. There is no support. Please arrive in plenty of time to find your seats and get a drink (if you want). There is strictly no filming, recording, photographing of the show - anyone caught doing so will be asked to leave without refund. Thanks!

Please note Malcolm's Musicland is closed on Easter Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. The shop is open as normal (9am - 5.30pm) on Saturday 19th April and from Tuesday 22nd.

You can still book for most shows online 24/7!

We've had to move the Lee Nelson gig scheduled for 28th October to 30th October (two days later). Sorry for any inconvenience, but all tickets are still valid. Please return to your original seller if you can't make the new date.