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!

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.

Every August, hundreds of comedians take their show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and perform night after night in makeshift venues in the hope of getting rave reviews and the chance to appear on a TV panel shows.

We’ve been bringing many of the best of these shows to Chorley Little Theatre for the past five years, usually in their finished, refined tour format. We’ve had everyone from Comedy Award Winners like Al Murray and Jenny Éclair, to fresh-faced big-sellers like Vikki Stone and the Scottish Falsetto Socks and, of course, the King of Edinburgh – Richard Herring.

Well now we’re bringing even more shows to Chorley, and for a bargain price. These may not quite be the finished article, as the comedians shape them for that killer Fringe hour, but are guaranteed to be fresh, funny and highly entertaining.

The six acts over three nights will each perform a 55-minute set of new material, honing their jokes and routines in front of your very eyes. We’ve got a great mix of seasoned pros and newcomers so when you see these guys on Live At The Apollo you can remember where it all started.

Tickets for each night are just £10, for which you get two 55-minute shows.

On Sunday 8th June, we open with Preston’s Dan Nightingale, who is consistently called one of the country’s best comperes. Then BBC Three and MTV regular Joel Dommett charts his attempt to get his old band back together.

Andrew Lawrence is the headliner on Saturday 26th July. A Fringe regular since winning a newcomer award in 2004, he’s gone on to regular TV and radio appearances. Opener Fin Taylor is performing his debut Fringe hour, but already has plenty of experience.

Finally, on Sunday 27th July there’s sketch comedy from Gein’s Family Giftshop (in the vein of the League of Gentlemen), whimsical rabbiting and awkward physicality from two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or the links on their event pages.

 

We are delighted to be hosting John Bishop for a week in May as he hones his new show ahead of his arena tour. His last tour was seen live by over 500,000 people across the country so it's exciting to be in at the start of a new massive venture.

Chorley Little Theatre Chairman Ian Robinson said "I've been a huge fan of John's for the last decade, so am delighted he's finally appearing at Chorley Little Theatre. I've seen him go from small clubs to arenas in the space of a few years but he's always kept the 'everyman' quality that makes him so appealing and funny"

Bishop will be playing Chorley Little Theatre from the 19th to 23rd May, with tickets going on sale on Friday 4th April at 10am. Tickets are limited to 4 per person, although online sales are set at 2 per person. Ian explains "sometimes online sales can go in the blink of an eye, so by limiting tickets we're hoping more people get a chance to see John up close and personal"

John Bishop leads a big line-up of top comedy names coming soon, which includes Jenny Eclair, Mark Steel, Chris Ramsey and several Edinburgh Fringe previews.

To book tickets call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or visit the event pages on here.

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The tragic true story of a man who shaped the 20th Century is the focus of the latest CADOS play at Chorley Little Theatre

Breaking The Code covers the life of Alan Turing, the maths genius who worked among the code-breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II and who cracked the German Enigma code. Prime Minister Winston Churchill claimed this shortened the war by two years, yet when the war was over Turing was treated with suspicion by authorities.

Openly gay at a time when it was illegal in Britain, Turing was persecuted for his lifestyle, despite his pioneering work on computers at Manchester University. He died in 1954 and the British Government recently pardoned him and apologised for the way he was treated.

Starring as Turing is actor Dave Reid, who recently won a NODA Award for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He reunites with his award-winning director Mark Jones for this moving play, which covers Turing’s life from Cambridge until his death and documents the relationship with his mother, his colleagues, and the struggles he had coping with work and lifestyle.

The show runs from Monday 24th February until Saturday 1st March, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (Monday-Wednesday) and £8 (Thursday-Saturday) from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com