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

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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.

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 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.