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.

 

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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

These are the latest sales for upcoming shows. If you want tickets, and for the very latest availability, please call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362.

DO NOT E-MAIL US FOR TICKET SALES/AVAILABILITY.

 

Jacqueline Wilsons Bad Girls

Friday 17th January - 7.30pm. - SOLD OUT

Saturday 18th January - 2.30pm - few odd seats remain

Saturday 18th January - 7.30pm - SOLD OUT

 

Russell Kane

Monday 20th January - a few odd seats remain

Tuesday 21st January - many tickets still available

The next season of CADOS productions is now on sale!

Five of the six main productions at Chorley Little Theatre between September 2014 and June 2015 are now on sale, with plans for the sixth show (and Studio productions) coming in a month or so.

The selection of plays include new shows, old favourites, and a brand-new pantomime and continue the Society's commitment to exciting, inventive, fun theatre.

CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson says, "We wanted to get the Pantomime on sale as soon as possible and most of the rest of the season is in place so why hang around? Mark Jones and his Artistic Committee have done a great job of planning ahead, and it looks like we'll have some great productions over the next couple of years"

The season opens in September with Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, in which four women tell their stories in a series of monologues. Based on the 1980s BBC TV series, this is the first time CADOS have performed this popular work.

In October, we present The Ladykillers direct from London's West End. Based on the Ealing Comedy of the same name, this has been adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan and we're one of the country's first amateur societies to stage it.

Our Pantomime is based on the classic fairytale The Elves And The Shoemaker and is from the writer/director of 2012's sell-out Santa The Panto. We've added an extra Sunday matinee this year to cope with demand - but ticket prices are frozen for the fifth year in a row.

Steel Magnolias is the February play. Made famous as a film starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts, this popular play is set in a Louisiana beauty parlour.

The April play will welcome back long-time Calendar Girls director Barbara Wilcox, but the title is still under wraps.

Finally, the season ends with a sequel to multi-award winning Hound of the Baskervilles and sees Dave Reid return as Sherlock Holmes for one final case.

Chorley Little Theatre is entirely run by volunteers with any profits going back towards the upkeep of the building. The plan is to do some work in the auditorium over Summer, which will mean (at least) a slightly different seating layout and new lick of paint. If anybody would like to sponsor productions, please get in touch.

Ticket prices remain the same as the current season, and are available from Malcolm's Musicland, Chapel Street, Chorley PR7 1BW. Call 01257 264362.

Tickets will be online soon.

Season Tickets allowing entry to all shows (and discounts on some things we may be adding) can also be purchased from Malcolm's Musicland by 8th February. If you have any questions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It was the NorthWest Region 6 awards for the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) on Saturday in Southport. We're delighted to say we won six awards and were nominated for many more!

CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson says "Almost all our productions in 2013 were nominated, and it's great for the casts and crews to be recognised for their hard work, which has gone down well with audiences and critics alike. When we're busy producing a new show roughly every four or six weeks we can easily forget what we've achieved, so events like this are welcome reminders."

Ian added "It's particularly great to see Hound of the Baskervilles win Best Play, as it was quite quirky, but all the nominations show the range and depth of what we put on. It's also great to see so many nominations for Chorley Youth Theatre as their productions are by people aged 11 to 19, with only a little help from adults, and shows what a great bunch of new talent we have at Chorley Little Theatre"

The awards cover everything staged by CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre at Chorley Little Theatre in 2013, although sadly Charlottes Web and Kes didn't qualify because of a re-organisation at NODA. Chorley Little Theatre would like to thank NODA, and especially Region 6 representative Patricia Connor, for their support and for hosting a great event.

Hound of the Baskervilles director Mark Jones is next reunited with his award-winning leading man Dave Reid in Breaking The Code, the forthcoming CADOS play which opens on 24th February (on sale now)

 

Wins:


Best Male Actor in a Leading Role Play

Dave Reid - Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Best Play

Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Best Staging

Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Outstanding Ensemble Cast - Musical

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Vicki Ciaputa, Michael Cosgrove, Samantha Hilton, Gaz Jenkins)

 

Most Entertaining Performance Youth Production

Jack McLoughlin - Back To The 80s

 

Best Staging - Youth Production

Back To The 80s

 

 

Nominations:

Best Supporting Female Actor in a Pantomime

Kim Brookfield - Queen Slytherina in Snow White

Siobhán Edge - The Mirror in Snow White

 

Best Male Actor in a Pantomime

Andy Burke - Dame Dolly Flagella in Snow White

 

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role Play

Siobhan Edge - Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male Play

Steven Catterall - Hound of the Baskervilles

Robert Walsh - Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Play

Sarah Burrill - Two

 

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role Play

Steve Unsworth - Two

 

Best Director Play

Mark Jones - Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Outstanding Ensemble Cast Play

Shakers

Comfort And Joy

 

Best Staging

Comfort And Joy

 

Best Director Musical

Paul Carr - I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

 

Best Musical

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

 

Youth:

Best Supporting Actor in a Female Role Youth Production

Crissie Day - Back To The 80s

Stacie Burrows - Back To The 80s

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Male Role Youth Production

Alex Townson - Back To The 80s

 

Best Leading Actor in a Female Role Youth Production

Vicky Campbell - Back To The 80s

 

Best Leading Actor in a Male Role Youth Production

Ciaran O'Brien - Back To The 80s

 

Choreographer Youth Production

Libby Burke - Back To The 80s

 

Best Director Youth Production

Hannah King - Back To The 80s

 

Best Musical Youth Production

Back To The 80s