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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

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)



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




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


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



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


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.



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

We are sad to announce the death of former CADOS treasurer Audrey Shelton, who was aged 90 years old. Involved with CADOS from the early days, Audrey was treasurer for 50 years and without her tight control of the books, it's possible CADOS and Chorley Little Theatre wouldn't be around today.

The funeral takes place at Charnock Richard crematorium on Wednesday 18th December at Noon.

Our condolences to friends and family.