Chorley Little Theatre
The theatre originally opened as Chorley's first electric cinema, back in 1910. However, since 1960, the venue has been owned and operated by am dram society CADOS, who present at least six productions per season.
As well as shows by CADOS and the award-winning Chorley Youth Theatre, Chorley Little Theatre has been host to comedy, theatre and musicals over the years.
The theatre seats 236 and boasts a state-of-the-art sound system. There's also the Empire Bar inhouse to quench pre-show thirst.
Events at this venue
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Andre Rieu's 2017 Maastricht Concert
Legendary annual Maastricht concert which features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests.
Andy Parsons: Peak Bullsh*t
You'll know him best from Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week, but this is Parsons' latest stand-up show. Can he really promise peak bullshit? Come along and find out.
Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z
One half of the satirical podcast The Bugle is back with a show encompassing national identity, hope, fear and live action democracy.
Blofeld & Baxter: Rogues On The Road
Blowers and Backers are back again by popular demand! The two rogues are doing a handful of special Spring performances following on from their hit 2016 tour, ‘Rogues on the Road’ – crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) anecdotes from two extensive careers. Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld…
The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (abridged)
All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays. Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Warning! This show is a…
Fri 28 Apr
The Complete Works of Shakespeare - Abridged (cados)
A fast-paced comic play in which three actors attempt to perform all 37 plays in just one night.
Fri 28 Apr
£6.60–£8.80 / 01257 264362
Sat 29 Apr
£6.60–£8.80 / 01257 264362
- 84 min
- Directed by: HC Potter
- Cast: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye
Manic musical comedy based on a notoriously anarchic Broadway show; a rom-com plot was grafted on to make the movie more palatable, but the fourth wall is still in pieces (at one point, comedians Olsen and Johnson pick a fight with the projectionist) and its combination of insane comedy and medium awareness went on to…
The Houghton Weavers At Christmas
The Houghton Weavers are an English folk music band formed in 1975 in Westhoughton, Bolton, Greater Manchester. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism guarantees a wonderful evening of song and humour, which as their motto says, will always "KEEP FOLK SMILING"
Into The Woods (Chorley Youth Theatre)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine A Tony Award winning musical in which characters from classic fairytales meet up and embark on journeys together, all tied together by a childless baker, his wife and a wicked witch. Cinderella goes to the ball, Jack climbs the beanstalk, Little Red…
Wed 12 Jul
Thu 13 Jul
Fri 14 Jul
James Acaster: The Trelogy
Stand up from the 2015 Chortle Best Show winner, as he presents Recognise, Represent and Reset on tour.
James Acaster's Classic Scrapes
James Acaster is releasing his first ever book this year,* James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes*, which is going to be a collection of self-deprecating anecdotes about scrapes James has gotten himself into over the years, famed from the slot of the same name on Josh Widdicombe's XFM radio show. Publishers Headline say…
Jason Manford: Work in Progress
Jason Manford returns to stand-up with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018.
Joel Dommett: LIVE
The young comedy star with a cupboard full of accolades and dreadfully modern hair.
Kerry Godliman: Stick or Twist *‘Intelligent, silly and – at all the right moments – laced with righteous ire.’ * The Guardian Kerry Godliman is back on tour. Her straight talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment will be covering more of life’s anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden center? Why collect…
La La Land
- 126 min
- Directed by: Damien Chazelle
- Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons
- UK release: 13 January 2017
In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine.
Love & Friendship
- 92 min
- Directed by: Whit Stillman
- Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry
Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) is penniless, selfish and keen to marry off her nelfected daughter to the nearest wealthy dolt, but she's also smart, witty and beautiful. Stillman gives a wickedly droll adaptation of Jane Austen's short novel, choicely acted by the whole ensemble.
Manford's Comedy Club
Jason Manford's comedy clubs, which can be found all across the country, were devised by the stand-up himself after realising that, for some reason, comedy was further down on the 'to do' list for a night out then ten-pin bowling. Aimed at showcasing truly good comedian who are working the circuit, it's all about…
Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next. Star of his own show on Dave As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock the Week (BBC Two…
A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh, very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy. From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone…
A Monster Calls
- 108 min
- Directed by: JA Bayona
- Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson
- UK release: 6 January 2016
Twelve year old Conor (MacDougall) has a mother (Jones) who's battling cancer and a father (Kebbell) who's walked out; then a yew-tree-shaped monster with Neeson's voice comes into his life. Coming-of-age tearjerker with a sometimes thin story, but fine performances from Jones and MacDougall.
National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 1 Millennium Approaches
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse).
Thu 20 Jul
National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 2 Perestroika
The second part of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play.
Thu 27 Jul
National Theatre Live: Obsession
- Directed by: Ivo van Hove
- Cast: Jude Law
Stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre. Jude Law stars as Gino, whose fiery affair with Giovanna leads to a murder plot which threatens to tear them apart.
National Theatre Live: Peter Pan
- Directed by: Sally Cookson
- UK release: 10 June 2017
Sally Cookson directs this co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre about the boy who never grew up.
National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard's situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight.
Thu 27 Jul
National Theatre Live: Salome
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create this urgent, hypnotic production.
National Theatre Live: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
- Directed by: James Macdonald
- Written by: Edward Albee
- Cast: Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway, Imogen Poots
- UK release: 18 May 2017
Martha and George are a bitter married couple who have a charged relationship, fuelled by their excessive consumption of alcohol. When Martha invites the new professor of the college and his wife for some after-party drinks, the young couple are caught up in Martha and George's games, leading to some devastating truths.
Thu 18 May
£12 / 01257 264362
National Theatre Live: Yerma
Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s masterpiece.
CADOS presents the jukebox musical based on the songs of Madness.
Winner of the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year Award and Comedy Central Live Funniest Student Award 2011. Phil has appeared on The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2) and was featured on BBC Three At The Fringe in 2011. He's a regular on Matt Forde Unspun (Dave), Jack Dee's Help Desk (BBC2) and Have I Got News…
Red Moon Joe
Chorley-based band Red Moon Joe launch their latest album with a special show at Chorley Little Theatre. The band will be playing their new album 'Time and Life' in its entirety, plus some favourites from their live shows. The launch show will feature the band plus some guest musicians. These include Jon…
The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice
CADOS present the touching story of Laura, a girl who locks herself in her bedroom listening to her late father’s record collection. Soon, she is able to mimic the famous divas Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield and more. Her domineering mother sees Laura as a way of escaping their small Northern town…
Royal Shakespeare Company: Antony & Cleopatra
- 177 min
- Directed by: Iqbal Khan
- Cast: Josette Simon, Antony Byrne
- UK release: 27 May 2017
Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.
Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus
- Directed by: Angus Jackson
- UK release: 11 October 2017
Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar
- 152 min
- Directed by: Angus Jackson
- Cast: Andrew Woodall, Alex Waldmann, Jon Tarcy, James Corrigan
- UK release: 26 April 2017
Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.
Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus
- Directed by: Blanche McIntyre
- Cast: Patrick Drury, Nia Gwynne, Stefan Adegbola, David Burnett
- UK release: 9 August 2017
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night
- Directed by: Christopher Luscombe
- UK release: 14 February 2018
Shakespeare's greatest comedy tells a tale of unrequited love in this production directed by Christopher Luscombe.
by Alan Ayckbourn Set over 4 days atChristmas, Alan Ayckbourn’s play is a classic black comedy ofmisunderstandings, misplaced passion and mistaken identity. It’s Christmas atBelinda and Neville’s house and family and friends are due over for atraditional celebration. From Bernard, with his traditional puppet shows…
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Chorley Empire Community Cinema USA 1954 102m Cert U Directed by Stanley Donen Starring Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn MGM’s classic movie musical in which a group of farmers decide they want a wife
Sing! (Half-Term Family Film)
Half-term family fun on the big screen! UK/France/USA 2016 108m Certificate U Directed by Garth Jennings Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Macfarlane From the director of Son of Rambow, an animated comedy about Buster Moon, a koala who runs a theatre that has fallen on hard times. An…
The Swing Commanders
Let the multi-talented Swing Commanders take you back in time for a special evening of Swing classics with a champagne sparkle at Chorley Little Theatre. They really are the cats with the cream of Thirties, Forties and Fifties classics, so just sit back and sample the sweet swing sensation that is - The Swing Commanders!
*'Catch him now and you'll be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous' * The Telegraph The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn. As seen on * 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown ***, Live at the…
A United Kingdom
- US / UK / Czech Republic
- 111 min
- Directed by: Amma Asante
- Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
- UK release: 25 November 2016
In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.
Whittington! - The Panto!
CADOS present a traditional Pantomime fun for the whole family! * * We meet our hero, Dick, as he journeys to London – where the streets are paved with gold, and a life of fame and fortune awaits! But he makes an enemy of King Rat and soon seeking riches on the high seas, where he hopes to make enough money so that the…