Chorley Little Theatre

Chorley Little Theatre
Dole Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2RL
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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.

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Andy Parsons

“Cracking adlibbing….a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain” THE GUARDIAN “Potent live performer…..can nail a nonsense with beautiful economy of words” THE TIMES Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War…

Thu 25 May

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.

Thu 25 May

Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire

Political satire from the writer and radio regular.


Chorley Empire Community Cinema USA 2016 12A 116m Directed by Denis Villeneuve Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner When 12 mysterious spacecraft touch down on Earth, countries scramble to understand what it means. In the USA they call upon linguistics professor Louise Banks and she must race to communicate with…

Sun 2 Apr

£5 / 01257 264362

Brennan Reece: Everglow

Hello! I'm the English Comedian of the Year and this is my debut show. In Australia it sold out – I know that sounds like bragging, but I don't know another way to explain that people liked it. I've also appeared on BBC, ITV, E4 and supported Joe Lycett on tour. Still bragging. I just really like doing…

Sun 12 Mar

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…

…and 3 more dates until 29 Apr

The Complete Works Of Shakespeare - Abridged (Cados)

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield Directed by Sean Duxbury 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…

…and 3 more dates until 29 Apr

Hedda Gabler (ntlive)

Live from the National Theatre on to our cinema screen. I've no talent for life. Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free… Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see…

Thu 9 Mar

£13.20 some concessions / 01257 264362


Chorley Empire Community Cinema USA 1941 84m Cert U Directed by H.Z. Potter Starring Ole Oleson, Chic Johnson Anarchic comedy in which two stage comedians try to break into the movies any way they can.

Thu 4 May

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…

Joel Dommett: LIVE

  • 4 stars

The young comedy star with a cupboard full of accolades and dreadfully modern hair.

Sun 21 May

John Bishop: Winging It

Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.

Mon 3 Apr

Tue 4 Apr

Wed 5 Apr

Thu 6 Apr

Kindertransport (Cados)

Written by Diane Samuels Directed by David Reid Set during World War II, this play is based on real-life stories of Jewish children given safe passge to the UK from Germany and Austria. It focuses on Eva, daughter of Helga and Earnest, who arrives in Manchester to live with Lil, an unemployed mother-of-one. Faced…

Mon 27 Feb

Tue 28 Feb

…and 3 more dates until 4 Mar

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No 9

Stand-up comedy show from the veteran Londoner.

Love & Friendship

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • Ireland/Netherlands/France/US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • 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.

Sun 30 Apr

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…

…and 2 more dates until 1 Jul

Mark Thomas: Red Shed

  • 4 stars

Incisive humour and satire as Mark Thomas explores the arena where he began stand-up: a red wooden shed in Wakefield.

Sat 18 Mar

Matt Forde

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…

Sat 11 Nov

Matt Richardson

After starting comedy in 2009 at 18, Matt has become one of the fastest rising stars in comedy. 2013 saw Matt presenting ITV2's The Xtra Factor and appearing on Celebrity Juice, Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Sweat the Small Stuff and many more, and also touring with his debut national tour. 'Mildly laddish, but…

Sun 24 Sep


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Cast: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk
  • UK release: 2 December 2016

Moana (Carvalho) is a plucky Polynesian girl who revives the voyaging tradition of her island tribe, with the help of buffoonish demigod Maui (Johnson, exuberantly sending himself up.) The unabashed positivity is pure Disney but Bush's zingy screenplay satirises the studio's princess obsession and there's a refreshing…

Thu 13 Apr

£3 / 01257 264362

A Monster Calls

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • Spain/UK/US
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • 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.

Sun 28 May

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).

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler

  • 2017

A live screening of Hedda Gabler, directed by Ivo van Hove who directed A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre.

National Theatre Live: Obsession

Live theatre from London's National Theatre beamed directly to Chorley's cinema screen. Jude Law (The Young Pope,* Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of *Obsession, *broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, *Hedda Gabler…

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.

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: Twelfth Night

  • 2017

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

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.

One Man, Two Guvnors (cados)

Written by Richard Bean, based on a play by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Sean Duxbury One of the funniest plays to emerge in recent years, this is set in 1960s Brighton where socially naive Francis Henshall ends up being employed by two men: a local gangster, and an upper-class criminal. While he tries to keep these…

Mon 24 Apr

Tue 25 Apr

Wed 26 Apr

…and 3 more dates until 29 Apr

Our House

CADOS presents the jukebox musical based on the songs of Madness.

Mon 12 Jun

£11 / 01257 264362

Tue 13 Jun

£11 / 01257 264362

Wed 14 Jun

£11 / 01257 264362

…and 3 more dates until 17 Jun

Rob Rouse

He's married, has two kids, a dog and an eye-watering mortgage, (is in debt) in these times of austerity and uncertainty, but remains resolute that a career in unpredictable world of comedy was absolutely the right way to go. (It's far too late to try something else now.) Rob takes this trademark comedic storytelling…

Fri 31 Mar

£13.20 / 01257 264362

Rob Rouse: Are You Sitting Comfortably?

In this full-length show, engaging stand-up Rob Rouse contemplates his adult life, which chiefly involves becoming a father and owning uncontrollable pets. It's a hilarious journey of enforced introspection from a guy who believes that being middle-aged and having an eye-watering mortgage with an unstable job is the key…

Royal Shakespeare Company: Antony & Cleopatra

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar

  • 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

  • 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).

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

The Smallest Show On Earth

Chorley Empire Community Cinema UK 1957 80m Cert U Directed by Basil Dearden Starring Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford Classic Peter Sellers comedy about a young couple who inherit a ‘flea pit’ cinema and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there

A Street Cat Named Bob

Chorley Empire Community Cinema UK 2016 103m 12A Directed by Roger Spottiswoode Starring Luke Treadaway, Joanna Froggatt Based on the best-selling book, this is the feel good true story of how James Bowen, a homeless busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray cat. From…

Sun 5 Mar

Sully: Miracle On The Hudson

Chorley Empire Community Cinema USA 2016 PG 96m Directed by Clint Eastwood Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart The story of Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River, saving the lives of the flight’s passengers and crew. This is about what happened next…

A United Kingdom

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • 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.

Sun 14 May

Whiskey In The Jar

The evergreen Irish folk band Whiskey in the Jar return to play Chorley Little Theatre once more with another night of popular folk tunes to celebrate St Patrick's Day. As ever, proceeds from the show will go towards local hospices.

Fri 17 Mar

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