Little Theatre, big ambitions

Comedian: Alan Carr

Comedian: Alan Carr

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Chorley Little Theatre is celebrating this week after winning six NorthWest Region awards at the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) gala in Southport.

And as if to emphasise the growing reputation of the venue it this week announced a gig by Alan Carr which sold out in record time – about 45 minutes!

Carr brings his Work in Progress tour to the Dole Lane venue on Sunday, March 2.

The award-winning comedian and star of Channel 4’s Alan Carr Chatty Man will be trying out new material at this initimate gig in preparation for a forthcoming tour.

The awards themselves covered everything staged by CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre at Chorley Little Theatre in 2013, although productions of Charlotte’s Web and Kes didn’t qualify because of a re-organisation at NODA.

CADOS chairman Ian Robinson said: “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.”

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 February 24, and tickets are on sale now.

The WinNERs:

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