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The new 2018/2019 season

STUDIO - Stones In His Pockets by Marie Jones

15 to 22 Sept.’18 (may be extended a week)

Director: Mike Rogerson


Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

27 Oct. to 03 Nov.’18

Director: Mike Brown


STUDIO - Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

21 to 24 Nov.’18

Director: Victor Hassan


Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

08 to 15 Dec.’18

Director: Mike Bullimore


The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington

26 Jan. to 02 Feb.’19

Director: David Quaife


STUDIO - Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel

20 to 23 Feb.’19

Director: John Blunden-Ellis


A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller

09 to 16 Mar.’19

Director: Nigel Westbrook


Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn

18 to 25 May ’19

Director: Hamish Lawson

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Chads Theatre Golden Lottery – It’s a gamble, but Chads Theatre wins every time…

Do you want the chance to win £2000 every week whilst supporting Chads Theatre.  We are pleased to announce Chads Golden Lottery in partnership with Stockport County Football club.

For just £1 a week you get 7 numbers entered into the Golden Lottery Draw. It’s a gamble but the good news is Chads wins every time because 50p of your pound will go to Chads redevelopment fund.

There are over 315 cash prizes weekly from £5 to £2000 with a chance to win £10,000 in the annual draw.  You don’t even have to claim your prize as you will be notified directly if you win and the winnings sent automatically to you.

Follow this link to sign up.

Thank You for your support.




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Chads Theatre Company was proud to have been nominated for the following in the Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF) Full Length Festival 2016-2017:


Best Production – Visiting Mr Green

Best Actor – Mike Brown playing Mr Green – Visiting Mr Green

Best Actress – Melanie Beswick playing Miss Lydia Languish – The Rivals

Best Production – Private Fears in Public Places

Best Director – Derek Slater – Private Fears in Public Places

Best Youth Performance Female – Daisy Jordan playing Roger – Lord of The Flies

Best Supporting Actress – Joan Taylor-Jones playing Nicola – Private Fears in Public Places

Best Actor – Roy Shipton playing Norman Thayer Jnr – On Golden Pond


The GMDF Awards dinner was a wonderful occasion, as it is every year, celebrating drama from theatres all over the Greater Manchester area. Chads were thrilled to have won:


Best Supporting Actor – Steve Berrington playing Dan – Private Fears in Public Places

Technical Award for Lighting and set design – On Golden Pond

Best Supporting Actor – Steve Berrington playing Mr Bob Acres – The Rivals

Best Director – Pam Slater – Visiting Mr Green


In the GMDF One Act Festival, which was hosted at our theatre, we also won:

Best Director – Hamish Lawson – Consequences

Best Actress – Melanie Beswick playing Cilla – Consequences


Also, at Wilmslow One Act Festival we won

Best Production – Consequences


What a fantastic year it was for Chads Theatre! Congratulations and well done to all entrants, nominees and winners.



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2017/2018 Open Auditions & Play Reading Dates


All auditions are open to all members AND non-members – we would love to meet you!

The bar will also be open… What’s not to love?

Sunday 2nd April


(The following timings are approximate and will depend on attendance numbers)

When We Are Married by J.B. Priestley – Directed by Mike Bullimore

12 noon – 1pm

Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn – Directed by Nigel Westbrook

1pm – 2pm

Bette and Joan by Anton Burge – Directed by Sheila Burt

2pm – 2.30pm

Handbagged by Moira Buffini – Directed by Mike Rogerson

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Tuesday 4th April


7.30pm to 9pm

Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney – Directed by Bob Aldridge

April in Paris by John Godber – Directed by Elaine Pratt

Consequences – The One Act Play for the Festival hosted at Chads Theatre

Thursday 6th April


7.30pm to 9pm

Dial M For Murder by Frederick Knott – Directed by Ian Butterfield

Old Times by Harold Pinter – Directed by Victor Hassan

Catch Up Auditions


Sunday 9th April


11.30am to about 3pm

(NB: Please try and attend the individual auditions as not all the Directors will be available for this catch-up audition)

Play Readings- for Chads Theatre Members only

(Bar will be open – come on down for a read and a chat!)

Bette and Joan, April in Paris and Dial M for Murder.

Wednesday 1st March – 7.30pm

When We Are Married, Season’s Greetings & Consequences (for the GMDF One Act Play Festival in June 2017).

Friday 3rd March – 7.30pm

Old Times, Handbagged and Run For Your Wife.

Wednesday 8th March – 7.30pm

Season Play Dates

Dial M For Murder – Frederick Knott
09 – 16 September 2017

When We Are Married – J.B.Priestley
21 – 28 October 2017

Bette & Joan – Anton Burge
15 – 18 November 2017 – Studio

Season’s Greetings – Alan Ayckbourn
01 – 09 December 2017

Run For Your Wife – Ray Cooney
20 -27 January 2018

Old Times – Harold Pinter
14 – 17 February 2018 – Studio

Handbagged – Moira Buffini
03 -10 March 2018

Youth Production – TBA
22 – 24 March 2018

April In Paris – John Godber
28 April – 05 May 2018



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What is it about?

Chads Theatre is a fantastic local asset. Standing at the top of Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, it has been at its present location since the mid fifties. It has an enviable reputation for putting on high quality plays and the Christmas show in 2015 will be its 400th production.


Our Centenary Project is about re-roofing and refurbishing our theatre. We need to raise almost £300,000 to complete the work. Of course we already have money saved from our income but we do need to raise funds. This season (2014/15) has been quite successful. We have raised:

£25,000 from a bid to the Garfield Weston Foundation

Over £10,000 from the Christmas Challenge, where Garfield Weston doubled donations made by supporters

And £1,350 from the Smartie Tube collection

All our social events (like the June Ball) will also add to the coffers.

Now we are planning fund raising for 2015/16

We have registered our cause with easyfundraising and have so far raised about £50. We need all you on line shoppers to register, too.





We are setting up a 100 Club, where members make a monthly donation of £5 to the theatre and have their number entered each month into a prize draw.

Details of both the above are available in our recent newsletters or by email

We are also planning to have special T shirts for the Christmas show, which will be our 400th production and are hoping to plan a summer fete in 2016.

If you have any further ideas for raising funds, please contact Ann Quaife at the email address above.



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Our Youth Theatre needs YOU!


Are you aged 12-18 and wanting to get involved with an award-winning Youth Theatre run by two professional and experienced tutors?

The Youth Theatre meet every term-time Tuesday and work on improving voice, movement and much more! Then, you have the chance to take to the main stage for your very own production. Don’t forget that you can audition for other main stage productions too!

For more information, to join this coming academic year, email us at and we will send you all the info you need.

Hurry! Limited places, so get in touch now.

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And now for something completely different…


ChadsTheatre member, Sue Beardsell is planning to cycle from coast to coast at the end of May: to be precise, from Morecambe to Bridlington, a distance of 178 miles! She will be cycling over 5 days with 3 friends and yes, several people have questioned her sanity – herself included – but she thought it would be a good way to raise money for our Chads roof project!


Sue recently cycled to Chester from Bramhall and back the following day, but she has never cycled anywhere near this distance so the thought of those hills and long stretches of road must be pretty scary!


If you are able to sponsor her, there are sponsor forms you can sign on the notice boards at the theatre, alternatively, if you are not able to get to the theatre, you can email her your intended pledge.


Thank you so much, Sue. You really are a Chads shining star!


We will keep you updated on her amazing journey!


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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

A Youth Group Production

Ran from 14th – 16th April 2016.

All images are ©Pauline Neild at must not be used without permission.


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2016 – 2017 Season Audition & Reading Dates Announced


Everyone is welcome!



Wednesday, 27th April – THE RIVALS (directed by Victor Hassan)

Friday, 29th April – ON GOLDEN POND (directed by Bob Aldridge)
(P & D Slater)
Friday, 6th May – KIDNAPPED AT CHRISTMAS (directed by David Carlile)
Sunday, 15th May – A DOLL’S HOUSE (directed by Hamish Lawson)
(Weeknights at 7-30pm & Sundays at 2-00pm)
Mop up auditions - Sunday 22nd May at 11am – please don’t use this date to audition for everything in one go, please use this date if you are unable to make any of the other dates.



Directors are to be confirmed for the plays listed on Sunday, 1st May. Meanwhile, here is the opportunity to sample all the plays; these are not auditions, just a chance to become more familiar with the texts.

Fri, 8th April – A DOLL’S HOUSE & NOT ABOUT HEROES (Studio)

Details of all the plays listed – plot summaries, characters, etc – are available to be read here.

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Chads Theatre 2016 – 2017 Season – Descriptions & Characters


10th – 17th September 2016

Private Fears in Public Places (Alan Ayckbourn)

On a single set, which represents a hotel bar, a café, a private house, several flats and an estate agent’s office, we are invited to follow the everyday lives of six people, over s series of more than fifty short scenes.   They are a brother and sister; a well-to-do couple looking for a flat; the barman of an expensive hotel; and a female employee of an estate agent.  As the action develops we become aware how, in one way or another, the lives of each of these characters become entangled with each other – and to what extent their personal secrets play a part in their lives.


Ambrose (the barman) – middle-aged

Charlotte – attractive, restrained – 30-35

Stewart – works with Charlotte – 25-35

Imogen – Stewart’s sister – 25-30

Dan – idle, feckless, drinks too much – 30+

Nicola – Dan’s partner –stylish – 30+

(Arthur:  the off-stage voice of Ambrose’s elderly and confused father)


22nd – 29th October 2016

A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)

Torvald Helmer lives with his wife, Nora, and their three young children.   They are apparently very happy; but some years ago Torvald was seriously ill, and Nora needed to raise some money to pay for his treatment.   Krogstad, a lawyer, offered to help, but he required a signature on a promissory note.  Nora produced the document, apparently signed by her father; but she had in fact forged his signature since he was unable to sign it himself. Now she is being threatened by Krogstad with exposure. Torvald is furious with Nora, but when he realises that the danger is past, he resumes his role as the caring and devoted husband. Nora is not convinced; she is tired of being treated like an irresponsible child, and she is determined to end what she sees as a futile marriage.


Torvald – 35-40

Nora – 35-40

Nils Krogstad – 35-40

Mrs Linde – family friend – 40+

Dr Rank – 40/50 (could be older)

Anne-Marie – family servant, nursemaid – 60;  Helene – housemaid – 20+


10th – 17th December 2016

Kidnapped at Christmas (Willis Hall)

Two criminals share a cell in a local prison.   As the festive season approaches, the prisoners become determined to escape – anything would be better than being stuck in the theatre with the audience, who appear to be “a bunch of rascals and villains.”  To secure their freedom, they plan to kidnap Alexander, the son of the local detective constable; they also appear to have kidnapped “little Kevin”, the son of another local policeman.   The escaped convicts are driven to various tricks and disguises: they encounter, among others, a local      headmaster (who seems to have an uncanny resemblance to Frankenstein’s monster).  Much of the comedy comes from the way the author treats the audience as part of the plot, and is constantly subverting the usual conventions of the theatre.


Gilbert (a convict)

Crosby (another convict)

Mullins (a prison warder)

McBain (another one)


Clara, his wife

Alexander, their son – age 13

Evadne Docherty,  mother of Kevin – 35-40

Horace Winston Allardyce – a headmaster – middle-aged


28th January – 4th February 2017

On Golden Pond (Ernest Thompson)

For the last 48 years, Norman Thayer and his wife Ethel have had a holiday at their summer home in Golden Pond.  Norman is 80; Ethel, about ten years younger.   They are visited by their divorced daughter, Chelsea, who brings along her dentist fiancé, and his young son.  The couple go off to Europe, leaving the boy in the care of the old people.   The boy becomes part of their lives, and takes the place of the “grandchild” they never had.   The relationship between the older couple is somehow strengthened by the events of the play, and by the atmosphere of this beautiful part of the world

Norman Thayer – 80

Ethel Thayer – 70

Charlie Martin, the local mailman – 40-45

Chelsea – 42

Bill Ray – 40-45

Billy Ray – 13


11th – 18th March 2017

The Rivals (Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

Set in Bath in 1775, this comedy deals riotously with the machinations and misunderstandings of courtship.   Mrs Malaprop plans to marry off her niece, Lydia, to Jack Absolute, a young army captain; Lydia (who detests formal engagements, and has set her mind on a romantic elopement) is already secretly betrothed to another – who turns out to be Jack Absolute, in disguise.  Meanwhile Julia, Lydia’s close friend, is plagued by a lover, Falkland, who is insanely jealous, to the point where he almost ruins his chances.  Lydia has two other admirers: Bob Acres, a country squire who has ambitions to be a gentleman; and Sit Lucius O’Trigger, a fiery Irishman, whose love-letters to Lydia are delivered by Lucy (Lydia’s maid) to Mrs Malaprop – with predictable consequences.   Sheridan set the whole action in the space of five hours – by which time secrets are out, deceptions are exposed, and the duel (which might have brought serious consequences) is happily averted.


Sir Anthony Absolute – 50/60

Captain Absolute, his son – 25/30

Falkland – 25/30

Acres – 35+

Sir Lucius O’Trigger – 35/40

Fag, Jack’s manservant

Mrs Malaprop – 55/60

Lydia – 20/25

Julia – 25+

Lucy -20/30

David, a servant



13th – 20th May 2017

Visiting Mr Green (Jeff Baron)

When Mr Green, a retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic, he is almost knocked down by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a young company executive.    Ross is given a community order by which he has to visit the old widower once a week to give him any help he might need.   The two men have nothing in common, and neither of them approves of this arrangement – in fact,  Mr Green is openly hostile.   However, as the weeks go by they develop an understanding which leads to a surprising and rewarding conclusion.


Mr Green – 84

Ross Gardiner – 30