Curtain up on season of delights

Date published: 01 September 2021

Playhouse 2 theatre in Shaw reopens this month with a popular celebration of Simon and Garfunkel.

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey, a talented North West duo, will be producing an ambient collection of some of Simon & Garfunkel’s much loved hits on Saturday, September 25. Tickets, £15 each, are on sale now here

The theatre’s 2021/22 season includes:

  • 'The Road to Nab End’ by William Woodruff, adapted by Philip Goulding — a true taste of Lancashire during turbulent and crippling social unrest of the 1920s. Saturday 9th October 9 -16 at 7.30pm.£10.
  • 'It’s a Wonderful Life’ adapted from Frank Capra’s classic movie — it’s Christmas Eve 1945 in New York and George Bailey is contemplating suicide. However, thanks to Clarence, an angel, George realises the importance of him being born and what life would have been like without him. If you loved Playhouse 2’s previous production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ then you’ll love this stage version of another Christmas classic.December 4-11.
  • ‘Play’ by Colin Smith — beat the winter blues with this hilarious comedy  taking inspiration from various theatrical genres and journey through the mind of playwright, Brian Simpson who finds himself on opening night with an audience but no play. Play = 12 — 19 February 2022 
  • 'Hobson’s Choice’ by Harold Brighouse — enjoy this absolute classic and delve into the life of the curmudgeonly boot-maker, Hobson, and his daughters, one of which is determined to escape his tyranny. Hobson’s Choice 2 — 9 April 2022
  • 'Around the World in 80 Days’ by Jules Verne adapted by Laura Eason - join Phileas Fogg on a journey of a lifetime as he attempts to circumnavigate the world in 80 days.  Packing more than 50 unforgettable characters into a cast of eight and produced by the same team that brought you ‘The 39 Steps’ and ‘Hound of the Baskervilles,’ grab your passport and head for the skies for a night you’ll never forget. 6 — 13 June 2022

Commenting on the reopening, Steve Bennett, Artistic Director of Crompton Stage Society, said: “Its amazing to finally announce our new season of plays and open our doors to audiences.

“And this year more than ever, we feel our audiences need light-hearted, entertaining plays to welcome them back. This season is a great mix everyone will love.”

Barbara Micklethwaite, Chairman of Crompton Stage Society, added: “It brings much joy to say we are making great strides towards opening our doors and entertaining our audiences once again.

“We understand, however, the importance of making our audiences and volunteers feel as comfortable as possible as the virus continues to circulate, so we have safety measures in place for everyone to feel confident about coming back.

“I would like to acknowledge the difficulties and sadness many have faced as a result of the pandemic and we appreciate everyone’s patience and kind words of support as we continue to navigate this challenging time.”

Tickets for each play can be bought individually or you can obtain a discount buying a season ticket, getting five plays for the price of four. Visit, for more information and watch for upcoming gigs and films too.

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