Daneside Theatre

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 The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery ..

by David McGillivray and
Walter Zerlin Jnr
Directed by Howard Bell
by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Tuesday 3 rd - Saturday 7 th October at 7.30 pm
TICKETS: £8 (£7- Concessions) - each night

The four ladies of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society are a force to be reckoned with. The sheer scale of their ambition in mounting “Murder at Checkmate Manor” is only matched by their overwhelming confidence in their abilities to master all fourteen parts.

Even though Gordon, their stage manager, nobly steps into the breach at the last minute their production is blighted by a series of disasters. The play is set in the drawing room of Checkmate Manor. The family gathers for the reading of the will of the late Sir Reginald Bishop. However someone else has designs on the Checkmate millions and will stop at nothing to get them. A string of grisly murders ensues where everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect in a classic whodunnit farce. The crunch comes in the denouement when the murderer is about to be revealed. Luckily Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group, can be relied upon to save the day with a final twist to the plot. Sit back, sympathise and enjoy!

Why not enjoy a superb two course dinner ahead of visiting the theatre to watch Congleton Players in action at Bojangles Brasserie in central Congleton?




ONLY £16 from the TIC
One price for a seat for all 3 plays - that’s 3 plays for the price of 2!
We are performing three plays this coming season:
Murder at Checkmate Manor - 3rd - 7th October 2017
The Ghost Train - 6th - 10th February 2018
Constellations - 24th - 28th April 2018

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Set on the unforgiving, squalid streets of Victorian London in 1880, our tale begins in the baroque, grandiose music hall where the capital's most renowned performer Dan Leno (Douglas Booth) takes to the stage. The whimsical thespian performs a monologue, informing his dedicated audience of the ghastly fate of a young woman who had once adorned this very stage, his dear friend Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke); for the beguiling songstress is facing up to her forthcoming death by hanging, having been accused of murdering her husband John Cree (Sam Reid). Lizzie's death seems inevitable, until Detective Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy) is assigned to the case of the Limehouse Golem – a nefarious, calculating serial killer, murdering innocent, unconnected victims, leaving behind barely identifiable corpses – and his distinctive signature in blood. All is not what it seems and everyone is a suspect and everyone has a secret.

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Following the tremendous success of "Sister Act", CMT are retelling the popular tale of Dr Henry Jekyll, a devoted man of science and high-profile cancer specialist, who is determined to make a chemical breakthrough that will solve mankind’s most challenging medical uncertainties. As he seeks to strive for his aim, Jekyll’s controversial research results in the creation of an unintentional strain of drug that entirely alters a person’s personality. Becoming the subject of his own experimental treatments, Jekyll accidentally unleashes his ultimate inner demon in the process. Meet the infamous Mr Hyde!


From 7:30PM to 10:00PM
Ticket Price: £12.00

available from Congleton TIC and online

This amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.


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Daneside Theatre

The Daneside Theatre

Daneside Theatre is an independent theatre with a charitable status that aims to provide a venue for the community that all ages can benefit from.

The 300-seat theatre is located just on the edge of the town centre near the leisure centre. It is the home of various amateur groups as well as being available to hire for shows. The original theatre built in the 1980s has been extended. The extension has rehearsal rooms, scenery store and provides better access and facilities for all theatre users.

These facilities enable shows of all types to be staged, from plays to musicals, films to dance shows. pantomimes to concerts. So we aim to have during our season something to all tastes.

For further details of our shows this current season see the What’s On section.

Online tickets

For online tickets, click on the big ticket:
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Theatre Improvements

Over the next two years we will be embarking on an exciting project to improve the foyer area of the theatre, and small improvements to the auditorium and back stage areas.

There are two new ways that you can help us to raise the funds that we need to make this project a reality; by JustTextGiving and by Amazon purchases using our link.

Please visit the Support Us section for more details.

Getting tickets

Option 1

Congleton Information Centre

Inside Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton. CW12 1BN

Call in personal or ring 01260 271095

Option 2


Follow the links on the "whats on" page, or click below to buy tickets on line

Daneside Theatre TicketSource page
Option 3

Society Contacts

Other society contacts are on the societies page, or in the links - or call someone you know!


Please support the theatre in our goal to maintain and improve the theatre. We have no central funding and are supported by the societies that use the theatre, and by you, our audiences.

You can support us by:

Just make a small donation, by text. 100% of your donation will go directly to our work.

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