From variety, musicals and comedy giants to Shakespeare, ballet, drama and dance, this venue caters for every age, pocket and personality. Find out what’s on next at Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Highlights of the 2019 season include the NEW summer production ‘Around the World in 80’s Days’ and ‘Comedy Chaos’ with the lovely Steve Royle.
WHAT’S ON AT BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE
Around the World in 80s Days
Shows at 2pm and 7.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 31 July – 31 August!
In celebration of its 125th Anniversary Blackpool’s Grand Theatre has launched its own brand new production company – Blackpool Grand Productions Ltd. It’s the first time The Grand has produced its own Summer Show – and it’s a great show too!
Around The World in 80’s Days is a musical adventure! The WORLD PREMIERE of one of the greatest adventure stories ever written with an exciting 80s musical twist…
Visit Fylde Coast went along to see the show just after it had opened. Read our review here.
Join the mysterious and fabulously wealthy British gentleman Phileas Fogg, as he accepts a bet for half his fortune to prove it really is possible to travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg and his valet set off on a thrilling race against time – outwitting dastardly villains, escaping perilous locales and finding themselves in hilarious situations in this high-octane comedy musical. All mixed up with your favourite chart hits from the 1980s!
The nations favourite decade of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair collides with one of greatest adapted tales of all time, in this brand-new action and comedy packed show that will keep an audience of all ages captivated. Based on Jules Verne’s acclaimed novel. Written and Directed by Ian McFarlane
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
125 Celebration Open Day Tour
15 September, 3 October, 5 November at 11am, 12 and 1pm
125 years ago, local businessman Thomas Sergenson secured the world’s leading theatre architect, Frank Matcham, to design the magnificent jewel we know today. Now you can join us for our special 125 Celebration Open Day.
Blackpool Grand Theatre has always been in the vanguard of development in theatre: it was the first theatre in Blackpool to be totally electric; it was the first to have a fully cantilevered circle eliminating the need for pillars to give every seat a clear view; and Matcham invented the crash doors that enabled a quick evacuation of the building.
To celebrate this important milestone, our mission is to secure the theatre for the next generation, starting with a campaign to raise £125,000 to repair the storm damage to the dome at the front of the building.
Access all public areas
For our 125th Anniversary we will be holding a limited run of special access days; The 125 Celebration Open Day will be free of charge. Allowing you to wander free around public areas with a special selection of our archive on display highlighting our 125 years, from the original build through to the epic struggle, to the glorious theatre it is today…
Or, book now for one of our thirty-minute tours led by one of our heritage volunteers (£4 p/p). Book early as these will go quickly. We look forward to celebrating our 125 years with you all!
Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit – and the complete visibility of every seat in this atmospheric house. See the secrets of the great stage and take in Blackpool’s hidden gem, learn about flamboyant architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases that lead to the stars, dressing rooms and beyond.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Friday 6 September, 4 October, 8 November at 8pm
Treat yourself to a laugh at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club with four top pro comedians to make you LOL!
See comedians off the telly from all the major panel shows and roadshows plus the best of the rest. Previously Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican were booked before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians! The Grand Theatre reserves the right to change the line-up at any time.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Steve Royle’s Comedy Chaos for Kids
6-28 August. Shows at 7pm, weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday
Steve Royle’s Comedy Chaos For Kids includes non-stop fun for the whole family, comedy, magic, puppets and some very special surprises.
Blackpool’s Grand Theatre has teamed up with Pantomime Veteran and BBC Radio Lancashire star Steve Royle and Special Guest Magician Russ Brown to create the theatre’s first dedicated Summer Show for all the Family!
Royle, who is a veteran 16-year performer in Pantomime at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, has entertained and given belly-laughs to over 50,000 people each year. In addition, he has supported both Peter Kay and Dave Spikey on tour and was voted ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the Red Rose Awards.
Russ Brown will be joining Royle on stage. He was the resident children’s entertainer at the world-famous Blackpool Tower for over ten years before leaving to take up residency in his own venue at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 2009 saw Russ Brown receive the coveted Ken Dodd Comedy Award.
Saturday 10 August, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November and 14 December at 1.30pm
The Grand Theatre Play Reading Group is an excellent way to get involved with the theatre, meet new people and while away your time reading and discussing plays!
Perfect for anyone who relishes reading and engaging in discussion about great titles from some of the world’s leading playwrites.
No experience of play reading is necessary and you don’t even have to join in if you don’t wish. This is an informal and friendly group of people sharing like-minded interests, and the group have read everything from Greek tragedies and Shakespeare, to Oscar Wilde and J. B. Priestly. Jennifer Smethurst, a qualified speech and drama tutor, guides participants through the readings and raises any interesting issues for discussion.
Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning
15 August, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December at 10.30am
Our Friends of The Grand welcome all to their Friends Coffee Morning. Join us for a get together over coffee and cake. At each Friends Coffee Morning there will be a different guest speaker from either the Theatre or the world of show business.
Due to popularity please BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
An Evening of Eric and Ern
1 & 2 September at 7.30pm
From the Olivier Nominated duo behind the hugely celebrated and critically acclaimed West End hit comes An Evening of Eric of Ern with Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens.
This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hits all the right notes! From Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr Memory, “Arsenal!” It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest. This wonderful show, evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings.
Strangers on a Train Set
Thursday 5 September at 7.30pm
Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.
But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction. With clever use of projection and train sets, LipService give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.
So, don’t blow your stack, this show is just the ticket to help you let off steam and overuse many more railway metaphors. A show that appeals to crime aficionados and narrow-gauge railway enthusiasts alike.
In the Night Garden Live
Saturday 7 September at 1 and 4pm
Sunday 8 September at 10am and 1pm
Brand new In the Night Garden Live show coming to Blackpool in 2019! Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends for a brand new show on their first ever UK theatre tour!
You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour.
Now in its 10th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 12,844 parents’ reviews. Please Note: Babe in Arms Tickets are only available for children under 12 months. These can be obtained from the Box Office.
The Woman in Black
Weds 11 September to Sat 14th. Shows at 7.30pm plus Weds/Sat at 2.30pm
The West End smash hit The Woman in Black opens its 2019 Tour in Blackpool!
Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.
Book now and join the millions of theatregoers worldwide who have experienced ‘The most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter’ Daily Telegraph.
125 People Power
Sunday 15 September from 11.30am
125 People Power: Then, Now, Always… In celebration of Blackpool Grand Theatre’s 125th Anniversary we will be holding a very special National Heritage Open Day on September 15, 2019.
The Theme of National Heritage Open Day is People Power, but what does People Power mean to you? Perhaps it’s the recent marches that have taken place in London, or the growing awareness of the dangers of single-use plastics. The phrase might conjure up images of the Greenham Common women, the poll tax riots, or even John Lennon and Yoko Ono, long-haired and hippyish in the Amsterdam Hilton. People Power is all these things – from small victories to global triumphs and everything in between. Heritage Open Days – has People Power at its heart, and the ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change will be our main focus and theme for this year’s Heritage Open Day.
In support of this National Heritage Open Day campaign, Blackpool’s Grand will hold a celebration of the incredible work of the Friends of The Grand and the thousands of Volunteers and supporters who helped support this beautiful building over its 125 years.
A huge amount of people have been involved supporting and fundraising this iconic Blackpool building. However, maintenance and building work is an ongoing challenge for historic buildings and the Grand Theatre is no exception. In its 125th celebration year we aim to raise £125,000 to repair damage to the Copper Dome, iconic on the Blackpool skyline.
As with the ‘Extraordinary Women’ theme last year, this is an opportunity to tell the stories of people who have changed and shaped the Grand Theatre. We want to hear about the creation of The Friends, special friendships forged connected to The Grand, and ultimately how the Frank Matcham building was saved. We want to talk about and to the people who have been instrumental in the past but moving the theatre forward and helping support it day after day so that we can say ‘the first 125 years were just the beginning…’.
People Power comes in all forms; rebel songs, protests/marches, and conversations over tea and cake. We want to highlight all of these, so on the 15 September the theatre will be coordinating a march of ‘125 people’ through the streets of Blackpool, we are hoping to organise groups, businesses, Councillors, Mayors and original, and new, Friends and volunteers.
If you are interested in taking part register online or call 01253 290190. Following the march at 11:30am, the theatre will open for National Heritage Open Day on September 15 at 12 noon.
The Addams Family
Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 September. Shows at 7.30pm plus 2.30pm Saturday
A world wide smash, spawning a TV series and two major Hollywood movies starring Angelica Houston and now the phenomenon that is The Addams Family… hits Blackpool in the coastal premiere of this Broadway musical!
From the creators of the Jersey Boys musical Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and multi award winning Andrew Lippa, this hilarious musical promises to be a spectacular production.
When Wednesday (The Addams family’s rebellious daughter) brings home a “normal” boyfriend, chaos ensues from both family members (alive or dead), it’s a love story with a real heart, albeit a twisted one!
Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley & not forgetting Grandma … “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky!” on this magical and fabulous musical – it’s the hottest ticket this season and early booking is advised.
Critically acclaimed ENSEMBLE Theatre bring you The Addams Family following their major hit productions of Oliver and The Sound of Music.
A MONSTER FAMILY HIT … You’ve Just Clicked!
Islands In The Stream
Sunday 22 September at 7.30pm
Islands in the Stream celebrates the music of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers.
Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!
This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the Country, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream.
Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.
Monday 23 to Saturday 28 September, shows at 7.30pm and 2pm Thurs and Sat
Friendsical is an original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show.
When Ross’s wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?
With original new songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?’, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention! What could possibly go wrong?
This show is sure to sell-out FAST! So book early!
A Celebration of Opera
Friday 4 October at 7.30pm
A Celebration of Opera – presented by London Festival Opera.
Celebrate the wonder of opera in the company of Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan and more, in a feast of some of the greatest music ever composed.
A programme of passion, drama and humour! Superb singing, elegant costumes and an attractive set combine to make this a performance not to be missed for all opera lovers and newcomers alike.
Stewart Francis – Into the Punset
Saturday 5 October at 8pm
Star of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Crackerjack, Stewart Francis embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off… INTO THE PUNSET.
When the pun stops…. STOP!
With even more dates added for this year, this is turning into a beast of a goodbye tour. This will be Stewart’s last and final stand-up gig – ever! So we’re expecting a full house and not a dry eye within it. Brace yourself Blackpool, it’s going to be emotional…
First Encounters: Merchant of Venice
10 – 12 October, shows at 10am, 1.30 and 7pm
Royal Shakespeare Company First Encounters presents The Merchant of Venice.
‘The world is still deceived by ornament.’
Venice is a multi-cultural melting pot and the trading centre of the world, a place where everything has a value. High stakes are placed on beauty and choices are made on appearance rather than reality.
But when one of three boxes holds all you’ve ever wanted, should you really decide on looks alone?
First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice is a new production specially created for 7-13 year olds. Directed by Robin Belfield, it uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life in just 90 minutes.
Little Mix Experience
Sunday 13 October at 2pm
If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports, the BRIT award-winning Little Mix, you’re sure to love The Little Mix Experience!
Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to the UK’s finest girl-band with breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK. This is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and it’s suitable for all ages!
Featuring songs such as DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Shout Out To My Ex and many, many more.
Sunday 13 October at 7.30pm
ELO AGAIN are back with their stunning ‘Re-Discovery Tour’ celebrating the truly universal music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra.
Now in their 8th year ELO AGAIN really give you a dramatic taste of what a legendary ELO concert would have been like back in their heyday, the whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.
They perform all the big hits; Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Shine A Little Love, Confusion, Last Train To London, Roll Over Beethoven, Wild West Hero, Don’t Bring Me Down, The Diary Of Horace Wimp, Telephone Live, Turn To Stone, plus many more.
Hot Flush The Musical
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October, shows at 7.30pm & 2pm
Four fabulous ladies and a man bring the house down with laughter and music in Hot Flush, the outrageous musical!
Meet Myra, Sylvia, Helen and Jessica in this hilarious naughty musical that’s the perfect girls night out!
Share in the friendships, the secrets, the laughs, the tears and the ups and downs of four ordinary women – and one man – living extraordinary lives.
More fun than joining a gym and cheaper than botox, Hot Flush! might even leave you feeling 34 again! So wipe away the brexit blues and grab your girlfriends together for this not to be missed night out at the theatre…and bring your man along as well…you’ll all love it.
Starring British TV Legend Su Pollard, Helen Pearson (Hollyoaks and Emmerdale), Melanie Gutteridge (The Bill), Matt Slack (Eastenders and Casualty) and Ruth Keeling (Doctors).
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Sunday 20 October at 2.30pm
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…
But The People’s Theatre Company do! And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ best selling book!
From the creators of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon, this magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun.
Image Credit to © M. Twinn 1973, Child’s Play (International) Ltd.
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
22 – 26 October, shows at 7.30pm and 2.30pm
Forget feel good, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is FEEL GREAT!
This sensational multi award-winning West End show first opened in 1989 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since. Now it triumphantly visits Blackpool as part of its landmark 30th Anniversary Tour.
Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!
Blackpool Scout Gang Show
30 October to 2 November, shows at 7.30pm and 2pm
Come along and watch the Scouts and Guides from Blackpool as they return to the iconic Grand Theatre for their 58th Blackpool Scout Gang Show, a show of song, dance and comedy.
Up to 100 young people from the Scouting and Guiding Groups in Blackpool, from the age of 6 years upwards, performing a truly entertaining extravaganza and variety show. This event gives young members the opportunity to perform, dance, sing and thoroughly enjoy themselves whilst at the same time entertaining the audience.
It truly is a variety Show for all the family and this year we are paying a tribute to the first men that walked on the moon 50 years ago. With Halloween occurring during the week of the show we have a spooky and scary number to scare you out of your seats! To get the audience in a party mood the whole cast come together in a Rio carnival atmosphere, we sing about our wonderful World and celebrate songs from other Countries as we take you on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Add to that the amazing individual talents of our cast, our own take on a traditional tale involving Pirates, Indians and a crocodile and traditional songs and much more.
There is a hilarious sketch and a comedy line up of young members who tell us what they would be if not upon the stage!
Halfway To Paradise – The Billy Fury Story
Sunday 3 November at 7.30pm
Halfway To Paradise – The Billy Fury Story – a spectacular two hour show telling the story of Billy Fury, Britain’s legendary Rock n Roller, featuring the golden voice of Colin Gold.
Billy Fury was sex on legs. He was Elvis, James Dean… and unusually shy! This is an electric & emotional nostalgic journey through the life of a unique rock star. Included in this production, Fury comes alive, via giant screen, re-united once again with his own, [live on stage & all original] Fury’s Tornados.
29 fabulous 60’s hits including; Last Night Was Made for Love, Wondrous Place, 1,000 Stars, Telstar, In Summer, Jealousy…and of course, Halfway To Paradise. With the sensational Colin Gold as Fury.
Basic Photographic Session
Monday 4 November at 10am
The Sound of Springsteen
Tuesday 5 November at 7.30pm
A stylistically unique Band from day one, the members of The Sound Of Springsteen have been been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers.
Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music.
The Sound of Springsteen were formed in late 2017 from a passion for the work of ‘THE BOSS’. Each member of the band was carefully chosen for their unique abilities as a performer and an undeniable love of music.
Psychic Sally – 10 Years And Counting
Wednesday 6 November at 7.30pm
Following her gripping appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, with a triumphant Sally reaching the final five, the nation’s favourite Psychic and forerunner is the Psychic world is back on tour with her all new show ’10 Years and Counting’.
‘’My Ability’’ Sally explains ‘’Allows me to harness the energy around individuals in the audience and pass on messages from their loved ones who have passed with incredible accuracy. I call every message validated a wonder moment. So take your seats, relax, be open minded and ready to come forward if you think the message is for you.’’
With her love, laughter and warmth, this show is a unique evening not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action. NOTE: This show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.
Gary Clarke Company: Wasteland
Friday 8 November at 7.30pm
Gary Clarke Company presents Wasteland. In 1994 hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community that surrounded it.
WASTELAND, Gary Clarke’s sequel to COAL, looks at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. As we see one generation grind to a halt, we follow the next into the 90s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses and abandoned work spaces became home for a new-found community of music and dance.
Bringing together Clarke’s vivid physical dance language performed by a company of exceptional dancers, a community cast of male singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundscore and unique art work by Jimmy Cauty (co-founder of The KLF), WASTELAND dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.
Age Guidance: 14yrs+ Contains some strobe lighting, loud music and smoke effects.
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand
Saturday 9 November at 7.30pm
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand – is a must see for music lovers and Streisand fans everywhere.
Fascinating Aida’s Liza Pulman pays homage to one of the finest talents of a generation, squeezing history, warmth and humour into this critically lauded five-star triumph.
Direct from a sell-out run in London’s glittering West End, Liza’s easy wit, flawless vocals & compelling storytelling will take your breath away; inspired by the offbeat and enchanting veracity of a musical legend.
Liza Pulman performs hits including Evergreen, People, New York State of Mind, The Way He Makes Me Feel, Don’t Rain on My Parade, The Way We Were, Second Hand Rose, You Don’t Bring Flowers and more!
The Upbeat Beatles
Sunday 10 November at 7.30pm
The Upbeat Beatles are second to none with powerhouse vocals, precision harmonies and tight musicianship. They have an easy, happy rapport with any crowd, and a reputation to be envied as the best in the business.
There isn’t a band to touch them – 8 bars of Twist and Shout and you will know why! No other band can perform this song like The Upbeat Beatles!
The show takes you through the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, with narrative and full multi-media presentation.
Over two hours of non-stop music from She Loves You to I Am The Walrus and beyond. This band is sure to have you dancing in the aisles from the very beginning.
No other Beatles tribute band comes this close to the real thing so let them take you on a magical history tour!
If you love the Beatles you’ll love this show, and if you don’t love the Beatles you’ll love this show!
12-16 November at 7.30pm, 2pm matinee on Weds and Sat
Dangerous Obsession by N.J.Crisp. It’s a sunny afternoon in the Home Counties… Sally Driscoll is watering her plants in the conservatory of her luxurious home after an afternoon sunbathing.
A peaceful scene – until a bespectacled, suited man suddenly appears at the door. John Barrett is not selling double glazing… it becomes clear that he is there looking for someone to take the blame for his wife’s accident.
Dangerously obsessed and determined to seek retribution, Barrett strips away the conflicting secrets of the Driscoll’s apparently perfect lives, until his twisted revenge climaxes in the devastating conclusion of this compulsive psycho-thriller. Presented by Angela Browne Ltd.
Wednesday 20 November at 1.30 and 7.30pm
Private Peaceful. Divided by love. United by war.
“I’ve had nearly eighteen years of yesterdays and tomorrows, and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can. Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!”
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
Winner of the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, Private Peaceful is “as moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…”(The Sunday Herald). Suitable for ages 8+.
Saturday 23 November at 7.30pm
Join us for the ultimate celebration of the biggest disco floor fillers ever. Boogie Wonderland is the UK’s number one disco tribute show and is guaranteed to have you dancing All Night Long.
A live 8 piece band of West End musicians present all your favourite disco hits with slick choreography and stunning vocals to deliver the greatest disco party ever!
Revel in the incredible sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Jacksons, Sister Sledge, Bee Gees, Chic and many more, making Boogie Wonderland the perfect party night out.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Sunday 24 November at 7.30pm
In their landmark 25th year, the UK’s original touring Taiko Tribe, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, return to the road with a brand new show of skill, stamina & red-hot rhythms to stir your soul!
As Europe’s longest-established taiko group, Mugenkyo are widely recognised as the ground-breaking pioneers of this exciting art-form, with cross-genre collaborations, TV film & recording projects, and thousands of performances worldwide, thrilling audiences and inspiring generations of taiko players.
This year they celebrate the growth of their Tribe of performers from across the globe, with the latest captivating performance of sharp synchronisation, dramatic choreography and powerful rhythms on huge taiko drums.
A Murder is Announced
Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 November at 7.30pm, 2.30pm shows on Weds and Sat
Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present their acclaimed production of Agatha Christie’s classic Miss Marple Mystery, A Murder Is Announced.
The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.
Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…
Starring Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine), Kazia Pelka (Heartbeat/World’s End/Family Affairs), Tom Butcher (The Bill/Doctors), Jenny Funnell (As Time Goes By), Lucy Evans (Coronation Street) and Tom Gibbons (Johnny Phillips in The Archers).
From the company and director who produced this year’s critically acclaimed courtroom sensation “The Verdict”. Adapted for the stage By Leslie Darbon. Directed and Designed By Michael Lunney.
Peter Pan Pantomime
Friday 6 December to 5 January, shows at various times
Martin Dodd for UK Productions in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre presents J M Barrie’s swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan, flying into Blackpool for Christmas 2019.
Meet Peter and the lost boys, Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell and get ready for a family show full of fun, fairy dust and pirates galore. Set sail for Neverland and take on Captain Hook and prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles.
With an all-star cast including panto favourite Steve Royle (BBC Radio Lancashire) who will be making his 17th annual appearance. Joining the superb cast will be the incredible dancing stars of Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre, choreographed by Katie Hill.
Blackpool audiences are guaranteed yet another year of spectacular sets, dazzling costumes and side-splitting comedy, produced by Martin Dodd for UK Productions by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd, in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Suitable for young Tinks (and those who never want to grow up!) this festive extravaganza is on sale now so hook your seats today to see Blackpool’s must-see Christmas show in 2019. An unmissable family pantomime guaranteed to have you hooked! Audio Described and BSL Interpreted Performances: Saturday 14 and 21 December at 2pm.
Grand Christmas Concert
Wednesday 18 December at 8pm
Poulton-le-Fylde Band returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with the heart-warming Grand Christmas Concert – a fabulous festive treat for all the family.
Poulton-le-Fylde Brass Band will celebrate the festive season in rousing style with the yearly Grand Christmas Concert.
Packed with all your favourite sing-along carols and festive melodies, this family friendly concert is the perfect start to your Christmas.
Reduced Price Public Transport when you Visit The Grand
Blackpool’s Grand Theatre welcomes over 130,000 people a year through its doors. Over 20% of these theatre-goers use public transport. So Blackpool Grand have formed a working partnership with Blackpool Transport to encourage even more theatre goers to travel on local public transport.
Adults can travel to and from the theatre for just £3 and children at £1, saving over 40%.
The travel ticket is simple to add on to theatre tickets when booking your show. In addition, the theatre offers a dedicated webpage where you can order weekly and monthly travel tickets direct to your phone App.
Take advantage of this new, highly-discounted return travel ticket (for adults and children) giving easy access and reduced cost.Using public transport has huge benefits to the community, both economic and health wise, and helps to reduce local road congestion.
How can you help The Grand?
There are lots of ways to make a difference:
– Come to the theatre! The more people who buy tickets and see shows, the more profitable we become. The more profit that we make the better we can be. Simple!
– Make a one-off donation at the website
– Set up a regular donation, you could look at the Charity Aid Foundation (CAF)’s Long-Term Giving. They offer tailored philanthropy services, knowledge and expertise, to help you fulfil your charitable ambitions. They work with over 2,000 high net worth individuals in a variety of ways, from providing valuable administration of their charitable giving through to expert advice on a long term giving strategy.
– Donate when you shop online with easyfundraising. Shop for products from thousands of leading online retailers; use their price comparison tool to ensure you get the best price and even save money by using the exclusive offers and deals available. A percentage of everyday and annual purchases you make (like Travelodge, Thomas Cook, M&S, John Lewis, Aviva, AA, RAC, Sainsbury’s ASDA, Tesco and Ocado) will be donated to charity. easyfundraising have over 3,000 shops and sites that give them a commission for your purchase. They then turn that into a donation and give it to the Grand Theatre. Easy!
– Search online with Everyclick.com – a new UK search engine which donates 50% of its gross revenue to charity. Just use it instead of Google to search online and clicking on one of the results. Its founders hope to pass on to charity some of the £3.9 billion of global web search revenues that are predicted to be generated this year. Just select The Grand as your chosen charity.
– Charity credit cards and energy supplies – ask your energy suppliers or credit card companies if you can donate or if they donate on your behalf, like charitably donating your Cashback offer.
Grand Returns to its Original Footprint – for the first time in more than 40 years
The Friends of The Grand today announced that, after thirty-five years of fundraising, they have, at last, achieved their long-held ambition to return the Grand Theatre to its original architectural footprint.
When Frank Matcham, the famous Victorian theatre designer, was commissioned to create the Grand Theatre in 1893 its owner, Thomas Sergenson, briefed him to incorporate a number of small shops on Church Street into the design.
However, back in 1981, when the Friends purchased the Grade II* listed building from the then owners, EMI, these units were not included in the sale. Ever since, the Friends have been saving in a special fund for the day when it might be possible to buy them.
Well, that day has come and John Buck, Chairman of the Friends of the Grand said ‘it’s like a dream come true. We’ve been saving for this day for years; selling raffle tickets, lapel badges, holding coffee mornings and, even as recently as April we received a bequest from our long-serving Treasurer, Alan Sears, who sadly died earlier this year. It came with the specific instruction that it should only be spent of the purchase of the shops. Alan will be smiling down on us this day’.
John, who is now in his seventies, was one of the original group who raised the money to save the theatre from demolition in 1973. He, along with other passionate and dedicated Friends, cleaned, repaired and painted in their spare time to get the building back on its feet ready for its reopening and dedication from HRH The Prince of Wales in 1981.
‘We were invited to buy the shops back in the 1990s’ remembers John, ‘but, back then, the owners wanted more than a million pounds for them and we thought we’d never be able to raise that much. And we were right! Obviously, times have changed, and, thankfully, we’ve been able raise enough to buy them for less than half that price’.
When the purchase is complete, the deeds of the properties will be donated to the Grand Theatre Trust, the heritage conservation charity which owns and cares for this beautiful historic building.
Roger Lloyd Jones, Chairman of the Trust said ‘there are many, many people who have made this wonderful purchase possible and I would like to thank everyone who has helped. The theatre is now 122 years old and, as you can imagine, needs constant care and attention. We hope the shops will prove an asset to the theatre, providing a small but much-needed rental income to be re-invested in the upkeep of this precious architectural gem’.
The Friends of the Grand is a registered Charity.
Today, the Friends of the Grand still volunteer their services as Front of House staff, envelope-stuffers and runners of the theatre’s coffee stall. Last year, they provided 13,174 hours of voluntary service for the theatre at a value of £88,000.
Blackpool is the home of entertainment and presiding over it is the ‘Grand’ Old Lady.
From opera, ballet and Shakespeare to variety, musicals and comedy giants, The Grand Theatre caters for every age, pocket and personality.
When you enter the Victorian auditorium of the Blackpool Grand Theatre you will understand what people mean by ‘the glorious Grand’. This Frank Matcham designed masterpiece offers ornate, gilded plasterwork, baroque ceiling, cavorting cherubs and cantilevered balconies allowing every seat a clear view of the stage.
125 Glorious Years!
The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre celebrates its 125th Birthday in 2019. It first opened its doors on 23 July 1894, and still remains as one of the few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham.
The Grand Theatre has hosted a multitude of stars since its opening, from Lily Langtree to Michael Macintyre, Gracie Fields to Ken Dodd, Arthur Askey to Lee Evans…and the list goes on!
Photo: Sean Conboy
It’s attracted the very best in award-winning touring companies, including The National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera and Ballet International and the Russian State Ballet.
As well as presenting a programme of quality drama, comedy, dance and children’s theatre, The Grand Theatre plays host to the outstanding talents of local performers from groups across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.
By the early 1960s theatres across Britain were closing due to loss of audience to television and in July 1972 the then owners, the Tower Company, applied for permission to demolish it. In its place they proposed to build a department store. However, by then, following an application to the Department of the Environment, the theatre had been listed as a Grade II* building and there had to be a full public enquiry.
Early in 1973 the Friends of the Grand Theatre was formed and after legal and financial wrangling, they, together with EMI and the local council, put together a deal involving leasing the theatre for £10,000 per annum and final purchase for £250,000.
You can find out more about the history of this amazing building here
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