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What's On Next at Blackpool Grand Theatre

What's On Next at Blackpool Grand Theatre

From variety, musicals and comedy giants to Shakespeare, drama and dance, The Grand Theatre caters for every age, pocket and personality

 

Legally Blonde The Musical

Monday 9 to Saturday 14 April, shows at 7.30pm, 2pm matinee on Thurs/Sat

Legally Blonde the Musical at Blackpool Grand

OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Blackpool!

The smash hit Broadway and West End Musical based on the best loved movie follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. When she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III for a more serious girlfriend she puts down the credit cards and picks up the books. Packing up her trusty pooch, Bruiser, she bags herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School to try and win him back. With the support of her new friends she learns that you can be both smart and fashionable!

Starring Rita Simons as Paulette Bonafonte. Rita Simons is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s Eastenders for which she has won numerous awards and is one of Britain’s best loved actresses. This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!

Lucie Jones, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Never Give Up On You’ and recently starred as Maureen in the 20th Anniversary tour of Rent, has played Elle Woods before in the Leicester Curve production and was a finalist in the 2009 series of the X Factor.

Also starring in the show, Bill Ward best known for playing James Barton in Emmerdale and Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street plays Professor Callahan.

This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Theatre Heritage Tour

11 April

Blackpool Grand Theatre, photo Sean Conboy

Join us for one of our Heritage Theatre Tours led by theatre archivists Geoff and Linda Tolson MBE. 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, 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.

Prices and book tickets here

Mark Bruce Company presents Macbeth

Tues 17 April at 7.30pm, Weds 18 April at 2pm

Macbeth at Blackpool Grand

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of ourselves.

Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control.

With a cast of nine and designed by the creative team that brought you Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.

“I’d be surprised if I saw a more entertaining piece of dance theatre this year. Kill for a ticket.” The Observer on Dracula

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Dinosaur World Live

Friday 20 to Sunday 22 April, shows at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm

Dinosaur World Live at Blackpool Grand

Dinosaur World Live – A brand new dino-mite adventure!

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family.

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!

A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.

Book now for this entertaining and mind-expanding jurassic adventure, live on stage!

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 April, shows at 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinee on Weds and Sat

The Rat Pack at Blackpool Grand

The Rat Pack is back and this time, they are bringing Ella Fitzgerald!

The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas sends you back in time to the glamorous, golden era of 1950s Las Vegas, when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin joined forces and become the hottest ticket in town at the famous Sands Hotel.

Join us in reimagining a night at the Sands with Frank, Sammy and Dean plus very special guest Ella Fitzgerald, the sensational Burelli Sisters and a stunning big band.

Hit follows hit including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of Fool Am I, Volare, My Way, Everybody Loves Somebody, Night and Day, S’Wonderful, Mack The Knife and many more.

If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Signed Sealed Delivered

Tuesday 1 May at 7.30pm

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Featuring Lejaune Andre, the star of The Magic of Motown.

Featuring back-to-back number ones including the Grammy award winning Signed, Sealed, Delivered as well as Superstition, Higher Ground, Master Blaster, Sir Duke, Part-Time Lover, Isn’t She Lovely, and the biggest international hit of all time I just Called To Say I Love You plus many, many more!

What’s more, to ensure we’ll have you all dancing in the aisles, our American star Lejaune Andre will be joined on stage by a fabulous seven-piece band, outstanding backing vocalists, and top dancers. So, get ready for the wonder that is… Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Islands in the Stream: The Music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Wednesday 2 May at 7.30pm

Islands in the Stream at Blackpool Grand

Islands in the Stream – Celebrating the Queen & King of country, Dolly Parton and 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.

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Bowie Experience – The Golden Years Tour

Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm

Bowie Experience at Blackpool Grand

Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie.

A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.

Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!

It’s a spectacular concert featuring all of David Bowie’s hits – celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon. An unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years from Space Oddity through to Let’s Dance..

The world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke and continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail.

The world’s number 1 celebration of David Bowie features songs including Space Oddity, Starman, Fashion, Life on Mars, China Girl, Rebel Rebel, Golden Years, Modern Love, Lets Dance and Heroes.

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Friday 4 May, 1 June, 6 July 2018

Comedy Club at Grand Theatre Blackpool

Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at The Grand Studio – bringing the best live stand-up to Blackpool! Each show will have 4 comics including MC Damion Larkin ‘One of the country’s top new comedians’ BBC.

Wherever possible we’ll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount’s Live at The Comedy Store. Previously acts have included Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians!

Prices and book tickets here

My First Ballet: Swan Lake

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May, shows from 11am to 5pm

My First Ballet - Swan Lake at Blackpool Grand

My First Ballet gives children a first taste of the magical world of ballet

Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards.

The evil magician Rothbart has turned the beautiful princess Odette into a swan; only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery?

This shortened version with Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet for young children, and a fantastic family day out.

This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School is performed by second year students of English National Ballet School.

Since its creation in 2012, over 250,000 people have enjoyed our My First Ballet series. (C) Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Jungle Book

8-12 May 2018

Jungle Book at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal Derngate, Northampton are delighted to announce the UK tour of the Jungle Book By Jessica Swale, directed by Max Webster, music by Joe Stilgoe. Based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling

Tuesday 8 May at 7pm, 9 May at 1.30pm, 10 May at 10.30am and 2.30pm, 11 May at 7pm, 12 May at 2.30 and 7pm

Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton are delighted to announce a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, THE JUNGLE BOOK. The production will premiere at Royal & Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday 28 November until Sunday 31 December 2017 and will then embark on a UK national tour from Thursday 25 January 2018 coming to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 May 2018.

Originally written in 1894, Kipling’s beloved tale will be reimagined with a brand new score and script, exploring the universal themes of family, belonging and identity.

THE JUNGLE BOOK tells of Mowgli the man cub who battles for survival in this heart-warming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Balloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.

Children’s Touring Partnership is led by Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre. Previous productions include the award winning West End and UK tour production of “Goodnight Mister Tom” and most recently the UK touring production of Michael Morpurgo’s “Running Wild”.

*Suitable for ages 6+

Call Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Roy Orbison Story

Sunday 20 May at 7.30pm

Roy Orbison Story at Blackpool Grand

Barry Steele and Friends presents, ‘The Roy Orbison Story’.

He’s the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive looking, and sounding performers in modern music. The one and only Barry Steele takes on the role in The Roy Orbison Story. He comes with great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Big “O”. Now he is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story.

Expect what is being billed as an upbeat and contemporary slant on Orbison’s legacy, as Barry Steele and Friends take audiences on a musical journey from the early Sun years right through to the late 1980s, when Orbison was experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and worked with Bono, Bruce Springsteen and others including super group the Traveling Wilburys alongside former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

So get ready for a night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s contemporary genius as the Roy Orbison Story celebrates the musical legacy of The Big O. The production also features not only original material written by but never sung by Roy Orbison, it also showcases chart busting hits originally made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Lynne & ELO, George Harrison, Del Shannon, Chris Isaak, The Spencer Davis Group and The Traveling Wilburys;

Barry Steele has been stunning audiences with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison, winning rave reviews across the globe. His vocal talents are quite simply ‘True Identikit Brilliance.’

With a fabulous cast, award winning promotion and top class equipment, this is one show you need to book for your venue.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Kite Runner

Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May
Shows at 7.30pm, matinee Weds/Sat at 2.30pm

The Kite Runner at Blackpool Grand

Following an outstanding West End Run, The Kite Runner comes to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre in 2018!

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

“There is a way to be good again”

Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever…

Adapted by Matthew Spangler. Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. Directed by Giles Croft
Originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Age Guidance: 14yrs+

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

Me and My Girl

Wednesday 30 May to Saturday 2 June
Shows at 7pm, matinee Thurs/Sat at 2pm

Me and My Girl at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Blackpool & Fylde Light Opera Company present The Tony and Olivier award-winning Me and My Girl, a musical with music by Noel Gay and its original book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose.

The musical is set in the glittering 1930s and tells the story of an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson, who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. Bill must choose between fitting in with proper society or losing his girl, fishmonger’s assistant Sally Smith.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

UK Pink Floyd Experience

Friday 8 June at 7.30pm

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The highly acclaimed show also features over two hours of songs from both iconic albums “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “Animals” as well as “Wish You Were Here”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, “Another Brick In The Wall” and “Comfortably Numb” alongside impressive video projection and a stunning light show.

With outstanding musicianship, superb vocals and world class production, this spellbinding show is a true celebration of all things Floyd and appeals to fans of all ages.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday 9 June at 7.30pm

Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Blackpool Grand

English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro featuring a 30 piece Orchestra.

During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife. Blanche McIntyre (Tosca, 2017) returns to direct this most warm-hearted of operas, equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun.

Sung in English with surtitles

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Some Guys Have All The Luck

Sunday 10 June at 7.30pm

Some Guys Have All The Luck at Blackpool Grand

Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar!

The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Commuters

Fri/Sat 15 & 16 June at 7pm

The Commuters at Blackpool Grand

The Knotted Project presents The Commuters.

In a world where emails & social media follow us around on our phones, is the digital world we live in, changing the way we work? How do we measure success? Money in the bank? Time on our hands? Smiles?

Follow a group of friends, constantly hired and fired, stuck in the void between their bank balances and their diminishing social lives. As they battle against nightmare bosses, ill fitting suits and their social media history, will they ever find the illusive ‘Work-Life Balance’. Does it even exist?

Using the words of real people, dynamic choreography and projection, The Commuters asks us all the question, do we live to work, or work to live?

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Jon Culshaw: The Great British Take Off

Sunday 17 June at 8pm

Jon Culshaw at Blackpool Grand

The Great British Take Off – Starring Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare from Radio 4’s Dead Ringers

Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to Blackpool for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year.

Join us for an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting. You, the audience, help choose which characters appear and what direction the show takes. Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry, and shares stories of some of the fascinating characters that coloured his childhood in Lancashire and his early career. Together with Bill he also reveals some of the mishaps and mayhem of life behind the scenes in television and on the celebrity circuit.

With a few surprises for the general public of Blackpool thrown in for good measure, The Great British Take Off is topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining; it’s never the same show twice.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Magic Flute

Monday 18 June at 7.15pm

The Magic Flute at Blackpool Grand

The Magic Flute is, in many ways, a pantomime opera and yet features much of Mozart’s most magical music.

Musica Lirica teams up with the Michael Hall Theatre School in a lively and fun production which follows the Bird-catcher and the great prince through the mysterious and enchanted world of the Queen of the Night and her rival, the great Sarastro. Be transported to a mystical land of witches and wizards where nothing is quite what it seems.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Northern Ballet’s Ugly Duckling

Wednesday 20 June at 2 and 4pm

Northern Ballet Ugly Duckling, Blackpool Grand

Don’t miss Northern Ballet’s hugely popular Ugly Duckling as it returns to the stage for the first time since 2013.

Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed-up, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. She tries to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as with frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and realises that she was beautiful all along.

Retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.

As seen on CBeebies, Northern Ballet’s sell-out productions for children are not to be missed.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Age Suitability: 3yrs +

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Bon Jovi Experience

Thursday 21 June at 7.30pm

Bon Jovi Experience at Blackpool Grand

The Bon Jovi Experience are the worlds first and finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi and are the worlds ONLY tribute to have been requested by and to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself.

They are also the only tribute to have been featured on the official Bon Jovi website.

” Have you seen this guy he looks so much like Jon Bon Jovi it’s freaky man” – Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)

“The best tribute i’ve ever seen” – JON BON JOVI.

Radio 2’s Chris Evans also said that they were the best tribute band he had ever seen

The band have toured to ecstatic audiences the world over… not to be missed.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June, shows from 10am to 4pm

Peppa Pigs adventure at Blackpool Grand

Peppa Pig and friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure!

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter patter of rain. Safe and warm inside their tents the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Ruby Wax ‘FRAZZLED’ – A Guide to Mindfulness

Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm

RUBY WAX ‘FRAZZLED’ – A Guide to Mindfulness

Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show to the stage. Based on her number one best seller, “A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.” She’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it. Ruby Wax if you don’t know is a much loved, U.S. born comedy-actor-writer of incredibly successful books and TV shows including script editor of “Absolutely Fabulous” and is a mental health campaigner.

This event is your passport to saner living and is a follow up to her previous sell out show and book, “Sane New World.”

By the way, she graduated from Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness–based Cognitive Therapy (at a late stage) three years ago so she should know her stuff.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg!

Friday 6 July at 7.30pm

Gyles Brandreth at Blackpool Grand

Curtain up! It’s show-time as actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP, QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star Gyles Brandreth returns to Blackpool Grand with his new one-man show BREAK A LEG! – a celebration of all things theatrical.

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

The Lancashire Hotpots: Sing-a-longa Knees Up Jamboree

Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm

The Lancashire Hotpots: Sing-a-longa Knees Up Jamboree at Blackpool Grand

Are you ready for a sing-a-longa party? The Lancashire Hotpots are back with a brand new show and they want YOU singing along. They’ll be raising the roof with all the Hotpot classics you know and love: Chippy Tea, I Fear Ikea and Egg, Sausage Chips & Beans. You’ll also be able to join in with the hilarious new songs from their latest ‘sing-a-longa’ album. So let your hair down and have a knees up round the ol’ johanna with the unmistakable atmosphere and laughs of a Lancashire Hotpots show.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

ABBA Mania

From 17 July to 8 September – shows at 7.30pm
Plus matinees at 2pm on Thurs & Sat, 3pm on Sun. No shows on Monday

ABBA Mania at Blackpool Grand

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is delighted to announce its BIG Summer Show for 2018. Working in partnership with Producer Stuart Littlewood of HANDSHAKE they will present the original tribute from London’s West End ABBA MANIA, for 8-weeks this summer in Blackpool.

It’s just over 40 years since they won Eurovision and now it’s your chance to thank ABBA for the music!

ABBA MANIA is accepted as the world’s number one touring tribute production.

Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when the band ruled the airwaves.

The show brings fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you!

So, dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it here!) or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 September 2018, Evenings 7:30pm, Matinees (Thu and Sat) 2pm

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Blackpool Grand Theatre

To celebrate 50 years one of the world’s favourite films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the musical of the same name will be coming to Blackpool and will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance.

Brought to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre by Blackpool & Fylde Light Opera Company who have had huge success with Grease, Legally Blonde, Hairspray and Sister Act and have received incredible reviews and awards for their productions of some of the world’s best musicals. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will take you on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas.

Based on the beloved 1968 film versionof Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

Can the loveable but whacky inventor, Potts, along with his two children and the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious outwit the bombastic Baron Bomburst who has decreed that all children be banished from his kingdom? What happens when the children are caught and imprisoned with the other youngsters by the evil Child Catcher? Will it all end happily-ever-after? Well, of course it will!

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical adventure fantasy film, directed by Ken Hughes and written by Roald Dahl and Hughes, loosely based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.

The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli, the regular co-producer of the James Bond series of films. John Stears

Launch of gPlayer

Following the huge success of gBook, Blackpool’s Grand Theatre launches a brand-new video platform, aptly named gPlayer.

Grand Theatre Blackpool

With over 45,000 downloads already, hugely successful gBook is an online space where the theatre makes their printed publications / packs available, is proving a very popular visitor resource.

gPlayer is a new video platform, a one-stop place to view promotional trailers of forthcoming shows, behind the scenes footage, masterclasses and cast, choreographer and director interviews, historic materials, plus discover more about their Creative Learning Programme.

Blackpool’s Grand has committed in 2018-22 to turn 20% of its business operations (media, systems, operations etc.) digital. This is supported by Arts Council England and the theatres National Portfolio Organisation status, as well as the two theatre boards (Arts & Entertainment and Trust) and the Friends of The Grand.

Blackpool Grand works to continually push its digital operations, systems and customer experience. This year alone The Grand has seen online visitors increase by 7.5%, to nearly 5 million page views.

In September, at the Theatres VIP Season Lunch, they presented their incredible new goVR Project, a virtual reality experience where you can now explore The Grand like never before, learning interesting facts about this iconic Blackpool building.

The goVR project was a reaction to creating an ‘open door’, a 3D way to explore, after receiving so many requests, not just locally but regionally, to look around the theatre. Many international visitors from Asia and the USA also love to look around the theatre and can now do so easily from their own home.

With theatre tours selling out quickly each month the new goVR Project allows anyone in the world to enjoy The Grand.

Try them yourself

– gBook visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/gbook

– goVR experience visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/govr

– gPlayer visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/gplayer 

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is more than just a beautiful, Grade II* listed building.  It’s an active charity with social, educational and artistic aims.  Employing 47 permanent staff members and with the help of 85 dedicated volunteers, the theatre attracts thousands of visitors to the town to enjoy the work on its stages.

In addition, it runs a full programme of workshops for children and young people, in and out of school, focused on improving literacy, numeracy, social skills and confidence. To do all this it needs your help…

How can you help The Grand?

Join the ‘#PlayYourPart’ campaign and think about supporting the theatre with a donation or by leaving a legacy.  Any gifts we receive will help introduce, encourage and develop children in the arts and allow them to express, explore and develop their natural talents.

Play your Part to help Blackpool Grand Theatre

CAF the Charity Aid Foundation (cafonline.org) make leaving a legacy simple, they offer advice and direction.

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 blackpoolgrand.co.uk/donations

– 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 (easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/blackpoolgrand) . 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. Organisations like Money Supermarket can help you compare Charitable Credit Cards and what works best for you visit moneysupermarket.com/credit-cards/charity/.

So, please help us and ‘#PlayYourPart’ to help us make Blackpool an even better place to live, work and learn.

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.

John Buck, Friends of Blackpool Grand Theatre Chairman

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 are 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.

“Our architect, Lawrence Mcburney from Cassidy + Ashton; project manager, Shaun Ward from Blackpool Council; and contractors, Parkinsons, worked in close partnership with us to sensitively upgrade and extend our facilities.

“None of this would have been possible without the financial support of Arts Council England, Friends of The Grand, Garfield Weston Trust, and Blackpool Council.

“My thanks to our CEO, Ruth Eastwood, and her team for completing the project on time and on budget.

“We are now able to offer a variety of additional facilities to local arts organisations for meetings, functions, rehearsals and small-scale performances.”

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.

120 Glorious Years!

The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre celebrated its 120th Birthday on Wednesday 23 July 2014.

The Grand Theatre celebrates 120 years

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!

The Grand Theatre celebrates 120 years
Photo: Sean Conboy

Over the 120 years, 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 plays host to the outstanding talents of local performers from groups across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive said,

“120 years on from first opening its doors, The Grand still remains at the heart of the community, offering people of Blackpool, Wyre, Fylde and the Region the very best in touring productions, as well as opportunities to participate, experience and learn through theatre.”

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 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.

The Grand Today

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool is one of Britain’s premier heritage theatres. Listed Grade II*, this Matcham theatre is in the top 8 per cent of all listed buildings in England, and one of only thirty listed buildings in Blackpool. It is one of only nine large theatres listed Grade II* or above, north of London.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

The Grand is owned by the Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust Limited. This organisation reopened the theatre in 1981 following the efforts of a number of committed volunteers who saved the theatre from demolition. Restoration work has continued without ever closing the theatre.

This amazing space is a wonder of restoration and revival, presenting a full range of every performing artform, as Blackpool’s community theatre, Lancashire’s preferred opera house and Britain’s National Theatre of Variety.

The History of The Grand

The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894, by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpool’s first successful theatrical manager.

Sergenson immediately dubbed the theatre ‘Matcham’s Masterpiece’, a title that is even more merited now that there are few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham, the leading Victorian theatre architect who designed it.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

The theatre took just nine months to build and cost Sergenson £20,000, part of which he had earned by operating two small rented theatres and from a circus that he staged for five summer seasons on the site of The Grand.

During his fifteen years at The Grand, Sergenson presented great stars like Ellen Terry, Madge Kendal, Sarah Bernhardt, Lily Langtry, F R Benson and Dan Leno. In 1909 he sold the theatre for a handsome £47,500 to the Blackpool Tower Company, who ran The Grand for the next sixty-two years.

The Grand was the first Blackpool theatre to present the two big musical hits of World War One – The Maid of The Mountains and Chu Chin Chow – and in the 1920s become noted for staging big American musicals like Rose Marie, The Desert Song and No No Nanette.

The theatre began to be used by top West End producers for British premieres and for forty years many plays and musicals were seen at The Grand ‘prior to London’.

After the success of talking pictures, The Grand in the 1930s was a cinema in the winter and staged ‘live’ shows during the holiday season. Most famous of the 1930s’ attractions was Gracie Fields, who made all her Blackpool Variety appearances from 1932 to 1938 at The Grand Theatre.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

When the Tower Company began to build the new Blackpool Opera House in 1938, The Grand was returned to its role as an all-year playhouse. The first summer season show was held in 1940. It was a variety revue starring local comedian Harry Korris, who returned the following summer with a stage version of his famous Happidrome radio show.

During World War Two, Blackpool was a safe haven from German bombing and many great stars and shows came to The Grand. There were visits by Gielgud, Evans, Ashcroft, Harrison, Vivien Leigh, Flora Robson, Robert Donat, John Mills and Emlyn Williams.

In October, 1942, Noel Coward premiered and appeared in two of his plays and the prestige of The Grand continued through the 1950s, which was a glittering decade in spite of the growing impact of television. Holiday-makers of the 1950s and 1960s best remember The Grand for the highly successful summer season forces, starring comedy favourites like Arthur Askey, Thora Hird, Glenn Melvyn, Danny Ross, Hylda Baker, Freddie Frinton, Sid James and Jack Douglas.

By the early 1960s theatres across Britain were closing due to loss of audience to television. The Grand survived longer than most, thanks to the backing of the Tower Company. But the shortage of good shows, coupled with declining ticket sales, forced a policy of winter closure from 1963. Fewer big names came to the theatre, although the summer season forces continued to make money.

In the mid 1960s, the theatre was included in a town centre redevelopment plan. The result of this was that in July 1972 the Tower Company applied for permission to demolish it. In its place they proposed a department store.

By then, however, following an application to the Deparment of the Environment, the theatre had been listed as a Grade II building. Because of that, there had to be a full public enquiry.

The Saving of the Grand

Early in 1973 there was a meeting at a local hotel where the Friends of The Grand was formed specifically to resist the application, which by then was supported by the Local Authority.

In 1975, after years of disuse, it became obvious that the Tower Company were planning to turn The Grand into a bingo hall. After another round of legal and financial wrangling, the Friends of the Grand, 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.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

After the eventual purchase of the theatre by The Grand Theatre Trust, in September, 1980, dozens of ‘Friends’ helped to refurbish the dressing rooms and backstage areas in readiness for The Grand’s reopening in the week of Monday March 23, 1981, by Timothy West and Prunella Scales in the Old Vic production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

In May 1981, the theatre had a prestigious two-week visit by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company with their Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, and on May 29 the ultimate theatrical honour of a Royal Variety Performance in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The audience for weekly theatre, which had dissolved during the nine-year closure of The Grand, was slowly won back and developed during the 1980s. The Grand brought Northern Ballet Theatre and London City Ballet to Blackpool on regular visits. Annual concerts by The Halle and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras became a feature Opera appeared on the theatre’s calendar of events, first by Opera 80 and now from international travelling Opera companies.

The theatre proves that, when scheduled within a varied programme of plays, dance, musicals and concerts, there is a healthy demand for the arts in Blackpool and the surrounding areas.

Adapted from “A Short History of the Grand Theatre” by Barry Band, Grand Theatre historian and Director of the Grand Theatre Trust Ltd, and “How the Grand was Saved” by A Burt Briggs (TD), Vice-President of the Grand Theatre Trust and Founder of the Friends of the Grand, published in the pamphlet “Centenary Appeal: Blackpool Grand Theatre 1894-1994”.

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