What's on Next at Blackpool Grand Theatre

What's on Next at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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.

Reduced Price Public Transport when you Visit The Grand

Reduced price public transport when you visit The Grand Theatre

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.

Take advantage of a new, highly-discounted return travel ticket (for adults and children) giving easy access and reduced cost.

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.

Using public transport has huge benefits to the community, both economic and health wise, and helps to reduce local road congestion.

Blackpool Transport has taken delivery of 92 Palladium single and double-decker buses in recent years, part of the operator’s five-year, £22 million plan to overhaul its 140-strong fleet. So not only is travel to the theatre cheaper, it’s also more comfortable too.

Dracula

13 – 17 November, shows at 7.30pm (and 2pm Thurs & Sat)

Dracula at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Dracula at Blackpool Grand Theatre

A TOURING CONSORTIUM THEATRE COMPANY production in association with EWING ENTERTAINMENT and EVERYMAN THEATRE CHELTENHAM

The World Première of a brand-new stage adaptation of the classic thriller.

Completely re-imagined by a world-class creative team from London’s West End and Broadway.

Discover Dracula, the iconic Vampire thriller that started them all.

This brand-new multi-sensory stage adaptation is brought to irresistible life in a contemporary, visceral interpretation of Bram Stoker’s book that includes all the familiar characters.

With breath-taking illusions and spine chilling effects, this classic tale of obsession and horror will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Emotionally fulfilling, utterly terrifying, spellbindingly addictive! WE DARE YOU TO BUY A TICKET. Contains strong themes, blood and gore, not for the faint hearted (age guidance; 16+).

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Stick Man

Weds 21 and Thurs 22 November, shows from 10.30am to 4.30pm

Stick Man at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Stick Man at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is coming to Blackpool!

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

This award-winning production, from the team behind The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers

Friday 23 November at 7.30pm

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers
Buddy Holly and The Cricketers

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers present Holly at Christmas 2018. 26 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World.

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!

Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.

This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.

It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Quadrophenia The Album Live

Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm

Quadrophenia The Album Live at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Quadrophenia The Album Live at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Produced by Concept Concerts this production, acclaimed by a Sunday Times journalist as “Mighty, moving and unstoppable,” sees 8-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance of The Who’s smash hit concept album, Quadrophenia. From the very first show it has received standing ovations.

Released over 40 years ago in October 1973, The Who’s second rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ was Pete Townshend’s homage to a pivotal moment in British youth culture. The album tells the story of Jimmy, a Mod, by chronicling his dissatisfaction with life, work, love, home, and family life. It served as an ode to teenage angst and counterculture rebellion, as well as a criticism of the British class, economic and educational systems but you don’t need to be clued up on the history of the Mods and Rockers to enjoy this show because at its core, Quadrophenia, which peaked at No. 2 on the UK and USA charts, is just about teenage confusion, conflict and frustration.

Backed with exciting, and sometimes heart-wrenching, large-screen projection of archival footage, the emotions, tension and raw power that the music demands is delivered masterfully by the fabulous, charismatic band, The Goldhawks, with amazing replication of The Who’s sound.

To send you home on an even bigger high there are a few all-time classic Who hits to close the show!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Friday 30 November at 7.30pm

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. Their new show, charts the Uke’s rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall.

Not only this but given the time of year the Ukes are adding a little festive frivolity to the show. This is definitely not shameless seasonal cashing in, just a little midwinter mischief and a chance for the audience to play or sing-a-long to the odd well known Christmas number. Watch the tutorials online, learn the parts and join in live.

On an ongoing “hand-luggage only” world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining Christmas carols, twisting classical music favourites or uncovering quirky versions of rock covers.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Beauty and the Beast – the 2018 Panto!

Friday 7 December to Sunday 6 January 2019. Shows at various times

Beauty and the Beast at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Beauty and the Beast at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Martin Dodd for UK Productions in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre presents a Brand-New Spectacular Pantomime for all the family, Beauty and The Beast.

The Grand is delighted to announce this year’s cast includes Danny Walters (EastEnders, Benidorm, World War and Call The Midwife) who will star as ‘The Prince (Beast)’, Hayley Kay as the beautiful ‘Fairy Bon Bon’ and Nick Wilton as ‘Polly La Plonk’ all starring alongside panto favourite the incredible Steve Royle (BBC Radio Lancashire) who will be making his 16th annual appearance starring as ‘Louis La Plonk’.

In Beauty and The Beast, Belle is dreaming of a happier life but finds herself transported to a cursed castle. Held imprisoned by a hideous beast, the castle is full of magical characters placed under a spell by an evil enchantress.

Can Belle see beyond the beast and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl who has melted his heart? Featuring sumptuous costumes, magnificent scenery and the unmissable and magical transformation moment, it’s a pantomime not to be missed.

If The Beast cannot find true love then he will die when the last petal falls from the rose.

Joining Walters at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre this year is not one, but two radio legends, Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire who will play Louis La Plonk and local broadcaster Hayley Kay and local favourite, returns as the Magical Fairy Bon Bon.

Nick Wilton will play this year’s Dame. Wilton has appeared at The Grand on more than one occasion in pantomime. Wilton is best known for playing Mr Lister in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

The incredible dancing stars of Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre will also return with choreography by the incredible Katie Hill.

Blackpool audiences are guaranteed another year of spectacular sets, dazzling costumes and side-splitting comedy. Book your seats today to see Blackpool’s must-see Christmas show in 2018.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Grand Theatre Heritage Tours

Monday 10 December, Tuesday 8 January, Friday 15 February, Wednesday 20 March – all at 11am

Grand Theatre Heritage Tour

There is no theatre quite like The Grand. The published descriptions in 1894 said so, and contemporary theatregoers agree. Renowned as architect Frank Matcham’s masterpiece, it has a long and lively heritage history.

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.

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 14 December 2018 at 8pm

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website

Grand Christmas Concert ’18

Tuesday 18 December at 8pm

Grand Christmas Concert '18 at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Grand Christmas Concert ’18 at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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.

Please note that Canon Andrew Sage will be taking over from Father Bottoms.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

2019 AT BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Cinderella

Friday 11 January at 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK for 2019 Tour with Cinderella.

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.

The world’s favourite rags to riches fairy-tale where dreams can come true is a magical mix of Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful costumes. Whilst her mad/bad stepmother and her ill-mannered daughters prepare for the Royal Ball, graceful Cinderella can only dream of dancing with the dashing Prince. Later that evening, her rags become a glittering gown and she is swept magically to the Ball. From that very moment the Prince is smitten, midnight strikes and one lost crystal slipper later, he must now embark on a journey to find his lost love….

This magical modern classic will delight the whole family.

Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Swan Lake

Saturday 12 January at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.

The greatest romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake, is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in black tutu as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

The critics said…‘The production is a triumph’

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia: The Nutcracker

Sunday 13 January at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family, The Nutcracker, begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life literally off the set, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins…

The critics said; ‘…the scenery turned the stage into a winter wonderland’.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

Thursday mornings at 10.30am – Thurs 17 January

Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning - at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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 ticket in advance online, at the Box Office or by calling 01253 290190.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

The Elvis Years

Friday 18 January at 7.30pm

The Elvis Years at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Elvis Years at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ – Elvis Presley.

This glittering production charts the musical and emotional highs and lows of Elvis’ amazing journey from poor truck-driving teenager from Tupelo, Mississippi through the army, Hollywood and finally the legendary Las Vegas concerts.

With a world class cast, authentic costumes and rare film footage, The Elvis Years features more than 50 of the King’s greatest hits including Hound Dog, It’s Now or Never, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy Blue Suede Shoes, and many more, as well as lesser known tracks such as Rock A Hula Baby and Bossa Nova Baby.

This energetic show is a complete theatrical experience, transporting the audience on a musical and emotional journey they will never forget. The Elvis Years features the highs and lows of Elvis’s life – including his first legendary Sun session, the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ & ‘Louisiana Hayride’, the death of his beloved mother, his time in the army, the ‘Hollywood’ movie years, the ‘68 Comeback Special, and the incomparable ‘Las Vegas’ concerts.

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 Steinman’s Vampires Rock featuring Sam Bailey

Saturday 19 January at 7.30pm

Steve Steinman Vampires Rock at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Steve Steinman Vampires Rock at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Sam Bailey is about to get her teeth into a real Rocker of a show when she takes the role of the Vampire Queen in the hit touring musical extravaganza Vampires Rock Ghost Train for the 2019 Spring tour.

For more than 2 decades, Steve Steinman and his crew have returned to our stages night after night and delivered exhilarating performances that have been packed with energy, fabulous dance routines, spectacular special effects and of course, amazing music that has everyone up on their feet. Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his script ensures that Steinman always has the audience roaring with laughter.

This Rock-tastic, Hilarious, Musical Concert lives up to its rocking reputation. A tongue in cheek story, spellbinding cast, fangtastic fire routines, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the Greatest Eighties Classic Rock Anthems ever! Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his script ensures that Steinman always has the audience roaring with laughter. Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more.

In 2019 X Factor winner Sam will be stepping into the shoes of legendary singer and actress Toyah Willcox who played the part for two years performing over 200 shows.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Alice in Wonderland

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January – shows at 7pm and 2pm Sat

Alice in Wonderland at Blackpool Grand Theatre. Photo Sean Conboy

Blackpool and Fylde Children’s Pantomime presents Alice In Wonderland, the most curious adventure of all time.

Following on from the success of their last production ‘Peter Pan’, which was awarded best pantomime by NODA North West in 2017, BFCP is excited to be bringing its fifth production, Alice in Wonderland, back to the beautiful Grand Theatre in January.

BFCP works to give children across the Fylde coast the opportunity to develop their skills for stage and show everyone the talent that Blackpool has to give. The cast of over 100 children, aged from 4 to 18, are currently rehearsing each week to put on a fantastic production which they cannot wait to show you. It is set to be a performance to remember with each cast member dancing, singing and acting their way through Wonderland.

Book your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out! We wouldn’t want you to be late! But be careful – watch out for the nasty Knave, on a mission to steal the Queen’s tarts, and be careful not to lose your head as you tumble down the rabbit hole! See you soon in Wonderland!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Bing Live

Saturday 2 Feb at 1 & 4pm
Sunday 3 Feb at 10am and 1pm

Bing Live at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Bing Live at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Blackpool in the first ever live stage show!

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…

Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this brand-new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families. Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman

Thursday 7 February at 7.30pm

Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Singalonga Productions, producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Sing-a-long-a GREASE brings you their newest show, the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing – Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman!

Look out ‘cause here it comes…. Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want.

And it’s marching on to the beat we drum… Our live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you come alive. As they show you how to use our interactive prop bags, you also get to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles. Then you can sit back and relax and sing and dance along to the lyrics on screen. YOU the audience will rewrite the stars!

Fancy dress for Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. “Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman is much more than ‘just a film’”, says the show’s producer Ben Freedman. ”It’s an event, an interactive experience and most definitely the most fun you can have with a top hat on.”

Every performance starts with a Sing-a-long-a host who warms up the audience, trains them how to interact with the movie using the contents of their free props bag and heckle in all the right places as well as judge the fancy dress competition.

Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

James Wilton Dance presents The Storm

Friday 8 February at 7.30pm

James Wilton Dance presents The Storm at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Storm at Blackpool Grand Theatre

James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning fast, super athletic movement, where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and edge of the seat contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away.

Seven dancers of extraordinary skill, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound you with its athleticism and touch you emotionally in a way that words simply can’t. The Storm grows from a light breeze and becomes something too powerful to fathom. It scoops the dancers into the air then drops them to the floor with unrelenting velocity, transforms them into mini tornadoes and sends them spiralling out of control.

In this storm can you find peace? Can you find the calm eye of the storm? Will it all blow over? You can’t see the wind, but you can see how it changes objects. You can’t see unhappiness, but you can see how it changes people. A low becomes a depression, a depression becomes a storm. When you’re unhappy people say “it will all blow over”.There is a calm before the storm, is there one afterwards?

James Wilton Dance were founded in 2010 and quickly amassed choreographic awards and critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Their most recent works LEVIATHAN and Last Man Standing have accumulated over 170 performances, wowing audiences all over the world. Wilton has created works for Opera Graz, Scottish Dance Theatre, Ballet Hagen, Konzert Theatre Bern, Theatre Münster and for the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

The Storm is co-commissioned by Blackpool Grand, DanceEast, The Gulbenkian, The Place and Swindon Dance, with support from Arts Council England Grants for The Arts and the Mayflower 400 Fund. Photo credits: Steve Tanner

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Beyond The Barricade

Sunday 10 February at 7.30pm

Beyond the Barricade at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Beyond the Barricade at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Beyond the Barricade is the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Misérables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course featuring a stunning finale from Les Misérables. This incredible concert is now in its 19th successive year.

Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two-hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.

The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course ending with a stunning finale from Les Mis. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss (Enjolras & Resident Director for the National Tour of Les Miserables) Katie Leeming (Eponine) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals. To this day every musical note is still played and sung live – very rare indeed.

‘Beyond the Barricade’ features songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables! It gives musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment – but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience are watching the original performance. This incredible concert is now in its 19th successive year.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

The Rolling Stones Story

Sunday 17 February at 7.30pm

The Rolling Stones Story at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Rolling Stones Story at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Rolling Stones have dominated Rock ’n’ Roll music since the 1960s and were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that conquered the US in 1964. They ran neck and neck with The Beatles in the popularity stakes with the late sixties and early seventies considered by many as their Golden Age.

Their live shows are legendary and The Stones musical legacy is up there with the very best. They’ve recorded some of the most phenomenal Rock ‘n’ Roll songs of all time – Satisfaction, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Not Fade Away, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up…to name just a few.

You can now relive all these classic hits in The Rolling Stones Story, a high energy concert celebrating the music of the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. Let’s Spend The Night Together in the company of Mick and the boys and you will experience a truly authentic Rolling Stones spectacle; complete with an awesome production, the finest musicians and the world’s No. 1 Mick Jagger look-a-like in Paul Ashworth.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

The Sooty Show With Richard Cadell

Monday 18 February at 11am and 2.30pm

The Sooty Show at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Sooty Show at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Izzy Wizzy let’s get busy! Join Sooty for his brand-new Laugh Out Loud Magic Show!

Direct from their hit ITV series, Sooty, Sweep and Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell will amaze you with impossible tricks and side-splitting jokes! Be astounded at Sooty’s flying car, Soo’s singing unicorn and Sweep’s levitating sausage!

With special guest’s circus star Michael Jordan and the ultraviolet specialties of Fantasie de la Nuit. The Sooty Show With Richard Cadell – A spectacular treat for the whole family. Includes a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Octopus Soup

19 to 23 February at 7.30pm, plus 2pm on Weds/Sat

Octopus Soup at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Octopus Soup at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Simon Fielder and Belgrade Theatre Coventry presents the World Premiere of a brand new British farce, Octopus Soup.

A razor-sharp new comedy with Nick Hancock, star of West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker and host of iconic TV shows, Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over.

Meet Seymour, the safest man in Britain. An insurance consultant who wears a belt and braces (and another belt, just to be sure). He’s in last chance saloon, and everything rests on this one important conference call. What could possibly go wrong? Enter Marvin, a bungling burglar with bad knees…

With Seymour’s highly neurotic actress wife Gloria awaiting news on a star TV role, the burglar’s psychopathic crime boss around the corner, and a share of the £30 billion insurance market at stake, will our heroes and their octopus get out alive?

Octopus Soup! will have you crying with laughter. Don’t miss out on this comedy drama!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

RSC Romeo and Juliet

18 to 26 February at 7.30pm, plus shows at 1.30pm on Weds, Thurs, Sat

RSC Romeo and Juliet at Blackpool Grand Theatre
RSC Romeo and Juliet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion in this contemporary production with heartbreaking consequences – RSC Romeo and Juliet.

The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, following A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate?

Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, two young people will risk everything to be together.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution, or will division continue to tear through generations?

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

The Lady Vanishes

4 to 9 March at 7.30pm, plus shows at 2.30pm on Weds and Sat

The Lady Vanishes at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Lady Vanishes at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Bill Kenwright presents The Lady Vanishes, inspired by the Hitchcock classic, the latest instalment in the classic thriller series.

A new adaptation of the much-loved film – directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.

Socialite Iris is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss. Froy. After her travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. With the help of urbane musician Max she turns detective and together they become drawn into a complex web of European intrigue as they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, which sold over two million tickets around the UK, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company has produced hits from Ruth Rendell, Edgar Wallace and Levinson & Link, the writers of Murder, She Wrote.

A quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller, the 1939 classic film is ranked as one of the best British films of all time. This early masterpiece from Hitchcock – the ‘Master of Suspense’ – is brought to life in a new adaptation from the masters of the stage thriller.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Saturday Night at The Grand

Saturday 10 March at 7.30pm

Paul Swift and Carl Schofield presents Sunday Night at the Grand.

Sunday Night At The Grand returns with local funny man Carl Schofield and Friends

An evening of unforgettable entertainment in conjunction with the Lyndene Hotel, Blackpool and Tower Top Entertainments.

You’ll be taken through a journey of laughter with some of the North West’s funniest comedians, be swept of your feet by some astonishing vocalists and entertained by an array of show stopping dancers!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Abigail’s Party

11 to 16 March at 7.30pm, plus shows at 2.30pm on Weds and Sat

Abigail's Party at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Abigail’s Party at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Jodie Prenger leads the cast in this groundbreaking comedy classic – Abigail’s Party!

Beverly and husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970’s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is town away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences.

Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills and delights in equal measure. It’s not to be missed.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Solid Silver 60’s Show

Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm

For over 30 years, the Solid Silver 60s Show has entertained the nation and celebrated the world’s most loved music.

Known as an institution on the 60s circuit, Solid Silver 60s is the original and premier sixties show, bringing you classic hits performed by the original hit makers.

This year 60s favourites Peter Noone, Brian Poole and Dave Berry with Vanity Fare unite for what could be the last ever Solid Silver 60s Show.

Don’t miss your chance to see this slice of sixties history as The Solid Silver Sixties Show tours the UK, bringing together the decades’ biggest artists singing their greatest hits and relive some of your fondest memories.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Showaddywaddy

Friday 22 March at 7.30pm

‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades!

Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the World extensively.

Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.

So come and join the ‘Dancin’ Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Reach Out to Motown

Saturday 23 March at 7.30pm

Original Drifters member Roy G Hemmings’ Reach Out To Motown is a celebration of 50 years of Motown, with hits by The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie to name but a few.

This electrifying show features such classic hits as Baby Love, Dancing In The Street, My Girl, I Can’t Help Myself, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Reach Out and more. Front man Roy G Hemmings has been the longest serving member of The Drifters and has appeared at prestigious venues around the world, including a memorable performance at the White House for the then president Bill Clinton.

Reach Out to Motown features “The Love Supremes” as well as “The Tops & Tempts” paying tribute to Motown’s legendary vocal groups. Under the musical direction of acclaimed arranger and saxophonist Anna Brooks, the 7-piece Dictionary of Soul band comprises some of Britain’s finest musicians and provides the accompaniment for this 100 percent live show.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

NDC Wales presents Awakening

Wednesday 27 March at 7.30pm

NDC Wales presents Awakening at Blackpool Grand Theatre
NDC Wales presents Awakening at Blackpool Grand Theatre

National Dance Company Wales presents Awakening. Three unique dances to amuse and amaze; After Image, Revellers’ Mass and Tundra.

Afterimage is a journey of fleeting images; of appearance and disappearance. Mirrors are used on stage to form a unique theatrical experience where the past and the present collide with a poetic & creative style of dance.

Revellers’ Mass delves into a sumptuous world of ritual. An unlikely group gathers for a dinner party, where convictions, tradition and social etiquette are put to the test in an unexpected evening of revelry. The animated choreography and curious characters are Inspired by iconic paintings and historical events.

Tundra traverses barren landscape where ultra-modern creativity blinks into life. This dance tears pages from the history books on Russian folk dance, the USSR and revolution, revitalising old ideas with renewed meaning.The bold design is inspired by art and cinema. A dance so robotically precise it’s as mesmerizingly beautiful as it is astounding.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Thursday 28 March at 7.30pm

Jason Manford: Muddle Class at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Jason Manford: Muddle Class at Blackpool Grand Theatre

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit.

‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

Jason said: “Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, ‘it’s been ages since you’ve toured’. I thought ‘no way, it was last year wasn’t it? Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! I just got fooled cos I’ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day! So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit! It’s going to be a great tour and I can’t wait to see you there.”

‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason Manford as a nationally known comic.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Saturday/Sunday 30 – 31 March 2019, shows at 10am, 1pm and 4pm

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom returns to Blackpool Grand Theatre!

“Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small…”

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!

Holly is a young Fairy Princess (the daughter of King Thistle), who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird, he is never without his horn which he likes to toot a lot.. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure.

Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, they go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum, even plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle, and oops, let’s hope there’s not another jelly flood!

Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website  

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

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.

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 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.

120 Glorious Years!

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

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 Theatre 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 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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