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From opera, ballet and Shakespeare to variety, musicals and comedy giants, The Grand Theatre caters for every age, pocket and personality.

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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!

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

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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.

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A Grand New Refurbishment for Blackpool Theatre.

Blackpool Grand Theatre has completed its major refurbishment project on time and on budget.

Grand Conference Room

The £1m backstage project saw new rehearsal and dressing rooms created along with a new multi-use space and an open plan office suite. The project has delivered modern facilities that sit comfortably in the Grade II* listed theatre.

Blackpool Grand Theatre refurbishment

Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust chair, Roger Lloyd Jones, commented, “I am extremely proud of what has been delivered on a tight budget while keeping the theatre open throughout the work programme.

Meeting room at Blackpool Grand Theatre

“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.”

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Reader Review: Shirley Valentine

Regular Visit Fylde Coast reader Peter and his wife went to see Shirley Valentine at the Grand Theatre, written by Willy Russell and starring local girl Jody Prenger.  

Shirley Valentine

There was a good sized audience.  This is well known from the film of the same name and was an acclaimed play in the 1980s.   What perhaps many didn’t realise, and nor did we, is that it is a one person show. 

The background narrative in the film is the script and the scenes are at home and on a Greek beach.  Amazing that one person can remember 2 hours of lines and hold the audience. 

It starts in the kitchen with scouser Shirley lamenting her lot, talking to the wall while her husband comes home every night and wants his tea on the dot.  A lot of jokes and expectation that the husband will be entering at any point, there are cues where you expect it.   But no.   Shirley secretly arranges the holiday in Greece with her friend and it doesn’t go to plan.  But it brings out her spirit of independence and Shirley the Magnificent. 

There are good imitations of the Greek waiter of her brief fling. She decides she isn’t going home and her husband comes out to find out why.  The ending is the classic philosophising over life’s choices and perhaps the most touching part of the play.  Jody Prenger is more impressive than we expected.

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Reader Review: The History Boys

Regular Visit Fylde Coast reader Peter and his wife went on Tuesday evening to see The History Boys at the Grand Theatre. 

Reader review of The History Boys at The Grand Theatre Blackpool

It’s a well known play by the acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett. Set in Yorkshire in the 1980’s with a background of 80’s music and revolving around a group of male students and their teachers and Head,  and a good sized cast which adds interest.   

With humour and intelligence  the students joust for mastery of their teachers while the teachers challenge for mastery of method. All the while sexual tensions rise between students, school staff and teachers led by the school Lothario and tester of all boundaries. 

The headmaster is driven by results the teachers by their teaching styles. It certainly stretched my grey matter, debating the merit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake and knowledge for exam success. Are they bound for Oxford or Nottingham. Will their interview rehearsals help?

In the end one teacher is in a wheelchair and another perhaps died for his belief and the students declare their life paths. It’s a lot to take in and the brain needs to be working well to get the most out of it. Although maybe you just take in the characters, jokes and student humour.

It was another good night out and well attended at the lovely Grand Theatre.

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Reader Review: Pat Barker’s 'Regeneration'

Regeneration at The Grand Theatre Blackpool

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool marked the centenary of the First World War by hosting the final dates of the world premiere tour of Pat Barker’s Booker-nominated novel Regeneration from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 November 2014

Regular Visit Fylde Coast reader Peter and his wife visited the matinee of ‘Regeneration’.

"The play is highly rated and quite a coup for the Grand. There was a good sized audience topped up by a lot of teenagers from local schools. The play has a serious theme in a war hospital based on some truth but it also has humour. Especially from the northern lad who isn’t normal officer class and has always defied his asthma. In the background is the contrast between the relatively pleasant life in the hospital and the harsh life at the front line. Whether it encourages malingering and the complex feeling of guilt for being a survivor.

The story is well written and presented keeping the attention through a lot of clever scene and costume changes as well as convincing acting.

The two officer poets, Sigmund Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, are well known and offer insight to war poetry.  As a bit of local interest Wilfred Owen in real life spent some time at Fleetwood Rifle Range.

The story hinges around Sigmund Sassoon, who has written an anti-war paper and because of friends has been declared mentally unfit rather than shot, and the doctor in charge whose job is to get the men fit to return to the front line. Also Wilfred Owen who adulates Sigmund and his poetry although it’s not fully reciprocated. The patients are a mixed selection of officers with early 20th century attitudes which are genuine belief but often appear slightly humorous now. There is emotional turmoil, men suffering from shell shock.

This play is a lot more gripping than expected and it seemed like we had travelled on a journey that kept the interest high right through.

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Reader Review: A Jolly, Confused Caper!

Regular Visit Fylde Coast reader Peter and his wife review Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool presented by the English Touring Theatre, 23rd October 2014  

Twelfth Night at the Grand theatre

This is the first of Shakespeare’s comedies I’ve seen and a jolly, confused, caper it is with excellent acting and imaginative use of stage props.   Matinee shows usually have an older audience but plays like this often have schools in the audience. Today youngish 10/11 year olds filled a large section.   They really enjoyed the comic scenes and were well behaved, a credit to the schools.

This production has a 19th Century feel for the set and costume.  Like many Shakespeare plays it takes a while to get your ear tuned to the 16th century dialogue.   The opening scenes make good use of effects as the twins are washed ashore in a storm.  The parts are introduced and for a while it seems a bit slow going. The show has a lot of lows and highs.  When Mr Belch really has had too much to drink the show lifts off.  The children loved these scenes of drunkenness and Mr Belch is brilliantly played.  

The trick played on Malvolio that makes him appear a madman is pure mischief and we love his socks even if the lady doesn’t.   The show becomes a frenzy of activity with women pretending to be men in love with men and women in love with women believing them to be men and a servant  tricked into appearing mad locked in a cell.  Meanwhile the Fool plays on.  It was a sign of a play well done that the end scenes of the twines re-united were quite touching - something in my eye again.

Some famous lines are in this play:  ‘Some are born into greatness, some achieve greatness and some have it thrust upon them’.  The wonderful line ‘none can be called deformed but the unkind’  brought some giggles from the younger section of the audience and I wondered why, it is a great thought and from the year 1600.   ‘If music be the food of love, play on’. All that and more in one play.

The acting by everyone is excellent, this is a top class production with a good sized cast using an interesting interpretation and props. Well worth seeing.

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Reader Review: Simon & Garfunkel - Keeping the Customer Satisfied

The Simon & Garfunkel Story was on for one night at the Grand in September and Visit Fylde Coast reader Peter and his wife went along to the show. 

The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Grand Theatre

Not being a massive S&G fan I was wondering how they’d fill the time but thought the story could be interesting.  Many stars begin their careers at a very early age, they were singing together in the early 50’s and keen on harmony. 

The two actors told us the story with photos projected behind them and then burst into song. They seemed to be chosen for their look and that their voices were so like the real thing, especially ‘Garfunkel’.  The Voice of an Angel said ‘Paul’ at the end, and it was true.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Grand Theatre

The show had a very decent sized audience and many who knew all the songs. Starting with their pop Everly Brothers style which the Story says they carried on by always playing an Everly Brothers song in their shows.  Moving to folk in the early 60’s it was a bit of a mixed start.  By Homeward Bound we were moving into friendly ground. It was written when Paul was sitting on Widnes railway station and pining for his English girlfriend and New York we were told.  

‘I am a rock’ was another great song, ‘I have my books and my poetry to protect me’. The vocals and instruments were better than the records, certainly better than some of the re-mastered ultra-clean things you can buy. The show was getting into its stride and at the interval we were trying to recall what was left to play.

Actually the show hadn’t begun. ‘Hazy Shade of Winter’ what a track with that guitar riff and words of passage of time ‘look around the leaves are brown’.  Mrs Robinson, we all know about that, with clips of Dustin Hoffman in the film behind.

Bridge Over Troubled Water was such a mega-album and built up in the Story, full of great tracks. Cecilia, The Boxer and one I’d forgotten that has haunted me since ‘Keep the Customer Satisfied’, an ear-worm it’s said. We were told they were tiring of each other and split a few times.    

‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ seemed ambitious but ‘the voice of an angel’ delivered it without a flutter. Listening to those tracks afterwards it seems the show versions are often better, more presence in the voice and more beat. This show was one without regrets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Spread a little Magic & Sparkle!

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool announces an exciting new project bringing a little ‘Magic & Sparkle’ to people’s lives this Christmas.

Magic and Sparkle tickets at Blackpool Grand Theatre

In conjunction with Producer Martin Dodd of UK Productions Ltd, the Grand Theatre is hoping to make the festive season a bit more special for local groups in need with their Magic & Sparkle tickets.

Regular and new Panto-goers are being invited to buy an extra ticket (at a very special rate), which will then be donated to local groups in need.

Marketing Manager Andrew Howard said;

‘The Grand aims to be the theatre of choice for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and to offer opportunities to enjoy, participate and learn through the arts this year we will be launching our very special ‘Magic & Sparkle’ tickets.

‘We’d like our customers to think in these hard times of others that might not be as fortunate as themselves and how much of an experience they would be giving if they purchased one extra pantomime ticket at a very special rate that we could donate to people who need an experience they won’t ever forget.

‘Personally, having seen young people get so emotional at the experience of seeing live performers - many thinking it was a huge TV screen they were going to be looking at, it brings home how important it is what we do and the experience and feelings young people go away with.’

The Grand as a charity itself is aware of local issues, with families struggling to get by and with the help of partner organisations like Arts Council England, Blackpool Council, Curious Minds and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we work to support individuals and children that live locally to experience the arts. Many of whom have learning difficulties or don’t have the financial support to be one of the few. Our aims are to engage as many children in the arts as possible – financial costs should not cause a barrier.

But this funding will only go so far, so to help us to reach groups that simply can’t afford to take part and experience this delight we are turning to our incredible supporters and customers to see if they can help?

The Grand’s aim is to help improve literacy, numeracy and confidence. Last year more than 52 schools, 10,000 school children visited The Grand to see a show and a further 3000 participated in other activities.

If you can help, ask for information at our Box Office or call us on 01253 290190, our team will be there to assist. (Please mention that you saw it here!)

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NEW for 2018

New bookings are being announced for 2018 at Blackpool Grand Theatre. Take a look further down this page for details of:

- The Jungle Book, 8-12 May 2018

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Grand Theatre Play Reading Group

Following continued success of The Grand Theatre, Blackpool’s Play Reading Group, (which takes place on the second Saturday of every month) we are delighted to announce our 2017 dates.

On the Second Saturday of Every Month 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
Saturday’s - 11 November

Playreading at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Perfect for anyone who relishes reading and engaging in discussion about great titles from some of the world’s leading play writes.

This friendly group enjoy getting together and revel in discussion on the aspects of the title. They welcome new members on any date, so feel free to join at any time over the next year, you don’t have to attend them all. Be assured of a warm welcome and a lively discussion, with no acting experience or speaking ability required!

Tickets are £3 which includes tea and biscuits. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event or on the day at the Box Office. 

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Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

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.

16 November 2017

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Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

8pm - Friday 3 November, 1 December 2017
Friday 12 January 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

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Theatre Heritage Tour

Friday 10 November at 11am, Monday 11 December 2017 at 11am
Thursday 11 January 2018 at 11am

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

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Sir Ken Dodd's Happiness Show

22 October at 7pm

Sir Ken Dodd's Happiness Show at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Come see Ken Dodd Happiness Show and you’ll be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs.

Sir Ken Dodd’s incredible and hugely successful career as a professional entertainer now spans over 60 fun-filled years! He is a comedian of unrivalled legendary status. An icon and national treasure who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter.

He is a multi-award winning entertainer, so don’t miss his fun-filled Happiness Show for all the family. With a supporting company, non-stop gags and a selection of songs presented in Ken’s uniquely versatile style: everything from ballads to grand opera!

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

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STOMP

17 - 21 October at 7.30pm, 2pm matinee on Weds and Sat

Stomp at Blackpool Grand Theatre

STOMP, the British theatrical sensation that has become a truly global phenomenon, is an infectious mix of percussion, dance, theatre and comedy with an exhilarating soundtrack inspired by the commotion of everyday life.

Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, bin lids, and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm enjoyed by audiences of all ages the world over.

The show was created in Brighton by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in 1991, previewing at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre and premiering to critical and popular acclaim at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Between 1991 and 1994, the original cast of Stomp played to capacity audiences around the world: from Hong Kong to Barcelona, from Dublin to Sydney. The touring culminated in a sell-out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 94, where Stomp received an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment and won Best Choreography in a West End Show.

Now STOMP returns and it’s bigger and louder than ever…

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

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Vincent and Flavia - Tango Moderno

24 - 28 October at 7.30pm, 2pm matinee on Thurs and Sat

Vincent and Flavia - Tango Moderno at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Tango Moderno is the irresistible hot new stage spectacular from tango superstars Vincent and Flavia.

Dance partners for over two decades, world champions, Strictly favourites and West End stage stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace fuse together Ballroom, Latin, and Argentine tango to give you a performance that smoulders with desire. With classic steps, they create a Tango for today.

Tango is the rhythm of the city, the heat of the streets and the pulse of life.

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

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Don't Dribble on The Dragon

Sunday 29 October at 2.30pm

Don't Dribble on the Dragon at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Based on the fabulous new book Don’t Dribble on The Dragon by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels.

This spectacular musical adventure is about growing up and the importance of family. It is the perfect feel-good show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

For adults and cool kids of all ages (not recommended for under 2s)

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea

30 October at 1.30 and 4.30pm,
31 October at 10.30 and 1.30pm

The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Following a smash-hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is coming to Blackpool!

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

The tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig.

For children aged three and above. Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval).

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Solid Gold Rock 'N' Roll

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30pm

Solid Gold Rock n Roll at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Original ‘dreamboats’, Marty Wilde, Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Mark Wynter, join forces in The Solid Gold Rock ‘N’ Roll Show.

The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival of rock n’ roll, a whole new pop culture was born.

Performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage, Marty, Eden, Mike and Mark, teen idols of their day, show us how rock n’ roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm shaped the style of music that we listened to then and still do today. Includes hits such as A Teenager In Love, Rubber Ball, Donna, I Don’t Know Why, Well I Ask You, Don’t You Think It’s Time, The Sunshine of Your Smile, Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl, and many, many more!

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Pinocchio

3 & 4 November at 7.30pm, plus 2pm matinee on Saturday

Pinocchio at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Jasmin Vardimon Company presents a brand new adaptation of the classic tale, Pinocchio.

Be charmed by Jasmin Vardimon’s joyous and wildly imaginative take on the classic Collodi fairytale. With humour, engaging drama and theatrical innovation, Pinocchio takes us on a magical journey as he discovers what it is to be human.

With trademark choreographic style, Vardimon’s breath-taking dancers bring to life the enchanting world of the famous marionette in this visual delight for all the family.

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80s Triple Header

Sunday 5 November at 7.30pm

80s Triple Header at Blackpool Grand Theatre

An 80s Triple Header featuring: Midge Ure’s Band Electronica ,The Christians and Altered Images featuring Clare Grogan.

Midge Ure with his Band Electronica, The Christians and Altered Image featuring Clare Grogan, three critically acclaimed legends of the 80s join forces in this major new UK tour.

With millions of albums sales and iconic hits, plus over 30 years perfecting their craft, performing to audiences at sold out stadiums, intimate unplugged sets and everything in between, this authentic 80s triple-header is not to be missed.

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Private Lives

7 - 11 November at 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm matinee on Thursday and Saturday

Private Lives at Blackpool Grand Theatre

In Private Lives, Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy, strong passions and stronger personalities set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes.

1930. Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda.

Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences.

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John Mayall in Concert

Sunday 12 November at 7.30pm

John Mayall at Blackpool Grand Theatre

For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues”.

Regarded by many as blues’ most influential artist, John’s band The Bluesbreakers, launched the careers of many true legends including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

64 albums later and John’s captivating and authentic sound is still as vital today is it ever was.

Special guest and long term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington makes a welcome return to the UK with The Buddy Whittington Band. After joining The Bluesbrakers in 1993, he energized the band with his unique and fiery live style. Buddy made his recording debut on the Spinning Coin album and proved to be more than equal to following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors.

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Thriller LIVE is back! 

Monday 13 to Saturday 18 November 2017

Thriller Live Blackpool Grand Theatre

Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 9th year, THRILLER LIVE returns to Blackpool following huge popular demand.

The spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer goes on sale at 10am on Friday 24 March on Blackpool Grand Theatre’s website www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

Seen by over 4 million people in over 30 countries, THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history.

Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion,  this is a show that you will never forget.

Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more!

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A Night of Dirty Dancing

Monday 20 November at 7.30pm

A Night of Dirty Dancing at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing heads out on its BIGGEST Tour yet.

No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the passion, the romance & joy of the cult classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.

Be part of the glorious summer of ‘63 and experience all your favourite songs such as She’s Like The Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipe-out, Hungry Eyes. And of course, the Oscar Winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.

So put down that watermelon and get your tickets for A Night of Dirty Dancing: The Ultimate Tribute Show. It’s going to have you dancing dirty in the aisles… Touring from September 2017.

*Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.

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Joss Arnott Dance Triple Bill

Wednesday 22 November at 7.30pm

Joss Arnott Dance Triple Bill at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Joss Arnott Dance new classical contemporary programme for 2017 will take you on a gripping journey through powerful and heart-pounding choreography that has established the company as one of the most exciting voices in British contemporary dance.

Created in collaboration with the some of the industry’s foremost, award-winning dancers, composers and designers, Arnott’s new Triple Bill consists of two brand new dance works – A Movement in 3 and RUSH – alongside the company’s internationally award-winning solo V that will feature live music for the first time.

Expect a highly charged, visually stunning and musically led evening of dance that explodes with power and technical brilliance.

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Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm

Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters.

Hand-picked by Adele herself to star on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the show-stopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite hits in an enthralling concert performance.

The show faithfully recreates the magic of the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25 – including Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep, the multi-million seller Skyfall and many more.

Someone Like You will take you on a soul-stirring journey from break up to make up!

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Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael

Friday 24 November at 7.30pm

Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production for 2017 – Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael.

The show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems. From Wham! classics of the ‘new pop’ revival to the chart topping success of the eighties album Faith. All the awesome tunes of the nineties & noughties including the irresistible Flawless.

This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, Outside, Jesus To A Child, I Want Your Sex, Kissing A Fool, and many more.

Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation. As the great man said: you gotta have faith… So book your tickets now!

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Message In A Bottle: A Tribute to The Police

Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm

Message In A Bottle: A Tribute to The Police at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Relive the iconic sound of The Police and front man Sting with this unmissable pitch-perfect production – Message In A Bottle: A Tribute to The Police.

Fans of the legendary rock band won’t believe their ears as message in a bottle brings the stage alive with the magic of the Police’s greatest hits including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a bottle, Walking on the Moon, So Lonely, Cant Stand Losing and Englishman in New York.

Witness the raw talent shine through stunning vocals and flawless instrumentals, underpinned by an effortlessly cool stage presence and accompanied by captivating lighting – bringing an old-school nostalgia to this new wave tribute.

Whether you’re a diehard fan or just a lover of great music, this energetic live show oozes authenticity and promises a medley of music that’s guaranteed to have you singing your heart out.

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Some Guys Have All The Luck

Sunday 26 November at 7.30pm

Some Guys Have All The Luck Rod Stewart Tribute at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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!

Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail – from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time.

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.

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2017 Panto - Cinderella

5 December to 7 January 2018

Cinderella - 2017 Panto at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The most enchanting rags-to-riches fairy tale of them all Cinderella graces the stage of The Grand Theatre this Christmas as pantomime returns to Blackpool.

This years cast includes JJ Hamblett (Union J) who will star as Prince Charming, Melanie Walters (Gavin and Stacey) as Fairy Godmother, Olivia Birchenough (Channel 5’s Milkshake) as the beautiful Cinderella and Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph returning as the Ugly Sisters all starring alongside panto favourite the incredible Steve Royle (BBC Radio Lancashire) who will be making his 15th annual appearance starring as ‘Buttons’.

Featuring sumptuous costumes, magnificent scenery and the unmissable and magical moment when Cinderella swaps her rags for a stunning ball gown and is transported to the Prince’s Ball.

But the horrid sisters have other ideas though and wickedly tear up her invitation! All may not be lost however!

With the help of her bestest friend in the whole wide world ‘Buttons’ and her magical Fairy Godmother, Cinderella does go to the ball… But she needs to be home by midnight or her true identity will be revealed!

The incredible Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre will return with the most amazing dancers.

Book your seats today, otherwise not even your Fairy Godmother will be able to magic you a ticket to see Blackpool’s must-see Christmas show.

Audio Described and BSL Sign Interpreted performance – Sat 9 & 16 Dec 2017 (2pm),
Running Time approx. 2hrs 20mins including interval (first few performances may be longer)

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 December
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 December
19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
26, 27, 28, 29, 30 December
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 January 2018

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

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Grand Christmas Concert 2017

Monday 18 December at 8pm

Grand Christmas Concert 2017

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 alongside host Father Geoff Bottoms, 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.

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

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2018 AT BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE

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Snow Maiden

Friday 12 January at 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Snow Maiden performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Accompanied by a live orchestra The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

Protected from the outside world by Father Frost, the exquisite Snow Maiden plays innocently amongst the dancing snowflakes in the enchanted Land of Frost.

Based on a traditional folk-tale, set in the snow covered landscape of rural Russia, this seasonal sparkler follows the Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world. Captivated by the colourful village and the people who live there, she ventures too far and is swept up by feelings of love, temptation and betrayal. When finally she surrenders herself completely and warms to love, her heart melts in a tragic embrace.

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The Nutcracker

Saturday 13 January at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet

The Nutcracker performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Accompanied by a live orchestra The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family 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, 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…

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Swan Lake

Sunday 14 January at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet

Swan Lake performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Accompanied by a live orchestra The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

The greatest romantic ballet of all time 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 tulle 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.

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Vivaldi by Candlelight

Friday 19 January at 7.30pm

Vivaldi by Candlelight at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Britain’s best-loved classical touring ensemble, The Locrian, present a musical tribute to the great Venetian composer, Antonio Vivaldi, with Vivaldi by Candlelight.

Attired in lavish period costume, performing in front of a stunning classical set, these charismatic musicians perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a composition which depicts 17th century Italian rural life in a wonderfully inventive manner.

Other works include the virtuoso Concerto for Two Violins, the Rustic Symphony, and classics such as Pachelbel’s Canon, and Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Step back for a while from the hectic pace of our anxious times, into the elegance and grace of the Baroque, whilst listening to harmonies of this great melodic genius weaving his magical spell.

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

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A Country Night in Nashville

Saturday 20 January at 7.30pm

Country Night in Nashville at Blackpool Grand Theatre

A Country Night In Nashville recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music.

Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town, are showcased by the amazing vocals of Dominic Halpin, Shelly Quarmby and their fabulous backing band, the Hurricanes.

With songs including Ring Of Fire, Crazy, Follow Your Arrow, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Need you Now, 9-5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.

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

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Joe Brown with special guest Henry Gross

Friday 26 January at 7.30pm

Joe Brown at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Joe Brown MBE is unique, a genuine one off. With a history that spans music hall, skiffle, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Theatre, Films, TV, Radio and even Circus (his Grandfather performed with Buffalo Bill), there aren’t many that can claim such an entertaining background. He is one the very few to have successfully traversed the years and the genres and still be absolutely contemporary.

A real survivor and a mega musical talent, the musician’s musician Joe Brown has seen it all and, as his fans can testify, his tales of life on the road are, quite simply, hilarious. He has stories and jokes – and he knows how to tell ‘em.

So now for a real treat and, for the first time ever… Just Joe, the man by himself, uncut, solo, uncensored, an audience with. Just Joe will see Joe talk about his early days, growing up in a pub in London’s East End, discovering Skiffle, becoming a Rock ‘N’ Roll pioneer and touring with the likes of Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Gene Vincent before headlining shows with The Beatles as opening act. The heady days of Rock ‘n’ Roll will be laid bare and the evening promises to be an intimate glimpse into the hectic world of one of Britain’s most enduring and best loved performers.

This show however will not only be stories and anecdotes it will feature a lot of music, aided and abetted by his old friend Henry Gross, Joe will play many a song and do what he does better than almost anyone else – entertain with a capital E.

US born Henry Gross is no stranger to the stage either. A superlative guitarist, he founded the chart-topping group Sha Na Na and was the youngest musician to play Woodstock. Subsequently he built a significant solo career and regularly performs ‘Shannon’, his self-penned No 1 world-wide hit.

Joe commands a stage like no other. His musical skills are legend, his repartee renowned. Indeed, Joe Brown – up close and personal -what could be more entertaining and what could be more of a treat!

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

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Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Saturday 27 and Sun 28 January at 7.30pm

Jason Manford 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 Manford: “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 as a nationally known comic.

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

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Children's Touring Partnership and Royal Derngate, Northampton are delighted to announce the UK tour of

The Jungle Book

8-12 May 2018

Jungle Book at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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+

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Original ‘dreamboats’ join forces in The Solid Gold Rock ‘N’ Roll Show. *1 Nov* bit.ly/2yTfMXy pic.twitter.com/Yew3IYln0I

Grand Theatre
21st October 2017
Grand Theatre Grand_Theatre

 

@StompLDN @Grand_Theatre #blackpool Fantastic show last night #incredible #mesmerising Loved every minute ❤️ 8 amazing performers

Grand Theatre
21st October 2017
Grand Theatre Grand_Theatre

 

Multi-award-winning @markbruceco present a striking #dance theatre adaptation of #Shakespeare’s #Macbeth.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

 
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