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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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Launch of gPlayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Try them yourself

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

- Search online with Everyclick.com - a new UK search engine which donates 50% of its gross revenue to charity. Just use it instead of Google to search online and clicking on one of the results. Its founders hope to pass on to charity some of the £3.9 billion of global web search revenues that are predicted to be generated this year. Just select The Grand as your chosen charity.

- Charity credit cards and energy supplies - ask your energy suppliers or credit card companies if you can donate or if they donate on your behalf, like charitably donating your Cashback offer. Organisations like Money Supermarket can help you compare Charitable Credit Cards and what works best for you visit moneysupermarket.com/credit-cards/charity/.

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

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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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The Friends - A Local Charity Looking For New Committee Members

Blackpool Grand Theatre’s Friends of The Grand is a 1,700-strong group of people who support the beautiful Grand Theatre and they’re looking for new Committee Members, could one be you?

Friends of the Grand Theatre

Formed in 1973 to save the building from demolition, the first Friends were literally ‘hands-on’. They painted the dressing rooms, repaired holes to the ceiling and helped to get the theatre into shape.

The Friends of The Grand are now looking for new committee members to join their active team.

The theatre continues to prove that there is a healthy demand for culture and the arts in Blackpool and the surrounding areas. The Friends today are a valuable and active asset in The Grand’s operation and early Friends included such names as Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Alistair Cooke, Leslie Crowther, Tim West, Prunella ScalesBilly PearceJohnnie Casson and Sir Ken Dodd. Patrons of the charity are actor Steven Tompkinson and Grand Pantomime veteran Steve Royle.

The history in Blackpool of The Friends is infamous, early in 1973 there was a meeting at a local hotel where The Friends was formed specifically to resist the application for demolition, which by then was supported by the Local Authority.

In 1975, The Grand was due to be changed into a bingo hall. The Friends, 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.

After the eventual purchase of the theatre by The Grand Theatre Trust, in September 1980, dozens of 'Friends' helped to refurbish the theatre in readiness for The Grand's reopening in the week of March 23, 1981, by Timothy West and Prunella Scales in the Old Vic production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Then 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 role of The Friends has changed over the years; nowadays Friends support the theatre in different ways. They raise funds from subscriptions and social events to finance projects within the theatre, primarily aimed at enhancing the comfort of our patrons.

Over the last twenty-five years The Friends have contributed more than one million pounds towards projects including the provision of new carpets, seating and technical equipment. Most recently (2015) The Friends provided huge help and support with the theatre’s Capital Project helping the theatre build new offices, performances spaces, dressing rooms and more. In addition to funding the purchase of shops returning the building to its original footprint.

The Friends are a passionate group of theatre-lovers who, over the years, have raised well over a million pounds and volunteer over 13,000 hours a year to help the theatre operate.

Friends of The Grand are looking for new people to join and stand for election to the committee. The group normally meets monthly and members are also asked to give some time to organising fundraising activities. All prospective committee members, including those on the current committee, must be members of The Friends and should be nominated and seconded by two other members.

It’s easy to do simply complete the application form at friendsofthegrand.co.uk or collect one at the Grand Theatre Box Office and send to Friends of The Grand, Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT.

Deadline for receiving applications is Friday 26th January 2018

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Legally Blonde Dog Auditions

Is your dog a budding stage star?

Bulldog wanted for Legally Blonde at the Grand Theatre

We are looking for local pooches to play the role of Rufus in the National Tour of Legally Blonde starring Lucie Jones, Rita Simons and Bill Ward.

Now an audition process can be daunting, so to make to make it a little easier and save you time, here is what we’re looking for:

- A British Bulldog – First and foremost we are looking for a British Bulldog as appeared in the Film. We are open to other breeds, but they need to have that look about them. Fairly bullish and robust. Cute and fluffy is not what we are looking for here I’m afraid.

- Temperament – If your dog is relaxed, laid back, good with people and enjoys a good fuss, we would love to hear from you.

- Responsive to Commands – By this I mean if your dog responds to ‘come here’, ‘sit’ etc and doesn’t just wander off doing its own thing, then they could be exactly what we’re looking for. We do not expect ‘Rufus’ to perform tricks.

- Tricks – Having said we do not expect tricks, if your lovable brute has any, we would love to see them. They have 5 minutes to show us what they’ve got. If they’re skills are good enough we could end up using them in the show!

- Experience – Although absolutely not essential, if your dog has some form of stage experience it will be a huge bonus. Even the most confident of dogs can suddenly be affected by the lights, the band and the huge round of applause they are bound to receive on their big entrance!

If you want to apply for an audition, download and complete this form

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See ABBA Mania - this Summer at Blackpool Grand

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

Read on below for more details - shows are listed in date order

Abba Mania at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

15 February, 15 March

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.

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Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Friday 2 February, 6 April, 4 May, 1 June 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

Saturday 3 February 2018, at 11am, 22 March, 11 April

Blackpool Grand Theatre, photo Sean Conboy

Join us for one of our Heritage Theatre Tours led by theatre archivists Geoff and Linda Tolson MBE. Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit – and the complete visibility of every seat in this atmospheric house.

See the secrets of the great stage, take in Blackpool’s hidden gem, learn about flamboyant architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases that lead to the stars, dressing rooms and beyond.

Prices and book tickets here

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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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Photographic Session - The Basics

22 and 23 January at 10am

Photographic Session at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Love photography or want to take up a new skill for 2018? Why not join internationally renowned photographer Sean Conboy for a unique Photographic Session – The Basics at the 123-year-old Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

Following sell-out success of Blackpool Grand Theatre’s Photographic Sessions over the past 5 years with international photographer Sean Conboy we have decided to increase the number of sessions per year and in addition, create a brand new more focused Photographic Session Advance allowing more seasoned photographers the time and opportunity to talk to a leading photographer in his field as well as have the time to photograph such an incredible building.

Sean has been the official photographer for The Grand for many years and his work is regularly featured in all our media as well as many international magazines.

Conboy’s Photographic Session – The Basics will cover; Using Manual can help your photography, Using light to your best advantage, Improve your interior photography and, How to look and find pictures in a space. Participants will also get time to roam the auditorium of The Grand and photograph.

Running time 10am until 3pm (lunch is not included)
Maximum Group size 20

If you feel you have more Advanced skills why not take part in one of our Photographic Session – Advance on Tuesday 16 January 2018 (Limited places)

Photographic sessions – Advanced will cover; Full explanation of tilt and shift camera movements, How to use flash and led lighting to help light interiors, Practical demo of an interior shoot, Chance to use Pro flash lighting and tech camera with Hasselblad 100mp digital back and, How to achieve the best viewpoints and use different focal lengths of a lens to make the most of the subject. Only 6 places are available on this course so places are limited and you have more opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with Conboy. Tickets are £120, group size limited to 8. 

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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Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Sunday 4 February at 7.30pm

Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution.

The legendary brass band, described by late composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as, “the finest jewel in the world of brass bands, and a unique cultural asset”, have performed shows all across the world and Blackpool’s Grand Theatre marks their latest destination.

Grimethorpe’s diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, together with a wealth of national and international television/radio appearances and professional recordings.

The band has been the recipient of two gold discs, as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie Brassed Off for which Grimethorpe was the focal point.

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Schools Alive 2018

Monday 5 to Thursday 8 February at 7pm

Schools Alive 2018 at Blackpool Grand Theatre

During the week of Schools Alive, 2,000 pupils from virtually every Blackpool school will perform hundreds of songs and dances, play in bands and orchestras and enjoy their wonderful introduction to theatre.

Blackpool Music Service, Blackpool Music Education Hub and The Grand Theatre are delighted to offer every Blackpool school the opportunity to perform on what is recognised as one of the most prestigious stages in the country.

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

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Steve Steinman's Vampires Rock: Ghost Train

Friday 9 February at 7.30pm

Steve Steinman's Vampires Rock: Ghost Train at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock: Ghost Train returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.

This rock-tastic, hilarious, musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation.

A tongue in cheek story line, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever!

Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more.

With just the right amount of fun and humour this night of mischief and mayhem will leave you up on your feet and roaring with laughter!

Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp in this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock. The show includes tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more.

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

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Lipstick on Your Collar

Saturday 10 February at 7.30pm

Lipstick on Your Collar at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn’t touch the floor. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax – you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s with Lipstick on your collar!

From the birth of Rock n Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more.

Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country’s top musicians direct from the West End, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun.

Dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll!

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

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La Traviata

Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm

La Traviata at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production, La Traviata, with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias.

Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes.

Starring the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova* and the Korean soprano Maria HeeJung Kim*

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Madama Butterfly

Wednesday 21 February at 7.30pm

Madama Butterfly at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production, Madama Butterfly, with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.

Back by overwhelming public demand, the award winning Opera Madama Butterfly returns featuring exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim* from the Korean National Opera, Seoul and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova*

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

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Psychic Sally Kisses to Heaven Tour

Thursday 22 February at 7.30pm

Psychic Sally Kisses to Heaven Tour at Blackpool Grand Theatre

World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award winning medium Psychic Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive stage show.

Sally is one of the UK’s most successful touring acts and has been wowing audiences across the country for the past 9 years.

Sally’s jaw dropping show has attracted amazed reviews from theatre goers and psychic fans. The messages from beyond come thick and fast. Funny, entertaining, touching, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial; Kisses to Heaven showcases the phenomenal ability of the nation’s best loved medium.

Sally Morgan says:
‘The shows will be psychic dynamite and although they are undoubtedly entertaining, there is also a very serious side, which is to give audience members messages of hope and love from the other side’.
This is a unique evening not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action.

Note: The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.

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

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Beyond the Barricade

Friday 23 February at 7.30pm

Beyond the Barricade at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Beyond the Barricade has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live!

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.

Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble of talented musicians, 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!

Don’t miss the return of Beyond the Barricade to experience its nationwide reputation for quality and perfection in musical theatre and find out why this exciting show has received critical acclaim across the UK and abroad.

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

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Menopause The Musical

Saturday 24 February at 7.30pm

Menopause The Musical at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Menopause the Musical is returning to Blackpool following a sell-out last visit!

Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats).

This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing “The Change”. They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage”, but an unavoidable stage in every woman’s life.

The hysterical and uplifting Menopause The Musical will have you laughing, and singing, all the way home.

The show has played sold out-out tours across the world so call your girlfriends and book now for the ultimate girls night out. Age guidance 16 yrs +

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

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World at Your Feet

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 March 2018, at 7pm with extra shows at 2pm on Sat/Sun

World at your feet, Blackpool Grand

Our 8th World At Your Feet is crammed full with the usual smorgasbord of dance delights – Irish, ballet, jazz, tap and scenes from musicals.

2017 sees WHITTAKER’S celebrate its BLUE SAPPHIRE anniversary. Yes 65 years!

Inquire now for dance classes with children (from 3 years) and adults (up to 85). Private group dance classes (LAMDA exam).

Places available in children’s choir.

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

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Regional Schools' Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday 6 - Thursday 8 March 2018, shows at 1 & 6pm

Schools Shakespeare Festival

RSC, Blackpool and Fylde Associate Schools and The Grand Theatre present the Regional Schools’ Shakespeare Festival.

Join young people from schools across Blackpool and Wyre as they come together to present a Shakespearean tale.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate Schools programme is an opportunity for schools to work with artists and practitioners from the RSC and The Grand.

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

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Milton Jones is Out There.

Friday 9 March at 7.30pm

Milton Jones at Blackpool Grand

No, really out there and this time he hasn’t just forgotten his keys. He’s holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window.

In his brand new show he’ll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media. He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat.

Milton will be talking about his life so far – the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made. But perhaps he should give all this up and seek the highest office in the land – but how do you get a desk and a swivel chair up a mountain? Oh and now he wants to be Prime Minister too. Can we do worse than the politicians we already have? Yes we can!

Milton Jones is regularly on Mock the Week (BBC2), has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and he has headlined Dave’s One Night Stand (DAVE).

Milton Jones’s tours, Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft (2015) and On the Road (2013), both played to over 100,00 people, and now he is set to hit the road again with Milton Jones Is Out There

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

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ELO AGAIN 2018 - Return To The Blue Tour

Saturday 10 March at 7.30pm

ELO Again at Blackpool Grand

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ELO’s iconic album ‘OUT OF THE BLUE’. ELO AGAIN really do give you a dramatic taste of what the classic ELO were like in the heyday.

The whole experience is a professional re-enactment of an ELO concert with a great sound reproduction light show and visual effects.

ELO AGAIN provide the full effect of ELO’s orchestrations, full of depth and tone and they certainly know how to entertain, as the hits just keep on coming. Live cellos and the infamous blue violin make this show the best ELO tribute out there and certainly the most musically authentic.

ELO AGAIN pays tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne and ELO. MR BLUE SKY, LIVIN’ THING, SHOWDOWN, TELEPHONE LINE plus many more

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

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Paul Swift and Carl Schofield present Sunday Night at The Grand

Sunday 11 March at 7.30pm

Saturday night at The Grand

Following the incredible success of Sunday Night at The Grand, Another Sunday Night at The Grand, and Sunday Night At The Grand AGAIN! in 2016, Blackpool’s Lyndene Hotel provides yet another exciting line-up of unforgettable entertainment at the Grand Theatre, and all in aid of a good cause.

Join an array of talent for another evening of unforgettable entertainment in conjunction with the Lyndene Hotel, Blackpool and Tower Top Entertainments.

Headlined by Coronation Street star and X Factor Winner Shayne Ward.

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 be entertained by an array of show stopping dancers!

Fylde coast’s own funny man Carl Schofield will be hosting the spectacular. Carl is now a regular performer on cruise liners as well as on the entertainment circuit in and around the Blackpool area.

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

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20th Century Boy The Musical

Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 March 2018 at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 3pm

20th Century Boy at Blackpool Grand

Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex.

This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate.

At his peak, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk – Marc Bolan became a superstar and the press dubbed him “Bigger than the Beatles”. Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. 20th Century is a glorious celebration of glam rock at its colourful best!

Featuring classic T.Rex 70s hits Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy and many more.

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

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Son of A Preacher Man

Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March 2018, at 7.30pm with Thurs/Sat matinee at 2pm

Son of a Preacher Man at Blackpool Grand

Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man comes to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre!

Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…

Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.

Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including The Look Of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and of course, the classic Son Of A Preacher Man, this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.

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

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Theatre Heritage Tour

Thursday 22 March at 11am

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 March, shows at 7.30pm and Thurs/Sat matinee at 2pm

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Blackpool Grand

A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

In a secret experiment, the upright and respectable Dr Henry Jekyll splits his personality into two, releasing the fiendish and murderous Edward Hyde.

As Hyde brings about mayhem, terror and death in foggy London, can Jekyll find a way to suppress his monstrous alter-ego, before it takes him over for good?

Phil Daniels’ extensive and varied credits include Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum and Kevin Wicks in EastEnders. He has worked with the RSC and NT and has appeared on stage in productions as diverse as Les Misérables and This House.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is directed by Kate Saxon, designed by Simon Higlett and adapted by Tony award-winning playwright David Edgar.

** The play is suitable for use either at Key Stage 3, or to support the study of the novel at Key Stage 4. **

Audio Described performance Sat 31 Mar, 2pm

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

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 April, shows at 7.30pm and 2pm matinee on Thurs/Sat

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Blackpool Grand

Blackpool Operatic Players present the West End and Broadway feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla Queen Of The Deserts the Musical.

PRISCILLA is the heart warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favourites including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS.

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

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Legally Blonde The Musical

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

Legally Blonde the Musical at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Theatre Heritage Tour

Wednesday 11 April at 11am

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

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Mark Bruce Company presents Macbeth

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

Macbeth at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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Dinosaur World Live

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

Dinosaur World Live at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas

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

The Rat Pack at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 2 May at 7.30pm

Islands in the Stream at Blackpool Grand

Islands in the Stream – Celebrating the Queen & King of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers…

Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!

This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the Country, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream.

Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.

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

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Bowie Experience - The Golden Years Tour

Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm

Bowie Experience at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My First Ballet: Swan Lake

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

My First Ballet - Swan Lake at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Jungle Book

8-12 May 2018

Jungle Book at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Suitable for ages 6+

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

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The Roy Orbison Story

Sunday 20 May at 7.30pm

Roy Orbison Story at Blackpool Grand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Kite Runner

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

The Kite Runner at Blackpool Grand

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

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

“There is a way to be good again”

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

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

Age Guidance: 14yrs+

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

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Me and My Girl

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

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The production was 5 stars as was the venue and the staff who looked after us all though the event.

One thing is for sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and new experience, one which we will repeat.

We are so lucky to have such a jewel in the crown as The Grand Theatre in Blackpool.

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