From variety, musicals and comedy giants to Shakespeare, ballet, drama and dance, this venue caters for every age, pocket and personality. Find out what’s on next at Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Reduced Price Public Transport when you Visit The Grand
Blackpool’s Grand Theatre welcomes over 130,000 people a year through its doors. Over 20% of these theatre-goers use public transport. So Blackpool Grand have formed a working partnership with Blackpool Transport to encourage even more theatre goers to travel on local public transport.
Take advantage of a new, highly-discounted return travel ticket (for adults and children) giving easy access and reduced cost.
Adults can travel to and from the theatre for just £3 and children at £1, saving over 40%.
The travel ticket is simple to add on to theatre tickets when booking your show. In addition, the theatre offers a dedicated webpage where you can order weekly and monthly travel tickets direct to your phone App.
Using public transport has huge benefits to the community, both economic and health wise, and helps to reduce local road congestion.
Blackpool Transport has taken delivery of 92 Palladium single and double-decker buses in recent years, part of the operator’s five-year, £22 million plan to overhaul its 140-strong fleet. So not only is travel to the theatre cheaper, it’s also more comfortable too.
Alice in Wonderland
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January – shows at 7pm and 2pm Sat
Blackpool and Fylde Children’s Pantomime presents Alice In Wonderland, the most curious adventure of all time.
Following on from the success of their last production ‘Peter Pan’, which was awarded best pantomime by NODA North West in 2017, BFCP is excited to be bringing its fifth production, Alice in Wonderland, back to the beautiful Grand Theatre in January.
BFCP works to give children across the Fylde coast the opportunity to develop their skills for stage and show everyone the talent that Blackpool has to give. The cast of over 100 children, aged from 4 to 18, are currently rehearsing each week to put on a fantastic production which they cannot wait to show you. It is set to be a performance to remember with each cast member dancing, singing and acting their way through Wonderland.
Book your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out! We wouldn’t want you to be late! But be careful – watch out for the nasty Knave, on a mission to steal the Queen’s tarts, and be careful not to lose your head as you tumble down the rabbit hole! See you soon in Wonderland!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Saturday 2 Feb at 1 & 4pm
Sunday 3 Feb at 10am and 1pm
Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Blackpool in the first ever live stage show!
Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…
Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this brand-new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families. Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Juliet and Romeo
Wednesday 6 February at 7.30pm
125 SPECIAL EVENT – PAY WHAT YOU FEEL
Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least.
Now they are 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. Juliet and Romeo have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.
With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet, directed by Olivier Award nominated Ben Duke, takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman
Thursday 7 February at 7.30pm
Singalonga Productions, producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Sing-a-long-a GREASE brings you their newest show, the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing – Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman!
Look out ‘cause here it comes…. Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want.
And it’s marching on to the beat we drum… Our live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you come alive. As they show you how to use our interactive prop bags, you also get to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles. Then you can sit back and relax and sing and dance along to the lyrics on screen. YOU the audience will rewrite the stars!
Fancy dress for Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. “Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman is much more than ‘just a film’”, says the show’s producer Ben Freedman. ”It’s an event, an interactive experience and most definitely the most fun you can have with a top hat on.”
Every performance starts with a Sing-a-long-a host who warms up the audience, trains them how to interact with the movie using the contents of their free props bag and heckle in all the right places as well as judge the fancy dress competition.
Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show!
James Wilton Dance presents The Storm
Friday 8 February at 7.30pm
James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning fast, super athletic movement, where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and edge of the seat contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away.
Seven dancers of extraordinary skill, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound you with its athleticism and touch you emotionally in a way that words simply can’t. The Storm grows from a light breeze and becomes something too powerful to fathom. It scoops the dancers into the air then drops them to the floor with unrelenting velocity, transforms them into mini tornadoes and sends them spiralling out of control.
In this storm can you find peace? Can you find the calm eye of the storm? Will it all blow over? You can’t see the wind, but you can see how it changes objects. You can’t see unhappiness, but you can see how it changes people. A low becomes a depression, a depression becomes a storm. When you’re unhappy people say “it will all blow over”.There is a calm before the storm, is there one afterwards?
James Wilton Dance were founded in 2010 and quickly amassed choreographic awards and critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Their most recent works LEVIATHAN and Last Man Standing have accumulated over 170 performances, wowing audiences all over the world. Wilton has created works for Opera Graz, Scottish Dance Theatre, Ballet Hagen, Konzert Theatre Bern, Theatre Münster and for the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
The Storm is co-commissioned by Blackpool Grand, DanceEast, The Gulbenkian, The Place and Swindon Dance, with support from Arts Council England Grants for The Arts and the Mayflower 400 Fund. Photo credits: Steve Tanner
Saturday 9 February, 9 March at 1.30pm
The Grand Theatre Play Reading Group is an excellent way to get involved with the theatre, meet new people and while away your time reading and discussing plays!
Perfect for anyone who relishes reading and engaging in discussion about great titles from some of the world’s leading play writes.
No experience of play reading is necessary and you don’t even have to join in if you don’t wish. This is an informal and friendly group of people sharing like-minded interests, and the group have read everything from Greek tragedies and Shakespeare, to Oscar Wilde and J. B. Priestly.
Jennifer Smethurst, a qualified speech and drama tutor, guides participants through the readings and raises any interesting issues for discussion. So if you fancy a new and enjoyable way to spend your afternoon, why not pop along to our Grand Theatre Play Reading Group every second Saturday of the month.
Beyond The Barricade
Sunday 10 February at 7.30pm
Beyond the Barricade is the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Misérables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course featuring a stunning finale from Les Misérables. This incredible concert is now in its 19th successive year.
Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two-hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.
The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course ending with a stunning finale from Les Mis. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss (Enjolras & Resident Director for the National Tour of Les Miserables) Katie Leeming (Eponine) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals. To this day every musical note is still played and sung live – very rare indeed.
‘Beyond the Barricade’ features songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables! It gives musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment – but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience are watching the original performance. This incredible concert is now in its 19th successive year.
Schools Alive 2019
Monday 11 – Thursday 14 February, at 7pm
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 in Schools Alive 2019.
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.
125 Celebration Open Day Tour
Friday 15 February, Wednesday 20 March – at 11am, 12 and 1pm
125 years ago, local businessman Thomas Sergenson secured the world’s leading theatre architect, Frank Matcham, to design the magnificent jewel we know today. Now you can join us for our special 125 Celebration Open Day with a very special Guest Workshop with The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Blackpool Grand Theatre has always been in the vanguard of development in theatre: it was the first theatre in Blackpool to be totally electric; it was the first to have a fully cantilevered circle eliminating the need for pillars to give every seat a clear view; and Matcham invented the crash doors that enabled a quick evacuation of the building.
To celebrate this important milestone, our mission is to secure the theatre for the next generation, starting with a campaign to raise £125,000 to repair the storm damage to the dome at the front of the building.
Access all public areas
For our 125th Anniversary we will be holding a limited run of special access days; The 125 Celebration Open Day will be free of charge. Allowing you to wander free around public areas with a special selection of our archive on display highlighting our 125 years, from the original build through to the epic struggle, to the glorious theatre it is today…
Or, book now for one of our thirty-minute tours led by one of our heritage volunteers (£4 p/p). Book early as these will go quickly. We look forward to celebrating our 125 years with you all!
Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit – and the complete visibility of every seat in this atmospheric house. See the secrets of the great stage and take in Blackpool’s hidden gem, learn about flamboyant architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases that lead to the stars, dressing rooms and beyond.
Explore our gVlog with Hayley Kay who explored the theatre on a Heritage Tour with one of our volunteers. Travel from 1894 to present day and learn more about our theatre architect Frank Matcham and his masterpiece that celebrates its 125th Anniversary (1894 to 2019).
The Rolling Stones Story
Sunday 17 February at 7.30pm
The Rolling Stones have dominated Rock ’n’ Roll music since the 1960s and were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that conquered the US in 1964. They ran neck and neck with The Beatles in the popularity stakes with the late sixties and early seventies considered by many as their Golden Age.
Their live shows are legendary and The Stones musical legacy is up there with the very best. They’ve recorded some of the most phenomenal Rock ‘n’ Roll songs of all time – Satisfaction, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Not Fade Away, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up…to name just a few.
You can now relive all these classic hits in The Rolling Stones Story, a high energy concert celebrating the music of the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. Let’s Spend The Night Together in the company of Mick and the boys and you will experience a truly authentic Rolling Stones spectacle; complete with an awesome production, the finest musicians and the world’s No. 1 Mick Jagger look-a-like in Paul Ashworth.
The Sooty Show With Richard Cadell
Monday 18 February at 11am and 2.30pm
Izzy Wizzy let’s get busy! Join Sooty for his brand-new Laugh Out Loud Magic Show!
Direct from their hit ITV series, Sooty, Sweep and Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell will amaze you with impossible tricks and side-splitting jokes! Be astounded at Sooty’s flying car, Soo’s singing unicorn and Sweep’s levitating sausage!
With special guest’s circus star Michael Jordan and the ultraviolet specialties of Fantasie de la Nuit. The Sooty Show With Richard Cadell – A spectacular treat for the whole family. Includes a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!
19 to 23 February at 7.30pm, plus 2pm on Weds/Sat
Simon Fielder and Belgrade Theatre Coventry presents the World Premiere of a brand new British farce, Octopus Soup.
A razor-sharp new comedy with Nick Hancock, star of West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker and host of iconic TV shows, Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over.
Meet Seymour, the safest man in Britain. An insurance consultant who wears a belt and braces (and another belt, just to be sure). He’s in last chance saloon, and everything rests on this one important conference call. What could possibly go wrong? Enter Marvin, a bungling burglar with bad knees…
With Seymour’s highly neurotic actress wife Gloria awaiting news on a star TV role, the burglar’s psychopathic crime boss around the corner, and a share of the £30 billion insurance market at stake, will our heroes and their octopus get out alive?
Octopus Soup! will have you crying with laughter. Don’t miss out on this comedy drama!
RSC Romeo and Juliet
18 to 26 February at 7.30pm, plus shows at 1.30pm on Weds, Thurs, Sat
Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion in this contemporary production with heartbreaking consequences – RSC Romeo and Juliet.
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, following A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).
What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate?
Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, two young people will risk everything to be together.
The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution, or will division continue to tear through generations?
Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning
Thursday 21 February, 21 March at 10.30am
Our Friends of The Grand welcome all to their Friends Coffee Morning with Guest Speaker Stephen Mercer with ‘Ghost across the Fylde Coast’. Join us for a get together over coffee and cake.
At each Friends Coffee Morning there will be a different guest speaker from either the Theatre or the world of show business.
Due to popularity please BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
SALT By Dawn King
Fri 22 & Sat 23 February, shows at 7 and 3pm
The Grand Young Company and NT Connections19, in association with The Electric Sunshine Project presents SALT by Dawn King.
Life is never plain sailing, but when a new government initiative comes into place offering young people the chance to train and learn skills overseas, droves of teens jump at the chance to secure their future. Once on board the transport ship, the promises of the glossy advert seem a far cry from what lies ahead.
SALT is a play about generations, choices and hope.
Why I wrote this play ‘I was interested in the idea of young people being treated badly by the older generation, of their being “sold out”. I was also drawn to the idea of a ship full of young people who are sailing away to find their futures and fortunes in a similar way to how young people have gone to sea or joined the army/navy for many centuries. I wanted to write about young people taking control and finding their own path to their own future.’ Dawn King
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Friday 1 March, 5 April at 8pm
Treat yourself to a laugh at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club with four top pro comedians to make you LOL!
See comedians off the telly from all the major panel shows and roadshows plus the best of the rest. Previously Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican were booked before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians!
The Grand Theatre reserves the right to change the line-up at any time.
The Lady Vanishes
4 to 9 March at 7.30pm, plus shows at 2.30pm on Weds and Sat
Bill Kenwright presents The Lady Vanishes, inspired by the Hitchcock classic, the latest instalment in the classic thriller series.
A new adaptation of the much-loved film – directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.
Socialite Iris is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss. Froy. After her travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. With the help of urbane musician Max she turns detective and together they become drawn into a complex web of European intrigue as they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.
Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, which sold over two million tickets around the UK, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company has produced hits from Ruth Rendell, Edgar Wallace and Levinson & Link, the writers of Murder, She Wrote.
A quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller, the 1939 classic film is ranked as one of the best British films of all time. This early masterpiece from Hitchcock – the ‘Master of Suspense’ – is brought to life in a new adaptation from the masters of the stage thriller.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Thurs 7 to Sat 9 March, shows at 7pm/2pm matinee on Saturday
Cou-Cou Theatre Productions is proud to present The Diary of Anne Frank, dramatised by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.
Few more poignant true stories emerged from World War II than the diary of young Anne Frank. Published long afterwards by her father, the only family survivor, it records the minutiae of twenty-five months that two Jewish families spent in hiding from the Gestapo in an Amsterdam warehouse attic. The constant secrecy, growing hunger and friction of living in such cramped conditions could not dull Anne’s vibrant personality or her passion for living.
Anne Frank famously wrote ”I want to go on living even after my death.” Her story has inspired so many and we want to continue sharing it with the world, so our future generation can remember and continue to be inspired.
Following the success of their debut production, Press Start, a new children’s musical, Cou-Cou Theatre Productions are really looking forward to bringing this touching play to life at the beautiful Grand Theatre Studio. Sister company Willow Theatre Productions produced Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington at the Studio in August and it sold out on their debut performance!
This amateur production of The Diary of Anne Frank is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
Sunday Night at The Grand
Sunday 10 March at 7.30pm
Paul Swift and Carl Schofield presents Sunday Night at the Grand.
Sunday Night At The Grand returns with local funny man Carl Schofield and Friends
An evening of unforgettable entertainment in conjunction with the Lyndene Hotel, Blackpool and Tower Top Entertainments.
You’ll be taken through a journey of laughter with some of the North West’s funniest comedians, be swept of your feet by some astonishing vocalists and entertained by an array of show stopping dancers!
11 to 16 March at 7.30pm, plus shows at 2.30pm on Weds and Sat
Jodie Prenger leads the cast in this groundbreaking comedy classic – Abigail’s Party!
Beverly and husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970’s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is town away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences.
Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills and delights in equal measure. It’s not to be missed.
Solid Silver 60’s Show
Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm
For over 30 years, the Solid Silver 60s Show has entertained the nation and celebrated the world’s most loved music.
Known as an institution on the 60s circuit, Solid Silver 60s is the original and premier sixties show, bringing you classic hits performed by the original hit makers.
This year 60s favourites Peter Noone, Brian Poole and Dave Berry with Vanity Fare unite for what could be the last ever Solid Silver 60s Show.
Don’t miss your chance to see this slice of sixties history as The Solid Silver Sixties Show tours the UK, bringing together the decades’ biggest artists singing their greatest hits and relive some of your fondest memories.
Friday 22 March at 7.30pm
‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades!
Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the World extensively.
Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.
So come and join the ‘Dancin’ Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!
Reach Out to Motown
Saturday 23 March at 7.30pm
Original Drifters member Roy G Hemmings’ Reach Out To Motown is a celebration of 50 years of Motown, with hits by The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie to name but a few.
This electrifying show features such classic hits as Baby Love, Dancing In The Street, My Girl, I Can’t Help Myself, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Reach Out and more. Front man Roy G Hemmings has been the longest serving member of The Drifters and has appeared at prestigious venues around the world, including a memorable performance at the White House for the then president Bill Clinton.
Reach Out to Motown features “The Love Supremes” as well as “The Tops & Tempts” paying tribute to Motown’s legendary vocal groups. Under the musical direction of acclaimed arranger and saxophonist Anna Brooks, the 7-piece Dictionary of Soul band comprises some of Britain’s finest musicians and provides the accompaniment for this 100 percent live show.
NDC Wales presents Awakening
Wednesday 27 March at 7.30pm
National Dance Company Wales presents Awakening. Three unique dances to amuse and amaze; After Image, Revellers’ Mass and Tundra.
Afterimage is a journey of fleeting images; of appearance and disappearance. Mirrors are used on stage to form a unique theatrical experience where the past and the present collide with a poetic & creative style of dance.
Revellers’ Mass delves into a sumptuous world of ritual. An unlikely group gathers for a dinner party, where convictions, tradition and social etiquette are put to the test in an unexpected evening of revelry. The animated choreography and curious characters are Inspired by iconic paintings and historical events.
Tundra traverses barren landscape where ultra-modern creativity blinks into life. This dance tears pages from the history books on Russian folk dance, the USSR and revolution, revitalising old ideas with renewed meaning.The bold design is inspired by art and cinema. A dance so robotically precise it’s as mesmerizingly beautiful as it is astounding.
Jason Manford: Muddle Class
Thursday 28 March at 7.30pm
He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit.
‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.
Jason said: “Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, ‘it’s been ages since you’ve toured’. I thought ‘no way, it was last year wasn’t it? Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! I just got fooled cos I’ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day! So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit! It’s going to be a great tour and I can’t wait to see you there.”
‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason Manford as a nationally known comic.
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom
Saturday/Sunday 30 – 31 March 2019, shows at 10am, 1pm and 4pm
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom returns to Blackpool Grand Theatre!
“Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small…”
From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!
Holly is a young Fairy Princess (the daughter of King Thistle), who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird, he is never without his horn which he likes to toot a lot.. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure.
Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, they go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum, even plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle, and oops, let’s hope there’s not another jelly flood!
Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
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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.
When Frank Matcham, the famous Victorian theatre designer, was commissioned to create the Grand Theatre in 1893 its owner, Thomas Sergenson, briefed him to incorporate a number of small shops on Church Street into the design.
However, back in 1981, when the Friends purchased the Grade II* listed building from the then owners, EMI, these units were not included in the sale. Ever since, the Friends have been saving in a special fund for the day when it might be possible to buy them.
Well, that day has come and John Buck, Chairman of the Friends of the Grand said ‘it’s like a dream come true. We’ve been saving for this day for years; selling raffle tickets, lapel badges, holding coffee mornings and, even as recently as April we received a bequest from our long-serving Treasurer, Alan Sears, who sadly died earlier this year. It came with the specific instruction that it should only be spent of the purchase of the shops. Alan will be smiling down on us this day’.
John, who is now in his seventies, was one of the original group who raised the money to save the theatre from demolition in 1973. He, along with other passionate and dedicated Friends, cleaned, repaired and painted in their spare time to get the building back on its feet ready for its reopening and dedication from HRH The Prince of Wales in 1981.
‘We were invited to buy the shops back in the 1990s’ remembers John, ‘but, back then, the owners wanted more than a million pounds for them and we thought we’d never be able to raise that much. And we were right! Obviously, times have changed, and, thankfully, we’ve been able raise enough to buy them for less than half that price’.
When the purchase is complete, the deeds of the properties will be donated to the Grand Theatre Trust, the heritage conservation charity which owns and cares for this beautiful historic building.
Roger Lloyd Jones, Chairman of the Trust said ‘there are many, many people who have made this wonderful purchase possible and I would like to thank everyone who has helped. The theatre is now 122 years old and, as you can imagine, needs constant care and attention. We hope the shops will prove an asset to the theatre, providing a small but much-needed rental income to be re-invested in the upkeep of this precious architectural gem’.
The Friends of the Grand is a registered Charity.
Today, the Friends of the Grand still volunteer their services as Front of House staff, envelope-stuffers and runners of the theatre’s coffee stall. Last year, they provided 13,174 hours of voluntary service for the theatre at a value of £88,000.
Blackpool is the home of entertainment and presiding over it is the ‘Grand’ Old Lady.
From opera, ballet and Shakespeare to variety, musicals and comedy giants, The Grand Theatre caters for every age, pocket and personality.
When you enter the Victorian auditorium of the Blackpool Grand Theatre you will understand what people mean by ‘the glorious Grand’. This Frank Matcham designed masterpiece offers ornate, gilded plasterwork, baroque ceiling, cavorting cherubs and cantilevered balconies allowing every seat a clear view of the stage.
120 Glorious Years!
The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre celebrated its 120th Birthday on Wednesday 23 July 2014. It first opened its doors on 23 July 1894, and still remains as one of the few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham.
The Grand Theatre has hosted a multitude of stars since its opening, from Lily Langtree to Michael Macintyre, Gracie Fields to Ken Dodd, Arthur Askey to Lee Evans…and the list goes on!
Photo: Sean Conboy
Over the 120 years, it’s attracted the very best in award-winning touring companies, including The National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera and Ballet International and the Russian State Ballet.
As well as presenting a programme of quality drama, comedy, dance and children’s theatre, The Grand Theatre plays host to the outstanding talents of local performers from groups across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.
Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive said, “120 years on from first opening its doors, The Grand still remains at the heart of the community, offering people of Blackpool, Wyre, Fylde and the Region the very best in touring productions, as well as opportunities to participate, experience and learn through theatre.”
By the early 1960s theatres across Britain were closing due to loss of audience to television and in July 1972 the then owners, the Tower Company, applied for permission to demolish it. In its place they proposed to build a department store. However, by then, following an application to the Department of the Environment, the theatre had been listed as a Grade II* building and there had to be a full public enquiry.
Early in 1973 the Friends of the Grand Theatre was formed and after legal and financial wrangling, they, together with EMI and the local council, put together a deal involving leasing the theatre for £10,000 per annum and final purchase for £250,000.
You can find out more about the history of this amazing building here
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