From variety, musicals and comedy giants to Shakespeare, drama and dance, The Grand Theatre caters for every age, pocket and personality
From 17 July to 8 September – shows at 7.30pm
Plus matinees at 2pm on Thurs & Sat, 3pm on Sun. No shows on Monday
Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is delighted to announce its BIG Summer Show for 2018. Working in partnership with Producer Stuart Littlewood of HANDSHAKE they will present the original tribute from London’s West End ABBA MANIA, for 8-weeks this summer in Blackpool.
It’s just over 40 years since they won Eurovision and now it’s your chance to thank ABBA for the music!
ABBA MANIA is accepted as the world’s number one touring tribute production. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when the band ruled the airwaves.
The show brings fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you!
So, dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Walk Like a Man
Monday 23 & 30 July at 7.30pm
Monday 6, 13, 20 and 27 August at 7.30pm
Walk Like A Man takes you back in time on a musical journey through the incredible career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, now immortalised in the multi-award winning show Jersey Boys, which has been packing theatres worldwide since it’s debut in 2005.
Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the airwaves for more than two decades with classics such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, December 63 (Oh What A Night), Bye Bye Baby, Who Loves You and many, many more.
With a repertoire which needs no introduction, Walk Like A Man combines infectious personalities, amazing vocals, slick harmonies and even slicker dance moves to deliver a show full of energy and nostalgia which will leave you wanting more! Don’t miss the ultimate celebration of one of the world’s greatest Rock & Roll bands!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Friday 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November, 14 December 2018 at 8pm
Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at The Grand Studio – bringing the best live stand-up to Blackpool! Each show will have 4 comics including MC Damion Larkin ‘One of the country’s top new comedians’ BBC.
Wherever possible we’ll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount’s Live at The Comedy Store. Previously acts have included Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) or visit the website
Grand Theatre Heritage Tours
Wednesday 8 August at 11am
Saturday 15 September at 11am
There is no theatre quite like The Grand. The published descriptions in 1894 said so, and contemporary theatregoers agree. Renowned as architect Frank Matcham’s masterpiece, it has a long and lively heritage history.
Join us for one of our Heritage Theatre Tours led by theatre archivists Geoff and Linda Tolson MBE. Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit – and the complete visibility of every seat in this atmospheric house.
See the secrets of the great stage, take in Blackpool’s hidden gem, learn about flamboyant architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases that lead to the stars, dressing rooms and beyond.
Saturdays at 1.30pm – 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November
Our 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.
Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning
Thursday mornings at 10.30am – 16 August, 20 September, 18 October, 8 November
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.
Be My Baby
Friday 17 August at 8pm
Saturday 18 August at 3 and 8pm
Be My Baby is a refreshing treat. It is also a harsh reminder of what the stigma was like to be an unmarried mum-to-be in the sixties and the unthinkable agony that many women went through when they were forced to give their babies up for adoption. This play is a must-see!
Featuring an all-female cast, this beautifully touching and exceptionally poignant play entertains, consoles and inspires.
It’s 1964 but the sixties aren’t swinging for Mary Adams: 19-years-old, unmarried and pregnant. She is sent by her mother, who is keeping up appearances, in secrecy and shame to St. Saviours, a Church of England mother-and-baby home run by a formidable Matron.
Mary is set to work in the laundry and shares a room with the tough-talking Queenie. Alongside vulnerable Norma and lovable Dolores, the girls’ youthful effervescence keeps breaking through as they bond over a mutual love of girl-group records. When Mary finds she is expected to give up her child for adoption, she begins a desperate fight.
With scenes interlaced with well-known songs from the female icons of the sixties, such as The Ronettes and Dusty Springfield, Be My Baby has a nostalgic feel about it. From the young teens in the audience to those who had grown up in the 60s, the play manages to engage on all levels as they connect with the action onstage.
Brought to you by Willow Theatre Productions in association with Cou-Cou Theatre Productions. Willow Theatre Productions is a new theatre company that’s focus is on creating intimate, powerful and thought-provoking pieces. The company is dedicated to putting women’s stories at the forefront, using works by female playwrights with strong female protagonists.
The Magic of Motown
Sunday 26 August at 7.30pm
Celebrating the sound of a generation – The Magic of Motown returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.
Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people nationwide, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance.
The legend of the great record label lives on, live on stage: five-star performances revive more than 40 back-to-back massive Motown classics with all the glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and superb musicianship synonymous with the label in this explosive concert experience.
Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music from artists such as; Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.
This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all of your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Where Did Our Love Go, My Guy, Baby Love, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave and many, many more.
Weds 12 to Sat 15 September, shows at 7.30 and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
ENSEMBLE Theatre Presents OLIVER!
Consistently voted everyone’s favourite musical OLIVER! with its timeless songs, Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself & As Long As He Needs Me, is a justifiable ‘All Time Classic’.
Oliver tries to escape hardship and the dangers of Victorian London, hoping he’ll find a family home, one where he can be truly loved.
A multi award winning movie and WEST END smash hit, featuring some of the best characters ever written, from Fagin to the Artful Dodger – it’s a musical for the whole family, to pull at your heartstrings and bring on the widest of smiles.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra – Puttin’ On The Ritz
Sunday 16 September at 7pm
Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The fun-packed show features timeless classics from the great American song book – those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people’s spirits during the depression era, and which made household names of singers such as Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, and Fred Astaire. The musicians master the arrangements and sound of the fabled American orchestras such as Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, whilst also paying tribute to the great British dance Bands like Ray Noble or Ambrose.
Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.
Boy Blue presents Blak Whyte Gray
Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm
Boy Blue presents Blak Whyte Gray a personal response by Boy Blue’s founders to their experiences and observations of the world.
The time is right to ask questions, to break free from a system that isn’t working, to emerge on the other side to an awakening – a return to roots, a celebration of culture.
Fierce and affecting, this galvanising hip-hop dance performance reflects themes of identity, oppression and transcendence. Blak Whyte Gray is set to the resonating sounds of a multi-layered score. The powerful choreography and staging make for an image-rich production with political bite.
After its premiere in 2017, the triple bill earned an Olivier nomination for Best New Dance Production.
This Is The Greatest Show
Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm
This is the Greatest Show is inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum.
Join our cast of West End Singers and LIVE band as we take you on a journey through music from “The Greatest Showman” “Moulin Rouge” “Barnum” and many others.
A memorable night that will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. This IS the greatest show – not to be missed!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 September 2018, Evenings 7:30pm, Matinees (Thu and Sat) 2pm
To celebrate 50 years one of the world’s favourite films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the musical of the same name will be coming to Blackpool and will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance.
Brought to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre by Blackpool & Fylde Light Opera Company who have had huge success with Grease, Legally Blonde, Hairspray and Sister Act and have received incredible reviews and awards for their productions of some of the world’s best musicals. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will take you on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas.
Based on the beloved 1968 film versionof Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”
Can the loveable but whacky inventor, Potts, along with his two children and the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious outwit the bombastic Baron Bomburst who has decreed that all children be banished from his kingdom? What happens when the children are caught and imprisoned with the other youngsters by the evil Child Catcher? Will it all end happily-ever-after? Well, of course it will!
Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical adventure fantasy film, directed by Ken Hughes and written by Roald Dahl and Hughes, loosely based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.
The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli, the regular co-producer of the James Bond series of films. John Stears
Dave Spikey In Juggling on a Motorbike
Thursday 4 October at 7.30pm
Dave Spikey, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his comedy career with the tour – JUGGLING ON A MOTORBIKE.
This will see the Lancashire based comic look back on his remarkable life and incredible journey from working class lad to Chief Biomedical Scientist to much loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more.
Dave Spikey had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1988 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously!!
Only a few short months later he was crowned the winner of the national talent show “Stairway to the Stars”. Larry Grayson, one of the judges, told him that it was a close run thing on the night but what clinched the award for Dave was his routine about a juggler on a motorbike. Fast forward 13 years (Is that possible?) to Friday 13th October 2000 , the day Dave switched off his microscope for good and found himself, the following Monday, sitting on rain swept local car park dressed as a giant berry!!
So now in 2018 he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his amazing comedy career. In this show he will look back on his remarkable life and his incredible journey from working class lad to Chief Biomedical Scientist to much loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more. He often reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and he might still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on the motorbike.
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October, shows at 10am and 1pm
The Teletubbies first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones is here!
Join the Teletubbies, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland.
Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and the Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them.
Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.
My Mother Said I Never Should
Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13th October, shows at 2 and 7.30pm
The London Classic Theatre presents Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning family drama, My Mother Said I Never Should.
Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.
Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley examines the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. The play focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.
In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to mind her manners and practice the piano. In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom. When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.
Written in 1985 and first staged at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide. My Mother Said I Never Should has been translated into 22 languages and has earned Keatley the George Devine Award, as well as the Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play. In 1990, Keatley was also nominated for an Olivier Award as Most Promising Newcomer.
‘In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals. It is a classic.’ The Times
A Country Night in Nashville
Sunday 14 October at 7.30pm
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 to 5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.
Dad’s Army Radio Hour
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October at 7.30 and 2.30pm
Based on the classic BBC sitcom, Dad’s Army, by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike”.
Double Fringe First Award winner David Benson (star of Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and Boris: World King) and Jack Lane (Wisdom Of A Fool) present a selection of classic radio episodes featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation!
Blackpool Gang Show
Weds 24 to Sat 27 October, shows at 7.30pm and Sat 2pm
Blackpool District Scout Council present Blackpool Gang Show.
An extravaganza of song, dance and comedy performed by Scouts and Guides from across Blackpool.
A show for all the family to enjoy, a true variety show including items celebrating Summertime, Friendship and a spectacular item showcasing songs with the word Magic in. It includes a number remembering the war, this includes a sketch pertinent to Blackpool Scouts as it includes names of Scouts who fought in the war. Add a glitzy number showing the journey from audition to Broadway, some comedy sketches and traditional Gang Show songs. You are in for a treat!
Come and have the night of nights, Blackpool Gang Show and Blackpool lights.
Sing-a-Long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sunday 28 October at 7.30pm
From the producers of the smash hit Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music comes Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the Campest Cult Classic of all time and now you can enjoy it like never before. Now with Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror, you get on-screen lyrics and all the favourite sing-a-long-a features, and it’s never been so much fun. Your live host will lead you through a choral warm-up, judge the fancy dress competition and award prizes but it is YOU, the audience, who are the stars as you howl the night away!
Made in 1975 with Tim Curry as Frank ‘n’ Furter, Susan Sarandon as Janet, Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff and Meatloaf as Eddie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the craziest, most action-packed, romantic, scary Transylvanian party of all time.
It’s packed full of terrific numbers including ‘The Timewarp’, ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘There’s a Light’, ‘I’m Going Home’, ‘Whatever Happened To Saturday Night?’ and ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’.
Now at long last The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets what it’s been SCREAMING for – the full Sing-a-long-a treatment that you love so well. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this!
The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free interactive props bag. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!
Please note that this is a screening of the iconic movie and not a live stage show! Contains scenes of a sexual nature and strong language (Age Guidance 15+yrs)
You Win Again
Monday 29 October at 7.30pm
Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees.
Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself in the brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties – including hits they wrote for artists such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.
Join us for this breath-taking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, Tragedy, Massachusetts, Words, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, Islands in the Stream, Grease, If I Can’t Have You and many more!
This fabulously authentic production ensures the Gibb brothers’ incredible legacy of classic hit songs is well and truly stayin’ alive. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.
Brendan Cole – All Night Long
Tuesday 30 October at 7.30pm
Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long.
For his 10th Anniversary tour, Brendan Cole is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic. From tantalising Tango to fiery Paso Doble, elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz – and with a few surprises in store – this is no ordinary dance show.
Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan Cole’s own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night; join us for the party! This 2 hour stage production has it all…
Maximum Rhythm and Blues
Wednesday 31 October at 7.30pm
Join us for Maximum Rhythm and Blues with the legendary Manfreds and Georgie Fame for a fabulous evening of Rhythm and Blues nostalgia, and some of the greatest hits ever written!
The Manfreds with an all-star line-up of original members Paul Jones, Mike D’Abo, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie will be recreating many of their greatest hits both as part of Manfred Mann and as successful individual artists.
With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become an icon of the British music scene.
Since Manfred Mann formed in 1962, they have firmly secured their place in the history books of British popular and R&B music. Understandable considering the number of top ten hits they have had throughout the world.
Featuring all their greatest hits including; 5-4-3-2-1, Do Wah Diddy, The Mighty Quinn, Pretty Flamingo, Fox On The Run, Handbags& Gladrags, Yeh Yeh, Get Away, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde and many more! An all-star line up with the hits to match!
Steve Steinman’s The Meat Loaf Story
Friday 2 November at 7.30pm
Steve Steinman’s The Meat Loaf Story returns to The Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
Steve Steinman the creative force behind the hugely successful Vampires Rock returns with this epic musical concert delivering the best of the best from Meat Loafs Bat Out Of Hell record breaking album.
With incredible stage set, superb band and Steve Steinman’s unique sense of humour and stage presence, the show will have you up on your feet and dancing in the aisles to all the greatest Meat Loaf hits –Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth, Anything For Love, Dead Ringer For Love and Bat Out of Hell, to name just a few.
The Whitney Houston Show
Saturday 3 November at 7.30pm
The Whitney Houston Show is a critically acclaimed live concert honouring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston.
Featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids, this is a beautifully crafted homage to one of the world’s most revered singers.
The two-hour production will fill you with joy, nostalgia and wonderment as you are taken on a heartfelt musical journey through Houston’s greatest hits including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, How Will I Know, One Moment in Time, I Have Nothing, Run to You, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Greatest Love of All, I’m Every Woman, Queen of the Night, and more.
For accomplished South African songstress Belinda Davids, starring in The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show is the culmination of a life-long connection with the superstar to whom she pays homage.
Davids beat almost 15,000 other hopefuls to take on the role and it was her own eternal love of Houston that prepared her for the show. Exposed mainly to R&B and gospel as a child, Davids was innately drawn to Houston’s musical style. Singing professionally from her early teens, Houston songs became a fixture in Davids’ live shows. “I think I’ve sung at least one Houston track in almost every live show I’ve ever performed,” says Davids.
Now representing her idol on stage, Davids feels destined: “I’ve essentially prepared my whole life for this show and I feel privileged to be able to honour Whitney in such a way.”
For those lucky enough to witness it, this is truly a show you will talk about for years to come.
Beauty and the Beast Ballet
Sunday 4 November at 3pm
Join Ballet Theatre UK with one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, Beauty and the Beast Ballet.
Inspired by the original tale, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster. Little does she know that he is a Prince cursed by a magical Enchantress.
The only way the Beast may become human again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The curse set by the Enchantress is bound by a magical rose. If the final petal falls all hope will be lost and he will remain a Beast forever. Their feelings grow ever deeper as the clock ticks and petals continue to fall – will they confess their love for one another before it is too late?
Set to a stunning classical score this production will showcase new choreography by Artistic Director, Christopher Moore, as well as feature new sets and costumes created especially for this production.
The Comedy of Errors – First Encounters with Shakespeare
Thurs 8 – Sat 10 November, shows at 10am, 1.30pm and 7pm
The Royal Shakespeare Company presents First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors.
Imagine arriving somewhere new, only to find that everyone there already seems to know who you are. When Antipholus arrives in Ephesus in search of his family, he gets a little more than he bargained for. Strangers say hello as if they’ve known him for years, people give him expensive jewellery and a rather odd woman seems to think she’s his wife.
Two sets of identical twins later, everyone is very confused…
Young performers from across the country join a professional cast in this unique collaboration between the RSC, our Regional Theatre Partners and Associate Schools.
First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors is a twin-tastic 90 minutes of comic confusion and mistaken identity aimed at 7 to 13 year olds, but hugely entertaining whatever your age. Edited by Alex Thorpe
13 – 17 November, shows at 7.30pm (and 2pm Thurs & Sat)
A TOURING CONSORTIUM THEATRE COMPANY production in association with EWING ENTERTAINMENT and EVERYMAN THEATRE CHELTENHAM
The World Première of a brand-new stage adaptation of the classic thriller.
Completely re-imagined by a world-class creative team from London’s West End and Broadway.
Discover Dracula, the iconic Vampire thriller that started them all.
This brand-new multi-sensory stage adaptation is brought to irresistible life in a contemporary, visceral interpretation of Bram Stoker’s book that includes all the familiar characters.
With breath-taking illusions and spine chilling effects, this classic tale of obsession and horror will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Emotionally fulfilling, utterly terrifying, spellbindingly addictive! WE DARE YOU TO BUY A TICKET. Contains strong themes, blood and gore, not for the faint hearted (age guidance; 16+).
Weds 21 and Thurs 22 November, shows from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is coming to Blackpool!
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
This award-winning production, from the team behind The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome.
Buddy Holly and The Cricketers
Friday 23 November at 7.30pm
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers present Holly at Christmas 2018. 26 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World.
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!
Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.
This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.
It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.
Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”
Quadrophenia The Album Live
Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm
Produced by Concept Concerts this production, acclaimed by a Sunday Times journalist as “Mighty, moving and unstoppable,” sees 8-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance of The Who’s smash hit concept album, Quadrophenia. From the very first show it has received standing ovations.
Released over 40 years ago in October 1973, The Who’s second rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ was Pete Townshend’s homage to a pivotal moment in British youth culture. The album tells the story of Jimmy, a Mod, by chronicling his dissatisfaction with life, work, love, home, and family life. It served as an ode to teenage angst and counterculture rebellion, as well as a criticism of the British class, economic and educational systems but you don’t need to be clued up on the history of the Mods and Rockers to enjoy this show because at its core, Quadrophenia, which peaked at No. 2 on the UK and USA charts, is just about teenage confusion, conflict and frustration.
Backed with exciting, and sometimes heart-wrenching, large-screen projection of archival footage, the emotions, tension and raw power that the music demands is delivered masterfully by the fabulous, charismatic band, The Goldhawks, with amazing replication of The Who’s sound.
To send you home on an even bigger high there are a few all-time classic Who hits to close the show!
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Friday 30 November at 7.30pm
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. Their new show, charts the Uke’s rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall.
Not only this but given the time of year the Ukes are adding a little festive frivolity to the show. This is definitely not shameless seasonal cashing in, just a little midwinter mischief and a chance for the audience to play or sing-a-long to the odd well known Christmas number. Watch the tutorials online, learn the parts and join in live.
On an ongoing “hand-luggage only” world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining Christmas carols, twisting classical music favourites or uncovering quirky versions of rock covers.
Beauty and the Beast
Friday 7 December to Sunday 6 January 2019. Shows at various times
Martin Dodd for UK Productions in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre presents a Brand-New Spectacular Pantomime for all the family, Beauty and The Beast.
The Grand is delighted to announce this year’s cast includes Danny Walters (EastEnders, Benidorm, World War and Call The Midwife) who will star as ‘The Prince (Beast)’, Hayley Kay as the beautiful ‘Fairy Bon Bon’ and Nick Wilton as ‘Polly La Plonk’ all starring alongside panto favourite the incredible Steve Royle (BBC Radio Lancashire) who will be making his 16th annual appearance starring as ‘Louis La Plonk’.
In Beauty and The Beast, Belle is dreaming of a happier life but finds herself transported to a cursed castle. Held imprisoned by a hideous beast, the castle is full of magical characters placed under a spell by an evil enchantress.
Can Belle see beyond the beast and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl who has melted his heart? Featuring sumptuous costumes, magnificent scenery and the unmissable and magical transformation moment, it’s a pantomime not to be missed.
If The Beast cannot find true love then he will die when the last petal falls from the rose.
Joining Walters at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre this year is not one, but two radio legends, Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire who will play Louis La Plonk and local broadcaster Hayley Kay and local favourite, returns as the Magical Fairy Bon Bon.
Nick Wilton will play this year’s Dame. Wilton has appeared at The Grand on more than one occasion in pantomime. Wilton is best known for playing Mr Lister in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
The incredible dancing stars of Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre will also return with choreography by the incredible Katie Hill.
Blackpool audiences are guaranteed another year of spectacular sets, dazzling costumes and side-splitting comedy. Book your seats today to see Blackpool’s must-see Christmas show in 2018.
Grand Christmas Concert ’18
Tuesday 18 December at 8pm
Poulton-le-Fylde Band returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with the heart-warming Grand Christmas Concert – a fabulous festive treat for all the family.
Poulton-le-Fylde Brass Band will celebrate the festive season in rousing style with the yearly Grand Christmas Concert.
Packed with all your favourite sing-along carols and festive melodies, this family friendly concert is the perfect start to your Christmas.
Please note that Canon Andrew Sage will be taking over from Father Bottoms.
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.
There are lots of ways to make a difference:
– Come to the theatre! The more people who buy tickets and see shows, the more profitable we become. The more profit that we make the better we can be. Simple!
– Make a one-off donation at the website
– Set up a regular donation, you could look at the Charity Aid Foundation (CAF)’s Long-Term Giving. They offer tailored philanthropy services, knowledge and expertise, to help you fulfil your charitable ambitions. They work with over 2,000 high net worth individuals in a variety of ways, from providing valuable administration of their charitable giving through to expert advice on a long term giving strategy.
– Donate when you shop online with easyfundraising. Shop for products from thousands of leading online retailers; use their price comparison tool to ensure you get the best price and even save money by using the exclusive offers and deals available. A percentage of everyday and annual purchases you make (like Travelodge, Thomas Cook, M&S, John Lewis, Aviva, AA, RAC, Sainsbury’s ASDA, Tesco and Ocado) will be donated to charity. easyfundraising have over 3,000 shops and sites that give them a commission for your purchase. They then turn that into a donation and give it to the Grand Theatre. Easy!
– Search online with Everyclick.com – a new UK search engine which donates 50% of its gross revenue to charity. Just use it instead of Google to search online and clicking on one of the results. Its founders hope to pass on to charity some of the £3.9 billion of global web search revenues that are predicted to be generated this year. Just select The Grand as your chosen charity.
– Charity credit cards and energy supplies – ask your energy suppliers or credit card companies if you can donate or if they donate on your behalf, like charitably donating your Cashback offer.
So, please help us and ‘#PlayYourPart’ to help us make Blackpool an even better place to live, work and learn.
Grand Returns to its Original Footprint – for the first time in more than 40 years
The Friends of The Grand today announced that, after thirty-five years of fundraising, they have, at last, achieved their long-held ambition to return the Grand Theatre to its original architectural footprint.
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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