There’s a great variety of shows, events and entertainment for all the family at the venue at the heart of the town centre. Read on to find out what’s on next at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
What’s on Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Saturday Night Fever
Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm
Saturday Night Fever will embark on a UK tour this summer, over 40 years since the classic film was released in cinemas, and 20 years since the show’s original London production.
Featuring the music of the Bee Gees (including “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love”) as well as a number of ’70s favourites, the piece tells the story of Tony Manero as he recklessly dances his way to success.
This new production will have new choreography and more music, with casting for the piece to be announced.
The musical is based on the film of the same name which was released in 1977 and featured John Travolta in the lead, who was later nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. The musical originally debuted at the London Palladium in 1998 with Adam Garcia in the lead where it was nominated for three Tony Awards, before running on Broadway in 2000. Most recently the show toured in 2014.
Wednesday 7 November at 7.30pm
Following last years’ successful tour, Sixties Gold returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 UK Top 30 hits.
With a career spanning 6 decades, The Searchers now embark upon what will be their ‘Farewell 60s’ tour. It all began in Liverpool, where they were tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers spent 128 weeks in the charts, with sales of more than 50 million, including 3 massive UK No.1 hits.
The Merseybeats. Another success story from the Liverpool, Merseybeat boom years. Great memorable hit records including; Sorrow, I Think of You, and Wishin’ and Hopin’.
Following on in the wake of Merseybeat, The Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of the classic pop song. With hits including; ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and ‘Here It Comes Again’, The Fortunes remain one of the UK’s premier harmony groups.
This will be ponytailed P.J. Proby’s final tour. His controversial trouser splitting shocked the nation and in 1964 and was the Melody Maker teen idol award winner. His hit records spent 91 weeks in the charts.
Steve Ellis, the original lead vocalist and founder of Love Affair who had five Top 20 singles, including their No. 1 Everlasting Love.
Finally, Vanity Fare, scored with three top 20 hits in the late sixties, including their catchy ‘Hitchin’ A Ride.
Relive the magic of the 1960s with Six of the biggest chart acts of the decade. Get your tickets by calling the box office or book online.
The World Famous Elvis Show
Saturday 10 November at 7.30pm
THE WORLD FAMOUS ELVIS SHOW starring the world’s leading Elvis performer – Mr Chris Connor with special guest Europes No1 PETER KAY tribute – Mr Lee Lard. !
Starring and produced by world renowned Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR. With his 12 piece live band ‘THE STEELS’, & backing vocals by ‘ The Sweet Harmonies’ . A magnificent 2 hour theatre production, recreating 2 popular Elvis Presley concerts.
This show respectively and authentically recreates Elvis at his very best. You will feel that you have been transported back in time. If you were not lucky enough to see Elvis live, you will walk away from this concert feeling that you have! Many Elvis fans are left emotionally moved when they leave the show.
King of Pop
Sunday 11 November at 7.30pm
Navi is the World’s No 1 Michael Jackson Impersonator, simply ‘Chosen by Michael’ and the ONLY impersonator who has worked with the legend himself. Navi is the ONLY tribute to be applauded and receive a standing ovation by MJ. Navi has performed in over 250 international shows in 57 different countries and is the ONLY impersonator to be associated with Sony, MJJ Estate and MJ’s family.
British National Dance Championships
The British National Dance Championships were originally entitled, The British Closed Championships, which was confusing for many people and so, in 1997, the titles were changed.
2004 saw the 30th anniversary of the Championships, with Ballroom and Latin dancing for British couples only.
The Festival covers three days and takes place in the beautiful Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens. The Juveniles and Juniors dance on the Saturday afternoon and early evening.
Every year the Festival attracts more competitors, in 2017 the total number of entries was 499 and 10 Formation Teams, with many more spectators.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – The Last King of Pop
Saturday 24 November. Tickets on sale Friday 5 Oct at 9.30am
One of the UK’s most prolifically gifted songwriters Paul Heaton will release a career spanning album on 16 November ’18 on the Virgin EMI label. Entitled ‘The Last King Of Pop’ it will feature 23 of the finest songs from throughout Paul’s extraordinary music career, including hits from his days in the Housemartins, through his time in the multi-platinum pop co-operative The Beautiful South, his solo years, and up to the present day in his long-standing collaboration with former Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott.
From the Housemartins’ glorious 1985 debut single ‘Flag Day’ to the Beautiful South’s chart dominating pop standards ‘Don’t Marry Her’, ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Perfect 10’ through to last year’s Heaton & Abbott smash hit ‘I Gotta Praise’ they’re all present and correct….and there’s also room for a 2018 re-record by Paul and Jacqui of the Beautiful South classic ‘A Little Time’, and a brand new song, a deliciously infectious ska-pop paean to a lifetime of jukebox dancing and pop music obsession entitled ‘7”Singles’.
To celebrate the release of ‘The Last King of Pop’ Paul & Jacqui will play 3 very special live shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Sheffield City Hall and Blackpool Empress Ballroom at the end of November where they will perform the album in full.
Christmas Show 2018 – The Wizard of Oz – The Musical
Friday 7th December to Sunday 30 December 2018
Shows at various times, every day except Mon 10, Mon 17, Tues 25 December
Following the smash hit show Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House this year, 2018 will see audiences following the yellow brick road to spend an unforgettable Christmas with Dorothy and her friends in the merry old land of Oz.
X- Factor sensation Holly Tandy will stepping into Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers in this year’s unforgettable adventure, The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Opera House. Radio Wave’s Scott Gallagher is the Cowardly Lion.
In 2017 Holly’s strong performances as one of Sharon Osbourne’s girls got her all the way through to the Semi Finals of the X Factor. She was the youngest contestant on the show at just 15 and her performance of Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You at the auditions was the start of an incredible journey. This will be Holly’s first musical theatre role and she tells us:
‘I’m over the moon, or should I say rainbow! To be taking my first stage role in such an iconic musical at such an iconic venue. I can’t wait to get on stage!’
This highly-acclaimed adaptation from The Royal Shakespeare Company is produced by the award-winning Selladoor Family, (producers of Madagascar, Peter Pan, Seussical) and sees the return of Radio Wave favourite Scott Gallagher as the Cowardly Lion, back by popular demand following his celebrated performance in last years musical adventure at the Opera House – Peter Pan. The Wizard of Oz features a timeless and instantly recognisable score, with classics such as We’re Off To See The Wizard, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!, If I Only Had A Brain and Over The Rainbow.
When a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, to the merry old land of Oz, they learn that the only way to get back home is to ask for help from a great and powerful Wizard. Whilst on their quest they stumble across a Scarecrow – who is need of a brain, a Tin Man – who so desperately wants a heart, and a Lion – who could really do with some courage. Together they begin a magical journey as they head off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Blackpool Music Service Christmas Festival
11 December at 7pm
Blackpool Music Services Christmas Festival is back in the wonderful Empress Ballroom.
Featuring talented Blackpool bands, ensembles and performers who have been particularly successful throughout 2018. With a massed choir of approximately 1000 children this promises to be an evening to remember and a fabulous start the festive season.
The Ultimate Country Rock Experience
Saturday 15 December at 7.30pm
The Ultimate Country Rock Experience is definitely a show for all those fans of Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and many, many more.
If you’re a hardcore fan of country rock or have just gotten into the Country music scene or even just a lover of great music this is a show for you. You will not be disappointed .
Country music and Rock has always gone hand in hand since the very early days, and now right up to the present day.
If your a Honky Tonk Woman or a Redneck Man, if you are a lover of Nashville ,Stetsons ,Cowboy boots then don’t miss out.
Johnny Westwood, Tina Hall and their Band “The Rednecks” will have you partying and they Ain’t going down til the sun comes up.’
One Night Only – Christmas Party Night
Saturday 15 December from 7.30pm
Party in style in the world-famous Empress Ballroom this Christmas!
Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival before taking seats in the world-famous Empress Ballroom.
Including a 3-course meal before entertainment from the Midnight Soul Sisters featuring classics from legends such as, Tina Turner, Supremes, Etta James, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, Candy Staton, Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Chic, The Shirelles, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary wells, Mary J Blige, Beyonce and many more!
With aftershow DJ, it’s the perfect party for you, your colleagues and friends to celebrate Christmas in style!
Santa’s New Sleigh!
19 to 24 December, tickets from £9.50
Wed & Thur 11am & 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm
Mon 10am, 1pm & 3pm
Sprocket and Dibs have a problem! Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s Sleigh is nowhere to be found.
Will Sprocket and Dibs be able to create a new sleigh in time or will Christmas be cancelled? Can you help them save the day? Only time will tell but with audience participation, sing-alongs and a present from Santa for every child it promises to be the perfect festive treat.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take a photograph with Santa himself so don’t forget to bring your cameras and Smart Phones!
This show is ideal for pre-school and children up to 8 years.
Hits at Christmas
Saturday 22 December at 6pm
Following the continued success of the various Hits shows in the Opera House, Hits at Christmas will give children the opportunity to experience performing in Empress Ballroom, on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.
Here at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.
New Years Eve Family Party
Monday 31 December from 7pm to 1am
Join the Empress Ballroom to celebrate 2018 and see in 2019 in style. The annual New Year’s Eve Family party has become a tradition for many families.
The event includes:
- Childrens entertainer
- Party games
- Live Bands
- Bouncy Castle
Reserved tables of 10 are available for £250 and include drinks, buffet and reserved seats. Book your tickets early as this is a sell out event.
The Blackpool NYE Northern Soul & Motown Party
Monday 31 December from 8pm – 2am
What a great way to bring in the 2019 with DJ’s: Richard Searling, Kev Roberts, Ozz, Chris Box, Jimmy Scriv, Jim Hargreaves & John Kane.
2 Rooms of Soul!
- In the Spanish Hall: Classic Northern Soul & Motown
- In the Renaissance: Disco & Modern Soul Anthems
Advance Tickets : £15.00 each or pay on the door £20* each *Please note: no admission without an advance ticket after 1am
SHOWS IN 2019 AT BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS
Green Day’s American Idiot
5-9 March 2019
Following two critically acclaimed and celebrated West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive Tony Award winning rock musical, American Idiot, returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning album. The special anniversary tour opens at the Opera House Blackpool for one week only from 5 – 9 March 2019.
Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show, which premiered in December 2009 at Berkeley Rep Theatre, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.
This story of youthful disillusion and mistrust of society and government has never been more current; particularly with the modern parallels in the USA where school children have mobilised to form an impressive campaign for gun law reform.
The musical’s hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
American Idiot The Musical is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow and lighting by Tim Deiling. The production is produced by Selladoor Worldwide and presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio
Thurs 11 & Fri 12 April 2019
Shows at 11am & 2pm
Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much-loved classic, Pinocchio!
Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached!
Tues 23- Sat 27 April 2019
Evenings – 7pm, Wed, Thur & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).
The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour 2019
Wednesday 15 May 2019 – Tickets go on sale Thursday 15 February 2018 at 10am
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date UK tour. Heading to the Opera House Blackpool on 15 May 2019. Tickets for this dance spectacular will go on general sale on Thursday 15th February at 10am.
Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess.
Audiences will enjoy the incredible talent of these world-class dancers as they perform exquisitely choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines with all the sequins, sparkle and stunning production values we have come to know and love!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals as it returns for a Strictly limited engagement!
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals takes place across the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
Buy your tickets for the 2.30pm performance here – including links to pre-sale tickets
Buy your tickets for the 7.30pm performance here – including links to pre-sale tickets
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Tues 28 May to Sat 1 June 2019
Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT returns in May following a sell-out stint at the venue in 2016.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
Tues – Thurs 7.30pm
Weds & Thurs Matinee 2.30pm
Fri – 5.00pm & 8.00pm
Sat – 2.00pm, 5.00pm, 8.00pm
Rocky Horror Show
Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June 2019
Mon-Thurs at 8pm, Fri-Sat at 6 & 9pm
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet.
When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget…
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Monday 21 – Sat 26 October 2019
Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Weds & Sat mats at 2.30pm
The iconic musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is coming to the Opera House Blackpool. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY!
Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
A Green Revolution for the Winter Gardens
A new programme launched in January 2018 by the Winter Gardens Blackpool will see trees planted across Blackpool’s parks and public spaces as part of a drive to offset the venues carbon footprint.
With help from Radio Wave’s breakfast team, Scott and Hayley, the first tree, an oak, planted to launch the scheme sits proudly in Stanley Park.
The scheme which forms part of a wider community programme developed by the Blackpool Winter Gardens could see up to 20 trees donated each year.
The trees will be sited by the council’s community and environmental department and donated as part a drive to offset the print including posters, brochures and leaflets which are used by the venue in the promotion of its many events. The initiative forms part of a community and environmental programme aimed at ensuring the venue remains at the heart of the community.
The tree donation initiative forms part of a green revolution taking place at the Victorian venue which now includes the recycling of advertising banners into reusable shopping bags, and a phased withdrawal of single-use plastics. This is accompanied by significant investment in new and efficient systems at the venue.
There’s Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens
This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors. The variety of events the Winter Gardens has to offer means there’s always something on offer for locals and visitors to the resort. Find out more about the history of the Winter Gardens.
The Opera House
New, upcoming bands have played in the Opera House including the like of Little Mix, along with old favourites such as Jane McDonald and Daniel O’Donnell who continue to return and some of the world’s best bands including Canada’s Arcade Fire – who selected the Winter Gardens as only one of three venues to play in the UK.
The Empress Ballroom
The magnificent Empress Ballroom is just as comfortable staging the World Dance Championships each year as it is hosting some of the world’s best rock and pop acts in concert.
Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens is an incredible building with a long history. It first opened on 11 July 1878 and since then has grown and developed as an entertainment complex which mirrors the growth of the seaside town of Blackpool.
Right in the centre of the complex, in what is now the coffee shop, still stands the original building of the site around which the whole of the Winter Gardens has been built.
A Perfect Venue for your Event
The Winter Gardens offers a wide variety of venues for events ranging from small private business lunches to large scale conferences. You can also hold your wedding at the Winter Gardens. What could be better than a reception or banquet in the newly refurbished Derham Room? (pictured below).
The main rooms include the 2,900 capacity Opera House (the largest theatre stage outside London), the grand Empress Ballroom with a capacity of 3,250 people for concerts, and the 2,600 sq metre Olympia Exhibition Hall.
The Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens, dine in style!
Illuminasia was the indoor Illuminations attraction inside the Winter Gardens. It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October 2017. Illuminasia was dismantled to make space for who knows what….
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