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Grand Returns to its Original Footprint - for the first time in more than 40 years

The Friends of The Grand today announced that, after thirty-five years of fundraising, they have, at last, achieved their long-held ambition to return the Grand Theatre to its original architectural footprint.

John Buck, Friends of Blackpool Grand Theatre Chairman

When Frank Matcham, the famous Victorian theatre designer, was commissioned to create the Grand Theatre in 1893 its owner, Thomas Sergenson, briefed him to incorporate a number of small shops on Church Street into the design.

However, back in 1981, when the Friends purchased the Grade II* listed building from the then owners, EMI, these units were not included in the sale.  Ever since, the Friends have been saving in a special fund for the day when it might be possible to buy them.

Well, that day has come and John Buck, Chairman of the Friends of the Grand said ‘it’s like a dream come true.  We’ve been saving for this day for years; selling raffle tickets, lapel badges, holding coffee mornings and, even as recently as April we received a bequest from our long-serving Treasurer, Alan Sears, who sadly died earlier this year.  It came with the specific instruction that it should only be spent of the purchase of the shops.  Alan will be smiling down on us this day’.

John, who is now in his seventies, was one of the original group who raised the money to save the theatre from demolition in 1973.  He, along with other passionate and dedicated Friends, cleaned, repaired and painted in their spare time to get the building back on its feet ready for its reopening and dedication from HRH The Prince of Wales in 1981. 

‘We were invited to buy the shops back in the 1990s’ remembers John, ‘but, back then, the owners wanted more than a million pounds for them and we thought we’d never be able to raise that much.  And we were right!  Obviously, times have changed, and, thankfully, we’ve been able raise enough to buy them for less than half that price'.

When the purchase is complete, the deeds of the properties will be donated to the Grand Theatre Trust, the heritage conservation charity which owns and cares for this beautiful historic building. 

Roger Lloyd Jones, Chairman of the Trust said ‘there are many, many people who have made this wonderful purchase possible and I would like to thank everyone who has helped. The theatre is now 122 years old and, as you can imagine, needs constant care and attention.  We hope the shops will prove an asset to the theatre, providing a small but much-needed rental income to be re-invested in the upkeep of this precious architectural gem’.

The Friends of the Grand are a registered Charity.

Today, the Friends of the Grand still volunteer their services as Front of House staff, envelope-stuffers and runners of the theatre’s coffee stall.  Last year, they provided 13,174 hours of voluntary service for the theatre at a value of £88,000.

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New Season at Blackpool Grand Theatre

SEPTEMBER 2016 TO MARCH 2017

New Season at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool announces an exciting new programme of shows for 2016/ 17. With an incredible line-up of drama, musicals, dance, opera, music and comedy–there’s something for everyone to enjoy at The Grand!

Grand Theatre Chief Executive Ruth Eastwood said,

“At the Grand Theatre we always strive to offer our audiences the best quality and variety of arts and entertainment, with productions as diverse as Ellen Kent’s Aida, Stickman and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest, we hope that everyone will be able to find something that appeals to them in our autumn 2016 programme.”

Call Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk

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A Grand New Refurbishment for Blackpool Theatre.

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

Grand Conference Room

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

Blackpool Grand Theatre refurbishment

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

Meeting room at Blackpool Grand Theatre

“Our architect, Lawrence Mcburney from Cassidy + Ashton; project manager, Shaun Ward from Blackpool Council; and contractors, Parkinsons, worked in close partnership with us to sensitively upgrade and extend our facilities.

"None of this would have been possible without the financial support of Arts Council England, Friends of The Grand, Garfield Weston Trust, and Blackpool Council.

"My thanks to our CEO, Ruth Eastwood, and her team for completing the project on time and on budget.

"We are now able to offer a variety of additional facilities to local arts organisations for meetings, functions, rehearsals and small-scale performances.”

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Ambition for Excellence

Two New Projects Delivered By The Grand Theatre In Partnership With LeftCoast

Ruth Eastwood, Grand Theatre Blackpool

Blackpool Grand Theatre is pleased to announce that its application to Arts Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’ Fund has been successful.  The fund has been created to stimulate and support ambition, talent and excellence in the arts, particularly outside London. 

The award totals £680,000 and will be used to commission two pieces of work for the town, both of which will involve artists of international standing as well as local talent to create exciting new events in 2016 and 2017.  The two new projects will be delivered by the Grand Theatre in partnership with LeftCoast.

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said: “Winning this major national award from Arts Council England is a huge vote of confidence in Blackpool’s creative community and will bring the very highest quality creative experiences to the amazing locations and good people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.”

For the first piece, the partners will work with the renowned company dreamthinkspeak.  dreamthinkspeak hasn’t created a new work in the North West of England since Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.  The company’s highly imaginative ways of working and the amazing artistic experiences that they create will attract both locals and visitors to Blackpool.

Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of dreamthinkspeak, said: “This is wonderful news! I’m really looking forward to my stay in Blackpool and creating a show for a secret and fantastical site at the heart of the town! As always with a dreamthinkspeak project, I will be living in the town during the creation of the show and working closely with large numbers of local residents. I’m really excited to explore and discover how the project will adapt and develop in response to this remarkable town’s past, present and future. I’ve been dreaming about this project for the last two years. This award makes the dream real and I cannot wait to crack on”.

King Kong Comes Back to Blackpool

Older readers might remember a huge King Kong strapped to the front of Blackpool Tower, and the second piece, planned for 2017, will be a re-imagining of the King Kong story, utilising multiple art forms in a variety of locations.  Again working with large numbers of local artists, crafts people and residents, this project will have huge community involvement as well as great spectacle.

Alison Clark, Director Combined Arts & North, and Programme lead for Ambition for Excellence said, “This award represents a very significant moment for arts in Blackpool. This exciting internationally important programme illustrates the impact of the innovative cultural leaders in the town, and we look forward to seeing its powerful long term effects on artists and the arts infrastructure in Blackpool and beyond.”

Ruth Eastwood, CEO of the Grand Theatre (pictured) said: “We don’t want to give too much away just now.  These are big and important projects that will help consolidate Blackpool’s growing reputation as a place with culture at its heart; celebrating the uniqueness of this amazing town and offering new and different artistic experiences to people, young and old.  Now the hard work starts to create something really special.”

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Reader Review: The History Boys

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

Reader review of The History Boys at The Grand Theatre Blackpool

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

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

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

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

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

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Reader Review: Pat Barker’s 'Regeneration'

Regeneration at The Grand Theatre Blackpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reader Review: A Jolly, Confused Caper!

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

Twelfth Night at the Grand theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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Reader Review: Simon & Garfunkel - Keeping the Customer Satisfied

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

The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Grand Theatre

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

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

The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Grand Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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Blackpool is the home of entertainment and presiding over it is the ‘Grand’ Old Lady.

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

When you enter the Victorian auditorium of the Blackpool Grand Theatre you will understand what people mean by ‘the glorious Grand’.

This Frank Matcham designed masterpiece offers ornate, gilded plasterwork, baroque ceiling, cavorting cherubs and cantilevered balconies allowing every seat a clear view of the stage.

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120 Glorious Years!

The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre celebrated its 120th Birthday on Wednesday 23 July 2014.

The Grand Theatre celebrates 120 years

It first opened its doors on 23 July 1894, and still remains as one of the few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham.

The Grand Theatre has hosted a multitude of stars since its opening, from Lily Langtree to Michael Macintyre, Gracie Fields to Ken Dodd, Arthur Askey to Lee Evans...and the list goes on!

The Grand Theatre celebrates 120 years
Photo: Sean Conboy

Over the 120 years, it's attracted the very best in award-winning touring companies, including The National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera and Ballet International and the Russian State Ballet.

As well as presenting a programme of quality drama, comedy, dance and children’s theatre, The Grand plays host to the outstanding talents of local performers from groups across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive said,

“120 years on from first opening its doors, The Grand still remains at the heart of the community, offering people of Blackpool, Wyre, Fylde and the Region the very best in touring productions, as well as opportunities to participate, experience and learn through theatre.”

By the early 1960s theatres across Britain were closing due to loss of audience to television and in July 1972 the then owners, the Tower Company, applied for permission to demolish it. In its place they proposed to build a department store. However, by then, following an application to the Department of the Environment, the theatre had been listed as a Grade II* building and there had to be a full public enquiry.

Early in 1973 the Friends of the Grand was formed and after legal and financial wrangling, they, together with EMI and the local council, put together a deal involving leasing the theatre for £10,000 per annum and final purchase for £250,000.

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The Grand Today

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool is one of Britain’s premier heritage theatres. Listed Grade II*, this Matcham theatre is in the top 8 per cent of all listed buildings in England, and one of only thirty listed buildings in Blackpool. It is one of only nine large theatres listed Grade II* or above, north of London.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

The Grand is owned by the Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust Limited. This organisation reopened the theatre in 1981 following the efforts of a number of committed volunteers who saved the theatre from demolition. Restoration work has continued without ever closing the theatre.

This amazing space is a wonder of restoration and revival, presenting a full range of every performing artform, as Blackpool's community theatre, Lancashire's preferred opera house and Britain's National Theatre of Variety.

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The History of The Grand

The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894, by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpool's first successful theatrical manager.

Sergenson immediately dubbed the theatre 'Matcham's Masterpiece', a title that is even more merited now that there are few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham, the leading Victorian theatre architect who designed it.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

The theatre took just nine months to build and cost Sergenson £20,000, part of which he had earned by operating two small rented theatres and from a circus that he staged for five summer seasons on the site of The Grand.

During his fifteen years at The Grand, Sergenson presented great stars like Ellen Terry, Madge Kendal, Sarah Bernhardt, Lily Langtry, F R Benson and Dan Leno. In 1909 he sold the theatre for a handsome £47,500 to the Blackpool Tower Company, who ran The Grand for the next sixty-two years.

The Grand was the first Blackpool theatre to present the two big musical hits of World War One - The Maid of The Mountains and Chu Chin Chow - and in the 1920s become noted for staging big American musicals like Rose Marie, The Desert Song and No No Nanette.

The theatre began to be used by top West End producers for British premieres and for forty years many plays and musicals were seen at The Grand 'prior to London'.

After the success of talking pictures, The Grand in the 1930s was a cinema in the winter and staged 'live' shows during the holiday season. Most famous of the 1930s' attractions was Gracie Fields, who made all her Blackpool Variety appearances from 1932 to 1938 at The Grand Theatre.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

When the Tower Company began to build the new Blackpool Opera House in 1938, The Grand was returned to its role as an all-year playhouse. The first summer season show was held in 1940. It was a variety revue starring local comedian Harry Korris, who returned the following summer with a stage version of his famous Happidrome radio show.

During World War Two, Blackpool was a safe haven from German bombing and many great stars and shows came to The Grand. There were visits by Gielgud, Evans, Ashcroft, Harrison, Vivien Leigh, Flora Robson, Robert Donat, John Mills and Emlyn Williams.

In October, 1942, Noel Coward premiered and appeared in two of his plays and the prestige of The Grand continued through the 1950s, which was a glittering decade in spite of the growing impact of television. Holiday-makers of the 1950s and 1960s best remember The Grand for the highly successful summer season forces, starring comedy favourites like Arthur Askey, Thora Hird, Glenn Melvyn, Danny Ross, Hylda Baker, Freddie Frinton, Sid James and Jack Douglas.

By the early 1960s theatres across Britain were closing due to loss of audience to television. The Grand survived longer than most, thanks to the backing of the Tower Company. But the shortage of good shows, coupled with declining ticket sales, forced a policy of winter closure from 1963. Fewer big names came to the theatre, although the summer season forces continued to make money.

In the mid 1960s, the theatre was included in a town centre redevelopment plan. The result of this was that in July 1972 the Tower Company applied for permission to demolish it. In its place they proposed a department store.

By then, however, following an application to the Deparment of the Environment, the theatre had been listed as a Grade II building. Because of that, there had to be a full public enquiry.

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The Saving of the Grand

Early in 1973 there was a meeting at a local hotel where the Friends of The Grand was formed specifically to resist the application, which by then was supported by the Local Authority.

In 1975, after years of disuse, it became obvious that the Tower Company were planning to turn The Grand into a bingo hall. After another round of legal and financial wrangling, the Friends of the Grand, together with EMI and the local council put together a deal involving leasing the theatre for £10,000 per annum and final purchase for £250,000.

The Grand Theatre
Photo: Sean Conboy

After the eventual purchase of the theatre by The Grand Theatre Trust, in September, 1980, dozens of 'Friends' helped to refurbish the dressing rooms and backstage areas in readiness for The Grand's reopening in the week of Monday March 23, 1981, by Timothy West and Prunella Scales in the Old Vic production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

In May 1981, the theatre had a prestigious two-week visit by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company with their Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, and on May 29 the ultimate theatrical honour of a Royal Variety Performance in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The audience for weekly theatre, which had dissolved during the nine-year closure of The Grand, was slowly won back and developed during the 1980s. The Grand brought Northern Ballet Theatre and London City Ballet to Blackpool on regular visits. Annual concerts by The Halle and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras became a feature Opera appeared on the theatre's calendar of events, first by Opera 80 and now from international travelling Opera companies.

The theatre proves that, when scheduled within a varied programme of plays, dance, musicals and concerts, there is a healthy demand for the arts in Blackpool and the surrounding areas.

Adapted from "A Short History of the Grand Theatre" by Barry Band, Grand Theatre historian and Director of the Grand Theatre Trust Ltd, and "How the Grand was Saved" by A Burt Briggs (TD), Vice-President of the Grand Theatre Trust and Founder of the Friends of the Grand, published in the pamphlet "Centenary Appeal: Blackpool Grand Theatre 1894-1994".



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Special Offers, Promotions & News              

Thriller LIVE is back! Tickets on Sale Friday 24 March at 10am.

LIVE at BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE - Monday 13 to Saturday 18 November 2017

Thriller Live Blackpool Grand Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

Thriller LIVE Grand Theatre Blackpool

Monday 13 to Saturday 18 November
Monday to Thursday Evenings 7:30pm, Friday 5pm and 8:30pm, Saturday 4pm and 8pm

Tickets

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

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GRAND THEATRE PLAY READING GROUP

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

On the Second Saturday of Every Month 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
Saturday’s - 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October, 11 November

Playreading at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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

This friendly group enjoy getting together and revel in discussion on the aspects of the title. They welcome new members on any date, so feel free to join at any time over the next year, you don’t have to attend them all.

Be assured of a warm welcome and a lively discussion, with no acting experience or speaking ability required!

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

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Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

23 March at 10.30am

Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

At each Friends Coffee Morning there will be a different guest speaker from either the Theatre or the world of show business.

Due to popularity please book your ticket in advance online, at the Box Office or by calling 01253 290190.

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Insights: Theatre Heritage Tour

23 March at 11am

Insights Heritage Tours Grand Theatre Blackpool

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 history.

Join us for one of our Heritage Theatre Tours on Tuesday 26th January 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
- Explore the warren of staircases that lead to the stars dressing rooms and beyond

The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894, by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpool’s first successful theatrical manager.

Prices and book tickets here

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Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

8pm - Friday 3 March

Comedy Club at Grand Theatre Blackpool

Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at The Grand Studio - bringing the best live stand-up to Blackpool!

Each show will have 4 comics including MC Damion Larkin 'One of the country's top new comedians' BBC.

Wherever possible we'll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount's Live at The Comedy Store.

Previously acts have included Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians!

Prices and book tickets here

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MARCH 2017 AT BLACKPOOL GRAND

24 Mar - Menopause The Musical

Menopause The Musical at Blackpool Grand Theatre

24 March at 7.30pm

Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful), Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour.

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

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

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

Prices and book tickets here or call the box office on 01253 290190 (and please mention you saw it here!)

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26 Mar - Steve Steinman's ICONIC - The Show

Steve Steinman's ICONIC - The Show at Blackpool Grand Theatre

26 March at 7.30pm

The creative force behind the hugely successful Vampires Rock, Steve Steinman’s all new hit show delivers the best of the best sound tracks from some of the coolest and Iconic movies of all time.

Set in the future where movie theatres have all but disappeared a magical cinema still stands. Run by an old usher Benson, who does his best to entice people to buy a ticket for the midnight screening and give them a night they will never forget.

A cast of amazing singers, dancers, and musicians deliver some of the most recognisable music ever!

Hits from movie greats such as Kill Bill, Batman, Pulp Fiction, Purple Rain, Bond and Mad Max are featured including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Tina Turner and Prince to name but a few.

All teamed up with an incredible stage set and fantastic special effects. It’s a show that will blow you away.

So go ahead Punk, Make Your Day!

Prices and book tickets here or call the box office on 01253 290190 (and please mention you saw it here!)

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29 Mar - Gary Clarke's COAL

Gary Clarke's COAL at Blackpool Grand Theatre

29 March at 7.30pm

“All of us owe the comparative decency to poor drudges underground, blackened to the eyes with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel.” George Orwell (1934)

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners’ strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a riveting dance theatre show which takes an nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face.

Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

Bringing together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by a company of 7 stunning professional dancers, a local community cast of women and a live brass band, COAL is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival.

Prices and book tickets here or call the box office on 01253 290190 (and please mention you saw it here!)

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30 Mar - Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Goldilocks & The Three Bears at Blackpool Grand Theatre

30 March at 2pm and 4pm

With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBeebies adaptations, including Ugly Duckling and Tortoise & the Hare, Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People are not to be missed.

Now the magic continues with a brand-new retelling of Goldilocks & the Three Bears.

Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful blue bird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right!

Bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Prices and book tickets here or call the box office on 01253 290190 (and please mention you saw it here!)

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31 Mar - Macca: The Concert

Macca: The Concert at Blackpool Grand Theatre

31 March at 7.30pm

In the first show of it’s kind to tour UK and European theatres, Macca: The Concert is a career-spanning musical biopic covering McCartney’s entire solo career from 1970 to 2016.

The first half of the show is a recreation of the acclaimed ‘Wings Over The World’ 1975 – 76 Concert Tour complete with authentic costumes, staging and production.

Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (Let It Be) as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the life and music of a legend…

The show includes all of McCartney’s solo hits, along with a selection of Beatles favourites. Featuring an acclaimed West End cast and using state of the art visual media projection throughout, this show is unrivalled within the current theatre circuit today.

Prices and book tickets here or call the box office on 01253 290190 (and please mention you saw it here!)

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2017 Panto Announced - Tickets on Sale for Cinderella!

We can exclusively announce that The Grand’s Panto for 2017/18 is CINDERELLA and will run from 5 December 2017 to 7 January 2018!

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Prices and book tickets here or call the box office on 01253 290190 (and please mention you saw it here!)

Cinderella panto, 2017 Blackpool Grand Theatre

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open quote Just a few words to say what a fantastic experience going to the ballet on Saturday (Swan Lake) was for my wife and I as first timers.

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

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

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

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