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Festive Season at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Festive Season at Blackpool Grand Theatre

From variety, musicals and comedy giants to Shakespeare, ballet, drama and dance, this venue caters for every age, pocket and personality. Find out what’s on next at Blackpool Grand Theatre.

It’s a Brand-New #DaringlyDifferent Season in Blackpool with The Grands line-up for Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020. Enjoy a wealth of entertainment from comedy, drama, dance, musicals and family. PLUS… Panto! More here –

Autumn/winter Season at Blackpool Grand Theatre

WHAT’S ON AT BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE  

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Friday 13 December at 8pm

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Treat yourself to a laugh at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club with four top pro comedians to make you LOL!

See comedians off the telly from all the major panel shows and roadshows plus the best of the rest. Previously Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican were booked before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians! The Grand Theatre reserves the right to change the line-up at any time.

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Playreading

Saturday 14 December at 1.30pm

Playreading at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Playreading at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre Play Reading Group is an excellent way to get involved with the theatre, meet new people and while away your time reading and discussing plays!

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

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.

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Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning

21 November, 19 December, 16 January 2020 at 10.30am

Friends of The Grand Coffee Morning - at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Our Friends of The Grand welcome all to their Friends Coffee Morning. Join us for a get together over coffee and cake. At each Friends Coffee Morning there will be a different guest speaker from either the Theatre or the world of show business.

Due to popularity please BOOK YOUR TICKETS – Call the Box Office on 01253 290 190 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)  or visit the website     

Dangerous Obsession

12-16 November at 7.30pm, 2pm matinee on Weds and Sat

Dangerous Obsession at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Dangerous Obsession at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Dangerous Obsession by N.J.Crisp. It’s a sunny afternoon in the Home Counties… Sally Driscoll is watering her plants in the conservatory of her luxurious home after an afternoon sunbathing.

A peaceful scene – until a bespectacled, suited man suddenly appears at the door. John Barrett is not selling double glazing… it becomes clear that he is there looking for someone to take the blame for his wife’s accident.

Dangerously obsessed and determined to seek retribution, Barrett strips away the conflicting secrets of the Driscoll’s apparently perfect lives, until his twisted revenge climaxes in the devastating conclusion of this compulsive psycho-thriller. Presented by Angela Browne Ltd.

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Private Peaceful

Wednesday 20 November at 1.30 and 7.30pm

Private Peaceful at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Private Peaceful at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Private Peaceful. Divided by love. United by war.

“I’ve had nearly eighteen years of yesterdays and tomorrows, and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can. Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!”

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, Private Peaceful is “as moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…”(The Sunday Herald). Suitable for ages 8+.

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Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Sunday 24 November at 7.30pm

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at Blackpool Grand Theatre

In their landmark 25th year, the UK’s original touring Taiko Tribe, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, return to the road with a brand new show of skill, stamina & red-hot rhythms to stir your soul!

As Europe’s longest-established taiko group, Mugenkyo are widely recognised as the ground-breaking pioneers of this exciting art-form, with cross-genre collaborations, TV film & recording projects, and thousands of performances worldwide, thrilling audiences and inspiring generations of taiko players.

This year they celebrate the growth of their Tribe of performers from across the globe, with the latest captivating performance of sharp synchronisation, dramatic choreography and powerful rhythms on huge taiko drums.

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A Murder is Announced

Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 November at 7.30pm, 2.30pm shows on Weds and Sat

A Murder is Announced at Blackpool Grand Theatre
A Murder is Announced at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present their acclaimed production of Agatha Christie’s classic Miss Marple Mystery, A Murder Is Announced.

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…

Starring Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine), Kazia Pelka (Heartbeat/World’s End/Family Affairs), Tom Butcher (The Bill/Doctors), Jenny Funnell (As Time Goes By), Lucy Evans (Coronation Street) and Tom Gibbons (Johnny Phillips in The Archers).

From the company and director who produced this year’s critically acclaimed courtroom sensation “The Verdict”. Adapted for the stage By Leslie Darbon. Directed and Designed By Michael Lunney.

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Peter Pan Pantomime

Friday 6 December to 5 January, shows at various times

Peter Pan Pantomime at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Peter Pan Pantomime at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Martin Dodd for UK Productions in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre presents J M Barrie’s swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan, flying into Blackpool for Christmas 2019.

Meet Peter and the lost boys, Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell and get ready for a family show full of fun, fairy dust and pirates galore. Set sail for Neverland and take on Captain Hook and prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles.

With an all-star cast including panto favourite Steve Royle (BBC Radio Lancashire) who will be making his 17th annual appearance. Joining the superb cast will be the incredible dancing stars of Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre, choreographed by Katie Hill.

Blackpool audiences are guaranteed yet another year of spectacular sets, dazzling costumes and side-splitting comedy, produced by Martin Dodd for UK Productions by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd, in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Suitable for young Tinks (and those who never want to grow up!) this festive extravaganza is on sale now so hook your seats today to see Blackpool’s must-see Christmas show in 2019. An unmissable family pantomime guaranteed to have you hooked! Audio Described and BSL Interpreted Performances: Saturday 14 and 21 December at 2pm.

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Grand Christmas Concert

Wednesday 18 December at 8pm

Grand Christmas Concert at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Grand Christmas Concert at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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.

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2020 at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Basic Photographic Sessions – 13 January 2020

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Advanced Photographic Sessions – 14 January 2020

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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Sleeping Beauty

Friday 17 January at 7.30pm

Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Russian State Ballet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK for 2020 Tour with Sleeping Beauty.

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.

Every child’s favourite fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – The Nutcracker

Saturday 18 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK for 2020 Tour with The Nutcracker.

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life literally off the set, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins…

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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Swan Lake

Sunday 19 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK for 2020 Tour with Swan Lake.

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in black tutu as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

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Strictly Sherlock

Friday 24 January at 7.30pm

Strictly Sherlock at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Strictly Sherlock at Blackpool Grand Theatre

After the terrific success of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, we return with this follow-up stage play, Strictly Sherlock!

Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those three startling cases, The Sussex Vampire, The Creeping Man and The Devil’s Foot!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer.

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A Country Night in Nashville

Saturday 25 January at 7.30pm

A Country Night in Nashville at the Grand Theatre
A Country Night in Nashville at the Grand Theatre

A Country Night In Nashville recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music.

Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Kacey Musgraves, are showcased by the amazing Dominic Halpin and the Hurricanes.

With songs including Ring Of Fire, Crazy, Follow Your Arrow, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Need You Now, 9-5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Sunday 26 January at 7.30pm

Grimethorpe Colliery Band at The Grand Theatre Blackpool
Grimethorpe Colliery Band at The Grand Theatre Blackpool

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

National and British Open Champion on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary. These include sixteen Brass In Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champion, two English National Championship victories, four times British Open Champion and four times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain.

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

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

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Joe Brown in Concert

Friday 31 January at 7.30pm

Joe Brown in Concert at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Joe Brown in Concert at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown takes to the road to celebrate 60 years in the business.

Combining timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed.

Joe’s band includes among others Fiddle virtuoso Tom Leary; Guitar / Mandolin veteran Steve Simpson; Ace Bass player Andy Crowdy and stalwart band member, drummer, percussionist and singer Phil Capaldi.

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The Illegal Eagles

Saturday 1 February at 7.30pm

The Illegal Eagles at The Grand Theatre Blackpool
The Illegal Eagles at The Grand Theatre Blackpool

The Illegal Eagles return to Blackpool in 2020 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail and incredible showmanship.

This critically acclaimed show features the very best from the Eagles’ catalogue of classics including; Hotel California, Desperado’, Take It Easy, New Kid In Town, Life In The Fast Lane and many more…

The latest all-star line-up of the show, produced as ever by Phil Aldridge, features Tony Kiley (formerly from 80’s sensation The Blow Monkeys) on drums, Bafta Award winner Christian Phillips on vocals and guitars, Trevor Newnham (Dr Hook) vocals and bass, Greg Webb vocals and guitars, Mike Baker vocals and guitars and Garreth Hicklin vocals and guitars.

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You Win Again

Sunday 2 February at 7.30pm

You Win Again at Blackpool Grand Theatre
You Win Again at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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.

Join us for this breathtaking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, Tragedy, 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.

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Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday 5 February at 7.30pm

Sing-a-long-a Bohemian Rhapsody at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Sing-a-long-a Bohemian Rhapsody at Blackpool Grand Theatre

From the Producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman comes their newest show, Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody! The smash hit film as you have never experienced it before. Celebrate Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Our live host will warm up your voices in true Freddie Mercury style, teach you some iconic dance moves and show you how to use your interactive prop bags. Then sit back and sing along with the on screen lyrics to “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Under Pressure” and “Somebody to Love” not forgetting YOU the audience becoming part of their famous Live Aid concert.

12A Certificate (Recommendation 15+). Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show!

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Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock – Ghost Train

Friday 7 February at 7.30pm

Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock - Ghost Train at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock – Ghost Train at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The musical sensation that’s been rocking the nation for over 18 years. Starring Steve Steinman and an incredible cast of singers, dancers and musicians, this show will have you rocking in the aisles.

A tongue-in-cheek and laugh out loud story line combined with an incredible stage set, lighting and sound, and a show like no other.

Featuring over 30 of the greatest classic rock anthems of all time, including Queen, AC/DC, Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi, Journey, Guns N’ Roses and many more.

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Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story

Saturday 8 February at 7.30pm

Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Following his West End Debut at The Adelphi Theatre, the one and only Barry Steele is set to put the rock back into ‘The Big O’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story West End Special, so get ready for an upbeat night of solid gold hits and contemporary genius as Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers, celebrate & commemorates the musical legacy of Roy Orbison and many of his friends from the late 60s to the late 80s when The Big O was on the cusp of a phenomenal return to super stardom.

Barry is joined on stage a five-piece band and sensational guest pianist Boogie Williams as the production present original material written but never sung by Roy Orbison and showcase elements of the symphonic orchestration first heard on the recently released Albums.

With a feelgood factor built in, this show really does have something for everyone!

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Lipstick On Your Collar

Sunday 9 February at 7.30pm

Lipstick On Your Collar at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Lipstick On Your Collar at Blackpool Grand Theatre

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

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

Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country’s top musicians, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun. Dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll!

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Oh What A Night

Friday 14 February 2019

Oh What A Night at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Oh What A Night at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Oh What A Night 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 its 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, Oh What A Night 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!

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Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much…

Saturday 15 February at 8pm

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much... at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much… at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour, Josh Widdicombe brings ‘Bit Much’ to Blackpool!

A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.

Widdicombe is best known for the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award winning show The Last Leg, as well as his critically acclaimed sitcom JOSH, Insert Name Here, QI, Have I Got New For You, A League of Their Own and his hit podcast Quickly Kevin Will He Score. Age Restriction: 14+

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MIDGE URE

Sunday 16 February at 7.30pm

MIDGE URE at Blackpool Grand Theatre
MIDGE URE at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Midge Ure comes to Blackpool with The 1980 Tour- celebrating ‘Vienna’ and ‘Visage’, the sound of the future.

Brought to life by Midge Ure and Band Electronica, this is the very first time in the 40 years since it was made that the ‘Vienna’ album will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut Visage album will be played live.

Visage’s single ‘Fade To Grey’ from the band’s debut eponymous album and Ultravox’s single ‘Vienna’ from the album of the same name were global hits that shared the same stark ambience, European aesthetic and electronic heart. The albums that birthed those landmark singles expanded that sonic palette even further and brought the art-school alternative into the very centre of the mainstream.

Both records were co-written, recorded and produced by one of the leading characters in British music, Midge Ure, and not only transformed the charts around the globe but his life in the process. “Forty years later I want to celebrate this period and as we pass from 2019 into 2020 play the ‘Vienna’ album in its entirety along with highlights from the eponymous ‘Visage’ album. Join me and my Band Electronica celebrating the year of release for both the Vienna and Visage albums….1980”.

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German Cornejo’s Tango Fire

Sunday 23 February at 7.30pm

German Cornejo's Tango Fire at Blackpool Grand Theatre
German Cornejo’s Tango Fire at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The award-winning Tango Fire returns the UK direct from a West End run, due to incredible popular demand.

Starring internationally renowned Argentinean tango superstars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, who are joined by a cast of extraordinary tango dancers, including World Tango champions, this is a fiery and explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine Tango.

Six incredible couples show off some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the business while demonstrating their individual styles, accompanied by the astonishing Tango Fuego Quartet, playing live music on stage from tango’s most famous composers, including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel, this is a sizzling, sensual show guaranteed to make pulses race.

Germán and Gisela have been practicing and perfecting their tango since the early age of 10 and 16 respectively. They have mastered the skills and styles of classical dance, contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, acrobatics & tango in the company of Argentina’s most respected teachers. After collectively winning 40 gold medals at national competitions, Germán and Gisela have each achieved the title of World Tango Champion.

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The Russian State Opera presents Aida

Tuesday 25 February at 7.30pm

The Russian State Opera presents Aida at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Russian State Opera presents Aida at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Russian State Opera presents premiere of Aida – Timeless and emotional opera with breath-taking melodies. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live Orchestra numbering over 30 musicians. The brand-new production guarantees to delight you with sumptuous sets and splendid new costumes.

Verdi brings the ancient Egypt on stage with evolving love story at the backdrop of war. The princess of Ethiopia (Aida) falls in love with the Egyptian General (Radames) and he is also besotted by her. Radames is chosen to lead the war with Ethiopia by the king and Aida is left to choose between her lover or her father and her country.

Aida is a gripping love story that will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end. A deeply moving opera overflowing with emotion and containing moments of despair and uncertainty. Aida is an unforgettable, inspiring experience. Music by Giuseppe Verdi sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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The Russian State Opera presents Carmen

Wednesday 26 February at 7.30pm

The Russian State Opera presents Carmen at Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Russian State Opera presents Carmen at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Russian State Opera presents Carmen – the most powerful, enjoyable and tuneful opera. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live Orchestra numbering over 30 musicians

Feel the thrill of fiery passion, jealousy and violence of 19th century Seville Bizet’s most popular opera. Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who falls head over heels in love with Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. The infatuated Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and neglects his military duties, only to lose the fickle Carmen to the glamorous toreador Escamillo.

The music has been widely acclaimed for the brilliance of its melodies, enthralling atmosphere and orchestration, as well as for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. The Toreador Song is among the best known of all operatic arias. Love, treachery, passion and betrayal, Carmen has it all. Music by Georges Bizet. Sung in French with English Surtitles

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Whittaker’s World At Your Feet

Friday 28 Feb to Sunday 1 March, shows at 7 and 2pm

Whittaker's World At Your Feet at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Whittaker’s World At Your Feet at Blackpool Grand Theatre

The World At Your Feet is a production that celebrates the best of song and dance including Riverdance, Tao, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre by the elite students; young & adult, 2–80 yrs from Blackpool’s Whittaker Dance and Drama Centre (est 1952).

Whittaker’s first show at the Grand Theatre was in November 1981 when it produced, My Fair Lady. The shows have continued here ever since.

The World At Your Feet will be enjoyed by all members of the family. We will see you there.

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Reduced Price Public Transport when you Visit The Grand

Reduced price public transport when you visit The Grand Theatre

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre welcomes over 130,000 people a year through its doors. Over 20% of these theatre-goers use public transport. So Blackpool Grand have formed a working partnership with Blackpool Transport to encourage even more theatre goers to travel on local public transport.

Adults can travel to and from the theatre for just £3 and children at £1, saving over 40%.

The travel ticket is simple to add on to theatre tickets when booking your show. In addition, the theatre offers a dedicated webpage where you can order weekly and monthly travel tickets direct to your phone App.

Take advantage of this new, highly-discounted return travel ticket (for adults and children) giving easy access and reduced cost.Using public transport has huge benefits to the community, both economic and health wise, and helps to reduce local road congestion.

How can you help The Grand?

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.

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 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.

125 Glorious Years!

The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre celebrates its 125th Birthday in 2019. 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 celebrates 120 years

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

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.

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.

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