Opera House & Winter Gardens

Opera House & Winter Gardens
Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HW
  • Box office 0844 856 1111
  • General enquiries 01253 625252
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  • Website www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
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The Winter Gardens were built in 1878 as the Victorian equivalent of a multiplex, offering numerous performance venues all under one roof – the one thing conspicuously lacking is an actual garden. The Opera House is one of the largest in Britain, with a capacity not far short of 3,000, and its stage has been trod by everyone from Arthur Askey and Alma Cogan to Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, although it now mostly hosts touring West End shows. Other spaces in the venue are open to events of different sizes; the Empress Ballroom is the home of World Matchplay Darts.

Blackpool North station is ten minutes away on foot, and the complex's nearest bus stops are served by the 10, 14, 22 and 22X buses.

  • Open since: 1878

Events at this venue

There are 47 events at this location

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The Ac/dc Experience W/ Soldato

The North West-based group plays tribute to the Australian rock band.

Sat 26 Aug

£7.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:00

Alt-J

Esoteric four-piece from Cambridge touring their new album third album, Relaxer, which features the singles –and radio staples – '3WW', 'In Cold Blood' and 'Adeline'.

Sat 9 Sep

£30 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:00

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Former Strictly judge and renowned choreographer tells Jacquie Storey the stories behind the musicals, music videos, TV shows, films and more.

Thu 16 Nov

£28.75 / 0844 856 1111

Bananarama

Retro pop hits from the renowned 1980s British pop group.

Mon 13 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 1111

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon returns with more delicate and beautiful acoustic folk and Americana.

Mon 25 Sep

£20.35–£42.35 / 0844 856 1111

Brendan Cole: All Night Long

Choreographer, performer and Strictly's dancer Brendan Cole performs more dazzling ballroom and Latin moves.

Thu 1 Mar 2018

£25–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Cabaret

  • Directed by: Rufus Norris
  • Written by: Fred Ebb (lyrics), John Kander (music), Christopher Isherwood

Cabaret night.

Tue 3 Oct

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 4 Oct

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 5 Oct

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 7 Oct

Cilla the Musical

A new musical celebrating the life and career of Cilla Black.

Tue 17 Oct

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 18 Oct

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 19 Oct

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 21 Oct

Collabro

Britain's Got Talent 2014 classical bros who've knocked out a tour and an album faster than you can say 'ka ching'.

Sat 18 Nov

£21.45–£43.45 / 0844 856 1111

Des O'Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck

An evening of comedy, music and mirth from the two heroes of television and show-business.

Sat 29 Jul

£22.50–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:30

Dirty Dancing

  • Directed by: Sarah Tipple
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein

See Baby not put in the corner in the musical based on the late Patrick Swayze's popular film. Following two West End runs and two UK Tours, the classic story of Baby and Johnny is back, featuring the hit songs ‘Do You Love Me?', ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ and more.

Tue 29 Aug

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 30 Aug

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 31 Aug

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 2 Sep

Discount Comedy Checkout

The group, featuring Chris Lumb, Natalie Smeaton, Eddie French and Terri Shaw, brings its improvised comedy routines to the stage.

Fri 15 Sep

£5 / 0844 856 1111

Fat Friends

Musical based on Kay Mellor's sitcom about a slimming club.

Tue 29 May 2018

£17.50–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 30 May 2018

£17.50–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 31 May 2018

£17.50–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 2 Jun 2018

Festive Food and Flower Show – Floral Workshop

An opportunity to learn the art of flower arranging as part of the Festive Food and Flower Show, run by the The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.

Thu 9 Nov

£10 / 0844 856 1111

Fri 10 Nov

£10 / 0844 856 1111

Sat 11 Nov

£10 / 0844 856 1111

Flashdance

  • Directed by: Nikolai Foster, Phil Edwards (musical supervision), Arlene Phillips (choreography)
  • Written by: Tom Hedley (book), Robert Cary (book & lyrics), Robbie Roth (music)

A story of a young girl named Alex who is a welder by day and a 'flashdancer' by night. She dreams of becoming a professional dancer at the Shipley Dance Academy, but when a romance surfaces will it threaten her ambitions?

Mon 23 Oct

£17–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 24 Oct

£17–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 25 Oct

£17–£35 / 0844 856 1111

…and 9 more dates until 4 Nov

Goldust Noir present The Garden of Eden

Join Raven Noir and Neil Kendall at the stunning Spanish Hall in Blackpool infamous Winter Garden for one magical night in their Garden of Eden

Sat 10 Feb 2018

£27.75–£286.25 / 0844 856 1111

Hairspray

A story of big hair and big heart, set in 1960s Baltimore and performed by Limelight Productions. And no, you can't stop the beat.

Mon 18 Sep

£17.50–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 19 Sep

£17.50–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 20 Sep

£17.50–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 23 Sep

Illuminasia

A walk-through exhibition of indoor illuminations made from internally lit Chinese lantern sculptures.

Thu 27 Jul

£10.95 / 0844 856 1111

Fri 28 Jul

£10.95 / 0844 856 1111

Sat 29 Jul

£10.95 / 0844 856 1111

…and 86 more dates until 23 Dec

Jimmy Carr: The Best of Tour

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr. The 8 Out of 10 Cats presenter has gathered some of his very best jokes, along with some new material and headed out on a mammoth UK tour.

Fri 27 Oct

£27.50 / 0844 856 1111

Fri 17 Nov

£27.50 / 0844 856 1111

Joe McElderry

Winner of series six of The X Factor (2009) and series two of Popstar to Operastar (2011), the young popster is probably best-known for singles 'The Climb' and 'Ambitions'.

Fri 28 Jul

£22.50–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

John Bishop: Winging It

Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.

Sun 15 Oct

£25–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Sun 26 Nov

£25–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Killer Queen

Tribute to the rock stylings of Freddie Mercury and co.

Fri 8 Dec

£21.50 / 0844 856 1111

The King Of Pop

Get ready to moonwalk the night away at a Michael Jackson tribute show whose star performer Navi once earned a standing ovation from the King of Pop himself.

Fri 1 Dec

£15–£21.50 / 0844 856 1111

The Kooks

Brighton indie tykes best known for their hits 'She Moves in Her Own Way' and 'Shine On' return with a 'best of' album, Best Of… So Far.

Thu 30 Nov

Empress Ballroom

Phone for prices, tickets on sale May 12, 9am / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:00

La La Land

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 6min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons
  • UK release: 13 January 2017

In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine.

Tue 26 Sep

£39.50–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

La La Land Live On-Screen with Orchestra

Live screening of Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winner about an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz Musician (Ryan Gosling) struggling to make ends meet in modern-day Los Angeles. Accompanied by 60-piece orchestra.

Tue 26 Sep

£43.45–£54.45 / 0844 856 1111

The Libertines

Pete Doherty and Carl Barat's outfit specialising in tales of the everyday rebellion and riotous indie-rock debauchery.

Fri 22 Sep

£30 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:00

Our House

Jukebox musical based on the songs of Madness.

Mon 9 Oct

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 10 Oct

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 11 Oct

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 14 Oct

Peter Pan

Traditional panto fun.

Sat 16 Dec

£10–£25 / 0844 856 1111

Sun 17 Dec

£10–£25 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 19 Dec

£10–£25 / 0844 856 1111

…and 17 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

A swashbuckling festive show starring Jennifer Ellison as Captain Hook, Radio Wave’s Breakfast Show DJ Scott Gallagher as hapless sidekick Smee and X Factor ’s Jake Quickenden as Peter Pan.

Sat 16 Dec

£30.25 / 0844 856 1111

Sun 17 Dec

£30.25 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 19 Dec

£30.25 / 0844 856 1111

…and 17 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

Placebo

The angsty Gothic alt.rockers celebrate 20 years as a band with a world tour.

Wed 11 Oct

£37.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:00

Purple Rain

A live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.

Mon 16 Apr 2018

£19.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 17 Apr 2018

£19.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 18 Apr 2018

£19.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 21 Apr 2018

Rebellion Festival

The festival enters its 20th year as punk celebrates its 40th anniversary, so this is a big one. Featuring Buzzcocks, Descendents, The Damned, Stiff Little Finger and many more over the weekend.

Thu 3 Aug

£60 / 0844 856 1111

Fri 4 Aug

£60 / 0844 856 1111

Sat 5 Aug

£60 / 0844 856 1111

Sun 6 Aug

£60 / 0844 856 1111

Rebellion Festivals

Four-days of rock, punk and alternative music with Thursday fronted by Bad Religion, Pennywise, Toyah, Good Riddance, Acidez and The Generators. Friday will see Sheer Terror, The Liptones, Bar Stool Preachers, Slaves and Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes perform, followed by Sham 69, UK Subs, The Vapors, Ruts DC and…

Thu 3 Aug

£160 weekend ticket; £60 day ticket / 0844 856 1111

  • 12:00 – 01:00

Fri 4 Aug

£160 weekend ticket; £60 day ticket / 0844 856 1111

  • 12:00 – 01:00

Sat 5 Aug

£160 weekend ticket; £60 day ticket / 0844 856 1111

  • 12:00 – 01:00

Sun 6 Aug

£160 weekend ticket; £60 day ticket / 0844 856 1111

  • 12:00 – 01:00

Remembering Fred

Strictly Come Dancing ’s Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara star in this all-singing, all-dancing tribute to Hollywood legend Fred Astaire. Remembering Fred features classic songs including 'Cheek To Cheek, 'Puttin’ On The Ritz'* and 'The Way You Look Tonight'.

Sat 31 Mar 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 1111

Rip It Up

Jay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the 1950s. The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and rock'n'roll.

Sun 17 Sep

£19.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.

Thu 10 May 2018

£30.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 6 Nov 2018

£27.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 20:00

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

You'll know her face from talking about cake and cats on the telly, so here's another chance to see the Millican phenomenon in full flight live on stage.

Wed 2 May 2018

£29 / 0844 856 1111

Sarah Millican: Outsider

You'll know her face from talking about cake and cats on the telly, so here's another chance to see the Millican phenomenon in full flight live on stage.

Wed 2 May 2018

£27.50 / 0844 856 1111

The Script

This 2001-formed, three-piece group who hail from Dublin, bring their original pop-rock tunes to the stage.

Wed 30 Aug

£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:00

Shrek The Musical

Join Shrek and his noble steed Donkey as they set out on a magical quest to rescue Princess Fiona from a tower, guarded by a love-sick dragon - a task set by the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad, in this hilarious musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation.

Tue 15 May 2018

Opera House

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:30

Wed 16 May 2018

Opera House

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:30

Thu 17 May 2018

Opera House

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

  • 19:30
…and 9 more dates until 27 May 2018

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

An all-singing, all-dancing stage version of the popular films, packed with laughs and the odd tear.

Tue 15 May 2018

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 16 May 2018

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 17 May 2018

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 9 more dates until 27 May 2018

Sister Act

Craig Revel Horwood directs and choreographs this feel-good musical comedy featuring original music by Tony and Oscar-winner Alan Menken. X Factor winner Alexandra Burke stars as sassy club singer in need of witness protection, Deloris Van Cartier.

Tue 22 Aug

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 23 Aug

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 24 Aug

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Sixties Gold: 50th Anniversary Show

Stars of the most swingin' decade of them all perform their golden hits. Featuring Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby, The Fortunes and Brian Poole & Chip Hawkes.

Thu 9 Nov

£35 / 0844 856 1111

Spamalot

  • Directed by: Christopher Luscombe
  • Written by: music)

The Knights of the Round Table-spoofing musical from the Monty Python, written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

Fri 8 Sep

£15–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Sat 9 Sep

£15–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 12 Sep

£15–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 4 more dates until 16 Sep

This Is Elvis

Musical about Elvis Presley featuring his music.

Mon 5 Feb 2018

£19–£33.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 6 Feb 2018

£19–£33.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 7 Feb 2018

£19–£33.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 10 Feb 2018

Titanic

  • Directed by: Cressida Carre
  • Written by: Peter Stone

Musical based on actual testimonies from the ill-fated liner's maiden voyage.

Mon 9 Jul 2018

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 10 Jul 2018

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 11 Jul 2018

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 14 Jul 2018

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