Opera House & Winter Gardens

Opera House & Winter Gardens
Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HW
  • Box office 0844 856 1111
  • General enquiries 01253 625252
  • Email
  • 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

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There are 35 events at this location

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Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan!

Flamboyant humour from the American actor, stand-up and drag queen.

Billy Ocean

Eighties soul balladeer who incited imaginary love interests everywhere to 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car'.

Sat 1 Apr

£22.50–£45 / 0844 856 1111

Bon Iver

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

Fri 10 Feb

Empress Ballroom

Cancelled / 0844 856 1111

Brendan Cole: All Night Long

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

Thu 23 Mar

La Cage Aux Folles

  • 3 stars
  • 1978
  • France
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Édouard Molinaro
  • Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault

Renato (Tognazzi) and Albin (Serrault) own the outrageous Cage Aux Folles nightclub, where the latter is the star drag act. Lovers for 20 years, they have brought up Renato's son together, but headaches arise when the lad wants to marry into a straight-laced family, and the couple try frantically to disguise his…

Tue 21 Feb

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La Cage Aux Folles

John Partridge stars as Albin and Adrian Zmed as Georges in this Bill Kenright production about drag artists and family values.

Tue 21 Feb

…and 2 more dates until 25 Feb

Cbeebies Spotbots Present Treasure Island

An adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling adventure, featuring Callum Donnelly, Richard Franks and Robin Hatcher from Spotbots.

Cirque Berserk

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen. Highlights include Hercules the strongman, award-winning clown Tweedy and a hair-raising motorcycle routine from Globe of Death.

Wed 8 Mar

Opera House

£20–£28.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 9 Mar

Opera House

£20–£28.50 / 0844 856 1111

Fri 10 Mar

Opera House

£20–£28.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 12 Mar


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

£19.50–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Daniel O'Donnell

The man with a thousand jumpers performs a selection of classic hits from his astonishingly successful easy listening records.

Fri 21 Apr

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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.

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 10 Feb

Winter Gardens

£5 / 0844 856 1111

Dreamboats and Petticoats

  • Directed by: Bob Tomson
  • Written by: Maurice Gran

Jukebox musical based on the songs of Roy Orbison, the Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and others.

Mon 24 Apr

Tue 25 Apr

…and 3 more dates until 29 Apr

Europe's Tribute to Elvis Festival

Big celebration of Elvis' life, music and fans, licensed and in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Fri 30 Jun

£135 for a three day ticket / 01642 927000

Sat 1 Jul

£135 for a three day ticket / 01642 927000

Sun 2 Jul

£135 for a three day ticket / 01642 927000


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

…and 9 more dates until 4 Nov

Game Mania

A weekend for gamers with arcades, retro consoles and special guests.

Sat 6 May

£14.95 (Children £9.95) / 0844 856 1111


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

…and 3 more dates until 23 Sep

Jane McDonald

The light entertainment chanteuse and Loose Woman presents an evening of music and laughter.

Sat 10 Jun

£29.50–£34.50 / 0844 856 1111

Joe Bonamassa

Virtuoso of blues rock guitar, discovered by BB King when he was 12 and much loved by readers of guitar magazines.

Sat 22 Apr

£55–£99 / 0844 856 1111

John Bishop: Winging It

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

Sun 15 Oct

Sun 26 Nov

Justin's Party

BAFTA-award winning character actor Justin Fletcher presents a family-friendly mix of games, jokes, songs and plenty of surprises.

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

Micky Flanagan: An' Another Fing

Sharp observations from the Cockney comic. Micky Flanagan who famously popped out and ended up 'out out', is touring a new show for the first time in three years. An' Another Fing follows on from 2011's Out Out tour and 2013's Back in the Game, which became the biggest selling stand up DVD and tour of the year.

Wed 29 Mar

Thu 30 Mar

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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

…and 3 more dates until 14 Oct

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

Fri 4 Aug

Sat 5 Aug

Sun 6 Aug

Remembering Fred

A tribute to Fred Astaire.

Fri 7 Apr

£19.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Russell Watson: Songs from the Heart

  • Written by: Claude-Michel Schonberg

One of the country's most popular crossover singers returns to the stage.

Thu 4 May

Shakin' Stevens

The eighties' singer with the famous hips performs his past hits to celebrate the anniversary of 30 years since the release of his first hit in the UK. In 1980 the singer released Hot Dog after years of touring and recording Stevens got his big break. His success in the eighties continued with the release of Marie Marie…

Fri 5 May

£22.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

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The Shires

New country duo comprising of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.

Tue 18 Apr

£20–£32.50 / 0844 856 1111

Sister Act

The feel-amazing musical comedy featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken.

Tue 22 Aug

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 24 Aug

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook

Katie Markham delivers this celebration of one of our generation's finest singer-songwriters with performances of songs from the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25.

Mon 10 Apr

Tue 11 Apr

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr

The Wedding Singer

Musical based on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name, about a wedding singer whose only dream is to be married himself.

Tue 4 Jul

Thu 6 Jul

…and 2 more dates until 8 Jul

Wonderland the Musical

A contemporary musical inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll. The story is set in New York and follows the story of writer Alice Cornwinkle and her 10 year old daughter Chloe.

Mon 10 Apr

£17.50–£35.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 11 Apr

£17.50–£35.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr

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