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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Billy Ocean

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

Sat 1 Apr

£24.75–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Cirque Du Hilarious: Comedy Explosion

Father and son, Clive Webb and Danny Adams, take to the stage for an afternoon of madcap mayhem for all the family to enjoy.

Mon 17 Apr


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

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

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 12 May

Winter Gardens

£5 / 0844 856 1111

Donald MacKenzie

The organist performs.

Fri 12 May

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

Opera House

£19–£32 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 25 Apr

Opera House

£19–£32 / 0844 856 1111

…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


Following its roaring success on the West End stage, Bill Kenwright's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's enduring musical Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, who won over a nation to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader' of Argentina.

Tue 20 Jun

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 21 Jun

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 22 Jun

£25–£43 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 24 Jun

Exotika: The Tiki Ball

A sumptuous evening of cabaret, burlesque and live music, featuring Luna Rosa, Lili La Scala and Domino Barbeau.

Sat 22 Apr

Winter Gardens

£22.50 / 0844 856 1111

Five Organists Live

Dave Lobban, Stephen Austin, John Nunns, Declan Poole and Cameron Lloyd join forces, accompanied by pianist, Damon Willetts.

Wed 19 Apr


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


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

Sat 25 Mar

Sun 26 Mar

Tue 28 Mar

…and 214 more dates until 23 Dec

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

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.

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

Opera House

£82.50 / 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

Joe McElderry: The Gloria Tour

The singer-songwriter, who won the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, performs iconic songs from the stage and screen. X Factor's Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis also perform.

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

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

The Next Step

The CBBC tween dance show goes live with original choreography and music from the hit series.

Fri 2 Jun

£31–£42 / 0844 856 1111

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

Pet Shop Boys

The chart-topping veteran duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe plays its synthpop, new wave and alternative dance hits including 'West End Girls' and 'It's A Sin'.

Wed 21 Jun

£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

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

Strictly Come Dancing ’s Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara star in this all-singing, all-dancing tribute to Hollywood legend Fred Astaire.

Fri 7 Apr

£21.45–£38.50 / 0844 856 1111

Robin Hood

A traditional family pantomime starring Britain's Got Talent Winner George Sampson as Robin Hood, children's TV favourite Dani Harmer from CBBC's Tracy Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing as Maid Marian and X-Factor runner-up Andy Abraham as the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham.

Thu 6 Apr

Opera House

£17–£19 / 0844 856 1111

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

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

Tue 6 Nov 2018

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

The Shires

New country duo comprising of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.

Tue 18 Apr

£22–£35.75 / 0844 856 1111

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.

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

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.

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

The cast from The Wedding Singer the Musical (based on the smash hit Adam Sandler movie) perform hits from the show alongside West End hits and 80s classics.

Tue 4 Jul

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 6 Jul

£15–£39.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 8 Jul

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


  • Directed by: Javier de Frutos
  • Written by: Moira Buffini (lyrics)

West End favourite Kerry Ellis stars in Frank Wildhorn's musical adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Mon 10 Apr

Opera House

£17.50–£32.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 11 Apr

Opera House

£17.50–£32.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 12 Apr

Opera House

£17.50–£32.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr

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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