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 34 events at this location

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25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer

The comedy duo celebrate 25 years of making y'all laugh with a tour that'll no doubt take in their best work, from The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, past Shooting Stars to House of Fools.

Sat 3 Dec

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Probably the best known and certainly one of the longest running Floyd tributes, supposedly counting members of the real band among its fans.

Sat 5 Nov

The Bay City Rollers

Les McKeown take audiences back to the heady days when the Rollers dominated the charts and tartan bellbottoms were considered an acceptable choice of attire. Featuring all the best-known songs including 'Bye Bye Baby', 'Shang A Lang' and 'Summer Love Sensation'.

Fri 16 Dec

Empress Ballroom

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 1111

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 2017

£22.50–£45 / 0844 856 1111

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Bon Iver

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

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Empress Ballroom

£28.50 / 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 2017

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 2017

…and 2 more dates until 25 Feb 2017

The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers mix up their usual psychedelic blend of electro, house and rock with slightly less potency these days.

Fri 9 Dec

£32.50 / 0844 856 1111

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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 2017

£20–£28.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 9 Mar 2017

£20–£28.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 12 Mar 2017

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 2017

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 2017

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 30 Aug 2017

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 31 Aug 2017

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 2 Sep 2017

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 2017

£135 for a three day ticket / 01642 927000

Sat 1 Jul 2017

£135 for a three day ticket / 01642 927000

Sun 2 Jul 2017

£135 for a three day ticket / 01642 927000

Great Expectations the Musical

Hit musical and classic story Great Expectations is to be added to the 2016 season at Blackpool Winter Gardens. The Charles Dickens’ classic will mark the Opera House’s Christmas season for 2016 running from Saturday December 10 to Saturday January 7. Produced by Peter Frosdick, who also produced the 2015 festive…

Sun 11 Dec

Tue 13 Dec

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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 2017

£17.50–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 19 Sep 2017

£17.50–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 20 Sep 2017

…and 3 more dates until 23 Sep 2017


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

Sat 29 Oct

Sun 30 Oct

Mon 31 Oct

…and 35 more dates until 31 Dec

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 2017

£55–£99 / 0844 856 1111

Justin's Party

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

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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 4 Nov

£10–£19 / 0844 856 1111

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

Musical star Michael Ball and popular tenor Alfie Boe join forces.

Mighty Wurlitzer Concert

Peter Jebson, David Ivory, Stephen Austin and Cameron Lloyd perform.

Navi: Michael Jackson Tribute

Tribute act who has actually worked with the King of Pop.

Fri 4 Nov

The Overtones

Doo-wop vocal harmony man band doing it for the mums.

Fri 25 Nov

£22.50–£38.50 / 0844 856 1111

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The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show

The return of the UK's finest Rat Pack tribute night, with classic tunes including 'Under My Skin' and 'Come Fly with Me' and plenty of entertaining between-song patter.

Remembering Fred

A tribute to Fred Astaire.

Fri 7 Apr 2017

£19.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

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 2017

£22.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

The Shawshank Redemption

Banker Andy Dufresne is accused of double murder and locked up in the notorious Shawshank prison where he befriends a fixer known as Red.

Mon 14 Nov

Tue 15 Nov

…and 3 more dates until 19 Nov

Shout! the Mod Musical

Musical featuring popular hits from the 60s. The story follows five woman in different decades of their lives who all write to Shout! magazine's advice column.

Sun 30 Oct

…and 2 more dates until 3 Nov

Shout! The Mod Musical

Hip-swivelling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves. Follow five young women in London during the swinging 60's as they sing their way through the SHOUT! story. Featuring the 60's hits Don't Sleep in the Subway, Son of a Preacher Man, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Shout! and many more. A swinging…

Sun 30 Oct

£10–£35 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 1 Nov

£10–£35 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 3 Nov

Sister Act

All new production of Sister Act starring X Factor winner and star of The Bodyguard Alexandra Burke.

Tue 22 Aug 2017

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 24 Aug 2017

£15–£48.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug 2017

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 2017

Thu 6 Jul 2017

…and 2 more dates until 8 Jul 2017

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 2017

£17.50–£35.50 / 0844 856 1111

Tue 11 Apr 2017

£17.50–£35.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr 2017

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