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 45 events at this location

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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.

Bananarama

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

Mon 13 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 1111

Blackpool International Soul Festival

This three-day event celebrates soul music of all eras and features live performances from The Impressions on Friday night, Little Anthony on Saturday and a host of others, plus DJs, over the weekend.

Fri 16 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £50 weekend / 0844 856 1111

Sat 17 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £50 weekend / 0844 856 1111

Sun 18 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £50 weekend / 0844 856 1111

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

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

The three-day event includes Europe's only official preliminary heat of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, plus tribute act performances, talks other Elvis Presley-related activities.

Fri 30 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £150 weekend; £135 weekend, adv; £70 day; £60 day, adv / 0844 856 1111

Sat 1 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £150 weekend; £135 weekend, adv; £70 day; £60 day, adv / 0844 856 1111

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

Evita

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

Flashdance

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

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

…and 3 more dates until 23 Sep

Hairspray: The Musical

The irresistible feel-good musical set in 1960s Baltimore, following Tracy Turnbald and her big hair as she sets out on a mission to dance her way onto national TV. Featuring the hit songs You Can't Stop The Beat, Good Morning Baltimore and The Nicest Kids In Town.

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

Illuminasia

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

Tue 25 Apr

Wed 26 Apr

Thu 27 Apr

…and 188 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 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

Sun 26 Nov

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

La La Land

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 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

The Magic Of The Opera Featuring Lesley Garrett

Ben Crick conducts selections from a number of operas by Bizet, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and others, with English National Philharmonic Orchestra, Lesley Garrett, Cunningham, baritone, Hannah Mason, mezzo soprano and Lee Bradley, tenor.

May Blackpool Dance Festival

A dance contest covering Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

Thu 25 May

Phone for prices / 0844 856 1111

Fri 26 May

Phone for prices / 0844 856 1111

Sat 27 May

Phone for prices / 0844 856 1111

…and 6 more dates until 2 Jun

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.

Sat 31 Mar 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 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 swivel-hipped rock'n'roller, fondly remembered from the 1980s, tours in support of his critically acclaimed twelfth studio album Echoes Of Our Times, in which he explores his intriguing family history.

Fri 5 May

£22.50–£35 / 0844 856 1111

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

Wed 16 May 2018

Opera House

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 17 May 2018

Opera House

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…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

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.

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

Tue 12 Sep

£15–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 4 more dates until 16 Sep

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

Yorkshire Hits

A mixed programme from the student dancers.

Sat 6 May

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