Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre
33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HT
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The Grand Theatre really is that; an outstanding example of Frank Matcham's work, it opened in 1894 and there's barely an icon of 20th century British theatre that hasn't trod on its hallowed boards, from Margaret Lockwood and John Gielgud to Arthur Askey and Sid James. Like so many great Victorian buildings it narrowly escaped being demolished by the local council in the 1970s, and is now Grade II* listed.

The Grand hosts shows by local companies, major touring productions, touring musicians, stand-up comedy, psychics, musicals, and in its capacity as Britain's National Theatre of Variety, if people still did acts where unicycling Labradors whistle the Great American Songbook, it would probably host that too. Situated just off Blackpool's seafront, its nearest train station is Blackpool North and the 2, 2C and 61 buses go past the entrance.

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All Or Nothing

A musical based on the 1960s group The Small Faces.

Mon 15 May

£21.50–£27.50 / 01253 290190

Tue 16 May

£21.50–£27.50 / 01253 290190

Wed 17 May

£21.50–£27.50 / 01253 290190

Anita And Me

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present an adaptation of the award-winning book Tanika Gupta by Meera Syal. A poignant coming-of-age tale, the story follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village.

Tue 7 Mar

£19.50–£24.50 (£16.50–£21.50) / 01253 290190

Wed 8 Mar

£19.50–£24.50 (£16.50–£21.50) / 01253 290190

Thu 9 Mar

£19.50–£24.50 (£16.50–£21.50) / 01253 290190

…and 2 more dates until 11 Mar

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

The story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog.

Thu 6 Jul

£16.50 / 01253 290190

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis
  • Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)

Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.

Beyond the Barricade

A selection of the best-loved songs from new and classic West End shows like The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Les Miserables.

Sun 22 Jan

£25.50 (£23.50) / 01253 290190

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Blackpool & Fylde Children's Pantomime

Local children stage a performance of Peter Pan.

Fri 27 Jan

£13.50 (£12; Children £10 under 18s) / 01253 290190

Sat 28 Jan

£13.50 (£12; Children £10 under 18s) / 01253 290190

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

  • Directed by: Rob Bettinson
  • Written by: Alan Janes

Celebrate the man and the music as the popular touring production of the rock musical rolls into town again.

Mon 20 Feb

£23.50–£34 / 01253 290190

Tue 21 Feb

£23.50–£34 / 01253 290190

Wed 22 Feb

…and 3 more dates until 25 Feb


Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the British miners’ strike, COAL takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face. The show is performed by seven dancers, a local community cast playing miners wives and a live colliery brass band.

Wed 29 Mar

£12.50–£19.50 / 01253 290190

Count Arthur Strong

Steve Delaney's deluded thespian creation returns with a new show.

Sun 7 May

Elkie Brooks

Million-selling British songstress belts out the hits as well as material from her latest album.

Fri 10 Feb

£27.50 / 01253 290190

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Ellen Kent's La Bohème

Puccini's romantic opera is staged traditionally, directed by Ellen Kent and starring international soloists.

Mon 13 Feb

£18.50–£35.50 / 01253 290190

The Elvis Years

See the world champion Elvis impersonator, Mario Kombou, in action singing over 40 of the King's hits from a period spanning over two decades.

Sun 5 Feb

£22.50 / 01253 290190

English Touring Opera: Tosca

The company performs Puccini's impassioned opera about an escaped political prisoner, Cesare Angelotti, who hopes to evade the clutches of the chief of police, Baron Scarpia, with the help of his painter friend Cavaradossi.

Sat 10 Jun

£18–£34 / 01253 290190

First Encounters With Shakespeare: The Tempest

Fun, fantasy and sorcery collide in this gripping story of how love and reconciliation can conquer fear and control. This new production from the RSC is an ideal first experience of Shakespeare for anyone aged eight and above.

Iconic The Show

A live show crammed with hits from iconic movies, including Pulp Fiction, James Bond and Mad Max.

Sun 26 Mar

£24–£28 / 01253 290190

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Jon Richardson: Old Man

Wry observations and pessimistic humour from the 8 out of 10 Cats star, who is starting to feel his age.

Wed 1 Mar

Julius Caesar

A fantastic celebration of the achievements of children and young people involved in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Learning and Performance Network, a long term programme where schools work with artists and practitioners from the RSC and The Grand.

Tue 14 Mar

£6.50 / 01253 290190

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at The Grand Studio - bringing the best live stand-up to Blackpool!

Fri 3 Feb

£15.50 / 01253 290190

A selection of acts perform their stand-up routines.

Fri 3 Mar

£15.50 / 01253 290190

A selection of acts perform their stand-up routines.

Fri 7 Apr

£15.50 / 01253 290190

Guest acts take to the stage for an evening of laughter.

Fri 5 May

£15.50 / 01253 290190

Guest acts take to the stage for an evening of laughter.

Macca: The Paul McCartney Story

A musical biopic of one half of the greatest songwriting partnership of the latter half of the 20th century, cause he's actually sort of kind of fab, in a funny way, y'know.

Fri 31 Mar

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

A programme of hit pieces that launched the career of one of Britain's favourite choreographers. The performance forms part of the company's 30th Anniversary celebrations, and the programme will include The Infernal Galop, Town And Country, Spitfire and Watch With Mother.

Tue 21 Mar

£12.50–£19.50 / 01253 290190

Wed 22 Mar

£12.50–£19.50 / 01253 290190

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Mr Bloom's Nursery LIVE

CBeebies Ben Faulks will be joined by all his gardening friends including Margaret, Joan, Colin, Raymond and Sebastian, the lovable Wee MacGregors, and The Compostarium for an interactive stage show with familiar songs and strong educational values.

Sun 12 Mar

£14.50–£16.50 / 01253 290190

Northern Ballet: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The company performs this child-friendly ballet, based on the fairy tale, that is an opportunity to introduce young children to the live ballet, music and theatre.

Omid Djalili

The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.

Wed 25 Jan

£26.50 / 01253 290190

Purple Rain

A tribute to Prince.

Fri 22 Sep

£22.50 / 01253 290190

The Roy Orbison Story

Roy Orbison tribute singer Barry Steele and his five-piece show band singing hits by the Big O plus a special tribute to the time Roy spent with The Traveling Wilburys, and Bono.

Sat 18 Feb

£22 / 01623 633133

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Schools Alive

During the week of Schools Alive, 2,000 pupils from virtually every Blackpool school will perform a number of songs and dances, perform in bands and orchestras and, enjoy their wonderful introduction to theatre.

Mon 6 Feb

£8 / 01253 290190

Tue 7 Feb

£8 / 01253 290190

Wed 8 Feb

£8 / 01253 290190

Thu 9 Feb

£8 / 01253 290190

The Solid Silver 60s Show

Relive the nostalgic sounds of 60s pop in the company of Peter Noone, Brian Hyland, Dave Berry, New Amen Corner & The Merseybeats.

Sun 16 Apr

£30–£34.50 / 01253 290190

Sunday Night At The Grand

Join multi-talented Ray Quinn, star of TV's X Factor and Dancing On Ice and local funny man Carl Schofield and friends for an evening of entertainment.

Sun 19 Mar

£14.50–£22.50 / 01253 290190

Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train.

Steve Steinman's musical mixes comedy with rock music and, naturally, the undead.

Sat 11 Feb

£24–£28 / 01253 290190

You Win Again: The Story of the Bee Gees

A tour through the Bee Gees' career, from the 60s through the 80s with all the best tunes and plenty of dancing.

Zero For The Young Dudes!

A contemporary tale about the inmates at a bizarre summer camp as a violent future looms large on the horizon. Written by Alistair McDowall and directed by Anna Poole.

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