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WHAT’S ON September 2013 - January 2014

Theatre Sponsors Pleasure Beach Resort

I am delighted to continue the Pleasure Beach’s association with the Grand Theatre. As past Chairman of the Grand Theatre Trust, my father was instrumental in preserving this historic institution, ensuring that the arts could be enjoyed by future generations. Amanda Thompson, Managing Director.



We have an exciting range of opportunities for companies to get involved in our work, from entertaining clients in a private box, to advertising in our brochures and on our website, or sponsoring individual shows or seasons. From corporate hospitality to high profile ways to promote your business, The Grand can help you deliver a star performance.

NatWest Commercial Banking

With over twenty years involvement with The Grand, we recognise what an incredible contribution it makes to the cultural life of the area. Our commercial team regularly entertains guests at the huge variety of shows on offer. Simon Smith, Commercial Manager


SystemHOST has been associated with the Grand Theatre for the last six years. We are delighted to support their Creative Learning Programme, helping young people to experience the theatre through educational performances. Phil Scanlon, Chief Executive

I.M. Fabrications Ltd.

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The Grand is delighted to welcome new supporters of the theatre from I.M. Fabrications Ltd who are now enjoying shows from their own sponsored box.


If you are interested in becoming a Corporate or Individual supporter of The Grand Theatre we would love to hear from you. Please contact Colin Johnston, Development Director Telephone 01253 74 32 60 Email

News... You will notice a few changes in this seasons brochure. Firstly we have put the season in to Genres rtaher than date order, this is so you can find the type of shows you like. We have as always listed the season in date order on the back page for you. Booking Fees: In line with legislation our £1.50 booking fees is now INCLUDED in all stated ticket prices.

Welcome Enjoy an autumn season of opera, ballet, drama, dance, musicals and comedy at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. As I’ve discovered since I started working here in July, an evening at The Grand is more than just a great night out – it’s a special experience made even more memorable by the delightful and elegant surroundings of this Grade II* listed theatre – a jewel in Blackpool’s crown. With the new colour-coded brochure, I hope that you will find it easier than ever to browse through the many delights on offer in the programme. There’s a lot to choose from: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap; the classic operas Aida and Nabucco provide a feast for both eyes and ears; the feel-good musical Dreamboats and Petticoats is joined by Shakespeare’s Globe production Eternal Love and the fabulous and funny Brassed Off. Peter Pan starring Emmerdale’s Tom Lister, Grand Theatre favourite Steve Royle, Radio Wave FM’s Hayley Kay and lands on our stage for the festive season and is the perfect treat for all the family. The theatre is entering its second year as an Arts Council National Portfolio holder specialising in the presentation of dance. The additional support afforded us through this programme has enabled us to bring you companies of both national and international importance such as Motionhouse, Hofesh Shechter and 2Faced Dance. Finally, earlier this year The Grand was chosen as one of only five theatres in the UK to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and Performance Network. Montgomery High School has been appointed as a ‘hub’ for this project which will see, not only a ‘pocket-sized’ production of The Taming of the Shrew staged at the theatre, but a series of workshops and learning events for teachers and pupils from a number of Blackpool schools over the next three years, helping the next generation of audiences develop the theatre-going habit. So, whatever your taste and whatever you choose, I look forward to welcoming you to a great night out at the Grand.

Ruth Eastwood Chief Executive The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool works in Partnership with

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Monday 16 - Saturday 21 September

presenting a number of famous illusions in this gripping life story that is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

To be the greatest, you have to be prepared to sacrifice everything.

Discover the legend. Believe in the magic.

The highly successful Brothers Houdini soon find this out, when their death-defying feats start to draw in ever bigger crowds. Join us for what promises to be an explosive theatrical spectacle, when the prestigous promoter Martin Beck offers Harry an opportunity that will change his life forever. This intricate look inside the lives of two of the greatest performers the world has ever seen explores the impact of family, love and jealousy.

Times Mon - Sat Evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat Matinees 2.30pm Tickets Evenings £13.50 - £25.50 (£13.50 Child) Matinees £11.50 - £22.50 (£11.50 Child) Evenings Groups 20+ £21.00, 50+ £20.00 Matinees Groups 20+ £18.00, 50+ £17.00 Friends of The Grand £4.00 off top ticket price

Watch as two masters of the stage perform, entrance, delight and surprise;


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A Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Production


Jane Austen

Tim Luscombe Colin Blumenau Designed By Kit Surrey

Adapted by Directed by

The play has all the shiny qualities of a piece penned yesterday The Telegraph

Mansfield Park By Jane Austen

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Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 October


Catch this spellbinding adaptation of Jane Austen’s captivating novel as it visits Blackpool for the first time. Unceremoniously uprooted from her humble family home, intelligent young Fanny Price is dropped into the bustling, aristocratic household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, where she finds herself buffeted from one crisis to the next in the company of her cousins and their well-to-do friends. Yet, throughout this turmoil one thing remains a constant, her love for the generous, worthy and steadfast Edmund Bertram. Can Fanny triumph over her adoptive family’s demands and follow her heart to acquire the husband and life she so desires and deserves?


Written by Tim Luscombe, whose other acclaimed Austen adaptations include Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and directed by Colin Blumenau, Mansfield Park is a must-see for lovers of Jane Austen, and indeed all classic drama. ***** You cannot fail to be seduced by this captivating production THE OXFORD TIMES

Times Tues 8pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat Matinees 2.00pm Tickets Evenings £13.50 - £28.50 Matinees £11.50 - £25.50 Concessions £2.00 off (excl. Gallery) Schools Groups £8.50 Evenings Groups 20+ £22.00, 50+ £21.00 Matinees Groups 20+ £19.00, Groups 50+ £18.00 Friends of The Grand £4.00 off top ticket price top two ticket prices Audio Described Performance Saturday Matinee at 2.00pm

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Agatha Christie’s

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The Mousetrap


Monday 25 - Saturday 30 November A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longestrunning show of any kind in the history of British theatre - with over 25,000 performances it’s a play to be proud of. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment, the identity and the motive are finally revealed.


In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. A truly entertaining classic thriller THE SUNDAY TIMES Times Mon 8pm, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat 2.00pm Tickets Monday to Thursday Evenings £17.50 - £28.50 Friday and Saturday Evenings £19.50 - £31.50 Thursday and Saturday Matinees £15.50 - £24.50 Concessions £2.00 off School Groups £12.00 per student (Monday to Thursday perfs) Mon - Thurs Evenings Groups 20+ £24.00, 50+ £23.00 Fri & Sat Evenings Groups 20+ £27.00, 50+ £26.00 Matinees Groups 20+ £20.00, 50+ £19.00 Audio Described Performance Wednesday Evening at 7.30pm

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Brassed Off




Eternal Love By Howard Brenton

Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 April 2014

Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 March 2014

It is 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain. With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, band-leader Danny’s hopes of winning the National Brass Band Competition seem like a distant dream. But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

When Abelard begins a wild affair with his brilliant student Heloise, his enemies find the perfect pretext to destroy him. Abelard is already on thin ice with the church over his contentious views and when Heloise bears his child out of wedlock, their affair becomes the scandal of the age…

Featuring rousing live music including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem, Brassed Off is a funny and heart-warming drama that reaches stirring heights as a locally cast brass band performs the final scene, set in the Royal Albert Hall, live on our stage.

With its dynamic, contemporary language, stunning costumes and terrific live music, Eternal Love makes history burst into life in an energetic, visceral and above all highly entertaining style. Lively and thought-provoking…with sly humour and slapstick the language pulses with energy. SUNDAY TIMES

Passionate and inspiring - a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit in triumph against all the odds.


Times Tues to Sat 7.30pm Thurs and Sat Matinees 2.00pm Tickets Adults £20.00, Full Time Students & Children £11.00 Groups 20+£9.50, 50+£8.50.

Times Tues - Sat 7.30pm Thurs and Sat Matinees 2.00pm Tickets Adults £20.00, Full Time Students & Children £11.00 Groups 20+£9.50, 50+£8.50.


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Nabucco THE GRAND ais great a great night night out! out! 11 5

Aida Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


Sunday 10 November

Saturday 9 November

Returning with the very first opera she ever produced, Ellen Kent brings Nabucco to life in this lavish new production of Verdi’s epic tale, starring international soloists. Featuring the haunting and melodic Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, ‘Nabucco’ follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. It is a powerful tale laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy.

Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring international soloists, this brand new production brings the hot, dusty plains and dramatic grandeur of ancient Egypt to the stage in Verdi’s classic love story of war, jealousy and revenge. With opulent sets and costumes, this traditional production is as stunning visually as it is musically, featuring some of the greatest pieces of music Verdi ever wrote, with the well known arias Celest Aida, Ritorna Vincitor and the great chorus piece the Triumphal March.

Traditionally staged with magnificent sets and costumes, as well as amazing lighting and stage effects, this production promises an evening to remember.

Aida tells the tragic tale of a beautiful Egyptian slave girl and her love for the Egyptian hero, Radames.

Time 7.30pm Tickets £16.50 - £33.50

Time 7.30pm Tickets £16.50 - £33.50


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‘Dazzling costumes... Wonderfully choreographed group routines and awe-inspiring solo performances.’

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to Blackpool with great ballet masterpieces following a sensational season in 2013

Giselle Sleeping Beauty Swan Lake


Performed by

The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia

Sergei Bobrov Artistic Director Anatoly Tchepurnoi Music Director and Chief Conductor

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The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia.


Giselle - Friday 10 January Swan Lake - Saturday 11 January Sleeping Beauty - Sunday 12 January

Sleeping Beauty Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Giselle The most poignant of all classical ballets combines powerful emotions and visual splendour in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave.

Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

Swan Lake The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Times Giselle 7.30pm, Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tickets £24.00 - £39.00 Conc. £2.00off Family Ticket (Min 1 max 2 adults) £101.50 Stalls & Dress Circle Double Bill (2 shows) £61.50, Triple Bill (3 Shows) £88.50


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DIRECT FROM ITS TRIUMPHANT WEST END SEASON Inspired by the 6 smash hit multi-million selling albums of the same name,the West End sell out sensation DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. Direct from his celebratedWest End run, special guest star Mark Wynter is delighted to reprise his roleand is set to perform classic hits Venus in Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl and It’s Almost Tomorrow for the first time on tour in over 50 years. Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more, including Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era! In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons… Dreamboats and Petticoats - the songs will live forever!

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Times Mon 8pm, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat 2.00pm Tickets Opening Night Offer, Thurs & Sat Matinees £27.50, Tues - Sat Evenings £21.50 - £30.50 Concs £2.00 off Evenings Groups 20+ £25.00, 50+ £24.00 Opening & Matinees Groups 20+ £22.00, 50+ £21.00 Friends of the Grand £4.00 off (Opening Night), £2.00 off






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Monday 14 - Saturday 19 October Direct from London’s West End, where it’s in its record breaking 5th year, THRILLER Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Already seen by over two million people in over 26 countries, THRILLER Live continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 40 year musical history. Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that pays homage Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair,


precision and passion in a show that you will never forget. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t care About Us, Dangerous, Heal The World, and Thriller plus many more! Times Mon 8pm, Tues - Thurs Evening 7.30pm, Fri 5.00pm & 8.30pm, Sat 4.00pm & 8.00pm Tickets Mon Evening & Fri Matinee £20.00 - £26.00, Tues - Thurs Evening & Sat Matinee £21.00 - £28.00, Fri & Sat Evening £22.00 - £30.00 Conc. £2.00 off (excl. Gallery) Friends of The Grand £4.00 off (Monday Evening & Friday Matinee) Opening Night and Fri Matinee Groups 20+ £21.50, 50+ £20.50 Tues - Thurs Evenings and Sat Matinee Groups 20+ £23.50, 50+ £22.50 Fri and Sat Evenings Groups 20+ £25.50, 50+ £24.50

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - The Musical Monday 21 October Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

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Join us as the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - The Musical, visits The Grand for one night only as part of its debut UK Tour.

19 7

Only those blessed with an extraordinary spelling ability can qualify for the Putnam County Spelling Bee. But there can be only one winner and, with a place in the national final at stake, emotions are running high, and hopes and dreams will be broken. Prepare for the spelling challenge of a lifetime in this hilarious and riotous musical comedy, guaranteed to move and delight in equal measure. This story of six adolescent oddballs, overseen by adults barely managing to escape childhood themselves, is a lesson that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Times 7.30pm Tickets £18.00 - £21.50







by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York (Originally produced at Churchill Theatre Bromley) Proudly Present

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers THE GRAND a great night out!

The Classic American Frontier Dance Musical


This breath-taking production is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a tune on your lips. It’s toe-tappingly good!

Monday 11 - Saturday 16 November

Patti Colombo has fuelled the action with dizzying leaps and spins that frequently brought cheers from the opening-night audience. VARIETY

Set in Oregon in 1850, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the story of Adam (Sam Attwater – Dancing on Ice champion, Hollyoaks, Eastenders), the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly (Helena Blackman - How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz) to marry him that same day.

Times Mon Evening 8.00pm, Tue-Sat Evening 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Tickets Opening Night Offer All Seats £27.50 Tues to Sat Eves £20.50 - £31.50, Thurs & Sat Mat £18.50 - £29.50 Child £14.00 all seats Concessions £2.00 off Opnening Night Groups 20+ £22.00, 50+ £21.00 Tues - Sat Evenings Groups 20+ £22.00, £24.00, £26.00, 50+ £21.00, £23.00, £25.00 Matinees Groups 20+ £20.00, £22.00, £24.00, 50+ £19.00, £21.00, £23.00 Friends of The Grand £4.00 off (top ticket pricing, Monday night only) Audio Described Performance Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm

They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness - kidnap the women they want!


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2Faced Dance

Nobulus Dance

Tuesday 22 October

Tuesday 5 November

Out of his Skin Bored with life, the monotony of every day and trying to find his place in the world, one man goes on a journey of self-discovery. Pushing every available boundary and risking everything until there is nothing left, he searches for the next high, the next hit and the next big thing. Using their trademark urban contemporary language, 2Faced Dance Company return to The Grand with a new full-length work choreographed by Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald. Unpredictable, fierce, visceral and tender, the country’s leading all male contemporary company continue in finding a way to connect audiences that strike at the soul.

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Out of His Skin explores society’s obsession with the extreme and reminds us what it means to just be normal.


Eloquent, moving, and just downright cool. 2Faced Dance is one of the UK’s finest male dance companies

Out of the Shadow Dance Touring Partnership presents Nobulus Out of the Shadow that is an extraordinary mix of breakdance, popping and locking, contemporary dance, acrobatics and ballet. It tells a cautionary tale, from the creation of the Universe and evolution of man through to an imaginary apocalyptic future. Using only their bodies, this 10-strong crew create otherworldly scenes by morphing themselves into structures, creatures and even machines. Set to an epic soundtrack, we see primal images of sacrifice and betrayal, of love and pleasure, death and destruction in this thrilling show. Tall, wired and graceful, this Austrian crew used the disjointed, cartoonish energy of hip hop to transform themselves into an eerie variety of forms... THE GUARDIAN

Nobulus from Austria drove the audience wild… loaded with freshness and verve. THE TIMES


Jawdropping. Fitzgerald has forged her own distinctive style.




Hofesh Shechter



Tuesday 19 November

Thursday 13 February

Broken is commissioned by Grand Theatre Blackpool, Warwick Arts Centre, Watford Palace Theatre and Swindon Dance.

Hofesh Shechter Company visits The Grand Theatre this February to unveil the hotly anticipated new work, Sun.

Broken is Motionhouse’s newest visually thrilling touring production, in which Artistic Director Kevin Finnan continues his exploration of elemental themes.

The World is perfect.

Using multiple layers of scrolling film and Motionhouse’s highly physical dance style, Broken creates an intriguing computer game-esque world of tunnels and burrows, shifting perspectives and seesawing slopes and platforms. Hanging in suspense, diving for support and scrambling to safety, the dancers negotiate the cracks and craters of this world of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems. The performance is practically jet-propelled - the quicksilver cast almost never stops moving. THE TIMES

Super athletic dancers, as dexterous in the air and with ropes as they are on the floor.

From the darkness of Shechter’s emotive and often angry world emerges a bright white light dancing out of the smoke and chaos. Hofesh Shechter brings his brand new full-length work, Sun, with an expanded Company of 14 worldclass dancers and an eclectic soundtrack featuring original music by Shechter, this new work follows the phenomenal success of Political Mother. Hofesh Shechter is one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, gaining international acclaim for his raw, honest choreography and atmospheric music scores. The International dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company have achieved worldwide renown touring his hit shows Political Mother, Uprising, The Art of Not Looking Back and In Your Rooms.


...enchanting dance, not afraid of innovation while providing a performance of memorable excellence.




Time 8.00pm Tickets £11.50, Conc. £8.50 Friends of The Grand £8.50 Groups 10+ £7.00

Time 8.00pm Tickets £11.50, Conc. £8.50 Friends of The Grand £8.50 Groups 10+ £7.00


Time 8.00pm Tickets £11.50, Conc. £8.50 Friends of The Grand £8.50 Groups 10+ £7.00

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Time 8.00pm Tickets £11.50, Conc. £8.50 Friends of The Grand £8.50 Groups 10+ £7.00

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“Fantastic & funny - perfection!” Metro

“A five star family show!” The Birmingham Mail

“A heart warming mix of fun, Fruit and nuts!”

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The Daily Mail


James and the Giant Peach

looking for fruit-filled fun and whizzpopping wonders, then don’t miss James and his Giant Peach!

Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 October

Musical talent shines from every member of this cast and their appearance when playing and singing together while crammed into the giant stage peach a feat of engineering in itself... Genuinely Heart-warming stuff. The Stage

James lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the most revolting Aunts in England. They make him work and slave and never let him play with other children. Then one day he meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen – and James embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with the most amazing group of characters you could ever meet! The Birmingham Stage Company proudly presents Roald Dahl’s amazing story, following its acclaimed productions of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Horrible Histories and The Jungle Book. If you’re


A great family show with all the magic of Dahl and more! Western Mail Times Wed 7.00pm, Thurs 10.30am, 1.30pm, Fri 10.30pm, 7.00pm, Sat 2.30pm, 7.00pm Tickets £16.00 all seats Under 18’s £12.00 Family of 4 £48.50 (Min 1, Max 2 adults) Schools Groups £7.00

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Little Red Riding Hood

Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 September

Join us for this traditional adventure as Little Red Riding Hood makes her way through the thick forest to deliver some delicious food to her poorly Grandma. This dazzling new production features thrilling story telling, stunning costumes and mesmerizing puppetry. Time Tues - Sat 10.00am Tickets Adults £10.50 Child £8.50 Family of 4 £31.50, Family of 5 £36.50

Stick Man

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Thursday 7 November


Touching, funny and utterly original, this delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s hugely popular children’s book Stick Man features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Zesty and delightful...a clever compelling treat.’THE INDEPENDENT Time 1.30pm & 4.30pm Tickets £11.50 Concessions £10.50 Family of 4 £35.50 (Min 1, Max 2 adults)

Bananas In Pyjamas Sunday 17 November The Grand Theatre Blackpool is extremely excited to announce the return to the stage of Milkshake’s top Bananas, B1 & B2 along with their friends in a brand new, fun-filled, action packed show... Banana-riffic! It’s party time in Cuddlestown but wait...the guest of honour has gone missing. It’s a Banana Emergency! Time 1.00pm & 3.30pm Tickets £13.00 Family of 4 £43.50 (Min 1, Max 2 adults)

Peppa Pig

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November

Join us for Peppa’s brand new show Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and jumping in muddy puddles! Time 10.00am, 1.00pm, 4.00pm Tickets Adults £15.00 - £22.50 Under 16’s £13.00 - £20.50 Family of 4 Family of 4 £55.50 (Min 1, Max 2 adults excludes Premium seats) Groups 10+ 10% off


Horrible Histories The Taming of The Barmy Britain Shrew Wednesday 26 - Sunday First Encounter

Thursday 27 February Saturday 1 March 2014

Bianca has men running after her. Kate has men running away from her. Either they both get married or neither of them do. Is anyone man enough to take on the Shrew? This 2 hour 10 minute rollercoaster has boys playing girls and girls playing boys to tell the story of two people’s crazy journey towards becoming the perfect match. Including an introduction to the performance and a chance to hear from the actors afterwards, First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew uses a distilled version of the original text to create the perfect first experience of Shakespeare for 8-13 year olds. I didn’t want to blink because I didn’t want to miss anything.

30 March 2014

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show BARMY BRITAIN with all new amazing 3D effects! Can you beat battling Boudica? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Can King Charles keep his head? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare, dare to dance the Tyburn jig, move to the groove with party Queen Victoria and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!


It was brilliant. I’d give it 10 out of 10. There’s too many words to describe it. I want to watch more. JOSHUA, 10, WATCHING THE COMEDY OF ERRORS



Time Thurs 2.00pm, 7.00pm Fri 10.15am, 2.00pm Sat 10.15am, 2.00pm Tickets £11.50 Under 18’s £7.50 School Groups £6.00

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Time Wed 10.30am, 1.30pm Thurs 1.30pm, 7.00pm Fri 10.30am, 7.00pm Sat 2.30pm, 7.00pm Sun 11.00am, 3.00pm Tickets £16.00 all seats Under 18’s £12.00 Schools Groups £7.00 Family of 4 £48.50 (Min 1, Max 2 adults)

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Sundays 6 October - 3 November

Britain’s funniest comedian Ken Dodd OBE returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre to tickle audiences with the ‘longest stand up routine ever’. Oh yes, Doddy is back and ready to amaze audiences with hilarious joke-telling, unmatched stamina and non-stop entertainment all night long... literally! Time 7.00pm Tickets £19.50 - £22.50



Ken Dodd

Milton Jones On The Road

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Wednesday 30 October


Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour, this time imaginatively entitled On The Road. If you like the stuff he’s done on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or in any of the nine radio series he’s done for Radio 4 then this is the show for you. Hundreds of his celebrated one-liners, plus pictures he drew. Clever, surreal but mainly just stupid stupid stupid. He’s won awards you know. Time 8.00pm Tickets £21.50 all seats

Bill Bailey

Paul Carroll’s

Friday 1 - Saturday 2 November

Sunday 29 September

Thursday 31 October

The funniest night of your holiday becomes the funniest night in your town. The most successful show in the Canary Islands for the last 20 years has come to the UK.

Star of Sky LIVING’s Psychic Sally On The Road, Britain’s favorite TV psychic, Sally Morgan returns with her outstanding 2013 nationwide tour.

One million people have seen this amazing show in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the past and you must not miss the opportunity to see this stunning night of music, laughter and razzamatazz.

Often referred to as ‘Psychic to the stars’, Sally has built up an extensive client list having read for well known faces like Katie Price, George Michael and Princess Diana.


Bill Bailey had doubts about the modern world, but these have now grown into Qualms. He will be channeling these feelings of Unease and Apprehension, with the help of Religious Dubstep, his folk bouzouki, Horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world’s greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey. He looks at the Consequences of Lies, the Unending Search for the Higgs and the Hiding Skills of Dentists. Bill tries to confront his Cluster-Qualm of living in a Time of Spectacular Ignorance, Nuclear Worry, Rare Planetary Alignment and Spice Girl reunions that may be part of the Mayan End of Days prophecy. Come savour this Broth of Anxiety with Bill Bailey – Qualmpeddlar. He’s a genius, full stop. Calling this Swiftian satirist, versatile multi-instrumentalist and gifted actor merely a comic genius is like calling Michelangelo a house painter.

Music Hall Tavern

Mrs “T”, Special “K” and Courtney will have you rolling in the aisles as they take you through two hours of hilarious entertainment. With stunning costumes and amazing comedy routines you are in for the time of your life. So come and join Paul Carroll (Mrs T) and enjoy an evening on holiday in your home town and don’t forget to bring your handkerchief!

Sally Morgan

Psychic Sally On The Road

Each year Sally packs out theatres as people from all over the country come to witness her incredible gift. Her down to earth nature and infectious personality has attracted a whole new audience to the spiritual world and her astounding accuracy keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. This unique theatrical experience should leave you feeling uplifted and enlightened…as they say seeing is believing! Sally Morgan is investigational/experimental. There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purpose of entertainment.


Witty, clever and cheeky, Bailey was wickedly funny on every topic he broached. NEWCASTLE HERALD (AUSTRALIA)

Time 8.00pm Tickets £26.50 all seats


Time 7.30pm Tickets £15.50 - £19.50 Under 13’s £9.50 Concs £2.00 off (excl. Gallery) Friends of The Grand £2.00 off

TICKETS 01253 290190

Time 7.30pm Tickets £26.00 all seats

GROUPS(10+) 01253 743232

2013 is another exciting year for The Grand as we begin working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and continue our successful partnership with the Arts Council. However, live theatre can’t flourish without financial support – and The Grand is no exception.

Ways you can help Individual donations We welcome individual donations, no matter how large or small, and would be delighted to discuss with you how your gift can be used to preserve this great building for future generations or to expand our work with schools and young people. Company support Many local companies have realised the benefit that a partnership with The Grand can bring – from advertising in our brochures and website, to corporate entertaining, to sponsorship. We can create a package that suits your needs – and your budget.

The Friends of the Grand is a group of people who support the beautiful Grand Theatre and its eclectic programme. The role of the Friends of the Grand has changed over the years; nowadays Friends support the theatre in many ways: from raising funds through subscriptions and social events; to financing projects within the theatre. This year the Friends of The Grand assisted with the costs of refurbishing our Stalls Bar, now renamed the Stage Door Cafe Bar.


Friends of The Grand



Support The Grand

Ways ‘Friends’ Help Friends of The Grand help the theatre operationally via the Front of House volunteer teams. Friends Volunteers sell programmes and refreshments and, more importantly, extend a warm welcome to patrons. Being part of a team gives the opportunity to meet like-minded Friends and theatre enthusiasts.

Benefits of Membership ‘Friends of The Grand’ discounts on many shows Exchange your tickets upto 24hrs prior

(waiving the £1.50 exchange fee)

Newsletters Special Friends Events Coach Trips to other theatres and lots more...


FRIENDS FULL ADULT MEMBERSHIP | £16.00 Available to anyone over 18 and under 60.


This membership is only available for under 18s and over 60s.


The Friends PLUS Membership offers discounts for the registered member AND one guest (the guest can change on each visit if so wished)

However you want to support our valuable work, just contact our development director, Colin Johnston, and he will explain how easy it is to make a big difference. Email: Telephone: 01253 743260 Special thanks must go to Blackpool Council, Arts Council England and SystemHOST for the valuable contribution to our Engagement and Learning programme.

How To Join...

Online: Call at the Theatre’s Box Office or Call 01253 290190 Please have your Credit/Debit Card to hand.

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THE GRAND a great night out!





Andy Prior Sunday 22 September Andy’s new show will feature Big Band standards of classic songs and also new arrangements written specially by Phil Steel, one of Britain’s most talented composer/arrangers. Featuring fresh versions of songs such as On A Clear Day, Laughter In The Rain and Tom Hark mixed together with Big Band favourites. Time 7.30pm Tickets £21.00 all seats


Brighouse & Rastrick Band Tuesday 29 October The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by ‘Briggus’ whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. The band was formed almost 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.

The Elvis Years

Go West, Hue & Cry

Wednesday 6 November You ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll? The UK’s number one Elvis production is back! An outstanding concert tour production of the West End Show Jailhouse Rock with original star Mario Kombou and Ivor Novello award-winning Musical Director, leading the incredible band.

with special guests

The Christians



Go West, Hue and Cry* and special guests The Christians are united on the same bill for the first time ever. *Hue and Cry will perform an acoustic set

With millions of albums sales and iconic hits such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, King Of Wishful Thinking, Labour Of Love, Looking For Linda, Violently, Ideal World, Forgotten Town and Harvest For The World plus over twenty five years of perfecting their craft, performing to audiences at sold out stadiums, intimate unplugged sets and everything in between.

Time 7.30pm Tickets £21.00 all seats

Book early for this amazing evening!

This authentic eighties triple header is not to be missed! *Hue and Cry will be performing as an acoustic duo

Show Of Hands

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Vampires Rock


Hand in Hand Tour 2013

Wednesday 23 October

Friday 8 November

Steve Steinman plays the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula owner of the Live and Let Die club. In search of a new bride, the Baron must convince the unsuspecting Pandora who auditions for the new singing position, to cross over to the dark side and live for ever in Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell.

Celebrating a 21 year musical partnership, singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer have sold out the Royal Albert Hall four times. Joined by musical chameleon Miranda Sykes on double bass they are widely recognised for their resonating original songs, slick musicianship and audience rapport.

Time 7.30pm Tickets £18.50 - £22.50

Time 7.30pm Tickets £17.50 all seats


Time 7.30pm Tickets £19.00, Conc. £16.50 Friends of The Grand £16.50

TICKETS 01253 290190

Time 7.30pm Tickets £25.50 - £29.50

GROUPS(10+) 01253 743232


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Wednesday 18 December

Back by overwhelming public demand, the most successful and popular touring show of its kind brings its festive spectacular Beyond the Barricade at Christmas back to Blackpool with a brand new 2013 production. Recreating original West End/ Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, Beyond the Barricade at Christmas features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Mis, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena. This production will include songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more hit musical productions, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Mis!

Poulton-le-Fylde Band returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with the heart-warming ‘Grand’ Christmas Concert - a fabulous festive treat for all the family. Poulton-le-Fylde Band, under the musical director John Wood, alongside host Father Geoff Bottoms will celebrate the festive season in rousing style with the yearly ‘Grand’ Christmas Concert. The concert will again be one of the highlights of Poulton-le-Fylde Band’s season.

THE GRAND a great night out!

Tuesday 24 September

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September

The Friends of the Grand are pleased to welcome our friends from Marton Operatic Society for a relaxing musical evening. This award-winning society presents highlights from their up-coming production ‘Patience’ or ‘Burnthore’s Bride’ by Gilbert & Sullivan. Tickets are limited and include a glass of wine or coffee at the interval - so book early! Time 7.00pm Tickets £7.50

This is Poulton Drama’s third visit to The Grand in recent years. Following the success of their productions of Blood Brothers, the play, by Willy Russell last year and Stepping Out by Richard Harris earlier this - both on the main stage - they return to their roots of contemporary drama with this production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in the intimate setting of the Studio. Time 8.00pm Tickets £11.50, Conc. £9.50 Friends of The Grand £9.50

Described by many as ‘a pure delight’.

Theatre Tours There is no theatre quite like The Grand. The published descriptions in 1894 said so, and contemporary theatregoers agree. Renowned as architect Frank Matcham’s masterpiece it has a long and lively history.

Being close to Christmas, you can be sure there will be a few festive favourites on offer!


Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit - and the complete visibility of every seat in this atmospheric house. The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894, by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpool’s first successful theatrical manager. • • • •

Time 7.30pm Tickets £22.50, Conc. £20.50 Friends of The Grand £20.50


Wednesday 11 December

September Serenade


Grand Christmas Concert with Carols

Time 8.00pm Tickets £14.50 all seats


See the secrets of the great stage Take in Blackpool’s hidden gem Learn about flamboyant architect Frank Matcham Explore the warren of staircases, dressing rooms and beyond

You can book a tour via our website or by phone 01253 290190 Costs: £10.00, Conc & Friends of The Grand £8.00, Full Time Student £6.00 School Theatre HeritageTours are also available. Contact our Creative Learning Manager for details

GROUPS(10+) 01253 743232

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Beyond The Barricade at Christmas



Creative Learning The Grand Theatre has a long history of offering creative opportunities for children, young people, schools, families and adults to enhance their experience of the Theatre’s programme. Schools & Colleges The Grand Theatre offers a wide range of opportunities to be involved with. • Workshops with visiting companies • Meet actors, dancers and directors • Pre and post show discussions • Page-to-Stage events at the theatre • Teaching resources • Training • Masterclasses, Guest lectures and seminars • Theatre Mornings and Theatre tours The majority of the work is directly linked with the touring companies and usually it is a requirement to have a booking to see the performance before participating. The Grand Theatre is a key partner in delivering and developing Blackpool Schools Cultural Programme working with our local schools and Blackpool Council.

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Have you thought about using your Pupil Premium against our shows and workshops?


The RSC Learning and Performance Network Earlier this year The Grand was chosen as one of only five theatres in the UK to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and Performance Network. Montgomery High School has been appointed as a ‘hub’ for this project which will see, not only a ‘pocket-sized’ production of The Taming of the Shrew staged at the theatre, but a series of workshops and learning events for teachers and pupils from a number of Blackpool schools over the next three years, helping the next generation of audiences develop the theatre-going habit.


Dance at The Grand Since April 2012 The Grand Theatre has been funded by Arts Council England, to present a programme of contemporary dance with a range of regional, national and international companies. Parallel to our programme, we have also worked with those companies to offer a range of opportunities to be involved with dance. To date, this has included nearly 500 children and young people working with dancers in schools and colleges to learn about the companies and experience dancing with them. We have offered these opportunties to local and Lancashire dancers to perform on stage in our new Curtain Raiser Programme. We continue to work in partnership with our local Dance Development Officer Sarah Hall, Ludus Dance, Blackpool Cultural Services and Blackpool P.E. and Sport Team in addition to Colleges and Universities.

Dance Workshops for Schools & Colleges For autumn, The Grand will be offering workshops with the following companies: 2Faced Dance and Motionhouse. To book a workshop please contact the companies directly. Rachel Hartley, Motionhouse: Fiona Hay, 2Faced Dance: A show ticket discount is available for all workshop participants.

Dance Lab Opportunities Professiona dancers may be interested in taking part in our Motionhouse Dance Lab on either 9 or 10 November (Locations vary). Tickets £40.00, includes show ticket to see, Broken at the Grand on 19 November. The Dance Lab will be co-facilitated by dancers from Motionhouse, Ludus Dance and La Petite Mort. For Dance Lab information contact Helen Gould To book your place contact Box office 01253 290190

Special thanks must go to Blackpool Council, Arts Council England and SystemHOST for the valuable contribution to our Engagement and Learning programme. If you want to get involved or find out more please feel free to contact: Celine Wyatt, Engagement and Learning Manager Telephone 01253 290111 Email TICKETS 01253 290190

GROUPS(10+) 01253 743232


Audio Described Performances Mansfield Park: 12 Oct 2pm Matinee Seven Brides: 16 Nov; Sat matinee The Mousetrap: 27 Nov Wednesday evening Peter Pan: 14th Dec Sat matinee

Signed Performance Peter Pan 14 Dec Sat matinee Access for visually impaired patrons Registered assistance dogs are welcome. Please inform the Box Office of requirements at time of booking. Audio described performances, including pre-show introduction and touch tours, are available at certain shows as advertised in our brochure and on our website at Headsets can be booked for a refundable deposit of £5. Please contact the Box Office on 01253 290190 for further details. Access for hearing impaired patrons The Grand Theatre, Blackpool has an induction loop. Ask for information when making your booking, or one of our staff before the performance.

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Some performances are BSL sign language interpreted and are advertised in our brochure and on our website. Please inform the Box Office at time of booking.


Please inform the Box Office at time of booking. Wheelchair Users We can accommodate up to nine wheelchairs in the stalls. In line with our licence, wheelchair users must be accompanied during a performance, your companion’s ticket will be free

If you need assistance organising your Group Visit to The Grand then please feel free to contact us by: Telephone 01253 74 32 32 or email For information on Access Issues contact Celine Wyatt Telephone 01253 290111 Email




Booking For the fastest way to book you can now choose your own seat online at

The Grand Theatre has an ‘open’ policy regarding the fees that it charges and what they are for.

All shows can be booked in person at The Grand or by calling 01253 743340.

New Booking Fees

In line with legislation our £1.50 booking fee is now INCLUDED in all stated ticket prices.

Discounts & Offers Concessions Reductions are available for full-time students, under18s, benefit claimants and the over 60s. Only one conc. applies per ticket. Photo and DOB ID is required when requesting. They must be requested at time of booking. Discounts All relevant original vouchers (photocopies not accepted) must be presented at time of booking, discounts may not be applied to tickets already purchased. Discounts may occur at any time prior to the production. Family Tickets On selected shows, family tickets are available at a reduced price for groups of four (Maximum of two adults). Group Bookings Groups line 01253 743232. Group ticket prices are listed in the brochure for selected performances. Where no group price is shown, the standard concession applies. Ask for our full ‘Group & School T&C’. Schools & Colleges In addition to the Groups information above, a maximum of one free teacher ticket for every 10 child tickets purchased is available on any school or college booking. Gift Vouchers & Theatre Tokens Available by contacting 01253 743340 or in person at the box office. If you wish your purchase posting, a guaranteed delivery and insured postage charge will apply.

Exchanges & Resales The exchange of tickets to a different performance of the same show is subject to a charge of £1.50 per ticket. If you are unable to attend a performance for which you have booked, the box office will attempt to re-sell your tickets, although the selling of any unsold seats must take priority. There is a service charge of £1 for each ticket re-sold. Exchanges are free of charge to Friends of The Grand (24hrs prior). Refunds cannot be made on tickets. Fees can be changed at any time.

Babes in arms

For selected shows, babies and children under 2 are welcome free if they share a seat with you (you will still require a ticket for them). Baby changing facilities located in the stalls disabled and female toilets.

Data protection

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool operates a box office service on behalf of venues and events in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde as well as its own operation. We would like to add or retain your details for speed of booking and for our marketing department so we can keep you aware of events and other developments. To be removed from our database contact the box office in the first instance.

Late arrival Unfortunately, for the comfort of others watching the show, latecomers will be seated at a suitable point in the show (often the interval). This is for health and safety reasons due to the darkness of the auditorium.

For more information visit

TICKETS 01253 290190

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WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER - JANUARY 2014 Houdini Andy Prior Dreamboats and Petticoats Music Hall Tavern

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James and the Giant Peach Ken Dodd Mansfield Park Ken Dodd THRILLER Live! Ken Dodd 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 2Faced Dance: Out of his Skin Vampires Rock Ken Dodd Brighouse & Raistrick Band Milton Jones Sally Morgan

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Bill Bailey Ken Dodd Nobulus Dance: Out of the Shadow The Elvis Years Stick Man Show of Hands Aida Nabucco Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Bananas in Pyjamas Motionhouse Dance: Broken Go West, & Hue & Cry ft. The Christians Peppa Pig The Mousetrap

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Peter Pan Beyond the Barricade at Christmas Grand Christmas Concert with Carols

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Giselle Swan Lake Sleeping Beauty

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Hofesh Shechter Dance: Sun RSC Taming of the Shrew Eternal Love Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Brassed Off

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All information is accurate at time of going to print. Cover Photograph Photogenics

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SEPTEMBER Monday 16 - Saturday 21 Sunday 22 Monday 23 - Saturday 28 Sunday 29 OCTOBER Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 Sunday 6 Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 Sunday 13 Monday 14 - Saturday 19 Sunday 20 Monday 21 Tuesday 22 Wednesday 23 Sunday 27 Tuesday 29 Wednesday 30 Thursday 31 NOVEMBER Friday 1 - Saturday 2 Sunday 3 Tuesday 5 Wednesday 6 Thursday 7 Friday 8 Saturday 9 Sunday 10 Monday 11 - Saturday 16 Sunday 17 Tuesday 19 Thursday 21 Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 Monday 25 - Saturday 30 DECEMBER Friday 6 - Sunday 5 January 2014 Wednesday 11 Wednesday 18 JANUARY Friday 10 Saturday 11 Sunday 12 2014 ADVANCE NOTICE Thursday 13 Feb Thursday 27 Feb- Saturday 1 Mar W/C Monday 10 Mar Wednesday 26 - Sunday 30 Mar W/C Monday 14 Apr

Season Brochure | Sept 2013-Jan 2014  
Season Brochure | Sept 2013-Jan 2014  

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool programme of events for September 2013 - January 2014