There’s a great variety of shows, events and entertainment for all the family at the venue at the heart of the town centre. Read on to find out what’s on next at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Winter Gardens Tours
9 April, 9 May, 19 June – tours at at 11am and 2pm
Our knowledgeable and experienced guides have many years’ experience at the venue and can offer a unique insight to the fascinating building.
These tours are one of the best ways to re-live the history of the venue and visit backstage areas not often open to the public. Tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards so many famous faces have walked on before. The grandeur of the Empress Ballroom will be explored whilst the often-overlooked Spanish Suites will offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue*.
11.00am tours will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture housed within the world-famous Winter Gardens Blackpool. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and discover more about the extensive history the venue beholds after more than a century and will focus on the architecture and origins of the venue.
2.00pm tours will give you the chance to explore and learn the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century and will focus on the entertainment history of the building.
* Please note the Winter Gardens is a working building and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.
More information here – if you go please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
31 March, at various times
Join the Winter Gardens for Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday 31st March.
Afternoon Tea served in the Empress Grill Room with a glass of fizz or Strawberry bellini for just £16.00.
Ant Middleton Mind Over Muscle
5 April at 7pm
Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour.
The No. 1 Sunday Times Best Selling Author’s tour will bring the ‘elements’ to the audience through lighting, sound and set. The show will recreate what mental strength it took behind the scenes for Ant to complete his recent SAS series and his huge Everest challenge. Plus throughout Ant will take the audience through a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery. Ant said:
“I am so excited to take my brand new show on the road in 2019. I want to bring my recent journeys to life and show how mental strength can help overcome huge challenges. The mind is stronger than muscle and I promise to take audiences on an incredible journey”
A Night with the Stars
Join stars of stage and screen for a glittering night at the Opera House Blackpool, with A Night With the Stars in aid of the West Lancashire Charity Society.
Starring one of Britain’s top stand-up comedians Jim Davidson. Jim Davidson is firmly established as one of Britain’s top stand-up comedians. He received an OBE for his services to charity and has three coveted Showbusiness Personality of the Year Awards-from the Variety club of Great Britain: The Grand Order of Water Rats and Comic Heritage.
Legend of Comedy Mick Miller, star of stage and Screen joins Jim Davidson adding to a stellar comedy line up. Star of opportunity Knocks Freddie Davies and the spellbinding Anita Harris join the bill along with star vocalist Emilie Jasmine, Jezz (Gerry Conroy), Adam Lacey and Lynne Fox.
Live music is set to come from the George Formby Society, The Chorley Croft and Cucheth Pipe Band and Irish folk band Meet The Folkers.
All proceeds from the show go to The West Lancashire Charity Foundation which supports many charities locally and nationally. Since 1984 The West Lancashire Charity Foundation have made grants to medical research, disaster appeals, Red Cross, Air Ambulance, Lifeboat and St John’s ambulance services and have provided over £130,000,000 for charities.
Your help and support is much appreciated and welcome and it helps us to help those in need, just to buy a ticket for our show will make a difference and encourage us to do more. We are not a business we are an organisation who raise funds for worthy causes and charities. So give us your support so that we can support them. If you want to see more of what we do and who we support visit our website:- www.mcf.org.uk
On the Town
9-10 April at 7.30pm
Blackpool & The Fylde College BA Hons Musical Theatre Students proudly present Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town.
As workers arrive at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, three sailors – Gabey, Ozzie, and Chip – begin their 24-hour shore leave in Manhattan with only one thing on their mind, they find out that finding true love isn’t that easy.
Featuring the show stopping numbers “New York, New York”, “I Can Cook Too” and “You Got Me!” fabulous comedy and spectacular dancing, this truly is a feel good show and marks a perfect way to spend an Easter evening.
The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio
Thurs 11 & Fri 12 April 2019
Shows at 11am & 2pm
Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much-loved classic, Pinocchio!
Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached!
New Act of the Year Semi Final
13 April at 7.30pm
New comedians have been invited to apply to take part in the competition which will feature heats across the country throughout February, March and April 2019. The semi-final will be held on Saturday 13th April at Blackpool Winter Gardens Gillows Bar.
The final will be held on Sunday 12th May at Blackpool Winter Gardens as part of Manford’s Comedy festival. Jason Manford will be the host for the evening and will be joined by some esteemed judges to help choose the best act along with an audience vote. The winner will receive a £1000 prize, progression spots with Manford’s comedy clubs, presented with an award trophy and will also be invited to appear as a guest on Jason Manford’s Absolute Radio show. The runner up will receive a prize of £250 and the chance to progress with Manford’s comedy clubs.
European Dance Championships
In 2014 the Dance Promoters Association in association with Blackpool Entertainments Ltd. were offered the exciting opportunity to organise and host the 2015 WDC Amateur League European Championships in Blackpool.
They’ve been honoured to play their part in making these most prestigious Championships a must in the dance calendar and have continued to do so each year since.
They will once again host the 2019 WDC/Amateur League European Championships at the Fabulous Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens Blackpool 19th to 21st April.
Junior Blackpool Dance Festival
22 – 28 April
The Blackpool Junior Dance Festival has been running since 1947 with young dancers from all over the World visiting Blackpool to compete. The Festival, traditionally held in the magnificent Blackpool Tower Ballroom, celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007 and incorporates the British Junior Open Championships. In 2010 the Festival moved to the Winter Gardens, Empress Ballroom.
As tradition states, the Festival always commences on Easter Monday finishing seven days later on the Sunday. There are two age groups of children – Juveniles (6 to under 12 years) and Juniors (12 to under 16 years). There are three branches of dancing – Latin American, Ballroom and Sequence. Over the seven days there are 29 competitions, four Team Matches and three Formation Competitions. In 2018 there were over 33 countries represented at the Festival with over 400 couples, 5 Sequence Formation Teams and 102 Latin/Ballroom Formation Teams entered in the various events.
Tues 23- Sat 27 April 2019
Evenings – 7pm, Wed, Thur & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).
The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
28 April, book your seats at various times
Join us for Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th April.
Afternoon Tea is served in the Empress Grill Room for just £14.50, or treat yourself and enjoy it with a glass of Prosecco for £17.50
Peter Pan – the Easter Pantomime!
29 April at 6pm
Peter Pan – Easter Pantomime Starring comedy legend BOBBY DAVRO as Smee CBBC’s Tracy Beaker DANI HARMER as Wendy Disney Art Attack’s LLOYD WARBEY as Peter Pan
Let your dreams take flight at Blackpool Opera House this Easter for ONE NIGHT ONLY.
Join the boy who never grows up… Peter Pan and take part in his adventures with Wendy as they fly off to Neverland and meet some fantastical characters along the way; Tinker Bell, the Lost Children, Tiger Lily, Nana the dog, Pirates, Smee and of course Captain Hook.
Don’t miss another spectacular family pantomime from the same team behind previous brilliant touring Easter productions of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
With an all-star cast, impressive music, energetic dance routines, lots and lots of laughter and flying that will thrill the child in all of us. Come and see Peter Pan soar to new heights at Blackpool Opera House for ONE NIGHT ONLY this Easter.
HOOK your tickets early to avoid disappointment… The CROC is ticking!
Manford’s Blackpool Comedy Festival
10 – 12 May 2019
Manford’s Comedy Club, Absolute Radio and the Winter Gardens Blackpool, launch a brand new Comedy Festival in May 2019.
The inaugural Manford’s Blackpool Comedy Festival will feature a wide variety of top comedy acts as well as the Grand Final of a new comedy award which will feature heats across the UK.
Jason Manford & Friends will open the Friday 10 May event. The show, hosted by Jason Manford, will feature Britain’s Got Talents Daliso Chaponda, popular Irish comedian David O’Doherty and headlined by 8 Out of 10 Cats star comedian Sean Lock. Saturday 11 May will see John Bishop & Friends take to the Opera House stage. Hosted by comedy superstar John Bishop, the show will feature stand-up legend Mick Miller, BBC’s Mock the Week’s Milton Jones, plus many more.
Jason Manford & Friends – 10 May at 7.30pm
Jason Manford & Friends will open the Friday 10 May event. The show, hosted by Jason Manford, will feature Britain’s Got Talents Daliso Chaponda, popular Irish comedian David O’Doherty, Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield and headlined by 8 Out of 10 Cats star comedian Sean Lock.
Jason Manford said: ‘We’re delighted to unveil the exciting new partnership with the Winter Gardens Blackpool and deliver a top-class comedy festival, which not only features top comedians and events but also celebrates the best in upcoming talent from across the UK. We’re excited to be coming to Blackpool, the city’s comedy heritage is legendary – it’s the Vegas of Britain!’
Manford’s After Show Crowd Karaoke
Friday 10 May at 10pm
An After-show Crowd Karaoke is set to take place in the Arena on Friday 10 May straight after the Jason Manford & Friends show in the Opera House.
The Manford’s Crowd Karaoke event will feature an amazing live band for the crowd to sing along to, guided by big screen lyrics. No dreaded spotlight here, everyone can sing their hearts out together!
Crowd Karaoke was created so that people can sing and dance together. It really doesn’t matter if you can sing or not! Or even dance! What we do know for SURE is that singing with other people is incredible fun. A funny thing happens: you feel like you’re all working towards something together and it is exhilarating.
The Late Show Friday – 10 May at 11pm
Join us for an evening of laughter in the Pavilion Theatre on Friday 10th May. The Late show features top comedians Freddy Quinne, Jenny Collier, Vince Atta, Simon Lomas and Dane Baptiste.
John Bishop – 11 May at 7.30pm
Saturday 11 May will see John Bishop & Friends take to the Opera House stage. Hosted by comedy superstar John Bishop, the show will feature stand-up legend Mick Miller, Angela Barnes and BBC’s Mock the Week’s Milton Jones, plus many more.
The Late Show Saturday – 11 May at 11pm
Join us for an unforgettable evening in the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday 11th May. The Late show features top comedians Kate Smurthwaite, Danny McLoughlin, Steve Shanyaski.
George Egg with Special Guest – 12 May at 1pm
Sunday 12 May will see George Egg: DIY Chef take to the stage with a special TV star guest as his wingman, as he brings his unique culinary skills to the Pavilion Theatre. George Egg is a stand-up comedian who cooks surprisingly good food, live on stage using unconventional methods and unexpected equipment.
During an inspiring and inventive show, George will prepare a meal using, amongst other things, a wallpaper stripper, a heat gun, a paper shredder and a whole host of other power tools, office equipment, hair-dressing appliances and gardening implements. And the audience get to eat the food at the end. A delicious, fun show of comedy and cooking, this is comedy for everyone.
New Act of the Year Grand Final
12 May at 7pm
The Grand Final of Manford’s New Act of the Year 2019 hosted by Jason Manford will take place in the Opera House on Sunday 12th May . The event will see finalists from heats across the UK take to the stage to impress the judges and audience for a chance to win the inaugural New Comedy Award.
New comedians have been invited to apply to take part in the competition which features heats across the country in Southampton, Sunderland, Poynton and Matlock.
Jason Manford will be the host for the evening and will be joined by some esteemed judges to help choose the best act along with an audience vote. The winner will receive a £1000 prize, progression spots with Manford’s comedy clubs, presented with an award trophy and will also be invited to appear as a guest on Jason Manford’s Absolute Radio show. The runner up will receive a prize of £250 and the chance to progress with Manford’s comedy clubs.
Jason Manford said “One of the best things about having a chain of comedy clubs is that I get to see the names of all the new exciting acts coming through the ranks. This competition will enable us to give these new acts a bigger leg up, and I’ll get to see them all perform on the night”
There will also be lots of fun on the night from the legendary Raymond & Mr. Timpkins.
The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue simply have to be seen to be believed. They are without a doubt the maddest, silliest, stupidest, cleverest and strangest funniest double act of comedians on the circuit.
Together since 1992, their highly original performance approach has made them regulars in Universities and comedy clubs around the country, including appearances at the Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Phoenix and Reading festivals.
Organists On Parade At The Wonder Wurlitzer
14 May at 1.30pm
Join Stephen Austin, David Lobban, Alec Walters and Cameron Lloyd for an afternoon of musical entertainment at the Opera House Wurlitzer. Music for everyone!
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour 2019
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date UK tour. Heading to the Opera House Blackpool on 15 May 2019. Tickets for this dance spectacular will go on general sale on Thursday 15th February at 10am.
Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess.
Audiences will enjoy the incredible talent of these world-class dancers as they perform exquisitely choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines with all the sequins, sparkle and stunning production values we have come to know and love!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals as it returns for a Strictly limited engagement!
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals takes place across the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
Blackpool’s Big Eurovision Party
Friday 17 May at 7.30pm
Celebrate all things Eurovision at Blackpool’s Big Eurovision Party this May. Start your Eurovision weekend off with a bang at Blackpool’s Opera House with incredible performances from UK winners Katrina (Ex Katrina & The Waves) and Bucks Fizz along with UK finalists Sonia, Nicki French and Daz Sampson on Friday 17th May at 7:30pm
99th Spring Brass Band Festival 2019
18 May, starts at 9am
The Winter Gardens has three fantastic venues, The Opera House, The Ballroom and the Spanish Hall to host the 99th year of The Spring Festival. 61 Brass Bands from all parts of the British Isles will take part.
The Grand Shield contest which is the qualifying competition for the 2019 British Open will commence at 10 am in the Opera House. 20 Bands will play the Test Piece Fraternity by Thierry Deleruyelle. The British Open will take place at Symphony Hall Birmingham on Saturday September 7th.
The Ballroom will be the venue for The Senior Cup which is the qualifying competition for the 100th Spring Festival Grand Shield contest. This will commence at 11.45 am. 21 Bands will play the Test Piece Symphonic Music by Paul Huber. The Spanish Hall will be the venue for The Senior Trophy which is the qualifying competition for the 100th Spring Festival Senior Cup contest. This will commence at 11.15 am. 2O Bands will play the Test Piece Triumphant Rhapsody by Gilbert Vinter.
Tickets will also be available from the Box Office on the Day and will allow access to all contest venues.
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour
Sunday 19 May at 7pm
Direct from the USA, the world’s biggest, best and most successful Elvis tribute show returns to the UK by popular demand. Starring America’s finest together in one show – Shawn Klush and Dean Z.
The incredible Shawn Klush first exploded onto the UK scene when 6 million viewers tuned in to see him crowned ‘The World’s Greatest Elvis’ live on BBC One. Soon after, Shawn was also crowned the first-ever ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion’ in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fellow champion Elvis tribute artist Dean Z (Winner of EPE’s the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in 2013) is an exciting, new addition to the show and will feature on all upcoming UK tours performing the earlier eras of the King with all the electrifying magic.
Also Featuring special guest ETA from the UK – Ben Thompson. All backed by an incredible live band & orchestra.
Tuesday 21 May at 7pm
Having received critical acclaim for his performances in the West End and on Broadway in shows including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and the smash hit musical Hairspray, the radio and TV host has since sold millions of albums and toured multiple continents across the world.
The Classic BRIT Award winners album Together with Alfie Boe was Christmas Number 1 in 2016 and their second album Together Again in 2017 went straight to number one, boasting combined sales of more than 1 million copies. Now Michael Ball is set to embark on his next live solo project with a 2019 U.K. tour which promises an evening of entertainment. Don’t miss Michael Ball on his 2019 U.K. tour.
Let It Be
22-25 May at 7.30pm plus matinees at 2.30pm
Let It Be is a celebration of the iconic music of The Beatles and has already been seen by more than two million people worldwide, including a run in the West End and two UK tours.
Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for an unforgettable night of live music. The cast will be announced shortly.
Act One takes audiences through the early days of the band as they embarked on their musical journey and onwards to the heights of global Beatlemania. The historic Royal Variety Performance, Shea Stadium and those iconic Sergeant Pepper costumes all feature. The first half of the evening features many of their most famous songs including I Want to Hold Your Hand, Day Tripper, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Penny Lane, A Day In The Life, Come Together, Get Back, and The End.
In a twist from the original Let It Be show, Act Two is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four could have Come Together once again to perform – and is not to be missed.
Audiences are taken on a memorable and unique step back in time to the reunion concert taking place on 9 October 1980 – it’s John Lennon’s 40th Birthday. This is the ultimate concert that never was. The band reunite for one night only, just Imagine.
The band’s solo material featured includes Starting Over, Band On The Run, Black Bird, Got My Mind Set On You, My Sweet Lord, Live and Let Die, and Imagine.
Blackpool Dance Festival 2019
The Festival began in 1920 in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Covering a period of nine days this is by far the largest of all the five Blackpool Festivals. The Festival covers Ballroom and Latin American dancing, incorporating the British Open Championships for Adult Amateur and Professional couples, plus Formation Teams. 2005 saw the introduction of two new events, the British Rising Star Amateur Ballroom and Latin Competitions.
Two Invitation events took place this year, the Professional Team Match on the Saturday and the Exhibition Competition on the Friday evening, created a vast amount of interest and crowd appeal. 2017 was the event’s 92nd year and there were 61 countries represented. A total number of 2,970 entries in the 13 events, 2 Ballroom Formation Teams and 8 Latin Formation Teams.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Tues 28 May to Sat 1 June 2019
Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT returns in May following a sell-out stint at the venue in 2016.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
Tues – Thurs 7.30pm
Weds & Thurs Matinee 2.30pm
Fri – 5.00pm & 8.00pm
Sat – 2.00pm, 5.00pm, 8.00pm
8 June at 7.30pm
The Drifters are back on the road in the UK performing their classic hits from the last six decades.
The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll of fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Don’t miss their brand-new tour performing all the classic hits such as ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘You’re ‘More Than A Number,’ ‘Come on Over to My Place’, ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Down On The Beach,’ ‘Hello Happiness’ and many, many more!
Miss Dance and Dance Master of Great Britain
Sunday 9 June from 12 noon
This is the final of the prestigious International Dance Teachers Association competition to award the titles of Miss Dance and Dance Master of Great Britain 2019.
On 9 June 2019, competitors dancing in this final will have qualified by winning their regional heat. There will be over 70 dancers performing on the day.
This is an opportunity for these young hopefuls to show their potential professional skills. Many past winners and finalists have made their mark in professional theatre assisted by the opportunity that this competition has given them.
Blackpool International Soul Festival 4
14 – 16 June
A stunning once in a lifetime line-up of world-renowned artists are set to perform at the North West’s biggest International Soul Festival from 14-16 June 2019.
Over the three days the Festival will see an array of exclusive American Northern and Modern Soul legends take to the stage in the stunning surroundings of Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Performing their most popular and most in-demand sixties and seventies songs will be Motown’s legendary Brenda Holloway which will also be a nod to that world-famous label’s 60th birthday in 2019. From Philadelphia there’s Eddie Holman, sounding better than ever and he is joined on the Empress Ballroom stage by Ronnie McNeir, a brilliant writer and vocalist from Detroit who also appears regularly as one of the Four Tops. From Memphis, we welcome one of the greatest deep soul singers of all-time, Randy Brown whose latest appearance in the North West is both long overdue and highly anticipated. Rounding off this amazing ‘Northern Soul and Motown All-Star Revue’ is Philip Mitchell, such a richly talented writer, musician and vocalist. To complete one of the most impressive line-ups anywhere next summer is the legendary writer and producer, H B Barnum who will be presenting a Q+A session in The Opera House. Amongst H. B.’s best known classics are Earl Wright’s instrumental sensation, ‘Thumb A Ride’ and Judy Street’s Wigan Casino anthem, ‘What’.
Jane McDonald Live in Concert
21-22 June at 7.30pm
One of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, is back her phenomenal new live show. The BAFTA award-winning star of Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane & Friends always delivers a stunning performance and along with her fantastic live band, guarantees to bring the audience to their feet with this evening of music and laughter! With a sell-out show at the Opera House Blackpool this year, book early to secure your seat for what promises to be another memorable evening.
Rocky Horror Show
Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June 2019
Mon-Thurs at 8pm, Fri-Sat at 6 & 9pm
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet.
When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget…
Elvis Celebration 2019
Back and bigger than ever before, the 2019 Elvis Celebration in the World Famous Empress Ballroom.
The festival runs from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019 starting at midday each day and ending daily with an after-show party, all events are included in the weekend price.
VIP tickets are priced at £105 – includes premium seating, souvenir lanyard and table service.
General seating priced at £75
Motown the Musical
Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 August 2019
With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine and tells the story behind the classic hits.
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
Tony nominated “Motown the Musical” received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run.
The London production of “Motown the Musical” opened on 11 February 2016. The production continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is half way through its third year and is booking until April 2019.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Monday 21 – Sat 26 October 2019
Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Weds & Sat mats at 2.30pm
The iconic musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is coming to the Opera House Blackpool. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY!
Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
UK pop icon Will Young’s brand new single ‘All The Songs’, is the first track to be heard from his long awaited seventh album Lexicon, set for release on June 14. ‘All The Songs’ is released with a video directed by the legendary fashion photographer and director Rankin.
‘All The Songs’ is an upbeat, piano-led, dancefloor-tilted heartbreak anthem. The perfect introduction to an album built around the joy of pop music. “I always say that there’s no point in doing it if it’s not joyous. That’s been my motto: do it the way you want to do it.” A motto to live by…..
Will also confirms a huge 21 date UK tour, kicking off this October, culminating at Blackpool Opera House on Tuesday 29 October 2019.
Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002. His expansive career has culminated in four #1 and two #2 chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards and four UK number one singles.
A Green Revolution for the Winter Gardens
A new programme launched in January 2018 by the Winter Gardens Blackpool will see trees planted across Blackpool’s parks and public spaces as part of a drive to offset the venues carbon footprint.
With help from Radio Wave’s breakfast team, Scott and Hayley, the first tree, an oak, planted to launch the scheme sits proudly in Stanley Park.
The scheme which forms part of a wider community programme developed by the Blackpool Winter Gardens could see up to 20 trees donated each year.
The trees will be sited by the council’s community and environmental department and donated as part a drive to offset the print including posters, brochures and leaflets which are used by the venue in the promotion of its many events. The initiative forms part of a community and environmental programme aimed at ensuring the venue remains at the heart of the community.
The tree donation initiative forms part of a green revolution taking place at the Victorian venue which now includes the recycling of advertising banners into reusable shopping bags, and a phased withdrawal of single-use plastics. This is accompanied by significant investment in new and efficient systems at the venue.
There’s Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens
This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors. The variety of events the Winter Gardens has to offer means there’s always something on offer for locals and visitors to the resort. Find out more about the history of the Winter Gardens.
The Opera House
New, upcoming bands have played in the Opera House including the like of Little Mix, along with old favourites such as Jane McDonald and Daniel O’Donnell who continue to return and some of the world’s best bands including Canada’s Arcade Fire – who selected the Winter Gardens as only one of three venues to play in the UK.
The Empress Ballroom
The magnificent Empress Ballroom is just as comfortable staging the World Dance Championships each year as it is hosting some of the world’s best rock and pop acts in concert.
Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens is an incredible building with a long history. It first opened on 11 July 1878 and since then has grown and developed as an entertainment complex which mirrors the growth of the seaside town of Blackpool.
Right in the centre of the complex, in what is now the coffee shop, still stands the original building of the site around which the whole of the Winter Gardens has been built.
A Perfect Venue for your Event
The Winter Gardens offers a wide variety of venues for events ranging from small private business lunches to large scale conferences. You can also hold your wedding at the Winter Gardens. What could be better than a reception or banquet in the newly refurbished Derham Room? (pictured below).
The main rooms include the 2,900 capacity Opera House (the largest theatre stage outside London), the grand Empress Ballroom with a capacity of 3,250 people for concerts, and the 2,600 sq metre Olympia Exhibition Hall.
The Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens, dine in style!
Illuminasia was the indoor Illuminations attraction inside the Winter Gardens. It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October 2017. Illuminasia was dismantled to make space for who knows what….
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