With a capacity of almost 3,000, the Opera House Blackpool is one of the largest theatres in the UK and indeed Europe, also boasting one of the largest stages. Some of the greatest stars of the past including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Hope have performed on the stage as have today’s biggest names like Peter Kay, One Direction and Gary Barlow.
Many of the most popular touring shows have visited including ‘Joseph’, ‘Grease’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ and the venue hosted the Royal Variety Peformance in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1955 and 2009.
There are so many phenomenal shows being performed on this historic stage during 2017, and here is just a selection:
Monday, 18th – Saturday, 23rd September
It’s Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!
Featuring the hit songs “You Can’t Stop The Beat”, “The Nicest Kids in Town” and many more. Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!
Tuesday, 29th August – Saturday, 2nd September
Have the time of your life with the ultimate live experience - Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage.
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production. The classic story features the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’.
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year- old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as holiday camp dance instructor Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off. Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
The Wedding Singer
Tuesday, 4th – Saturday, 8th July
It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed-out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Can sweet-natured Julia lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight? Or is he going to see her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glenn?
Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding.
Tuesday, 22nd – Sunday, 27th August
An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Featuring original music eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around.
The musical tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.
Flashdance – The Musical
Monday, 23rd October – Saturday, 4th November
Take your passion and make it happen!
Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits “Maniac”, “Gloria” and the award winning title track “Flashdance – What a Feeling”.
Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex, a welder by day who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.
Flashdance – The Musical is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all odds.
Monday, 9th – Saturday, 14th October
The UK tour of the Olivier award-winning musical based on the music of Madness is coming to Blackpool!
On the night of his 16th birthday, Joe Casey takes the girl of his dreams, Sarah, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, Joe breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street. When the police turn up, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart as the story splits in two: one which sees Joe stay to face the music, and the other which sees him flee and leave Sarah to run from the police.
As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.
Featuring Madness hits like It Must Be Love, House of Fun and Baggy Trousers, we’re expecting an unforgettable evening!
For a full list of shows at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, please visit their website here.