This is Me: An Incredible List of Over 35 Shows And 160 Nights of Live Entertainment
27 February 2018
by Visit Blackpool
The stage was set for another unmissable launch, one that never disappoints VIP guests who attend!
Ruth Eastwood, Blackpool Grand Theatre Chief Executive opened the event with a welcome and highlight on #ThisIsMe, sharing her personal story about how her passion for theatre had been ignited.
Ruth also explained it is the generous support of theatre goers, donors and funders who support The Grand’s #PlayYourPart campaign that helps to create and realise dreams for children locally!
This season's campaign, ‘#ThisIsMe’, aims to encourage local, regional and national audience members to share their experiences of live theatre and The Grand telling their followers what they’ve enjoyed in Blackpool.
Legally Blonde The Musical is also coming to Blackpool’s Grand (9-14 April)! The smash hit Broadway and West End Musical based on the best loved movie follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets!
Experience a family adventure with the classic The Jungle Book (8- 12 May), adapted by the Olivier award-winning Jessica Swale. Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling.
Following an outstanding West End Run, The Kite Runner (22-26 May) comes to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
Completely re-imagined by a world-class creative team from London’s West End and Broadway, discover the story that started them all. In Transylvania, enter the castle of Dracula (13-17 November) and his three brides. Emotionally fulfilling, utterly terrifying, spellbindingly addictive, will this Dracula ever die? This is Dracula as you have never seen him before!
With a focus on dance, Blackpool’s Grand presents multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company with a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (17-18 April), a tragic descent into the darkest sides of ourselves.
Introducing our younger attenders into dance and theatre is always a priority for The Grand. Our first offer would be My First Ballet: Swan Lake (5 and 6 May), the production offers a narrator to help our young audience follow the story, and a shortened version, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet, and a fantastic family day out.
Blackpool’s Grand is committed to presenting shows that are fantastic for families like the brand new dino-mite adventure Dinosaur World Live (20-22 April).
Guess what? Peppa Pig and friends are back in a brand new live show: Peppa Pig’s Adventure (23-24 June)!
For our classical lovers we have the return of English Touring Opera as they present an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro (9 Jun) featuring a 25-piece Orchestra.
Other one night spectaculars include; ELO Again (10 March), Island In The Stream (2 May), Bowie Experience (3 May), The UK Pink Floyd Experience (8 June), The Bon Jovi Experience (21 June), The Lancashire Hotpots (7 July) Magic of Motown (26 August), and Vampires Rock featuring Sam Bailey (19 January 2019).
There’s always barrels of laughs at The Grand with the likes of Milton Jones Is Out There (9 March), our regular Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club and Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot (6 and 7 June). The legend that’s is Sir Ken Dodd returns with his Happiness Show and we welcome back a great friend Dave Spikey (4 October).
Of course, no Christmas would be complete without Pantomime and this year is no exception with a brand-new production, Beauty and The Beast (7 December-6 January) with a full star cast including local legend and pantomime extraordinaire Steve Royle.
Finally, a season is never complete without mentioning the other activities and great insights that happen. Why not try one of the highly-praised Photographic Sessions (Basic or Advanced) run by internationally renowned Photographer Sean Conboy. Another great way to discover your local theatre is on a Theatre Heritage Tour – discover behind the curtain and delve in to the dressing rooms and more.
To book tickets for any of the mention shows visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk, call 01253 290190 or visit the Grand Theatre box office on Church Street.