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Grand 125 Anniversary

A host of star-studded names attended a special anniversary event to commemorate one of the region’s most iconic theatres.

On the 17 January hundreds of people from across the country turned out in force to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Blackpool Grand Theatre. Theatre bosses made several key announcements at the special event including confirmation of an incredible show programme for 2019.

This year the theatre will host some of the country’s leading national shows, including Woman in BlackAgatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and Thriller Live.

The theatre will also be hosting their own special summer show and a pantomime favourite for Christmas, Peter Pan staring local legend and BBC Radio presenter Steve Royle.

Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon, who started out as a youngster at the theatre, was in attendance as was Tom Lister, formally of Emmerdale and ex EastEnders actress, Cheryl Fergison.

The theatre’s latest fundraising efforts and plans for renovating the Grade II listed building were also announced during the celebratory event.

A whole host of mechanisms have been set up so people can donate to the Grand Fundraiser including:

  • Online donations

  • The purchase of limited edition 125 Rose Gold Lapel Badges

  • The Big 125 Draw, a yearlong raffle where entrants can win up to £5,000

  • The 125 Club, a club limited to 125 members where each member pays £12.50 and each month three winners are selected to each win £125
  • ​Pay what you feel – the theatre will be offering shows throughout the year where guests can pay what they feel it’s worth, with proceeds going to the fundraising activity.

Click here to make a donation.

Discover more about its special 125 Events:

  • 125 Celebration Open Day & Exhibition, Wed 20 Mar, Thu 4 Apr, Mon 6 May, Tue 11 Jun, Sat 6 Jul, Thu 3 Oct and Tue 5 Nov
  • 125 Photographic Sessions with Sean Conboy, Tue 11/Wed 12 Jun, Tue 3/Wed 4 Sep, and Mon 4/Tue 5 Nov
  • Royal Shakespeare Company - Romeo & Juliet, Tue 26 Feb to Sat 2 Mar
  • Grand Shakespeare Exhibition, Tue 26 Feb to Sat 2 Mar
  • Royal Shakespeare Company - Romeo & Juliet Post Show Talk, Fri 1 Mar
  • National Dance Company Wales - Awakening, Wed 27 Mar
  • Sir Ian McKellen - On Stage, Sir Ian McKellen - VIP Meet and Greet, Mon 20 May
  • Spymonkey - Cooped, Tuesday 11 to Fri 14 Jun
  • Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap [125 Birthday Week], Mon 22 to Sat 27 Jul
  • Friends of The Grand & Volunteers - A 125th Birthday Party, Tue 23 Jul
  • Women In Black - Opening the 2019 Tour, Wed 11 to Sat 14 Sep
  • Heritage Open Day - ‘Power People’, Sun 15 Sep
  • Heritage Open Day - ‘The Grand March’, Sun 15 Sep
  • A 125 Pantomime Special, Date TBC