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Celebrate the joy of live performance as Blackpool Grand Theatre announces a thrilling new season

blackpool grand theatre autumn season

Bring a welcome splash of colour to your life with a vibrant new season of shows at Blackpool Grand Theatre to make you dance with joy!

Taking a top spot in a glittering line-up is the jaw-dropping new musical La Bamba! from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 November starring Strictly Come Dancing champion Pasha Kovalev and The Wanted’s Siva Kanesraran. La Bamba! combines the infectious rhythms of Latin, R&B and hip hop with timeless rock and pop to tell the ultimate feel-good story of a young girl with a big voice, big dreams, and an even bigger heart. This modern musical masterpiece comes direct from wowing audiences in London’s West End and features breathtaking choreography and an electrifying soundtrack of Latin pop anthems from stars such as Ricky Martin, Shakira and Camilla Cabello, telling the passionate tale of how the power of music can transform a generation and celebrate a community. It’s THE red hot ticket!

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Big West End shows will continue to thrill and chill at The Grand this season, with the powerful and compelling new drama The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man starring Zak Ford-Williams (BBC1’s Better) as Joseph Merrick;

Michael Frayn’s Great British riotous comedy Noises Off enters stage right to star TV favourites Liza Goddard, Matthew Kelly & Simon Shepherd;

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Susan Hill’s terrifying theatrical tale of The Woman in Black makes an exciting return for Hallowe’en season, and the smash-hit, supernatural stage phenomenon 2:22 A Ghost Story makes its dazzling debut with an all-star cast to be announced.

Do you dare to miss out?

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There’s a fiesta of family fun too! Light up their lives with Disney’s magical new stage musical Winnie the Pooh; the totally roarsome Jurassic Earth Live featuring the world’s largest walking T-Rex; enchanting new stage adaptations of Julia Donaldson’s much-loved tales The Gruffalo’s Child and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, and the welcome return of the irrepressible Peppa Pig with an oinktastic brand new live show.

Celebrity names you won’t want to miss this season include a memorable appointment with Noel Fitzpatrick for his new live stage show Beyond Supervet; while ex-special forces soldier Jason Fox parachutes in for one night as part of his breathtaking Life at The Limit tour; award-winning comedian, and ‘Instagram’s funniest mum’ Sophie McCartney brings her rollicking new stand-up show Tired and Tested, and TV favourite Ricky Tomlinson returns to the Grand stage for the smash-hit musical comedy Irish Annie’s.

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Big star stand-up nights include the wickedly witty TV host Tom Allen, the inimitable Count Arthur Strong, and the return of controversial comic Frankie Boyle by popular demand. And the comedy continues with a hilarious and unpredictable new telling of Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being… Earnest direct from the Edinburgh Fringe; and a darkly funny and dramatic double act from award-winning playwright John Godber as the original cult comedy Bouncers is back with a bang in an acclaimed new production, alongside John’s unmissable new work Do I Love You? – a joyful love letter to the Northen Soul music scene.

Looking for something a little different to spice up your life this season? Check into The Grand for the gripping Gothic horror The Haunting of Blaine Manor; join celebrated crime commentator Emma Kenny for her intriguing new show Killer Cults; tune into the 80s and take a trip to the upside down with the fearless parody musical Stranger Sings, then fast forward to the 90s for the welcome return of Brendan Murphy’s Buffy Revamped. Seventy minutes, seven seasons, one Spike…

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Surrender to the searing passion of the classics as incredible live opera returns to Blackpool from Puccini’s La Boheme and Madama Butterfly to Bizet’s Carmen with stunning sets, sumptuous costumes and a full orchestra; while exquisite ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker will delight the senses with award-winning soloists and magnificent corps-de-ballet.

And, of course, any new season at The Grand wouldn’t be complete without Blackpool’s number one pantomime starring everyone’s favourite comic and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Steve Royle and West End and Emmerdale star Tom Lister. Oh no it wouldn’t! Join our hero Aladdin, his madcap mother Widow Twankey and his delightfully daft brother Wishee Washee as they embark on a marvellous magical adventure to try to defeat the evil Abanazar and stop his cunning plan to become master of the world. With a little help from the Genie of The Lamp and the Spirit of The Ring of course…

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Blackpool Grand Theatre Chief Executive, Adam Knight, said: “Blackpool Grand Theatre has had an incredible year so far, both through our exciting and eclectic show programme - including the outstanding successes of The Mousetrap, The Rocky Horror Show, Titanic and Blackpool’s No 1 pantomime Sleeping Beauty with UK Productions, and in celebrating a renewal in our Arts Council England National Portfolio status, which helps support The Grand in the development and delivery of our creative engagement activity including our world-class Story-Led Resilience Programme.

“The Grand is extremely proud of its Creative Development team who were this year shortlisted for The Stage Awards ‘Community Project of the Year’ for the Story-Led Resilience Programme. Over the next three years, we will work with children, young people, community groups and artists in residence ‘making more stories to share with more people’.

“The theatre’s achievement at the Edge Hill University Northwest SME Growth and Innovations Awards was also celebrated, winning the ‘Leadership for Growth’ Award; and our Head of Finance has been announced as a finalist in the 2023 Accounting Excellence Awards.

“We continue to power ahead with our carbon reduction programme and in the past few months, we have been able to replace all our auditorium ‘houselights’ and around half of our stage lighting with LED equivalents, reducing electricity consumption by over 80%.

“The installation of a specially commissioned sculpture of Friend of The Grand, one of our most iconic and legendary performers, Sir Ken Dodd OBE, has received rapturous recognition from devotees travelling from all over the UK.

“This Autumn we look forward to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Friends of The Grand and to welcoming a spectacularly exciting new season of shows including the huge comic hit Noises Off which is packed full of unstoppable laughter direct from the West End; as well as premiering the new John Godber play Do I Love You? and the vibrant new musical fiesta about passion and pride: La Bamba!”

Dance to Blackpool’s beautiful Grand Theatre this season and enjoy a scintillating evening of entertainment.

Look out for the new Grand Theatre brochure popping through your letterbox soon or pick one up at the Box Office. All shows are also listed on the website.

Visit for full show listings and bookings or call the box office on 01253 290 190 for bookings and further information.


Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT

Box Office 01253 290 190

Facebook - @blackpoolgrand

Twitter - @Grand_Theatre

Instagram - grandtheatrebpl


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