The Grand Theatre Blackpool

The Grand Theatre Blackpool

The Grand Theatre Blackpool
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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The Grand Theatre was designed by Frank Matcham in 1894. This amazing space is a wonder of restoration and revival, presenting a full range of every performing artform, as Blackpool's community theatre, and Lancashire's preferred opera house.
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Rich_Julie94
Telford, UK79 contributions
Oct 2021
Been going to Blackpool for a few days every year since 87 but have never been to 'The Grand'. It's a beautiful old building that has plenty of character.

The show 'Around The World in 80's Days' had to be seen as this was our era. The show was at best decent, although there were some very talented cast members. Songs from the 80's were constant, it wasn't a great night but enjoyable all the same.

Sadly there were two idiots a couple of rows behind us, their chatter getting constantly louder and the cranking of cans repetitive. No staff member during the first half did or said anything to them but those of us sitting around them made our point to individual members of staff during the interval. These two should never have been let in but with our concerns been voiced they were kicked out by a member of staff who's name I never noticed, thank you to him! He was very professional in coming and apologising to us, presumably it was the manager who came later and did the same.

As said the show wasn't great but that could just be our preference, the building is worth a look inside although doesn't look much from outside!
Written October 15, 2021
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Debra W
Preston, UK55 contributions
Dec 2022
We came AGAIN to watch Pantomime with three grandchildren xx had initial problem with tickets which was sorted professionally and quickly x no fuss,,,,

The show was fabulous
Steve Royale is amazing ... my face ached in a good way...
Already looking forward to Aladdin next year.

Thank you
Fabulous theatre staff and experience
Written December 10, 2022
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Raymond S
4 contributions
Aug 2022
What a great night! A wonderful production of a great range of country songs which were sung and played with great feeling and accuracy. We were encouraged to sing and get up to dance which added to the great atmosphere Dominic and the Hurricanes brought to this evening. A must see show for the country enthusiast.
Written August 26, 2022
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Daniel - UK
United Kingdom596 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited The Grand in June to watch "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice". It was an afternoon show (2pm). Due to 'technical issues' there was a delay in it starting, and rather than get everyone inside and seated we were all stood outside waiting. This was annoying as there was no explanation given as to what the cause of the delay was - either at the time, or when we eventually got inside.

The seats were good and the view from the seats I7 and I9 (stalls) was excellent.

The show itself was a bit surprising. There was quite a lot of swearing in the show. This was a surprise as there were some children in the audience and with it being an afternoon show I didn't really expect this.

The ice cream I purchased at the interval was very nice (Salted Caramel) and although expensive and small, was the traditional thing to have at the theatre and although there was a bit of a queue, I was served quite quickly.

There are things that could have been done better - primarily keeping people informed of the reason for the delay which was not done.

The theatre is lovely though and despite the issues would certainly visit again in the future.
Written August 3, 2022
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Dave B
Kirkham, UK37 contributions
Jan 2023
This is an absolutely beautiful theatre and well worth visiting for its own sake. My wife and I regularly attend shows and plays here and try to support the theatre as much as possible. My one frustration is that the pricing for some shows is unrealistic. I am quite happy to pay a small premium if it helps the preservation and improvement of a lovely local theatre, but our recent experience shows how this is being overplayed.

We recently wanted to see the Varna Ballet's performance of Giselle, but having looked at the pricing, we discovered that tickets were double the cost of those for performances ten days later at the Liverpool Empire. In the end we went to Liverpool by train, having purchased the equivalent tickets to those we would have bought for The Grand, and still ended up about £35 better off (even after the train fares) than if we had driven eight miles to Blackpool. It gives me no pleasure to write this, but if ticket prices do not become more competitive, this lovely venue will end up putting itself out of business.

We will definitely continue visiting the Grand, but do not intend to be taken for mugs, and will be looking at prices elsewhere for touring productions.
Written January 24, 2023
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Diane L
10 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We went to Father Brown Murder mystery play on sat March 26th . What a disappointment ! The actors were mumbling even the star John Lyon’s . There seemed to be no plot at all . Just repeated conversations !
We were so bored and do angry that we had spent over £50 for our tickets to be faced with a rubbish performance !
This is definitely the last time we shall visit the Grand . There is only one show which we enjoyed in Jan 22 and that was Johnny Cash
On Saturday eve we left at the first interval because we could’nt stand any more ! We could have gone to a nice restaurant for dinner with the money we spent on these tickets ! 😡
Never again !
Written March 28, 2022
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Victoria P
Warrington, UK16 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
After attempting to book accessible seating for the upcoming Aladdin pantomine I rang customer services for assistance. I explained to the advisor that I needed a wheelchair accessible space but I couldn't book online as there is no option. She advised me to book Block B seating & then I had to email to secure the accessible space. I said I needed to know that the space was available because I am a fulltime wheelchair user & can it not be booked over the phone. She told me no, it had to be done this way & she checked the availability and confirmed was loads. I immediately booked the seats as advised & sent my email across on 24th October 2020. I have now just received an email today, 3rd November 2020 to advise there are no wheelchair spaces available & I would need to book another date.
I am absolutely disgusted. Any other company I have ever dealt with have advised access needs to be booked over the phone & is done there & then. Why have I had to wait for so long to be told non available?
Written November 3, 2020
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GILL C
Blackpool, UK310 contributions
Jan 2020
Four of us went to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool, on Friday 31st January 2020, to see Joe Brown in concert. As always, it was a marvellous show in wonderful surroundings. Joe Brown is a brilliant entertainer - he tells hilarious stories, and is a marvellous musician, playing a variety of instruments, including the 'fiddle' which he has learnt recently, at the age of 78. Fantastic.
Written February 6, 2020
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APCMann
Rochdale, UK478 contributions
Dec 2021
This Theatre has thankfully survived the ravages of the passed 2 Years and reopened to provide traditional seasonal
entertainment, in the form of the Pantomime of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.

The Auditorium lives up to the name of the place, being very ornately decorated.

As far as the show was concerned, it was the usual Pantomime mix of song, dance and jokes, some of the topical gags being quite funny.
My favourite part was the 12 Days of Christmas routine, in particular the catching of "5 toilet rolls".
You have to see it to understand.

There were 5 principal cast members, all discharging good performances, but the mainstay of the event was the very
versatile Steve Royle, who previously attained 3rd place in a Britain's Got Talent Final.

I hope the Panto runs to it's full term and helps to support this lovely old Theatre for the future.

The Grand is close to the Central Shopping area of this famous seaside Town, easily accessible by Public Transport.
Written December 21, 2021
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Christine N
Manchester, UK17 contributions
Aug 2022
Visited the Grand theatre to watch When Darkness falls on Saturday 17th September for the matinee performance.
Theatre is beautiful but the show for me not very good. First of all, I could not hear Daniel Rainford clearly. He mumbled a lot and when he turned his head away from the audience I couldn't make out everything he said. Because of this I think I missed a lot of the story. By the end of the show I didn't really grasp what the story had been about.
Also was curious that when booking was only given two choices of seats but was only half full when we arrived.
Written September 22, 2022
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