The Blackburn Empire Theatre is the new name for the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

We hire our professional theatre and conference facilities to community organisations, performing groups, local societies, dance and drama schools, businesses and education providers from across the North West. We also work with Agents, Artists and touring companies to provide a wide range of entertainment and events of all genres which appeal to local audiences.

We provide affordable auditorium and technical facilities and affordable solutions to ticket sales, marketing and publicity, and sound and lighting services. Because we are run mainly by volunteers both professionals and amateurs enjoy working our venue because of the intimacy of the space. We are also unrivalled in the friendliness, passion and personal service provided by our committed team.

Our Board

Our volunteer Board of Directors meet regularly and are supported by a large number of theatre volunteers who help run nearly all aspects of the theatre, from the box office, ushering, operating the bar, cleaning and a whole host of technical and support functions.

We are grateful to our volunteers who keep the theatre running for the benefit of the local community.

Meet the Board

Michael Berry


Linda Berry

Company Secretary

Malcolm Doherty


John Jackson


Jamie Haddow


Howard Jones


John Anson


Janet Stonham


Theatre Staff

Janet Stonham


Kris Connell


Ryan Clegg