The Empire’s tribute to Ken Dodd

This morning, like many other people, we were sad to hear the news that comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd had passed away. Sir Ken was a much-loved star, famous for his epic stand-up shows. He died on Sunday in the home he was born in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash. Here at Blackburn…

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Once upon a dream… Sleeping Beauty at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Join us at the glorious Blackburn Empire Theatre this Easter for another rip-roaring panto adventure. Tom Rolfe Productions are proud to present Sleeping Beauty; a dreamy show packed with family fun. Will the wicked fairy Carabosse ruin the beautiful Princess’s christening and cast her evil curse making her sleep for a hundred years? Will the…

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Bee Gees Fever A tribute at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This March at Blackburn Empire Theatre, the UK’s premier Bee Gee’s tribute show are set to wow audiences with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Gibb Brothers. Bee Gees Fever have put their name firmly on the map as one of the most celebrated tribute bands to the legendary Bee Gees, working…

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The Dreamboys at Blackburn Empire Theatre

The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand-new show and UK tour for 2018. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath-taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girl’s nights out.…

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Celebrate the life and music of country legend Dolly Parton

Sick of working 9 to 5? Escape to Blackburn Empire Theatre and enjoy a sensational tribute capturing the voice and verve of Dolly Parton. The acclaimed show is performed by the world-renowned Julia Martin, paying tribute to the musical journey of one of the world’s most famous country singers. With vocals direct from the Blue Ridge…

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Blackburn Drama Club present: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Written and created by Lancashire native, Jim Cartwright, the iconic Olivier Award-winning musical-comedy is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice premiered in 1992 and is nostalgic not only for its early 90s setting but for its principle characters fascination with the classic records of Hollywood and Vegas…

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The Best of Burt Bacharach at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Blackburn Empire Theatre is proud to welcome Back to Bacharach, accompanied by the amazing Magic Moments Orchestra this March. Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century. Together with Hal David, Burt penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits of…

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Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Gondoliers

The Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society present their grand production of The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria, at Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. Four performances will be presented at the Blackburn Empire Theatre, 128 years after it first premiered at the Savoy Theatre. The twelfth of the fourteen collaborations by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan,…

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The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show

Join legendary comedy act, The Grumbleweeds, at Blackburn Empire Theatre this February for an evening of laughter, music, magic and more. This show is full to the brim with of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, great singers, theatrical magic and fun for all the family. Drawing on their 25 years of experience and know-how in the industry, The…

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra presents: Legends of Jazz

Blackburn Empire Theatre proudly welcomes the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO) this February. Legends of Jazz celebrates the greatest jazz classics ever written, featuring tunes by the undisputable jazz masters, such as Ellington and Monk. The 23-strong (NYJO) will take to the stage under the direction of deputy Music Director, Winston Rollins,…

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The Story of Guitar Heroes!

The ultimate show for guitar lovers is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May, and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes’ tracks you will have the chance to experience in one amazing show! The outstanding Story of Guitar Heroes is a live, concert style, ‘rock-umentary’ performed…

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Diva Mix at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Using the music of one of the most influential girl bands in the world, Diva Mix brings a show like no other. The show takes the audience on a journey through some of the greatest Little Mix hits from Wings, to Black Magic, Shout Out to My Ex, to their latest hit, Power. But what…

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Thank ABBA For The Music!

Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves. Featuring all ABBA’s greatest and most memorable hits, Thank ABBA for The Music is the ultimate feel good tribute concert. This two-hour spectacular really does capture all the magic and excitement of one of the world’s…

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Chairman’s News and Updates

Hello to you all. Well we are now in the most hectic time of Theatre life here at the Empire. There are over 70 performances of our Pantomime Cinderella and this year we have had a record number of group and private bookings to report. Pantomime is a major revenue earner and it is vital…

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This is my life – The Shirley Bassey Story

Blackburn Empire Theatre is proud to welcome The Shirley Bassey Story this January. Hailed as ‘stunning and moving’, The Shirley Bassey Story charts the life and epic career of legendary Welsh singer, Dame Shirley Bassey. From her birth in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay in 1937 and her dramatic family life, through to her rise to international…

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Bringing Magic to the Music of ELO

With 70s classics such as “Mr Blue Sky”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Sweet Talkin Woman” and “Roll Over Beethoven” the music of ELO is as memorable today as it always has been. Now, the “Magic” guys, best known for their tribute to Queen, bring their new show to the Blackburn Empire Theatre playing all the hits of the…

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Lancashire Folk Comedy and Music from Favourite Duo

Lancashire favourites, Norman Prince and Paul Johnston return to the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Friday 20th October. Their show is two jam-packed hours of songs and humour from their famous comedy & folk backgrounds. Norman was the front-man and leader of the country’s top comedy folk group, The Houghton Weavers, for over 24 years and…

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The Sound of…Simon and Garfunkel

The Sound of Silence, which is still one of Simon and Garfunkels most loved hits, was recorded over 50 years ago! Their music has stood the test of time and & their music is now appealing to a whole new generation of fans, captivated by their hauntingly poignant lyrics and distinctive sound of the 60s.…

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Beatlemania to Psychedelia and Beyond

Memories of yesterday are sure to come flooding back when a Beatles tribute act perform some of the fab four’s greatest hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday 13th October 2017 From the depths of Liverpool’s Cavern Club all the way up to that famous rooftop on The Apple Building, The Upbeat Beatles will…

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Let Him Entertain You!

International tribute star Rob-B-Williams is bringing his Heavy Entertainment Tour 2017 to Thwaites Empire Theatre this Saturday 7th October. Rob-B-Williams has previously appeared at the Empire alongside award winning tribute Act Re-Take That and he was so impressed with the audience reaction that he decided to open his Heavy Entertainment Tour there. The star has…

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