We loved them! Show and News Archive

The Monday Club is back with a bang and more music than ever

The crowd-pleasing ‘Monday Club’ returns to one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues next month bringing with it community spirit, music and plenty of laughs. The social event returns to Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 3 August with an all-star line-up including comic Terry Devon, country singer Geoffrey Hilton and Blackpool’s finest singing duo Classic…

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Rocking and Rolling at The Empire

Elvis Presley fans are set to gather for a tribute concert marking the 38th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, ‘The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ at Thwaites Empire Theatre this August. Widely recognised as one of the leading tributes to music legend Elvis Presley, Paul Molloy, will recreate the music legend’s magic with…

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Michael Berry

News Update from our Chairman – Michael Berry

I hope that you are all having a great summer even though the weather is not the best. This time of the year at the Theatre the main shows are dance presentations with just a few exceptions in August with Joe Longthorne making a very welcome return and a brilliant Elvis tribute by Paul Molloy.…

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Class Act Prepare For Summer Showcase

A group of East Lancashire’s most talented stars will get the chance to show off their creative flair with a summer showcase at one of Blackburn’s most popular venues. Performing arts school, Class Act, is busy preparing for a spectacular showcase featuring a range of musical entertainment including ballet, tap, acting and drumming performed by…

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Summer Academy Activity Weeks return for another successful year

Thwaites Empire Theatre is looking forward to welcoming children to their summer academies from Monday 3rd August. The activity weeks are perfect to help keep the kids entertained over the long summer holidays whilst they learn new skills in drama, music, movie making and animation. The three activity weeks have three distinct themes this year,…

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Pantomime stars bring a Festive Feeling to Summer Time Festival

Stars of this year’s Pantomime at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk, will be bringing some festive fun to this week’s Countryside Comes to Town Festival in Blackburn Town Centre. The Festival which takes place on Saturday 20th June 2015 across the town centre, sees a range of countryside attractions bringing good “green” family…

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Blackburn’s Northern Soul Screening

There’s an opportunity to catch one of the biggest films to be made in Blackburn at the Thwaites Empire Theatre as the venue presents Elaine Constantine’s ‘Northern Soul’ later this month, featuring many scenes shot in the town.  The movie is based on the story of two lads who get caught up in the music…

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Pinocchio Show has magical extras!

The children’s classic Pinocchio comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre this half term in a sparkling family show adaptation featuring an all-star cast, songs, dance and magic. Based on the original story by Collodi, made famous by the 1950s classic Disney cartoon, the story centres on a living puppet who must prove himself worthy of…

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Michael Berry

News Update from our Chairman – Michael Berry

Thanks go out to everybody at the Theatre for working so hard on our winter programme over the last few months. We have had a remarkable time and audiences have been on the upside for most of the productions that we hosted, especially the Pantomime month when we really had record attendances. We had a…

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New users invited to take to the stage

Schools, charity groups, uniformed organisations and performance societies are being invited to view the facilities at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn’s liveliest community venue to be sure of booking a space in 2016.  With the diary nearly full for this year and filling up for next, there’s an appeal for new users to visit for…

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New Musical Comedy Mocks Celebrity Culture

Society’s celebrity obsessed culture and ego-centric famous people are central themes in a musical comedy coming to The Thwaites Empire Theatre. ‘Game of Souls’ is a dynamic, new show blending comedy with music as two demons play a hellish game of chess, using famous humans on earth as chess pieces. It’s written by comedy playwright…

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Joe Longthorne makes a good impression

It’s a return visit to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for popular all round entertainer, Joe Longthorne who will be performing on stage in June prior to his summer season at the North Pier in Blackpool. Joe Longthorne is adored by fans all over the world and is recognised as one of the most dynamic entertainers…

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Gary Delaney Keeps The Comedy Coming

Comedy giant, Gary Delaney is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre, the partner of Sarah Millican and funny man in his own right. Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. He regularly plays all the big clubs including The Comedy Store, Highlight,…

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Celtic Hotties, the Kilkennys bring Irish Charm to Blackburn

The Kilkennys are coming to Blackburn’s Empire theatre, bringing with them a contemporary twist on traditional Irish Music which will thrill audiences old and young.  The four young Celtic hotties have taken their love of traditional Irish music and reinvigorated it, enabling them to tour the world and present it to a new generation. In…

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Irish belle, Ann’s Empire Visit

The Irish flavour continues this month as the Thwaites Empire Theatre continues its programme of classic artists from the emerald isle. Hot on the heels of the recent successful concert by contemporary, Brendan Shine comes Irish sweetheart, Ann Breen on Friday 10th April. With her unique blend of Irish, country and popular hits, Ann has…

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80’s night of Dirty Dancing at the Empire

Fans of the 80’s box office hit, Dirty Dancing can enjoy the ultimate tribute to the film made famous by the sizzling performances of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray when a multi-talented cast bring the film to life with a song and dance spectacular at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. A Night of Dirty Dancing is…

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Off School: On Stage Theatre Week for Children

With Easter holidays on the horizon, there’s an opportunity for children and young people to be part of a challenge to participate and perform a play in a week. Pendle Productions and the Thwaites Empire Theatre are offering the opportunity to 7-17 year olds in the third series of Adventure in the Arts workshops that…

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Top Mediums On Stage at the Empire

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest spiritualist mediums, Colin Fry was born in 1962 and turned professional at the age of 17. He has spent many years sharing his spiritual philosophy with audiences around the world and in 1999 was made Principal of Rambsbergsgarden International College of Spiritual Science. In 2002 he presented…

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Traditional Variety is the Spice of Life at the Empire

A traditional variety show with acts such as those that often appear on the popular Britain’s Got Talent programme comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre in March.  The modern day vaudeville line up will include comedy, illusion, juggling and unusual oddities in the ‘Variety Live’ show on Thursday 9th March. ‘Variety Live’ host, Mark James…

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The Sorcerer casts a spell for Blackburn G&S

One of Blackburn’s longest established community groups is presenting their spring production this week at the Empire Theatre starting this week. ‘The G&S’ as they’re affectionately known in Blackburn theatre circles celebrated their fiftieth anniversary last year with ‘The Mikado’.  This week’s production of ‘The Sorcerer’  may be a lesser known piece but offers the…

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Brothers recreate the Everlys

The Thwaites Empire Theatre continues its programme of top tribute artists this month with the Temple Brothers who bring an evening of music dedicated to The Everly Brothers. Featuring big hits such as ‘Crying in the Rain, ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and ‘All I have to do is Dream’. During their musical career the Everly Brothers had…

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Curtain Up on Children’s Theatre Festival

Three classic children’s productions will be brought to life on stage during the February half term when the Thwaites Empire Theatre stages a programme of children’s theatre taking place across three afternoons with performances at 2pm. Tickets are £5 for either adults or children and families are being offered a festival ticket for the week…

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Love is all you Need

The music of the Fab Four come to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for a show that’s perfect to kick off Valentine’s weekend on Friday 13thFebruary.  Them Beatles faithfully reproduce the Beatles’ legacy from their early days in the Cavern to their final appearance on the roof of the Apple building. They will perform an eclectic…

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Oh What a Night at the Thwaites Empire Theatre

The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a tribute show that will appeal to all ages.  Featuring iconic hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, Oh What a Night and Sherry, the New Jersey Boys will delight those who remember the originals…

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Sunday Night at the Empire Stalwart Dies

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has announced the passing of one its most dedicated volunteers. Ken Sharples (80) of Livesey, Blackburn was a familiar face to audiences both off and on the stage at Ewood where he performed on stage, organised shows, ran raffles and took tickets on the door. He was very well connected with…

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Beer and a barrel of laughs

Some of the UK comedy circuit’s biggest names are coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for a one-off night later this month as the venue pilots a programme of new entertainment nights alongside a new drinks policy that allows patrons to enjoy drinks whilst watching a show. ‘Take the Mike’ features international comedian,  Daliso Chaponda…

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Voulez Vous buy a ticket?

The front of house team at the Empire Theatre are getting in the party spirit for one of the most popular entertainment evenings of the year as the theatre at Ewood prepares to host an Abba Tribute with a sell-out reputation. Voulez Vous will perform their tribute to Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida in a…

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Annual General Meeting January 2015

As is normal with Company rules, there will be an Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday the 28th January 2015 to discuss the 2013 Accounts for the Theatre. Our accountants, PM&M, will have Helen Binns in attendance to answer any questions that may arise. We anticipate that the meeting will last approximately 30 minutes.

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