We loved them! Show and News Archive

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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Forbidden Nights – ‘Circus Just Got Sexy’

Back by popular demand, Forbidden Nights return to The Blackburn Empire this October with their Sexy Circus and brand new show. Jam-packed with action from opener till finale, it will leave you on the edge of your seat! Get ready for an evening of sultry delights and heart raising tricks with a seductive infusion of…

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Step into The Dark Side of the Moon at The Empire

Marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s first album release, the Blackburn Empire pays tribute to the pioneers of the psychedelic movement. The North-West based Pinked Floyd Tribute Band will echo all the musical hits of one of the bestselling bands of all time as they aim to provide an “accurate and engaging reincarnation of…

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Rock and Soul Showcases the Legacy of Buddy Holly

Over 60s years since Buddy Holly hits the charts, a new show is celebrating his influence on musical history. The Rock and Soul Show will journey through the genres with hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Elton John and Hank Marvin. The Rock and Soul show at the Thwaites Empire Theatre will…

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Roaring Family Fun Invades The Empire this weekend!

A roar-tastic show is stomping into the Blackburn Empire this weekend! The Dinosaur Invasion Show is an interactive journey through the life of the pre-historic era. With over 15 realistic dinosaurs, puppets and characters take you back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Featuring animatronics from a gigantic Tyrannosaurus-Rex and the fierce Triceratops to tiny…

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The Comedy Stars come out! One special night only!

Take the Mike is delighted to bring the comedy stars out for a special night of laughter in Blackburn, Lancashire, Sunday 15th October 2017! The show features ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist, Danny Posthill, inspirational Canadian comedian Tanya Lee Davis (‘Leaves you breathless for more’, Time Out), plus BBC comedy finalist Lauren Pattison and Pete Phillipson.…

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WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show

WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show is the first major tour of a Spice Girls themed theatre show and is hitting venues UK-wide this autumn. The 90s have been coming back with a bang over the past few years. TAKE THAT have a new album, new musical and Gary Barlow had the successful TV show…

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Shake It Up at The Empire

Let’s twist again to the sounds of British pop from the 60’s as it comes alive at the Empire this summer. Sing and dance along with the cast of ‘musical powerhouse’ Twist and Shout as they travel back to the era of Free Love and Flower Power with music from the ‘Swinging Sixties’ including The…

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Just Listen with Keep It Cash

The recognised number one band that emulates the sound of Johnny Cash is calling into Ewood as part of their Just Listen tour. Keep It Cash formed in 2007 and started playing for fun in pubs and small clubs, until they started to sell out and had to move into bigger venues to accommodate the…

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Catch Up with Classic Comedian

A much-loved comedy icon of the 80’s brings his mix of comedy and music to a local theatre this September. Duncan Norvelle, who suffered a stroke in 2012, brings a touch of laughter in the heartfelt story of his recovery and how he “Beat the Odds”. The 80’s comedian is most famous for his unforgettable…

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Return of the Champions at The Empire

Celebrating the career of a legendary rock band, critically acclaimed as “The UK’s top Tribute to Freddie Mercury & Queen”, rock into the Empire Theatre this month as they film their live performance. QEII The Very Best of Queen was created to honour the late Freddie Mercury and the musical legends of Queen. A desire to…

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Viva Forever at The Empire

Swing it, shake it and move it to a night of songs from one of the biggest girl band of all time at the Empire Theatre this September. Performing all the favourite hits, the Wannabe Spice Girl Tribute Band will spice up your life with performances recreating the hip shaking singles including ‘Who Do You…

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Celebrate The King of Pop

Blackburn is paying its own tribute to the King of Pop to mark the 35th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album this summer. The Empire Theatre is presenting Craig Harrison’s award-winning Michael Jackson tribute show which aims to capture the electrifying energy of Michael’s Live performances that has amazed the world for decades. The Legacy…

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Prehistoric Reptiles Are Roaring into Ewood!

The Thwaites Empire Theatre proudly presents DINOSAUR INVASION! ‘In an old abandoned laboratory setting Doctor Stone is awaiting the arrival of Professor Flint from the world-renowned Dinosaur Museum to see the findings in a part of the building which appear to be some remnants from the Jurassic age.’ Have a fun afternoon filled with dinosaurs for…

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An Evening of Mediumship this July

Psychic Medium, Author and Teacher is arriving at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The renowned clairvoyant, Tony Stockwell, will demonstrate his special gift to audiences of The Empire on Wednesday 5th July. He aims to deliver messages of comfort from departed loved ones, to help close the gap of loss and to understand that a friend,…

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Chairman’s News and Updates

Well, it’s that time of year when I need to give you a report of what is happening at the Empire Theatre in Blackburn, before you pack your bags and start your summer holidays. The first five months of the year have once again seen an increase in audience numbers, when compared to the same…

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Add Some Show Business Sparkle to the Summer Holidays

A programme of Summer Academies have been announced at the Blackburn Empire for budding performers looking to improve their confidence, musicality and skills. Blackburn’s biggest community theatre, at Ewood, are running the popular academies in association with the successful team from Pendle Productions. The same team who bring the pantomime to Blackburn with the 2017…

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Duncan brings so much more to The Empire

With a host of musical theatre performances, celebrated singer, Duncan Heather returns to the Blackburn Empire with his show “More Than A Tenor”. The show, on Saturday 24th June, returns by popular demand to bring an evening of West End musical classics along with anecdotes from Duncan’s years of experience in show business. Duncan told…

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