We loved them! Show and News Archive

Spiritualism Pioneer to appear at the Empire

One of the UK’s leading Spirit Mediums is set to visit one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues. Spirit medium Derek Acorah, who rose to fame on Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’, will be hosting his show at the Empire Theatre on Friday, 26 May 2017 at 7.30pm. Derek’s television career dates back over fifteen years…

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Are you on point to beat World Champion Eric?

A local theatre is challenging the public to face former darts world champion Eric Bristow when he appears the Empire Theatre, Blackburn on Saturday 20th May. The 5-time World Darts Champion hosts an “Audience with” event where Eric will be recounting stories from his life and answering questions from the audience. It’s a packed night…

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Hospice Variety Show at the Empire Attracts Wide Support

An afternoon variety show, featuring comedian Jimmy Cricket, is set to raise funds for the East Lancashire Hospice this month. The show at The Empire Theatre based at Ewood on Wednesday 12th April at 2pm has been organised by Roy Lomas of Lomas Office Furniture, Blackburn. It features a range of acts including Pete Koziura,…

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April in Paris with a good helping of Northern Humour

One of John Godber’s most loved comedy plays with be bringing a touch of “je ne sais quoi” to Blackburn this month. The Little Diamond Theatre Company are touring their production of “April in Paris” and audiences can enjoy the production at the Empire Theatre, Blackburn for a three-night run from Tuesday 21st March. Journey with…

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The Green Green Grass at the Empire

A performer with “Stars in his Eyes” is set to bring some classics to the Blackburn Empire next month. Andy Wood, who appeared on ITV’s “Stars in Their Eyes” brings his tribute to Tom Jones to the theatre on Sunday 5th March 2017. Andy has travelled the world with his show preforming in the USA,…

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Life’s a Beach at The Empire

Audiences are set for some “California Dreaming” later this month when the sound of The Beach Boys brings some West Coast sunshine to town. The Beach Boys Band will be bringing all the surfin’ hits to the Empire on Friday 17th February. The tribute band perform all the hits live including God Only Knows, Good…

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Top UK Psychic Medium T J Higgs coming to Blackburn

With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, T J Higgs is firmly placed as the one of the UKs foremost psychic mediums. T J brings her live theatre tour to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Sunday 12th February. As well as appearances on Destiny TV, and ITVs The X-tra Factor, TJ has starred in 21…

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The Legends of Country Icons at the Empire

A country music tribute show featuring eight of the biggest icons on the American Country scene is returning to the Empire Theatre, Blackburn after they wowed audiences last year. The Legends of American Country, will be coming to the theatre on Thursday 9th February at 7:30pm. The ‘hit show’ features the music of eight big…

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Elvis favourite returns with a Birthday tribute

Elvis fans in the area will be treated to an evening of classics when “Happy Birthday Elvis” celebrates the birthday of the King of Rock and Roll at The Empire Theatre this month. The theatre hosts two concerts every year featuring the music of “The King”, one as a Happy Birthday and one to commemorate…

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The festive season lasts even longer at the Empire!

With the dawn of a new year, a local theatre is reminding families that festive panto fun continues for another week. The Empire Theatre in Ewood, Blackburn has already enjoyed one of its biggest pantomime runs ever with Sinbad, with many shows sold out. Now shows are set to continue right through until Saturday 7th…

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Santa needs you to bring more Christmas Cheer to town!

Thwaites Empire Theatre have joined forces with Santa Claus this Christmas to appeal for people to spread some extra Christmas Cheer this festive season. The local theatre, produces over 70 performances of their pantomime every year and it brings a whole heap of extra Christmas magic to the town and Santa has a message! Speaking…

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Sad new about volunteer Ernie Brindle

We had some further bad news this week regarding one of our stalwart volunteers at the Theatre. Ernest Brindle, well known here as Ernie, passed away on Monday the 28th of November suddenly. Ernie was 82 years old and had suffered for some time with a foot problem, which he bore with great Spirit. He…

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Michael Berry

Chairman’s News and Update

Well what a year we have had up to now. The theatre suffered a major blow in April of this year when a part of the ceiling collapsed in the auditorium, just over the stage. After a visit from a structural engineer it was decided to take down the ceiling in its entirety in the…

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Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown brings his show to Blackburn

COMEDIAN Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is set to entertain audiences at the Thwaites Empire Theatre next year as part of his 40th anniversary tour. A firm advocate of no holds barred in comedy, Roy Chubby Brown remains one of the UK’s most iconic, boundary-pushing comedians: testing the taboo and flirting with the forbidden. Known as one…

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Make Your Event Sparkle at Blackburn’s Community Theatre

One of Blackburn’s volunteer-run theatres is encouraging the local community to host special anniversaries, children’s parties or charity fundraisers at the venue.   Thwaites Empire Theatre, situated on Aqueduct Road in Blackburn, is a traditional venue suitable for a whole host of events with full staffing and a bar area to create an event to…

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Could it be magic at the Empire

The only tribute act endorsed by Take That will be ruling the Thwaites Empire Theatre when they return for another year on Saturday, 4th February 2017. Re-Take That will be returning to the venue in the new year with their huge personalities, vocals, dance routines, costumes and a dramatic light show. More accustomed to playing larger…

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Live Motown Show Comes to Blackburn

A true Motown show starring the ‘hitsville vocalists’ and overflowing with glamour, dance routines and glorious harmonies is coming to a community theatre in Blackburn. Baby I Need Your Lovin is a two-hour hit show taking you on a journey into Tamla Motown’s rich history, from Berry Gordy’s humble beginnings in the Detroit of 1959 to…

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Frightfully Fun Family Show at the Blackburn Empire

Two of Lancashire’s leading children’s entertainers are bringing a fun-filled spook-tastic show to Blackburn later this year in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice. Entertainers Taz and Joni are set to take centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 28th October with a high-energy Halloween in aid of charity. SpookTAZtic is a show…

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A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra

Thwaites Empire Theatre have announced a tribute show packed with the hits of Frank Sinatra will be performing at the community theatre in the new year. ʻA Salute to Frank Sinatraʼ, a show focusing on the hits of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, will be playing at Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 23rd January 2017. Brought…

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Boogie back in time with ABBA tribute

Fans of ABBA can look forward to a Happy New Year with the announcement that a popular band paying tribute to the fantastic four is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 27th January. Grab a pair of platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA dominated the charts and…

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Jump Jazz Magic with The Swing Commanders

Due to popular demand, The Swing Commanders will be returning to Blackburn next year with a sprinkling of boogie-woogie and some jump jazz. Six musicians renowned for performing 1940s American swing tunes and songs containing elements of jazz, country and western swing will return to Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 13th January 2017. Every member…

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Relive the heyday of Vegas with Rat Pack tribute

THE Rat Pack will be swinging into town next year with an all-star line-up featuring showgirl and singer Anita Harris. The three toe-tappers will recreate the music of Sinatra, Martin and Davis in a show which brings the style and excitement of the Las Vegas heyday to vivid life on Saturday, 14th January 2017. Hits…

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Sue’s still crazy about queen of country Patsy

SUE Lowry admits she has set herself a pretty hard task in paying tribute to one of the legends of country music. But as the hundreds of fans who enjoy her theatre shows all over the country will testify, she’s more than doing justice to Patsy Cline. Audiences in East Lancashire will get the opportunity…

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Tickets on Sale for Blackburn Pantomime

A swashbuckling tale will be brought to life in the Thwaites Empire Theatre’s 2016 family pantomime this winter. Set sail with Sinbad and his merry crew of sailors to the land of magic during a family-friendly pantomime showing at the entertainment venue between Wednesday, 30th November 2016 and Saturday, 7th January 2017. Follow the magical…

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