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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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Enchanting ‘Narnia’ Production Roars into Blackburn

Step through the wardrobe into the land of Narnia during a magical play at one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues on Sunday, 13th November. Following 2015’s sell-out UK tour of ‘The Snow Queen’, APL Theatre is back with a brand new adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic which will be showing at Thwaites Empire…

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A Salute to the Sensational Seventies

A glamorous show guaranteed to bring back memories of those disco dancing nights is heading for the Blackburn Empire. ‘A Salute to the 1970s’ is a stage show featuring some of the most popular names from the decade which is renowned for questionable hairstyles, lots of brown and musical geniuses. The show, presented by Lee…

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Hear the hits of Status Quo Again and Again

ROCK fans can hear all of their favourite Status Quo hits onstage during a tribute performance at the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year. The Quo Experience was formed in a bid to keep the music of the rock veterans alive after their many years of ‘live’ touring comes to an end. Fanatics can still…

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Shakespeare Schools Festival Comes to Town

The largest youth drama festival in the UK is set to take centre stage at Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 20th October. Shortened Shakespeare plays will be performed by local schools, showcasing an interpretation of the Bard as never seen before. The performance comes as a part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, which will see 30,000 young…

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Forbidden Nights Return to Blackburn for One Night Only

Due to popular demand, Forbidden Nights are returning to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with their show-stopping performance later this year. The classy all male variety show with full theatre production and explosive choreography returns to the theatre on Thursday, 10th November 2016. Forbidden are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around the UK with…

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A spook-tastic evening at Thwaites Empire Theatre

Two of Lancashire’s leading children’s entertainers are bringing a fun-filled spook-tastic show to Blackburn later this year. Entertainers Taz and Joni are set to take centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 28th October with their high-energy Halloween show. SpookTAZtic is a show suitable for all the family featuring a neon-disco, party style…

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Enjoy a blast from the past with The Grumbleweeds

An evening of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, great singers and theatrical magic with ‘The Grumbleweeds’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show, a non-stop variety spectacular filled to brim with classic routines, is coming to the entertainment venue on Thursday, 27th October 2016. The five-piece musical band have dominated the UK comedy scene ever…

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Swing to the Big Band Sound

A ‘Spectacular Big Band Concert’ celebrating Glenn Miller and the Big Band era, will fill the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on Sunday, 23rd October. With a full line-up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section, the Nick Ross Orchestra will faithfully recreate the wonderful sound of the Big Bands including those led by…

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Genesis tribute band to play in Blackburn

A passionate tribute to the British rock band Genesis featuring top draw musical performances and exemplary vocals is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year. Genesis Visible Touch will recreate the sights and sounds of a stadium Genesis show at the entertainment venue on Saturday, 22nd October 2016. With costumes, two drum kits…

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Talents of Britain show announces all-star line up

A variety show boasting an all-star line-up of familiar faces from the world of talent shows is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre. After a successful sell-out tour in 2015, Talents of Britain is returning to the theatre based with top stars of variety, comedy, dance and music as seen on The Voice, Britain’s Got…

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Coffee and Cakes at the ready for Charity Fundraiser

A cake sale and coffee morning will be taking place at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 17th September to raise money for cancer charity Macmillan.  The event has been organised by the volunteers at the entertainment venue and the money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Research. It runs from 10:30am to 12.30pm…

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Celine Dion tribute show takes centre stage

A BRAND new Celine Dion tribute show featuring one of the most successful female performers of the last 20 years is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre. Produced by the same people behind A Night of Dirty Dancing, The Power of Love show starring Eloise Jane Gray pays homage to the voice and the songs…

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Pink Floyd tribute show to rock at the Empire

Pinked Floyd will be performing the rock band’s finest albums in their entirety at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 15th October. A unique tribute to Pink Floyd based in North West England, Pinked Floyd have been entertaining audiences since January 2014 with an engaging audio and visual performance. The two-hour set covers all eras…

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Classic Sound of Motown Comes to Blackburn

An explosive show with unique vocals, high stepping choreography and original harmonies is bringing the classic sound of Motown to the Thwaites Empire Theatre. Direct from the USA, William Hicks and his Soul Satisfaction will be performing at the entertainment venue on Thursday, 13th October at 8pm. William Hicks from Atlanta Georgia, the creative genius…

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Tribute show pays homage to Patsy Cline 

Sue Lowry pays tribute to country music’s world-renowned superstar with an evening of powerful renditions and western wear at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The tribute star will perform classics including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Got a lot of Rhythm in my Soul’ at the entertainment venue on Sunday, 9th October 2016. The velvet country voice of Patsy…

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A tribute to Green Day at the Empire

A show paying tribute to Green Day and their pop-punk style hits is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year. Join the dynamic cast of American Idiot as they charge into a whirlwind of love, addiction and broken dreams in search of meaning in a cruel and lonely world. The show, which features…

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X-Factor’s Kiera Weathers to perform in Blackburn

An 18-year-old X Factor star from St Helens will take to the stage once again at one of Blackburn’s charity theatres later this year. Kiera Weathers, who appeared on ITV’s hit TV show in 2015, will be performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 24th September. The aspiring singer from St Helens brought the…

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International singer set to wow in Blackburn

Spend the evening listening to music performed by international singer Ann Breen when she takes centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year.   Irish singer Ann Breen, who has enjoyed a 25-year career in the music industry, is set to perform in Blackburn on Wednesday, 21st September 2016. The vocal entertainer will…

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Glitter With The Stars At The Blackburn Empire

One of Blackburn’s charity theatres is set to host a variety performance featuring a line-up of East Lancashire’s top stars in a bid to raise funds for the venue. ‘Glitter with the Stars’ is a two-hour production featuring dance, drama and song taking place at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 3rd September. Proceeds from…

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Phil Collins Experience Comes to Blackburn

A two-hour production featuring world class musicians and singers is set to take centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The Phil Collins Experience boasting a 10-piece live band, stage lighting and a few special surprises for the audience takes place on Saturday, 17th September at 7.30pm. ‘Deano’, one of the most popular Phil Collins…

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You Can’t Beat It!

Fans of the late Michael Jackson won’t want to miss a special tribute show to the superstar which comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on Friday, 16th September. Michael The Legacy stars Craig Harrison, who is regarded as one of the world’s number one Michael Jackson impersonators. Singing live throughout the show and…

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Elio Pace Brings Music of Billy Joel to Blackburn

Due to popular demand Elio Pace and his band will be returning to the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with their dynamic concert after a sell-out show at the venue last year. Elio and his band will be taking the audience through a tour of the great singer-songwriter’s biggest hits and lesser-known gems on…

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Music, Harmonies and True Talent

The Temple Brothers are bringing their hit tribute show the ‘Everly Brothers and Friends’ to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 9th September. With their close harmonies and distinctive guitar playing, the Everlys progressed from the Grand Ole Opry and American skiffle to become the vanguard of American pop in the 1950s and 1960s. They…

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A Night with the Stars

The Thwaites Empire Theatre is set for a night of horse racing, music, comedy and magic with three well-known TV personalities. Sporting Legend Bob Champion, Comedian and Magician Martin Daniels and Actor Frazer Hines from Emmerdale & Doctor Who will come together for night of pure entertainment on Thursday, 1st September 2016. Bob Champion is…

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Show-Stopping Summer Academy Week

BUDDING performers looking to improve their confidence, musicality and style are invited to take part in a summer workshop at Blackburn’s biggest community theatre. The Thwaites Empire Theatre have teamed up with Pendle Productions to bring aspiring performers, dancers, singers and actors a five-day musical theatre masterclass. Musical Theatre Week, which runs from Monday, 1st…

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Enjoy an evening of Elvis in Blackburn

One of Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute acts presents the ultimate show in honour of the King at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this summer. From the raw energy of the early days to the epic Vegas period, singer Jay Ashton, will perform a collection of the greatest hits at the venue on Sunday, 14th…

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Vegas Spectacular Show at the Blackburn Empire

THE Purveyors of Cool swing into the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 6th August with The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, a show featuring some of the greatest music of the 20th century. This stage show brings memories of three performers – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr – in a production that has…

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Be a Super Trouper with ABBA Tribute

Long-running ABBA tribute with a sell-out reputation are getting in the party spirit ready to honour Sweden’s ‘fab four’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. Voulez Vous will perform their tribute to Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida in a 2 hour show on Saturday 20th August, recreating the magic of Abba with non-stop hits which are…

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Blackburn Venue Awarded Certificate of Excellence

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has been recognised by one of the most prestigious names in travel and has received the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and…

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Sensational tribute show to ‘The Who’

Celebrate the music of The Who at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a unique concert on Friday, 23rd September. The Who Sensation is a production like no other, embodying every aspect that make ‘The Who’ great from the timeless hits right down to the mesmerising stage presence. The show, featuring musicians and singers from many West…

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Blackburn Empire Panto Tickets on Sale Now… Oh Yes They Are!

TICKETS for the annual Christmas pantomime at the Thwaites Empire Theatre have been put on sale early for 2016 in the wake of success. After a record-breaking run of Jack and the Beanstalk in 2015/16, with 14,000 tickets sold and sell-out school performances, tickets for this year’s production of Sinbad have been placed on sale.…

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More Than A Tenor

An internally renowned vocalist will be performing a series of West End and Broadway hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this summer. ‘More Than a Tenor’ with vocalist Duncan Heather incorporates songs and anecdotes acquired throughout his extensive career in Musical Theatre. The show, performed with theatrical flair and live musicians, takes the audience on…

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The Dad’s Army Variety Show Special

A SPECIAL commemoration to the artistes from both WW1 and WW2 takes centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 23rd June. A Salute to the 1940’s is a variety show packed full of the stars who kept the nation entertained during the dark years of 2 world wars. The audience will be transported…

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Night Fever at the Blackburn Empire

Disco is Staying Alive thanks to an authentic tribute band set to perform the classic hits of the Bee Gees at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The Bee Gees – Nights on Broadway presents an unrivalled replica of the Gibb brothers who grew from squabbling siblings to world superstars. Having originated and sold out theatres in…

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Dolly Tribute Act to Perform Hits at Blackburn Theatre

Enjoy the music and story of the most celebrated female country singer of all time at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The Dolly Parton Story comes to the entertainment venue on Friday, 22nd July and tells the tale of the blond bombshell from Tennessee who became a world famous singer/songwriter. Dolly Parton won multiple awards and…

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