We loved them! Show and News Archive

VIP Panto and Pizza day out for Sam

Sam Shaw and his family were treated to a VIP trip to the Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk after being nominated in a competition run by Thwaites Empire Theatre. Sam Shaw (aged 6) from Hoddlesden enjoyed the trip with friend Evie-Grace Alemanno and Sam’s Mum and Dad, Christine and Carl. They had the opportunity to…

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Comedy Show Raises Money For Roof Repair Appeal

An evening of magic and musicals featuring two men without assistance in aid of the roof appeal at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. Comedy double act, Two Men Without Assistance, will wow the audience with their unique slapstick comedy mixed with mind-blowing illusions in a bid to raise money for roof repairs at the volunteer led…

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Jongleurs Comedy on the Road

The world-famous comedy club is at the Thwaites Empire Theatre for one night only, with another superb line-up from the best of the British stand-up circuit. Visitors can enjoy two hours of top stand-up with the biggest and brightest stars on the comedy circuit on Thursday, 28th of January at 7.30pm. Three comedians and a…

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Panto Stars bring some Christmas magic to Children

Children found that it doesn’t matter where you are this Christmas when the panto came to them. Stars from pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at Thwaites Empire Theatre brightened up the weekend for children, parents and staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital. The cast from the festive show visited the Children’s Unit at the hospital in…

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Swing to the music at the Empire

Five musicians are set to rock the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a show packed full of 1940s classics, a sprinkling of boogie-woogie and some jump jazz. The Swing Commanders, who are renowned for performing 1940s American swing tunes and songs containing elements of jazz, country and western swing, take centre stage on…

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Celebrity guest attends Christmas party at Blackburn Charity

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi joined in with the festive cheer at housing and homeless charity, Shelter, after appearing at the organisation’s Christmas party. The celebrity guest handed out shoe boxes filled with Christmas goodies donated by UK energy company, British Gas on Tuesday, 15th December. CJ, who is currently starring in the Christmas pantomime…

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Cirque de Soleil Meets Magic Mike at the Empire

A classy all male variety show is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a troupe of professionally trained performers hand-picked from around the UK with undeniable talent, sparkling personality and honed physiques in equal measure. The evening, which features male vocalists, aerial artists, pole performers and fire acts takes place on Friday, 15th January…

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Who Needs Summer Holidays When There’s Panto?

A volunteer at a community led theatre chooses to forgo summer holidays, trips abroad and city breaks to make sure she can attend nearly every Pantomime performance by taking her holidays during December. Alison Carter, who has been a volunteer at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn for over 30 years, saves up all her holiday…

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Giant Production is Full of Beans

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has teamed up with professional theatre company Pendle Productions for this year’s GIGANTIC pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Pendle Productions will be bringing the classical tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to the Empire’s stage in early December. The upcoming production sees hapless hero Jack Trott land in a heap of…

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Michael Berry

Chairman’s News and Update

Well we are now nearing the end of a very eventful year at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The bookings and hire revenues have been growing steadily on a like for like basis throughout the year and we are in a much stronger position that we were at this time last year. On the whole we…

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COMPETITION: Win a Meet and Greet with The Fortunes

Win a pair of VIP tickets to see the UK’s premier harmony group, The Fortunes, perform a string of hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 19 November. In addition to two free tickets, the lucky winners will receive the VIP treatment including glass of Cava upon arrival, a signed DVD and a meet…

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Win a VIP evening at the Empire for a deserving child

Readers will have the chance to spread some seasonal cheer by nominating a little hero to win a special VIP Christmas treat at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. Families, friends, schools and neighbours are invited to put forward a brave, generous or courageous child aged 16 or under to be the VIP Guest of Honour at the…

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Get Your Teeth into the Empire

A modern adaption of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, ‘Dracula’ will be taking centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this Halloween. The gothic play re-imagined by Ribcaged Productions has been scaring audiences for decades and is guaranteed to have onlookers at the edge of their seat. ‘Dracula’, directed by Owen Philips appropriately takes centre stage…

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Psychic Medium with Extra Soul

A renowned spirit medium will help people connect with loved ones at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 7th November. Spirit Medium, Andrew Dee will guide the audience through some of life’s mysteries with his no-nonsense, back-to-back style of mediumship. ‘The Soul Man’ tour follows his sell out ‘Black or White Tour’ last year which…

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Halloween Half-Term Holiday Fun

Halloween is approaching meaning there’s lots of wicked fun to be had for children at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a line-up of spooky stories and special effects. Pendle Productions has teamed up with the entertainment venue for another year to offer themed activity weeks, which begin later this month. ‘Adventure in the Arts’ taster…

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Theatre Hosts Half-Term Family Fun

From real life fairy-tales to pantomime style shows there’s something to help capture every child’s imagination at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this half-term. The theatre’s fantastic line-up of professional touring shows are ready to entertain the family this autumn as half-term is just a whisper away. Magic Light Productions kick off the packed programme with…

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Theatre Activity Weeks for Children Announced for 2015 / 2016

Thwaites Empire Theatre, in association with Pendle Productions, are pleased to announce details of their Children’s Activity Weeks for the 2015 / 16 season, which begin in October 2015. The programme starts with “Adventure in the Arts” taster days on 27th and 28th October 2015, which include Spooky Stories & Improvisation, Filming with – Lighting and Special…

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Blackburn’s Charity Variety Spectacular

A well-established charity variety show filled with magic, dance and song goes ahead at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 8th October in aid of specialist hospital, The Christie. The ever popular variety show produced by Des Day features talented performers from local dancers and vocalists to tribute acts and comedians. Award winning versatile entertainer,…

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Comedy star Justin Moorhouse set for Blackburn appearance

Comedian Justin Moorhouse will be performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on October 10. Manchester-born Moorhouse embarked upon his comedy career at the late age of 29 saying that he always wanted to do something creative but couldn’t paint or play for Manchester United. He went to a few open spot nights and was a natural and…

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Eagles tribute band to perform at the Empire

Six accomplished musicians are set to pay a superb homage to one of the iconic albums of all time, ‘Hotel California’, at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 23 October. Desperado Eagles will be performing their popular tribute to the beardy country rockers bringing the audience two hours plus of classic Eagles tracks and more…

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Variety is the spice of life for Rose-Marie

When it comes to ladies with personality, they don’t come much bigger than Irish all round entertainer, Rose Marie, who has audiences eating out of her hand with her high octane voice and off the wall sense of humour. The artist who has a lifelong career spanning music, radio, TV and stage will be at…

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Audiences are ‘Crazy’ for 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’. The velvet country voice of Patsy Cline caught the imagination of Sue Lowry, who has…

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Swing to the Music at Thwaites Empire Theatre!

Get set for one of the UK’s brightest new stars to dazzle the stage with a true celebration of swing music at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. The Journey of Swing is presented by Andy Ellison his talented jazz musicians from the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, take the audience on a journey of jazz and swing music.…

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Diane Keen

TV Stars Are Young At Heart

TV veterans ‘step into the limelight’ in Blackburn as Steve Wood’s debut play marks its first UK tour this autumn. For one night only, Diane Keen and Graham Cole star in ‘You’re Never Too Old’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 21 September. Steve Wood’s new play, which examines humanity, relationships and loneliness is…

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Kids’ chance to be a stage star this Christmas

Children from across the area are being invited to take part in open auditions for the chance to take part in one of the area’s most popular pantomime productions. Pendle Productions in association with Thwaites Empire Theatre in Ewood, Blackburn is holding auditions for this year’s pantomime on Sunday 13th September 2015. This year’s production…

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Empire’s Entertainment Extravaganza – New Season Launch

Thwaites Empire Theatre has announced an exciting new line-up of productions for the autumn season. The theatre, based on Aqueduct Road, has announced their line-up of musicals, drama, dance and comedy shows. The season kicks off with plenty of choice for live music fans including an evening of Pink Floyd and Genesis music recreated by…

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Thwaites Empire Theatre welcome ‘Bolton Bullfrog’ Bernard Wrigley

ACTOR and singer Bernard Wrigley will step into the spotlight on Saturday, 12 September to perform a blend traditional pieces at the Thwaites Empire Theatre after being announced as the Blackburn Heritage Festival’s headline act. The entertainer, known as the Bolton Bullfrog, promises a combination of songs, stories, humorous monologues and instrumentals. From starting in…

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Lewis Schaffer’s ‘Free until Famous’ at the Empire

Top comic Lewis Schaffer brings his ‘Free until Famous Tour’ to Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre and is charging absolutely nothing for the privilege. Lewis Schaffer combines the comedy genes of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason with the relevance of the freshest British comedians. The London based comedian was one of the top comics in the…

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Full steam ahead for Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at the Empire

Professional actors bring to the stage a new and exciting version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Thwaites Empire Theatre this September. Award winning, professional theatre company, Ribcaged Productions, based in the Ribble Valley, will recreate the play which combines an ‘enchanted’ island with mystery, love and intrigue. Michael Berry, Chairman at the Empire, welcomes the…

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Open Mic Night returns to the Empire after successful launch

Blackburn’s ailing live music scene will be given a double boost by talented musicians and singers as free open-mic nights return to the Thwaites Empire Theatre. Following the successful launch of the open-mic night at the theatre last month, the free acoustic sessions, which give local talent the opportunity to steal the spotlight will return…

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Raise a cup to support Macmillan at the Empire

Cake tastes better together so join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Thwaites Empire Theatre and help those living with cancer. The theatre is hosting the World’s biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday, 5th September to raise money for the one of the UK’s largest Cancer Support charities, Macmillan. Catch up over a cup of…

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The “Most Haunted” Thwaites 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 Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 4 September at 7.30pm. Derek’s television career dates back over fifteen years…

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