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A Foreigner Experience



Saturday 18th January 2025 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Legendary bands Foreigner and Journey are giants of the AOR
(Adult Orientated Rock) and Classic Rock genres, attracting huge audiences as
live acts since forming in the 1970’s. The two bands have achieved massive
commercial and critical success and both sold in excess of 80 million albums,
with their supreme musical quality ensuring that they’ve never been victims of
trends or passing fashions, and even their earliest hits are still being played
on radio shows worldwide every day.

Sadly for those in the UK, their shows over here have been
few and far between, and most fans of their music have not experienced the
thrill of hearing it played live.

Thankfully, however, the next best thing is here in the
shape of the award-winning band A FOREIGNERS JOURNEY.

A Foreigners Journey proudly won both the “UK’s Number 1
Tribute to Foreigner
” and the “UK’s Number 1 Tribute to Journey
awards at the National Tribute Music Awards.

Their talent has also been acknowledged by Jeff
Pilson, bass player of Foreigner,
who said “Check out this
amazing band, they rock!”

They have toured throughout the UK and Europe for the last
12 years, headlined a number of festivals and played to packed theaters and
venues, safely establishing themselves as one of the most respected and known
tribute shows around.

Featuring the incredible vocals and stage presence of Adam J
Oades, and cherry picking the very best and most iconic songs from each of the
two bands, to create a carefully balanced set- list, including bonafide rock
classics such as the massive anthem Don’t Stop Believin’, Cold As Ice,
Separate Ways, Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time,
to gentler
power ballads like the hits I Want To Know What Love Is, Faithfully,
Waiting For A Girl Like You, Open Arms
and many more, A Foreigners
Journey take things far beyond a mere ‘tribute act’ and turn their show into a
living, breathing and powerful experience.

Ian Danter of Planet Rock summed
up their show in his review “Great mix of classic songs delivered

It is guaranteed to be an evening to remember and a real
treat for all those who love quality, commercial rock, performed with passion.


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Sunshine on Leith


From Mon 6th May 2024 to Sat 11th May 2024

by Blackburn Musical Theatre Company – 7 shows to choose from.

Blackburn Musical Theatre Company returns following the rip-roaring, whip-cracking success of 2023 show Calamity Jane, with the jubilant and heart-felt musical SUNSHINE ON LEITH – a story about the power of home, family and love, featuring the songs of The Proclaimers.

Sunshine On Leith follows the highs and lows of Ally and his pal Davy as they search for normality after returning from a tour in Afghanistan. Families, friendships and life are not all plain sailing in the funny and moving story about love and life.

Ally's marriage proposal is rejected by his childhood sweetheart, a nurse disillusioned with the state of the NHS who plans a move to the US to further her career. Meanwhile, Davy gets a call centre job, while his parents war over the discovery, years on, of his father's infidelity.

Sunshine On Leith is a vibrant, energetic musical, loved by audiences and critics alike, which had a successful film adaptation in 2013 starring Jane Horrocks and George MacKay, and directed by Dexter Fletcher.


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It Takes Two – The Story Behind Motown



Monday 28th October 2024 at 2:00pm

For one night only

Do you love

Following a
great show last year, we are excited to be back at the Blackburn Empire

Let us take
you through the story behind Motown and once again you’ll be singing along and
dancing in the aisles to the classic hits of The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The
Temptations and many more! We will even bring you a touch of Soul by The
Drifters, Marvin Gaye, the list goes on!

A dazzling
show you do not want to miss with projected videos showing live footage of
classic Motown legends plus the man himself, Mr Berry Gordy Jnr the founder of

A great
afternoon assured!

Come on down for a great afternoon!


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Monday Afternoon Variety Show – March



Monday 11th March 2024 at 2:00pm

For one night only

Join us for a Monday afternoon filled with entertainment and laughter!

Featuring the charismatic Colin Meredith as our guest SyDyn, get ready for an afternoon packed with fun.

Delight in the talents of Anthony Mason, a beloved favourite of Monday Afternoon Variety Shows, as he brings his unique variety performance to the stage.

And that's not all! Introducing the soulful sounds of Nashville Keys, a dynamic country duo showcasing live keys, guitar, and vocals. Fresh to the Afternoon Variety Show for 2024, they promise to deliver a performance that will leave you wanting more.

Don't miss out on the Monday Afternoon Variety Show! Still just £5 


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Humpty Dumpty



Sunday 7th April 2024 at 1:00pm

by Tom Rolfe Productions for one night only

Once upon a time in Storybrooke all was going well until the evil Queen of Hearts caused misery and corrupted all the nursery rhymes in the land.

Just when the village thought the Queen couldn’t cause anymore damage she manages to sabotage the village talent show and cast a spell to trap Humpty Dumpty to the confines of a magic egg. Still not content with Humpty’s continuous happiness she decides to push him from the wall in order to crack his egg into smithereens and disperses the pieces throughout the land. Luckily Fairy Mary manages to summon King Coles army to try and put Humpty together again.

But will Bo Peep manage to find her sheep and marry Boy Blue?

Will Mother Hubbard finally get to move out of the shoe?

Will the Queen of Hearts be banished from the village?

Will Humpty Dumpty get put back together again?

All shall be revealed in this brand new cracking family pantomime.


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Les Misérables



From Thu 18th April 2024 to Sun 21st April 2024

by Create Theatre Academy – 6 shows to choose from.

A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Performed entirely by students.

Les Misérables is a timeless musical masterpiece that brings Victor Hugo's classic novel to life. Set against the backdrop of post-revolutionary France, this epic tale follows the journeys of Jean Valjean, a former convict seeking redemption, and Inspector Javert, who relentlessly pursues him. The musical is a powerful exploration of love, sacrifice, and the human spirit, featuring unforgettable characters, stirring music, and a compelling narrative. With its emotional depth and memorable songs, Les Misérables has captivated audiences worldwide, making it a beloved and hair-raising piece of musical theatre. 

Music by Claude-Michell Schonberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Additional material by James Fenton. Adapted by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Original orchestrations by John Cameron. New orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh. School edition specially adapted and licensed by Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Ltd. New orchestrations specially adapted for the school edition by Stephen Metcalfe.


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Rockin’ With Laughter



Monday 9th September 2024 at 2:00pm

For one night only

Back by popular demand this Fabulous 50’s/60’s Variety Show is presented by the cast of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The Good Old Days of Music Hall’.

Together they re-create stars of the period in Music, Song and Costume.