blackburn-empire-From Gold to Rio - the hits of Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran

From Gold to Rio – the hits of Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran



Friday 7th June 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Two of the UK's most iconic bands will be brought to life in one power packed show!
From Gold to Rio will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the New Romantic era which ruled the charts for over a decade.
For the very first time the hits from two of the UK's most iconic bands will be brought to life in one power packed show!
With over 20 top 10 hits the show will feature 2 hours of non-stop classics including Gold, Rio, True, The Reflex, Through The
Barricades, Save A Prayer, Lifeline & Girls on Film to name a few, guaranteed to leave the audience shouting for more!
So, if you’re a Duranie, a Spandie, a Wild Boy or a Soul Boy, then this is something you don’t want to miss!


blackburn-empire-Barry Steele & Friends - The Roy Orbison Story

Barry Steele & Friends – The Roy Orbison Story



Saturday 13th April 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Barry Steele and Friends – If you want the real deal the name on the ticket is Barry Steele.

Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers will take you on a musical journey from 'The Black and White Night' right through to The Traveling Wilburys. They promise they’ll have you dancing in the aisles, with two fantastic shows in one great evening.

In 1988 Roy Orbison performed alongside Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and KD Lang at The Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles in what was to become known as ‘The Black and White Night TV Special.’ In Barry Steele and Friends, the evening opens with style as they pay tribute to this award-winning show with their version of this TV Classic.

As a great friend of Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak has collected many awards on behalf of The Orbison Family – known as the Orbison of the 90s, he also recorded many of Roy Orbison’s hits – in Barry Steele and Friends the compliment is returned as Barry Steele presents stunning versions of global smash hits ‘Blue Hotel and Wicked Game.

In 2017 Roy Orbison’s classic hits were remastered by The Philharmonic orchestra, in Barry Steele and Friends we bring Roy Orbison’s legacy into the 21st Century show with critically acclaimed symphonic versions of Heartbreak Radio, Blue Bayou, It’s Over and of course, Running Scared.

In 1988 Roy Orbison joined a group of iconic artists known collectively as ‘The Traveling Wilburys.’ Their musical legacy remains as vital and as popular today as it was back in the day. In Barry Steele and Friends, the whole cast comes together to celebrate those 35 years and truly defines the spirit of this original supergroup with their versions of those masterpieces. From Handle with Care to The End of The Line, the second show of the evening is jam-packed full of ‘Wilbury Magic.’

Book now to experience an evening rammed to the rafters with solid gold ‘Rock n Roll’ hits and contemporary musical genius.

With big-screen projection and the incredible voice of Barry Steele, this top-class production has something for everyone!


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Halloween Spooktacular



Sunday 29th October 2023 at 1:00pm

by Tom Rolfe Productions for one night only


Tom Rolfe Productions are back this October half term with a brand new spooktacular show for 2023!

Join Tommy The Ghostbuster and all the gang as they embark on another spooktastic adventure this Halloween!

All is going well at Sorcerer High until a new pupil joins and causes chaos amid the preparations for the Halloween Ball. Luckily Tommy the Ghostbuster is on call to zoom in and save the day but all doesn’t go to plan as a plethora of creepy chaos, mesmerizing mummy’s and gruesome gunge gets in the way!

Will everything turn out okay in the end? Will the party go ahead?
Will everyone live spookily ever after?
Find out by booking your tickets today! Fancy dress encouraged!


Little Shop of Horrors


From Thu 20th July 2023 to Sat 22nd July 2023

Create Theatre Academy present "The Little Shop of Horrors"

Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable, electrifying musical with Pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names "Audrey II" after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination.


blackburn-empire-Bolton Music Service Presents – Summer Rocks Showcase

Bolton Music Service Presents – Summer Rocks Showcase



Thursday 13th July 2023 at 7:00pm

For one night only

Bolton Music Service Presents – Summer Rocks Showcase. An evening of spectacular performances featuring young musicians from across Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton.


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Desperados – Eagles Tribute



Friday 6th September 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Take it Easy with Desperados and celebrate the music of six-time Grammy Award Winners, The Eagles. Expect to hear your favourite hits such as Desperado, Hotel California, Take it to the limit and many more. New for 2024 – A special Don Henley Solo set!!!

You’re in good hands with this ensemble of talented and creative musicians, who pride themselves on their technical abilities and attention to detail. Get ready to experience a rip-roaring set from the outstanding back catalogue of The Eagles.


blackburn-empire-Roy "Chubby" Brown

Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown



Saturday 10th June 2023 at 7:30pm

For one night only

After over 50 years in show business Roy Chubby Brown has proven himself time and time again!!

30 totally different DVDs in 30 years, thousands of live shows worldwide, 4 books, countless original songs and millions of fans are testimony to the fact that he is Britain’s King of Comedy.

Strictly 18 and over. Please stay away if easily offended.


blackburn-empire-KDA Presents Westend To Broadway

KDA Presents Westend To Broadway



From Fri 7th July 2023 to Sat 8th July 2023

Katrina’s Dance Academy presents their 20th anniversary production: West End to Broadway!

Join Mary Poppins, Roxie Hart, Tracy Turnblad, Matilda, Annie, Elphaba and many more on a musical theatre journey from London’s West End to the dazzling lights of Broadway.

Showcasing some of the best musicals of the last 80 years, KDA’s young talent will entertain audiences with their ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, acro and musical theatre routines.

And with two decades of KDA to celebrate, this year’s show relives some of the academy’s highlights and helps audiences rediscover some favourite show tunes – we guarantee you’ll still be singing them after you’ve left!


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The Jerseys Live



Friday 29th September 2023 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Join The Jerseys as we celebrate the timeless music of the 100 million album selling
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
Incredible falsettos, beautiful acapellas

the authenticity of the sublime harmonies of the
60s and 70s

with a huge repertoire including 'Sherry', 'Walk Like A Man', 'My Eyes
Adored You', 'Grease', Rag Doll', 'Stay', 'Lets Hang On', ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ before
finishing off with headline hit
'Oh What A Night'!
This is much more than just another
tribute show

this is a celebration of fantastic music performed by an array of incredible
The Jerseys have performed in various prestigious venues, visiting the length and
breadth of the UK.
Some notable shows include a performance for Her Majesty The
Queen on The Long Walk, Windsor Castle for her 90th Birthday Celebrations, and
internationally including The Paris Casino in Las Vegas.
Along with their LIVE 4 piece band of internationally renowned musicians, this all


dancing show features hit after hit, comedy and more

the complete night out which
will have you dancing in the aisles of the theatre and leave you ‘beggin’ for more!


The Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship



Sun 20th August at 1:00pm & Sun 20th August 2023 at 5:00pm

by Tom Rolfe Productions – 2 shows to choose from.

Ahoy there shipmates! Why not climb aboard the Naughty Nellie this August as Tom Rolfe Productions return with a swashbuckling summer pantomime for all the family!

Join Buckle the cabin boy and all the gang as they embark on an adventure amidst the high seas.

All is going well until the evil wicked sea witch Atlantica sets a crooked curse upon the ship resulting in chaos onboard deck! Will Captain Knickerbocker and his crew survive? Will there be buckets full of comedy? Will everyone live happily ever after? Find out by booking your tickets today! It’s the perfect summer treat!