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Bingo That’s Bonkers

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Friday 27th September 2024 at 8:30pm


For one night only

Bingo Thats Bonkers is here. This is a fun, thrilling, hysterical take on the good old famous game of bingo.

You will be on the edge of you seat singing and cheering.
Oh, what a feeling, When we're dancing on the ceiling.

So come on down. Grab your tickets while you can and scream BINGO as loud as you can!

 

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Jack and the Beanstalk – 2024/25 Pantomime

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From Sat 23rd November 2024 to Sun 5th January 2025


by Tom Rolfe Productions – 37 shows to choose from.

Fe Fi Fo Fum wanna see a Panto that's full of family FUN?


Extended Run through to 5th January 2025 due to massive demand! 

Head down to Blackburn Empire Theatre as Tom Rolfe Productions (same team behind Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast) proudly present a brand new GIANT adaptation of the much loved family classic JACK AND THE BEANSTALK!

Giant Blunderbore is on the search for some new additions for his massive menu….will the people of Giggleside survive? Will the Trot's have to sell their beloved cow Daisy? Will everyone live happily ever after? Find out by booking your tickets today. It's going to be Fe Fi Fo FUN for all the family!

Don't miss out! Beauty and the Beast was our biggest Panto ever so don't delay book today!

 

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The Peter Kay Experience

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Thursday 25th April 2024 at 7:30pm


For one night only

Carlton entertainment presents an evening of comedy with 2 of the UKs most in demand comedians… Simon Marks as Peter Kay and the outstanding comedy vocalist Marc Bolton.

Peter Kays 2010 tour is still officially in the Guinness world book of records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time. Join us for an evening of laughter reminiscing over world famous jokes such as ‘Garlic Bread’ and ‘Its spitting’

 

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Railway Children

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From Wed 6th March 2024 to Sat 9th March 2024


by Blackburn Drama Club – 5 shows to choose from.

The children’s classic by E. Nesbit centres on the lives of three children whose comfortable, middle-class existence ends when their father is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Bobbie, Peter and Phyliss leave their London home and move (with their mother) to a small cottage in Yorkshire where life is very different. Here, they develop a love for the railway where they have a series of adventures, including preventing a train accident, rescuing a boy injured in a tunnel and coming to the aid of a Russian exile.

This adaptation, for all the family, is full of humour, but it is also faithful to the original and is written with great tenderness and insight.

 

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Nell Gwynn

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From Wed 22nd May 2024 to Sat 25th May 2024


by Blackburn Drama Club – 4 shows to choose from.

London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers.

Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain's most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the King. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court?

Ambitious mistresses, stroppy Queens… in all senses of the word… oh dear, is that expression acceptable these days? 

Play written by Jessica Swale and Directed by Claire St Pierre.

'Bawdy and brilliant… a wonderful, warm-hearted and generous piece of theatrical history'

The Stage

'An out-and-out celebration of the fun of theatre… if you’re looking for laughs, and a romping brash show, this is great'

The Arts Desk

'Cannily mixes Carry On double-entendres with an explicitly feminist message… a love-letter to theatre itself and the cheerful chaos involved in putting on a play'

Guardian

'Superbly funny… a juicy, well-wrought thing of great fun, a wonderfully layered celebration of theatre, but most of all an apt homage to a woman incredibly ahead of her time'

Time Out

'[A] gloriously funny and touching bio-drama… a right royal treat'

Telegraph

'An absolute treat… a bawdy, witty, engaging romp'

The Times

'A rollicking good evening’s entertainment… an unending delight'

Evening Standard

 

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Celine – My Heart Will Go On

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Thursday 16th May 2024 at 7:30pm


For one night only

After a sold out tour across the UK and Europe in 2023, Celine- My Heart Will Go On is back for 2024 bigger and better than ever!!! The concert is a stunning celebration of the music and one of one of the greatest singers of our time. Starring Alexandra Darby as seen on ITV -This Morning and an outstanding live band, the audience are taken on a magical ride through four decades of hits that include: The Power Of Love, It's All Coming Back To Me Now, I'm Alive, All By Myself, Because You Loved Me, My Heart Will Go On and many more…

Join us for an unmissable evening as we pay homage to the Queen of power ballads then dance the night away in this glorious concert taking Europe by storm!!

Experience the next best thing to the real artist.

 

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The Scummy Mummies: GREATEST HITS

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Wednesday 6th November 2024 at 7:30pm


For one night only

Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate ten years of scumminess!

For a decade now, the Scummy Mummies have been touring their hit comedy show to sold-out audiences around the country.

Now they’re bringing all their most-loved songs, sketches, and stand-up together for a night that will make you laugh till you wee.
Guaranteed to make you feel normal about your parenting skills, or very smug about being child-free. Bring your gin-in-a-tin, pop a panty liner in, and let’s party!
“Highly recommended! 5 stars” – One4Review
“Very funny” – The Guardian
“Hilarious” – Broadway Baby

 

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ – The Shakin’ Stevens Story

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Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 7:30pm


For one night only

The Award Winning tribute to the UK's biggest selling singles artist of the 1980's – WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN'- THE SHAKIN' STEVENS STORY is a nostalgic celebration, jam packed with feel-good Rock 'n' Roll!

Performing as Shakin' Stevens, West End star Rebel Dean will guide you through a full audio-visual spectacular with his live band, including rare footage and images which tell the story of the rockin' Welsh boy and his rise to chart-topping superstardom.

The show features unforgettable hits including 'Green Door', 'Oh Julie', 'You Drive Me Crazy' and 'This Ole House'….as well as the classic songs which were covered by Shaky from artists such as Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and Elvis Presley.

Put your bopping shoes on, dust off the double denim, slick back your hair and get ready to sing-along, dance-along and join in with the biggest and best 'Shaky' party to hit UK theatres….ever!

 

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The Magic of Science

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Friday 29th March 2024 at 2:30pm


For one night only

This is your opportunity to surround yourself with the mystery of magic, cleverly fused with wondrous and miraculous feats of science. Hold on to your seats as the Empire Theatre is transformed into a real-life science laboratory and lots of unbelievable "how did they do that!" moments. Experience non-stop action-packed interactive magical science experiments that will capture the imagination, a fast-moving and colourful magical science show, packed with mystery, suspense, and heaps of mess!

Top Secret is fun and entertaining for the whole family to enjoy along with inspiring and educating every young budding magician and scientist.

 

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Teach Rex LIVE – Velociraptors

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From Tue 2nd April 2024 to Tue 2nd April 2024


After receiving over 2000 5* reviews for their events, the award-winning Teach Rex team are delighted to announce they will be visiting Blackburn Empire during their Easter Tour!!
 
The new show will delve into the jaws of one of the most iconic dinosaurs to ever roam the world, the VELOCIRAPTOR. Delivered by primary school teachers, the team will take the audience on an interactive, prehistoric journey, pinpointing misconceptions surrounding the velociraptor and the audience will learn how this iconic beast would have actually looked. Meet various Velociraptors and the only fully feathered velociraptor in the WORLD amongst others, giving the audience a realistic insight into these fascinating creatures.
 
Teach Rex uses life-like dinosaurs to perform their 1-hour show, teaching children about the anatomy and life of one the most mesmerizing creatures that have ever roamed our planet. The show is teamed with effects, music and gives children and their families the chance to get up close and personal with these fantastic, realistic beasts.
 
Children will be greeted by baby dinosaurs and given a ‘Dino Booklet’ which includes a variety of educational activities. You will also be provided with coloured crayons, all that is included in the price of a ticket, in this educational experience delivered by teachers.
 
The show is suitable for children of all ages (3+ recommended) and has even proven to be extremely popular with adults. The live show runs for 1 hour followed by a dinosaur meet and greet when families can get photographs next to the beasts whilst enjoying a dance.