blackburn-empire-The Americana Revue

The Americana Revue



Saturday 13th July 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

The Americana Revue is hitting the road in 2023 with an
exciting new stage show, celebrating many of the world’s best loved Americana
Country Rock artists and some of the most inspiring songs of a generation.

Join frontman Ben Mills (X Factor Finalist) and his
9-piece band as they take you on a journey of over two hours of timeless,
multi-million selling #1 hits!

This incredible show features hit after hit of some of
the greatest singer-songwriter icons of the 20th Century, including:

Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jackson
Browne, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, The Traveling Wilburys, Black Crowes,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and many, many others.

Performed with passion, heart and soul by a world class
rockin’ band, this show is guaranteed to give you the full Americana music


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The Adult Panto: Beauty and the Big Beast



Saturday 17th February 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Celebrating 20 years on the road, the Market Theatre Company are here to corrupt another classic fairy tale beyond recognition.

Can the fearless company of just 3 actors hold it all together and pull off their very own adult version of Beauty and the Beast using a minimum of set props and costume?

Get ready for an other evening of slick, fast – moving, farcical fun and bawdy sexual innuendo
for adults only.

Not suitable for under 16’s.


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Thank Abba for the Music



Saturday 3rd February 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only


In 1974, ABBA’s iconic Eurovision Song Contest performance of Waterloo made history, with their victory propelling the band to international stardom.

On their brand-new tour Thank ABBA For The Music celebrates the global pop phenomenon’s legendary night with a special 50th Anniversary live concert.

Featuring all of ABBA’s greatest hits including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! SOS, Take A Chance On Me, Voulez-Vous and of course, Waterloo and many more!

Complete with a dynamic cast of outstanding singers, dazzling choreography and interactive video projection, early booking is advised for what promises to be a high-octane extravaganza for ABBA lovers everywhere.

ABBA and 70’s fancy dress optional… but encouraged!

Disclaimer: Thank ABBA For The Music is a tribute show and is not affiliated or endorsed by the original artist or management company.

Get a group together and save! Groups of 10 or more get tickets at £22.50. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout!


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Teach Rex LIVE – Velociraptors



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.


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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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Stephanie Aird’s LOLS LIVE



Thursday 12th September 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Stephanie Aird is a comedian from Hartlepool whose videos have been
viewed over 60 million times across her social media pages. 
Stephanie has amassed more than 650,000 followers on Facebook, which
has helped her gain fans from all around the world.
After posting comedy videos on her Facebook page during 2014,
Stephanie has grown a legion of fans known as ‘Phannies’ and often tours
around the country performing her show to SELL OUT audiences – we
must remind you that IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED, then PLEASE
Stephanie said: “I can’t wait to arrive in Blackburn performing at The
Blackburn Empire, we’re going to have an absolute ball.
"It’s Comedy &
Music, in a hilarious fashion, but I do have a potty mouth so if you’re easily
offended then please don’t turn up!
“My best point is when I come out on a wrecking ball, as Miley Cyrus, with
just tights and tape. And I’ll tell you now my darling, it’s not a pretty sight!
“There’s so many elements to the show, so expect comedy and music in
this action packed show. Fans can also purchase a Meet & Greet ticket to
meet me before the show, and receive a free souvenir tour laminate too.”


blackburn-empire-STAX of SOUL – 40th Anniversary Tour

STAX of SOUL – 40th Anniversary Tour



Saturday 26th October 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

The original. A reputation that needs no introduction. Born in Manchester in 1983, 9-piece 100% live band STAX of SOUL are bringing their highly regarded Soul Review to Blackburn on Saturday 26th October 2024 as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.

Featuring incredible musicians (including a powerful brass section) meticulously & energetically recreating the very best from the catalogues of Stax, Atlantic, Motown & Northern Soul plus tributes to James Brown and The Blues Brothers, this show has been polished and perfected across thousands of performances over the years to guarantee you the ultimate Soul Party!

So come on down to The Blackburn Empire and join us for a 40th anniversary celebration!

Includes over 30 soul classics such as:- Tears of a Clown ~ Get Ready ~ Higher and Higher ~ Try a Little Tenderness ~ Move On Up ~ My Girl ~ Stand By Me ~ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction ~ Give Me Just A Little More Time ~ The Snake ~ Gimme Some Lovin’ ~ Minnie The Moocher ~ Shake a Tail Feather ~ Hold On, I’m Comin’ ~ Soul Man ~ I Got You (I Feel Good) ~ Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag ~ In the Midnight Hour ~ It’s The Same Old Song ~ Mr Pitiful ~ Stop Her On Sight ~ plus many more…


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Something About George



Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

Something About George – The George Harrison Story is a musical biopic tribute about the so-called “quiet” Beatle is back following it’s hugely successful 2023 tour which celebrated what would have been George’s 80th birthday.

"All Things Must Pass", they say. Well, George Harrison’s name will live on forever. From the creators of Something About Simon – The Paul Simon Story, a brand-new show that will answer the question "where does life take you after being in the greatest band in the history of the world?"

Starring West End actor and musician Daniel Taylor, Something About George – The George Harrison Story tells the truly remarkable tale of one of music’s most understated icons.

Featuring a five-piece band performing beautiful songs such as "My Sweet Lord", "Something", "Got My Mind Set On You" and "Handle With Care", the show includes incredible solo material and music from rock n’ roll’s greatest supergroup, The Travelling Wilburys – not forgetting more than a few Beatles’ classics along the way. From heartbreak to hedonism and song writing to instant success, Something About George will show you a life that was anything but quiet.


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Sign Along With Us



Sunday 14th January 2024 at 2:00pm

For one night only

Sign Along with Us was started by Jade Kilduff BCAc, for her little brother Christian. He has a type of brain injury called HIE, this was caused by him being still born for 24 minutes. 

Christian also has Cerebral Palsy , visual impairments, global development delay and sensory processing disorder but above all of that, he is just the most incredible little boy. 

They were told that Christian would never be able to communicate but Jade just didn’t want to give up, so she decided to start signing with him and eventually after 18 months he signed back. 

Since then he has come so far and can now sign and say lots of  words. He is just a miracle. Jade and Christian wanted to share everything they knew with the world, in the hope that they would learn some sign language too, so then it would help Christian and other people like him to not feel isolated and to be able to communicate with more people. 

They decided to set up Sign Along With Us and started posting signing videos online.

Due to the positive reaction we decided to take it further and start teaching classes at the local community centre and this is where we got our amazing Sign Along With Us Choir together. 

We just knew it was such a special group where everyone was included and could be themselves. We wanted to share our group with as many people as possible in the hope to inspire them to learn some sign language as well as to showcase all of the amazing people who have overcome different difficulties and challenges in their life but now have been able to stand proud and say THIS IS ME!!

This is our second performance at the Empire Theatre and after such a lovely welcome last time thought that it would be good to say ‘A Sign Along With US Happy New Year’ in such a lovely venue to kick start our 2024 fundraising journey.

We now have a registered charity called The Sign Along With Us Foundation, further information can be found at Sign Along With Us Foundation – Help Us Change the World (






Saturday 18th May 2024 at 7:30pm

For one night only

This tour marks the 50th Anniversary of Showaddywaddy. ‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 5 decades!

Formed in 1973 in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the World extensively.

Their 50th Anniversary Concert will be a dynamic and uplifting show featuring their greatest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.

So come and join the ‘Dancin’ Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!