- SUMMER ACADEMY
- ADVENTURES IN THE ARTS - EASTER WORKSHOPS
- Aladdin Was Just Magic
- The Wanderer Returns!
- Panto for 2014 announced!
- BRITISH POLE SUPERSTAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
- DIRTY DUSTING (A chat line that really cleans up)
- ULTIMATE WAYLON JENNINGS TRIBUTE SHOW
Company Registration 1411764
MARCH MONDAY CLUB VARIETY
Brian Sefton - an absolute brilliant magician.
Ricky Lee - the vocalist with the Matt Monro touch.
Jean Pasquille and Tony Fletcher present their NIGHT AND DAY SHOW:
Jean is a wonderful Doris Day singer and Tony is a great male vocalist.
Compered as usual by our own Michael Berry along with our dashing Colin Hilton as Musical Director!
Tickets: £3.50 and members £2.50
BRENDAN SHINE LIVE
One of Ireland's best loved singing stars who has had a string of hits over the 40 years that he has been at the top. Brendan was a highly successful carrot farmer before making his name in the entertainment world.
Enjoy musical treats such as 'Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down' (which received four silver discs and a platinum award), Grandad, My Son, Galway Girl and the Rose of Castlerea.
BRITISH POLE SUPERSTAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
BRITISH POLE SUPERSTAR CHAMPIONSHP 2014
Competition open to everyone n the UK. Promoting Pole fitness in various categories.Performanc by top names in the pole industry.
Tickets: £18 Not available from the theatre.
DIRTY DUSTING (A chat line that really cleans up)
Three cleaning ladies, (past their sell by date) start up a telephone sex line!!! “The Telephone Belles” – A Dirty Sex Chat Line that really cleans up!
Gladys, Elsie and Olive are three cleaning ladies who are about to be “put out to pasture” by their overzealous office manager Dave. Feeling they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, the ladies have to boost their falling income!
A chance wrong number requiring A Sex Chat Line rings into the office and gives them a great idea….. “Why not run a Sex Chat Line?” After all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the telephone and providing they can keep this a secret from their boss….they could be onto a winner!!
Needless to say……things don’t go entirely according to plan.
“Dirty Dusting Telephone Sex”
A Chat Line that Really Cleans Up
This is a heart warming feel-good comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles and smiling every time you answer the phone!
Written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, this production is directed by Leah Bell who injects this hilarious play with a fresh and lively approach coupled with her own unique style.
Treat yourself to an evening of pure Theatrical Viagra!
Crissy Rock (Hit TV Series Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity)
Leah Bell (Comedienne and actress)
Jason Jones (Hit TV series Hebburn)
Dolores Poretta Brown (Stage & Screen Actress)
Tickets: £20 Available from Jan 11th
ULTIMATE WAYLON JENNINGS TRIBUTE SHOW
RONNY J MORSON returns to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.
His Band, Luckenbach, a fantastic tribute to Waylon Jennings the Country Music Outlaw legend, featuring an amazing band of top musicians.
The Ultimate Waylon Tribute is unique, even down to an exact replica of Waylon's leather covered custom fender telecaster, the only Waylon look alike and sound alike in Great Britain, a show no music, Waylon or Country fan should miss.
The compere for the evening is top BBC Radio Lancashire DJ and personality Joe Fish.
Opening the show will be top Americana/Roots band WIRE COUNTY.
FILMTASTIC 2014 presented by DAPA
DAPA dance school, for all styles of dance, drama, singing music and fitness for children and adults, from beginner to professional, for fun fitness and friendship. Based in Blackburn, Lancashire in the old coal warehouse at Eanam Wharf on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, subjects covered include, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, Contemporary, Gymnastics, Irish, Street Dance, Hip Hop, Salsa, Bely Dance, Bollywood, CelticFit, Pilates, Yoga, Booty Barre, Musical Theatre, Argentine Tango, Lambada, Lambouka, Merengue, Mambo, Samba, Jive, Swing.
Tickets: £10.50 Concessions £9.50. On sale January 25th onwards.
ONLY FOOLS AND BOYCIE
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES ACTOR JOHN CHALLIS
Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses.
In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he'll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed,Ggeorge Best, Dr Who, Coronation Street and much more.
The show will also celebrate the launch of the second volume of Challis' autobiography, Being Boycie and Mr Challis will sign copies during the interval and after his performance.
Tickets: £15 & £13
Widely regarded as one of the world's finest spiritualist, Colin Fry was born in 1962 and turned professional at the age of 17. He has spent many years sharing his spiritual philosophy with audiences around the world and in 1999 was made Principal of Rambsbergsgarden International College of Spiritual Science.
In 2002 he presented his first TV show, 6ixth Sense showing on Living TV, regularily attracting a million-plus audience.
A MAGICAL VARIETY SHOW produced by THE MODERN MYSTIC LEAGUE
Tickets: Adult £11 - OAP & Under 16's £8 - Family Ticket £35
THE MORNING AFTER
Blind Corner Theatre Company presents:
'The Morning After' is a dramatic comedy about student life in the modern world. Follow Dan, Soph, Cassie, Zach, Reggie, Anabel, CAD and their eccentric next door neighbour, Greg over the course of an academic year in a play that charts highs, lows, love, laughs and truly epic hangovers.
Each scene of 'The Morning After' takes place in the hours following a huge house party, and casts an eye on the meaningful and lifelong friendships that are forged in our most formative years.
This is the first production from the newly formed 'Blind Corner Theatre Company', written and directed by Adam Calvert.
Come along and join the party!
APRIL MONDAY CLUB
Carole Crowther - a wonderful female vocalist making a welcome return/
Malcolm Povah - Mr Banjo Man
Terry Devon - a very funny comedian from Blackpool.
Colin Hilton on the black and white keys and Michael Berry as the compere.
Tickets: £3.50 and members £2.50
APRIL WORLD OF COMEDY
'World Of Comedy' returns!
Thwaites Empire Theatre's smash hit Comedy Club is back for 2014 after a hugely successful run last year. Débuting at the Theatre in April 2013, 'WOC' had a series of sell out shows before retiring for the festive period.
Now the new year is upon us, we're excited to announce it's back for a new run of shows throughout the entire calendar year, starting on Thursday April 10th.
'World Of Comedy' differs from most shows put on at Thwaites, as this event is held in the bar area, not the main theatre stage. The Theatre and the show producers wanted to keep a 'comedy club' atmosphere to the event and allow for members of the audience to have a drink whilst actually watching the show, as opposed to just during intervals.
Every show there will be 8 different comedians from around the Brittish comedy circuit coming down to perform at this wonderfully prestigious theatre, however if the audience demand to see a couple of favourites to return, we'll do our best to bring them back for you! 'WOC' wants to be able to continually interact with its fans, so we encourage you to visit our website (www.worldofcomedy.co.uk), which has loads of info on it, and join us on FB or Twitter for updates and even special discount offers.
These will be a series of truly hilarious nights of comedy. Every show sold out in 2013, so hopefully, with your continued support, we can expect the same popularity in 2014. It all started off for 'WOC' at Thwaites, Empire Theatre, and we thank the Theatre a lot for its support.
Thank you, without you, the audience, there wouldn't be any laughs at all.
J Musa, WOC Producer
THE DAKOTAS LIVE
The Band Today
Toni Baker joined the Dakotas on keyboards and vocals in the mid 80s, when the band reformed with original members, Mike Maxfield and Tony Mansfield and toured with Billy J Kramer in '96. Toni has a long history of working in hit bands. He played on Billy Ocean's early recordings in the 70s, & was a member of "Shabby Tiger", a hugely successful group in Europe, with many hit singles, such as the No.1, "Slow Down". Toni, who has been a session man for years, is also a songwriter and had a Number 5 hit in Japan with the hi-energy classic "Eat You Up". Toni also was responsible for writing all the music for Britain's top comedy series "Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights" and "Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere". Toni continues his production and session work for major TV programmes including "Waterloo Road" and "League of Gentlemen".
Pete Hilton joined the Dakotas in 1998. He is a respected session drummer, and has been touring since 1963. In the late sixties Pete worked the original Liverpool Cavern Club along with the eminent guitarist Robin Hill. Pete and Robin went on to form jazz rock band "Spring". There were memorable live performances with Mike Oldfield, Joe Cocker, Canned Heat, Deep Purple, & Traffic. In the late seventies Pete worked UK theatres with many greats such as Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse, Rolf Harris & Tommy Cooper! Pete also worked alongside The Supremes, and David Essex, who later inspired Pete to perform in "Godspell" while he was living in Canada.
Alan Clare joined the Dakotas on lead guitar and vocals in 2006, when Mike Maxfield became too ill to perform live. His varied guitar styles perfectly suit The Dakotas' music. Alan has worked in many different bands, from funk to jazz bands, and also played in Freddie & the Dreamers alongside Pete Hilton. He is still a major session player, having worked with artistes as diverse as the Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Buddy Greco, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, Gerard Kenny, Kenny Lynch, Lynn Paul and Ken Dodd.
Marius Jones joined the Dakotas in 2010. He was already well known to Pete, Alan & Toni, so was an obvious choice when it came down to choosing the right man for the bass guitar job. Marius has a wealth of musical experience and has worked with many legends over the years. As well as having worked with Pete & Alan in Freddie & the Dreamers, he also played bass with Amen Corner for several years.
Tickets: £18 & £16
THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS
The UK's premier comedy/folk group. The Weavers Have been at the forefront of the country's music scene for over three decades with a hectic concert schedule. Since cutting their teeth in folk clubs in their native North west, they have enjoyed nom-stop success, with a great following at their concerts, and a large fan club with members worldwide.
They have recorded twenty-five albums and can even boast a Number 1 hit in Tasmania with their perennial favourite ' The Blackpool Belle', a song that also reached Number 3 in New Zealand. The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment suitable for all the family. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they will always 'KEEP FOLK SMILING'
See more info at www.houghtonweavers.com
Tickets: £12 & £10
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA - A FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Featurung a host of prefessional performers from the TV, Radio and World of Theatre.
MAGIC COMEDY MUSIC SONG DANCE GAMES
Tickets: £10 Children £5
ADVENTURES IN THE ARTS
The form also includes details of
The Summer Academy
4th – 8th August 2014
Circus Musicals Week
11th – 15th August 2014
Movie Making WeeK
18th – 23rd August 2014
Babes in the Wood and Robin Hood
FULL DETAILS AND PRICES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DOWNLOADED FORM
A NIGHT OF QUEEN - As It Began Tour
THE BOHEMIANS return with A Concert Celebrating Queen's Finest Live Performances, from 1974 to 1986.
Internationnaly renowned Queen Tribute Band The Bohemians return with a new tour, new costumes, new production, a new set and take you back to the early 70's.
Remember when Bohemian Rhapsody was number one in the charts. (the first time round) and Queen played the Legendary Hammersmith Odeon show as shown on the BBC Whistle Test programme.
The Bohemians re-create the show we all wanted to see (and some were lucky enouggh to get tickets) in 1986 ending in grand style and pomp as you would expect from any of Queen's magnificent live performances.
Sample footage taken from the 2013 European Tour of
A Spectacular Night of Queen with The Bohemians Queen Tribute, Orchestra and Choir
Tickets: £16 & £15
WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS
WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS......A Children's Variety show for talented youngsters.
Tickets: £9 and £6 concessions.
ROLEPLAY - written by Alan Ayckbourne
In this hilarious comedy Justin and Julie-Ann, hopelessly mismatched in love, are about to introduce their respective parents to each other over dinner - Justin's upper-crust alcoholic mother from Surrey and Julie-Ann's bigoted Yorkshire father and prim mother. Into this doomed scenario drops, literally, via the balcony upstairs and the river, Paige Petite, a former lap-dancer with suicidal tendencies and her thick, gun-toting minder who is employed by her violent boyfriend.
Directed by Dorothy Perkins.
CRAZY FOR YOU - Blackburn Musical Theatre Company
BLACKBURN MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT CRAZY FOR YOU
Crazy for You, Ken Ludwig's 1992 adaptation of George and Ira Gershwin's 1930 musical comedy Girl Crazy, had already won a Tony award when this PBS TV adaptation was taped at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. As if it matters, the plot concerns Bobby Child (Jim Walton), the son of a prominent East Coast banker. Though he'd rather be a song-and-dance man, Bobby is forced to enter the family business -- and his first assignment is to foreclose on the Gaiety Theater in Deadrock, AZ. But when he falls in love with Polly Baker (Stacey Logan), daughter of the Gaiety's owner (Larry Linville), Bobby dedicates himself to saving the theater. And how does any self-respecting musical comedy hero accomplish this task? By staging a fabulous show, naturally, with Bobby himself in the lead. Of course, the plot is a mere peg upon which to hang some of the Gershwins' best-loved songs, including "Embracable You," "Bidin' My Time," and the show-stopping "I Got Rhythm," belted out con brio by Stacey Logan. Crazy for You was first telecast on October 20, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Monday and Tuesday £11
Wednesday and Thursday £13 & £11
Friday and Saturday £13 Family Ticket 2+2 £45
Tickets: Bookings from March 3rd 2014
LEE LARD LIVE - The Official Peter Kay Tribute with TWO MEN WITHOUT ASSISTANCE
Peter Kay Tribute
Now in his 9th year and with over 1000 performances under his belt, Lee Lard is still being voted the most popular comedy tribute act in the UK! Lee's outstanding tribute to Bolton's funny man Peter Kay has now been enjoyed by thousands of fans throughout the UK and abroad.
TWO MEN WITHOUT ASSISTANCE a Comedy Magic double act that has wowed audiences acoss Europe.
Tickets: £15 & £14
THE MICK MILLER SHOW
ULTIMATE ELTON AND THE ROCKET BAND
Tickets: £19 & £17
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - A celebration of the Life and Music of Buddy Holly.
Tickets: £17 & £15
JIMMY CRICKET'S MADCAP MUSIC HALL
Join the Thwaites Empire’s favourite comedian for an afternoon of fun and escapades as Jimmy Cricket presents his own version of a Music Hall with a comedy twist!
There will be plenty of music and laughter on offer, all presided over by a chairman wheeling a gavel and accompanied by live music from the Swinging Crickets band.
With tickets kept at an amazingly affordable price of £10, this truly is a recession busting offer for all the family which should not be missed.
The show is scheduled for a special Sunday afternoon start time of 2.30pm, which enables you to munch down your Sunday lunch and then go onto to the theatre to laugh off those calories!
This will be a laugh-a-long, sing-a-long, clap-a-long show for everyone!
JUNE MONDAY CLUB
This is a special show commemorating 100 years from the start of the First World War. There will be songs and laughter from this era. It will be a big cast, big show and an experience that you will remember for another 100 years.
Tickets: £3.50 and members £2.50
LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING
‘Love Changes Everything’
So you missed Michael Ball in concert? Don’t panic!
You now have the chance to see this spectacular salute to the music of Michael Ball in this wonderful one night concert.
Join Michael Courtney and his live band in celebrating the greatest hits of Michael Ball. This two hour show is brought to you by one of the UK’s finest singers and guest artists.
From ‘One Step Out Of Time’ and ‘This Is The Moment’ to the stirring songs of ‘Les Miserables’. Songs from many artists including – Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. Classics such as ‘Holding Out For A Hero’, ‘Something Inside So Strong’, ‘Winner Takes It All’, ‘One Night Only’, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ ....... and the song that shot Michael Ball to fame ‘Love Changes Everything’ ... Something for everyone!
“Michael Courtney is Superb! A real ringmaster of an entertainer” The Stage
JUNE WORLD OF COMEDY
CHERYL WATKINSON DANCE SCHOOL
A showcase performed by pupils of Cheryl's Dance Studios.
The performers whose age range is 2-18 years will offer an array of dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street and Musical Theatre in this exciting and entertaining production of 'LIVE IT UP'
LET'S DANCE 2014
Country Legends is a spectacular new show, featuring tributes to some of the biggest names in country music. This is a “pistol packing show” featuring classic country songs from Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Johnny cash. Playing all the hits ,from “BLANKET ON THE GROUND” to “THE GAMBLER” and from “HEY GOOD LOOKIN” to ”RING OF FIRE” ,all accompanied by the world class Country Legends house band, you are assured of a fantastic night!.... Whether you are a country fan or just a fan of great music, let us take you on a stunning audio visual whirlwind ride of over 40 country hits that will leave you screaming and yelling for more! YEE HAW!
THE BERNESE SCHOOL OF DANCE AND DRAMA
KATRINA'S DANCE ACADEMY
Tickets: £8 & £6
ALL TOGETHER CLUB'S GOT TALENT
DANZWIZE presented by The Dance Factory
The Dance Factory's Annual Showcase of Talent raising vital funds for BREAST CANCER UK.
Please help to support our cause promoting excellence in Dance and Performance for all ages......including extracts from LES MISERABLES, Ballet, Tap, Theatre, jazz, Contemporary Street and Vocal performances.
Performed by our local talent THE DANCE FACTORY.
Tickets: £8.50 (Senior Citizens and children under 12 £7.50) Groups of ten 1 free ticket included
AUGUST WORLD OF COMEDY
THE RAT PACK IS BACK
COUNTRY ROADS .....A Celebration of John Denver
Tickets: £15 & £14
A NIGHT OF CLAIRVOYANCE WITH STEVE HOLBROOK
Tickets: Tickets available from the Lancashire Telegraph.
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - BLACKBURN AND DARWEN BAND
MAMA - TRIBUTE TO GENESIS
Tickets: £15 & $14
NO MAN'S LAND - Ribcaged Productions
'No Man's Land' is written and produced by Stephanie Mckerville.
Grace could never have imagined how much difference breaking one window would make......
'No Man's Land' is inspired by the true story of Dick Kerr's Ladies, a women's football team that began playing in Preston during the First World War. Follow the team through creation, trial, tribulation, celebration, travel and success.
Tickets: £12 & £10
OCT BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
MY DALEK HAS A PUNCTURE
Tickets: £15 & £12 concessions (including Astors' Equity Members) Group Bookings 12 for 10
SHAKESPEARE FOR SCHOOLS
Tickets: £9 & £7 (Groups of 20+ £6)
MAD ABOUT ABBA - VOULEZ VOUS
THE KING OF POP, the Legend continues. Starring "Navi".
KING OF POP The Legend Continues.....
Officially recognised as the World's No.1 Michael Jackson Tribute.
The only MJ ever chosen by Michael himself.
Featuring an incredible live band and dancers.
ONE NIGHT ONLY !
In a glittering career spanning over two decades, navi has notched up an incredible list of achievements that is unparallelled in the tribute world. His career highlight came in 2003 when he was chosen to perform at Michael Jackson's 45th birthday party in Los Angeles, receiving a standing ovation from The King Of Pop himself. The following day, Navi was also invited to spend the day at Michael's home, Neverland.
The relationship continued and due to Navi's uncanny resemblance to the star, he was frequently chosen by Michael to work as his decoy/body double.
Tickets: £19 with concessions of £17.
ELIO PACE PERFORMS THE BILLY JOEL SONGBOOK
ELIO PACE performs THE BILLY JOEL SONGBOOK
Following on from his highly-acclaimed New York and Philadelphia, Billy Joel
'Original Touring Band' concerts, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating
the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just
The Way You Are and My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An
Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man. Don't miss this wonderful
opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concert
performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his
"Elio rocks!" Brian May
"Elio is tremendous... I'm a big fan. Music made the old fashioned way... played"
"Elio is a treasure trove of musical knowledge. It literally flows through his fingers... if
musicians had Jedi masters, he would be one" Raul Malo
"A dazzling talent whose music appeals to all generations" Albert Lee
"Elio Pace is fierce! An accomplished musician and performer, his talent can be
equalled only by his infectious enthusiasm" Lulu
“Only Sensational” Sir Terry Wogan
"The minute I first set eyes on Elio - as the leader of the band in one of my musicals
- I knew that he was special. In a world of wannabes, nearlies, and tryers - he was
the real thing. Energy, talent, a voice to die for - and boy can he rock 'n' roll. He is
also a lovely guy and deserves all of the accolades that he quite rightly receives.
Respect Elio!" Bill Kenwright
"Elio Pace is a great musician, artist and friend. He is a star!" Alfie Boe
"Elio is a fantastic musician and a great artist in his own right, and I really look
forward to working with him again in the future” Chris De Burgh
"An incredible talent, he's sensational" Nigel Lythgoe
THE BEST TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY BILLY JOEL IN THE WORLD
Elio Pace has even played in the USA with Billy Joel’s original band, playing all the Billy Joel hits including Uptown Girl, Just the Way Yiou Are, My Life, Piano Man, tell her About It, It’s Still Rock & Roll to me, New York State of Mind, She’s Always a Woman and The Longest Time.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent band.
Tickets: £18 & £16
THE VIRGIN VAMPIRE ROCK MUSICAL
BRASS FOR HEROES - BLACKBURN AND DARWEN BAND
BLACKBURN FLOWER CLUB
OCTOBER WORLD OF COMEDY
ROY ORBISON AND FRIENDS
SING-ALONG SOUNDS OF WARTIME
Tickets: £12.50 & £10
MUSIC OF THE HOLLIES & CROSBY STILLSANASH
After a standing ovation in 2013 the new show is back.
A warm and nostalgic show full of timeless catchy hits and ballads from the Clarke and Nash years with an added tribute to crosby, Stills and Nash.
A night of pure nostalgia from the the Music of the Band who have had more hits than The Beatles,
DON'T MISS THIS REAL SIXTIES TREAT !
NOV BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
DICK WHITTINGTON and his cat
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS with Paul Molloy
Tickets: £14 Not available yet
VOULEZ VOUS - MAD ABOUT ABBA
MAR BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
APRIL BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB