- John’s Tribute to Genesis returns to the Empire
- Theatre’s history in the Spotlight
- Big Country Show comes to Town
- Generous Theatre Donation
- Passing of a special friend
Company Registration 1411764
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.
Listen to and watch the cast talking about the play and its impact in this short 'teaser'
Tickets: £12 & £10
DUETS by BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
DUETS will explore the strength and madness of the human heart in four comic vignettes.
Wendy and Jonathan are on a blind date longing to find the perfect match, actually any match!! Barrie is not really into women but Janet doesn't see that as a reason to stop trying.
Shelley and Bobby are finalising their divorce, what better way to celebrate than to go to Spain together? While Toby is there to support his sister through her third wedding day amidst an onslaught of bad omens.
Duets is the latest comedy by experienced playwright Peter Quilter.
So what are you waiting for? Jump in the waters and support local theatre at its best!
OCTOBER MONDAY CLUB VARIETY
MONDAY CLUB VARIETY SHOW
Hosted by Michael Berry and our Musical Director Colin
Carole Scadding a local talented soprano.
George Murphy back with his guitar and golden voice.
Will Barrow - this very funny man returns. Not to be missed!
Tickets: £3.50 (Members £2.50)
LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH STEVE ROYLE & PHIL WALKER
Laugh Out Loud at two of the UK's premier circuit comedians.They are both headline acts at such notable stand-up venues as The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Highlight Comedy, The Glee, the Frog and Bucket, the Hyena, Rawhide and Comedy Central.
Steve Royle is a veteran of twelve pantomimes at The Leeds Grand , and has supported both Peter Kay and Dave Spikey on tour. Steve was Red Rose Entertainer of The Year.
Steve is accompanied by fellow comic Phil Walker who won the City Life Comedian of the Year and was the Wilkinson Sword Cutting Edge of Comedy regional winner and was a finalist at the Edinburgh festival.
MY DALEK HAS A PUNCTURE
MY DALEK HAS A PUNCTURE
A light hearted evening with Simon Fisher-Becker better known to Sci-Fi fans as Dorium Maldovar from the BBC's hugely successful drama series, Doctor Who.
Simon gives an insight into how he became an actor, what is needed today if YOU want to be an actor, and a general idea of how to prioritize options, opportunities and chellenges in life, highlighting pitfalls and silver linings.
* Parental Guidance: mild adult themes and occasional expletives *
LOTS OF FUN FOR EVERYONE: Familes, Doctor Who Fans, Sci-Fi Fans & Aspiring Performers.
"Inspirational" - Kelleye Mitchell - Nashville
"Hilarious"- Joe Tag - New York
"Audience on the edge of their seats"- Armageddon - Aukland NZ
"I needed to hear that" - Culture Shock events - Long Island
"Moves effortlessly from one hilarious anecdote to another! - Sukin on the radio - Pennsylvania
Tickets: £15 & £12 concessions (including Astors' Equity Members) Group Bookings 12 for 10
SHAKESPEARE FOR SCHOOLS
SSF is a charity that trains teachers and provides their schools with scripts, resources and training to direct and stage their own Shakespeare production performed by the school's students.
The SSF is a non-competitive, supportive and celebratory opportunity for young people to perform half-hour Shakespeare plays in their local professionsl theatre. (SSF Mission Statement)
Tickets: £9 & £7 (Groups of 20+ £6)
NIGHT AND DAY TRIBUTE SHOW
A Perfect Hand present
NIGHT & DAY SHOW
A Nostalgic Show packed with Classic Songs
Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Friends
Tickets: £15 & £12 Concessions
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.
STARTIME SPECTACULAR Produced by Des Day
Special Charity Show in aid of The British Heart Foundation.
starring Jean Pasquill a very versatile entertainer.
Des Day - comedian and Compere of the show.
Michael Berry - Mr Sunshine - vocalist
Brian Sefton - Magic at it's Best.
Simply Jack - Male vocalist.
Maddie Lane - Miss Dynamite - vocalist.
The Zoe Taylor Dance Academy.
Tickets: £10 - buy 10 and get the eleventh free!
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 celebratingthe 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 AnItalian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concertperformed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent band.
"Elio rocks!" Brian May
"Elio is tremendous... I'm a big fan. Music made the old fashioned way... played" Huey Lewis
"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 wasthe 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
NOVEMBER MONDAY CLUB VARIETY
Michael Berry hosts with Colin Hilton as our Musical Director.
Roy Chappel who sings like Bing Crosby.
Maddie Lane - Vocalist - Little Miss Dynamite.
Tickets: £3.50 (Members £2.50)
BRASS FOR HEROES - BLACKBURN AND DARWEN BAND
Tickets: £10 & £8
BLACKBURN FLOWER CLUB
Tickets: Details or tickets not available yet
SEARCH FOR A STAR. CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS.
BLACKBURN LIONS CLUB - SEARCH FOR A STAR
This is the last year that Blackburn Lions will be holding this singing competition and for the grand final there will be a CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS SHOW.
The first half of the show will be several finalists from previous years who came close to winning a cash prize of up to £500.
The second half will be as many of the past 8 years winners as they can get to come along with the winner from part 1 compete for a cash prize of £500.
Tickets: £7.50 and £6 Concessions
ROY ORBISON AND FRIENDS
Barry Steele is a very unassuming man with a great sense of hunour, but above all he has an incredible talent. In fact he is so convincing in his role as Roy Orbison that many have wondered if he is miming! It is for this reason and to allay any fears that the show features 'Walk On' with just Barry and the incredibly talented Barney Williams alone on the stage,
To be continued......
LANCASHIRE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
A CELEBRATION OF NEIL DIAMOND
A CELEBRATION OF NEIL DIAMOND
With this show the stage is set to bring on another HOT ‘AUGUST’ NIGHT. A legacy of hits such as SWEET CAROLINE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, and FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS evoke memories in all of us, back to a time when the singer songwriter regularly ruled the UK and US charts.
WAYNE DENTON fronts this live concert faithfully recreating the songs and atmosphere of the era in his own inimitable style. Interspersed with humour and audience participation, this truly feel good show delivers an exciting reproduction of ALL the timeless hits of NEIL DIAMOND.
How can songs such as KENTUCKY WOMAN, IM A BELIEVER, CRACKLIN ROSE, I AM I SAID fail to get you in the aisles. While RED RED WINE, HOLLY HOLY, SONG SUNG BLUE, SWEET CAROLINE AND BEAUTIFUL NOISE will have everyone singing along.
‘A Celebration of Neil Diamond” consists of Wayne Denton performing as Neil Diamond; backed by very talented musicians and enhanced with video footage throughout the performance. This show traces the early and late music of Diamond and is sure to thrill everyone who is a fan.
Tickets: £15 & £14
HOLLYWOOD BEES - MUSIC OF THE HOLLIES & CROSBY STILLS AND NASH
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,
The Hollywood Bees are a superb and faithful reproduction of the original 60's legends The Hollies, and in this spellbounding show they will recreate hits such as 'Here I Go Again', 'Just One Look', 'Bus Stop', 'Jennifer Eccles', 'On a Carousel', 'Carrie Anne', 'LookThrough Any Window', 'He Ain't Heavy he's My Brother', and many more that were synonymous with this classic band
DON'T MISS THIS REAL SIXTIES TREAT !
HABEAS CORPUS - BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
HABEAS CORPUS is a comedy stage play by the Englsih author Alan Bennett. It was first performed at the Lyric Theatre in London on 10 May 1973, with Alec Guinness and Margaret Courtenay in the lead roles.
It concerns the aging Dr. Arthur Wicksteed and his pursuit of a nubile patient, Felicity Rumpers. Wicksteed's wife, Muriel, is, in turn, lusting after the charming head of the BMA, Sir Percy Shorter, who, as well as being Wicksteed's old rival, turns out to be Felicity's father- the result of an under-the-table liaison during an air-raid with Lady Rumpers, her mother.
Felicity herself is pregnant and finds a way to cover it up in the hypochondriac son of Dr. Wicksteed, Denis.
Meanwhile, Wicksteed's spinster sister Connie, ashamed of her flat-chestedness, has schemes of her own. The 'chorus' is provided by the lower-class, housekeeper Mrs. Swabb.
DICK WHITTINGTON and his cat
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS with Paul Molloy
BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING (Soul and Motown)
TOP OF THE WORLD - THE MUSIC OF THE CARPENTERS
THE SWING COMMANDERS
Tickets: £14 & £12
VOULEZ VOUS - MAD ABOUT ABBA
Tickets: £16 Not available yet
TAKE THE MIKE presents A ONE OFF COMEDY SHOW SPECIAL in association with Thwaites Empire Theatre.
THE NEW JERSEY BOYS
Tickets: £16.50 Not available yet
MULTICULTURAL EVENING 2015 - The India League
Tickets: Not available yet.
MAGIC - A KIND OF QUEEN
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED LAGER - RORY McGRATH and PHILIP POPE
RORY McGRATH and PHILIP POPE with BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED LAGER
After their hit dad-rock album Dark Side of the Moob, Rory and Philip return to touring with an evening of sophisticated comedy and song.
Expect wit, elegance, and clever musical pastiche (but don't worry, there's also silliness and filth).
This is the show where music and comedy meet, have a few drinks, fight, then stagger home singing hits from the 50's. Something to offend everyone.
Rory, star of BBC Two's Three Men In a Boat, and Philip first worked together in 1983, on the Channel 4 comedy Chelmsford 123. It was the first series from Hat Trick Productions, which Rory co-founded.
RORY McGRATH is a comedian and writer, best known for roles in Who Dares Wins, Chelmsford 123, Three Men In A Boat and its successors. He was also a regular panelist on they Think It's All Over.
PHILIP POPE is a composer, musician, writer and actor, who appeared in BBC radio comedies radio Active and Old Harry's Game; TV comedy shows Who Dares Wins, Chelmsford 123, KYTV, Blackadder (Leonardo Acropolis), Only Fools and Horses (Tony Angelino). He toured as a member of the cast of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Radio Series Live! show for which he was also musical director. He also wrote or co-wrote many comic songs for Not The Nine O'Clock News and Spitting Image including British Number 1 hit single "The Chicken Song".
THE TEMPLE BROTHERS AS "THE EVERLEY'S"
RE TAKE THAT
Tickets: £15 Buy 10 get the 11th free.
THE SORCERER - Blackburn Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Tickets: £12 & £10 Concessions
HUMBLE BOY - BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
Tickets: Not available yet
BRENDAN SHINE LIVE
Brendan Shine started his band with school pal Johnny Dawson as a drummer and singer over 30 years in that time Brendan has also appeared in all the big city's in the world playing Carnegie Hall in NY City, Albert hall in London, Opera House Australia, Symphony Birmingham Concert Hall Dublin, Opera House Cork.
He has also appeared on all the top TV shows in Ireland and the UK including Breakfast TV. he has had 3 Album Cd's in the top 75 in the UK and in Ireland he also has had 34 Hit singles, 15 of which were No 1 in Ireland and 25 hit albums. The biggest hit single which he had was, "Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down" and was no1 in Ireland for 12 weeks and spent several weeks in the top 75 in the UK.
Last summer Brandan hit the jackpot again with another no 1 single in Ireland called "Grandad" it also received a lot of air play in the UK. The single was so well received the record company released a CD of family songs including Thank God For Kids", "Pal Of My Cradle Days" "A Mothers Love" and "A Blessing"
Brendan's other big hits which he sings at his show are "O'Brien has No Where To Go", "Catch Me If You Can", "My Son", "Carrots", "Galway girls" and "Rose of Castlerea".
When you go to a Brendan Shine show, you become part of the Shine party an Experience you will never forget.
CLAIR AND FIONA BRUCE OF TALENT THEATRE COMPANY
Tickets: BY INVITATION ONLY
BRITISH POLE SUPERSTAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
AN EVENING WITH ANN BREEN
Tickets: £14 & £12
A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING
A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING - THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE SHOW CELEBRATING THE GREATEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK OF ALL TIME
Come and experience the brand-new spectacular featuring all the hits from everyone’s favourite dance movie Dirty Dancing in the ultimate tribute show. It’s the s&xiest song and dance sensation of 2015, presented by an all-star cast.
Celebrated film Dirty Dancing boasted the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. All the hits are superbly performed in this fast-moving, slickly-choreographed theatrical treat including: She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and, of course, the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.
Take a trip back to the summer of ’63, relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance.The whole world loves Dirty Dancing: the 80s box office smash, the first movie to sell 1 million videos, a number one single and album sales of 42 million worldwide, Dirty Dancing is truly iconic entertainment.
Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.
A ROYAL KIND OF VARIETY
Tickets: £12 & £10
If you haven't heard of them yet, then you are in for a very pleasant surprise!
These four hugely talented school friends have taken their love of traditional Irish music and reinvigorated it, enabling them to tour the world and present it to a new generation. In doing so, they have successfully reintroduced Irish Folk/Ballads to a young audience whilst also winning the hearts of the more seasoned traditional music lovers.
Their love of music from their homeland can now be witnessed in their original material, in which they highlight the strong connection between music and word that is the heartbeat of great Irish ballads.
LADIES DAY - BLACKBURN DRAMA CLUB
Tickets: Not available yet
SOUTH PACIFIC presented by BLACKBURN MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
RED RIDING HOOD
Brought to you by Magic Light Productions, this hilarious adaptation of the traditional story tells of how Granny Hood who lives in a cottage in the woods visits Red Riding Hood and unbeknowingly delivers her a Magic Red Cloak created by the Good Fairy of the forest.
Meanwhile in another part of the wood a suave and sophisticated wolf is looking for something appetising to eat! There is only one person who can save the day - Little Red Riding Hood! However she is not alone, she is accompanied on her adventure by her best friends Muddles and Russell Sprout. Will they save the day and make it to a happily ever after??
This new dazzling pantomime style show of this classic story is magically brought to life with amazing sets, stunning costumes, magic, illusion, special effects, song, dance, puppets and an abundance of laughter with a fabulous cast of characters. Directed by Magic Light Productions and starring Libby Edwards as Red Riding Hood, Steve Bloor as Muddles, Stuart and Jayne Loughland as Granny Hood and the Good Fairy and from the Chuckle Brothers live theatre shows Safire?s Magic Light Puppets. Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
A Family Show full of magic, comedy, puppets, song and dance.
Tickets: £10 adults £7 Concessions
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED
FORMERLY OF BUCKS FIZZ
WITHNELL FOLD PRIVATE SHOW
Tickets: PRIVATE SHOW
KATRINA'S DANCE ACADEMY
BLACKBURN THE REDEEMER
A TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE Plus Jim Reeves and Hank Williams
BLACKBURN FLOWER CLUB
CHANTELLES DANCE ACADEMY