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Blackburn Empire Theatre proudly welcomes the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO) this February.

Legends of Jazz celebrates the greatest jazz classics ever written, featuring tunes by the undisputable jazz masters, such as Ellington and Monk.

The 23-strong (NYJO) will take to the stage under the direction of deputy Music … Read More

The ultimate show for guitar lovers is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February.

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May, and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes’ tracks you will have the chance to experience in one amazing show!

The outstanding Story of Guitar Heroes is a live, concert … Read More

Using the music of one of the most influential girl bands in the world, Diva Mix brings a show like no other.

The show takes the audience on a journey through some of the greatest Little Mix hits from Wings, to Black Magic, Shout Out to My Ex, to their latest … Read More

An amazing eight-piece show, featuring four stunning vocalists and one of the hottest rhythm sections ever assembled: Baby I Need Your Lovin’ is an epic soul review show paying homage to the immense Tamla Motown back catalogue, 1960 – 1976.

Starring the Hitsville vocalists: Lucia Matisse, Emma Kelsey and the Soul … Read More

Leather & Lace is a dynamic show bringing all the classic rock anthems and power ballads to the stage in a jam packed two-hour show dedicated to the greatest rock legends across the decades.

Expect to hear classic rock anthems from Queen, Bon Jovi, Journey, Whitesnake and power ballads from the … Read More

Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves.

Featuring all ABBA’s greatest and most memorable hits, Thank ABBA for The Music is the ultimate feel good tribute concert. This two-hour spectacular really does capture all the magic and excitement of … Read More

A fun packed musical journey through the Swinging ’60; the greatest musical era of the 20th century.

When skirts got shorter and hair got longer!

Sing and dance along with the cast to the music of The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones, Cilla Black, Manfred Mann, Dusty … Read More

Re-Take That are quite simply the biggest, best and most authentic tribute to one of the biggest British pop acts in history. Celebrating ten years as the nation’s favourite tribute show with the incredible new Wonderland show featuring Robbie Live!

Re-Take That have brought their multi-award-winning show to thousands of fans … Read More

Hello to you all.

Well we are now in the most hectic time of Theatre life here at the Empire.

There are over 70 performances of our Pantomime Cinderella and this year we have had a record number of group and private bookings to report.

Pantomime is a major revenue earner and it … Read More

Blackburn Empire Theatre is proud to welcome The Shirley Bassey Story this January.

Hailed as ‘stunning and moving’, The Shirley Bassey Story charts the life and epic career of legendary Welsh singer, Dame Shirley Bassey.

From her birth in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay in 1937 and her dramatic family life, through to her … Read More

Blackburn Empire Theatre is proud to present Happy Birthday Elvis, a tribute to the career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to celebrate what would have been his 82nd birthday.

Paul Molloy and the Red Alert concert band bring you a packed two-hour live show, with all the hits of the … Read More

Have you ever seen a Princess more beautiful than Cinderella? Have you ever heard a more enchanting story? Have you ever seen two more sickeningly ugly sisters? You haven’t until you see Thwaites Empire Theatre’s pantomime, Cinderella, this Christmas.

Cinderella will amaze you with her rags to riches tale, while the … Read More

With 70s classics such as “Mr Blue Sky”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Sweet Talkin Woman” and “Roll Over Beethoven” the music of ELO is as memorable today as it always has been.

Now, the “Magic” guys, best known for their tribute to Queen, bring their new show to the Blackburn Empire Theatre playing all … Read More

Lancashire favourites, Norman Prince and Paul Johnston return to the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Friday 20th October.

Their show is two jam-packed hours of songs and humour from their famous comedy & folk backgrounds.

Norman was the front-man and leader of the country’s top comedy folk group, The Houghton Weavers, for over … Read More

The Sound of Silence, which is still one of Simon and Garfunkels most loved hits, was recorded over 50 years ago!

Their music has stood the test of time and & their music is now appealing to a whole new generation of fans, captivated by their hauntingly poignant lyrics and distinctive … Read More

Memories of yesterday are sure to come flooding back when a Beatles tribute act perform some of the fab four’s greatest hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday 13th October 2017

From the depths of Liverpool’s Cavern Club all the way up to that famous rooftop on The Apple Building, … Read More

International tribute star Rob-B-Williams is bringing his Heavy Entertainment Tour 2017 to Thwaites Empire Theatre this Saturday 7th October.

Rob-B-Williams has previously appeared at the Empire alongside award winning tribute Act Re-Take That and he was so impressed with the audience reaction that he decided to open his Heavy Entertainment Tour … Read More

Back by popular demand, Forbidden Nights return to The Blackburn Empire this October with their Sexy Circus and brand new show. Jam-packed with action from opener till finale, it will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Get ready for an evening of sultry delights and heart raising tricks with … Read More

A local brass band is bringing Switzerland to the Blackburn Empire on Friday 22nd September with a free concert.

Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band recently toured Switzerland and are now keen to share their experience with an evening of music, culture, tradition and history of this majestic country.

The band have been … Read More

Marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s first album release, the Blackburn Empire pays tribute to the pioneers of the psychedelic movement.

The North-West based Pinked Floyd Tribute Band will echo all the musical hits of one of the bestselling bands of all time as they aim to provide an “accurate … Read More

Over 60s years since Buddy Holly hits the charts, a new show is celebrating his influence on musical history. The Rock and Soul Show will journey through the genres with hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Elton John and Hank Marvin.

The Rock and Soul show at the … Read More

A roar-tastic show is stomping into the Blackburn Empire this weekend!

The Dinosaur Invasion Show is an interactive journey through the life of the pre-historic era. With over 15 realistic dinosaurs, puppets and characters take you back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Featuring animatronics from a gigantic Tyrannosaurus-Rex and the … Read More

Take the Mike is delighted to bring the comedy stars out for a special night of laughter in Blackburn, Lancashire, Sunday 15th October 2017!
The show features ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist, Danny Posthill, inspirational Canadian comedian Tanya Lee Davis (‘Leaves you breathless for more’, Time Out), plus BBC comedy finalist Lauren … Read More

WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show is the first major tour of a Spice Girls themed theatre show and is hitting venues UK-wide this autumn.

The 90s have been coming back with a bang over the past few years. TAKE THAT have a new album, new musical and Gary Barlow had … Read More

Let’s twist again to the sounds of British pop from the 60’s as it comes alive at the Empire this summer.
Sing and dance along with the cast of ‘musical powerhouse’ Twist and Shout as they travel back to the era of Free Love and Flower Power with music from the … Read More

The recognised number one band that emulates the sound of Johnny Cash is calling into Ewood as part of their Just Listen tour.

Keep It Cash formed in 2007 and started playing for fun in pubs and small clubs, until they started to sell out and had to move into bigger … Read More

A much-loved comedy icon of the 80’s brings his mix of comedy and music to a local theatre this September. Duncan Norvelle, who suffered a stroke in 2012, brings a touch of laughter in the heartfelt story of his recovery and how he “Beat the Odds”.

The 80’s comedian is most … Read More

Celebrating the career of a legendary rock band, critically acclaimed as “The UK’s top Tribute to Freddie Mercury & Queen”, rock into the Empire Theatre this month as they film their live performance.

QEII The Very Best of Queen was created to honour the late Freddie Mercury and the musical legends of … Read More

Swing it, shake it and move it to a night of songs from one of the biggest girl band of all time at the Empire Theatre this September.

Performing all the favourite hits, the Wannabe Spice Girl Tribute Band will spice up your life with performances recreating the hip shaking singles … Read More

Blackburn is paying its own tribute to the King of Pop to mark the 35th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album this summer.

The Empire Theatre is presenting Craig Harrison’s award-winning Michael Jackson tribute show which aims to capture the electrifying energy of Michael’s Live performances that has amazed the world … Read More

It’s now or never to see one of the best tributes to Elvis Presley in the world. Paul Molloy will be serenading audiences back to the era of rock and roll on Saturday 19th August.

Earning his apprenticeship in the pubs and clubs in the north of England before progressing on … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre proudly presents DINOSAUR INVASION!

‘In an old abandoned laboratory setting Doctor Stone is awaiting the arrival of Professor Flint from the world-renowned Dinosaur Museum to see the findings in a part of the building which appear to be some remnants from the Jurassic age.’

Have a fun afternoon filled … Read More

Psychic Medium, Author and Teacher is arriving at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The renowned clairvoyant, Tony Stockwell, will demonstrate his special gift to audiences of The Empire on Wednesday 5th July. He aims to deliver messages of comfort from departed loved ones, to help close the gap of loss and to … Read More

Well, it’s that time of year when I need to give you a report of what is happening at the Empire Theatre in Blackburn, before you pack your bags and start your summer holidays.

The first five months of the year have once again seen an increase in audience numbers, when … Read More

A programme of Summer Academies have been announced at the Blackburn Empire for budding performers looking to improve their confidence, musicality and skills.

Blackburn’s biggest community theatre, at Ewood, are running the popular academies in association with the successful team from Pendle Productions. The same team who bring the pantomime to … Read More

With a host of musical theatre performances, celebrated singer, Duncan Heather returns to the Blackburn Empire with his show “More Than A Tenor”.

The show, on Saturday 24th June, returns by popular demand to bring an evening of West End musical classics along with anecdotes from Duncan’s years of experience in … Read More

Children love nothing better than a classic Roald Dahl tale and this Half Term they can have three times the fun when three of his books are brought to life at the Empire Theatre.

Revolting Dirty Stew is an adaption of the much loved Roald Dahl classics, Revolting Rhymes, Dirty Beasts … Read More

One of the UK’s leading Spirit Mediums is set to visit one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues.

Spirit medium Derek Acorah, who rose to fame on Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’, will be hosting his show at the Empire Theatre on Friday, 26 May 2017 at 7.30pm.

Derek’s television career dates back … Read More

A musical comedy play comes to the Blackburn Empire Theatre in June and if you’re serious about a night of laughs this is right up your street!

“Seriously Dead”, written by Leah Bell and Crissy Rock, is a musical comedy play about a deceased bank robber, a café owner and a lovesick … Read More

A local theatre is challenging the public to face former darts world champion Eric Bristow when he appears the Empire Theatre, Blackburn on Saturday 20th May.

The 5-time World Darts Champion hosts an “Audience with” event where Eric will be recounting stories from his life and answering questions from the audience.

It’s … Read More

An afternoon variety show, featuring comedian Jimmy Cricket, is set to raise funds for the East Lancashire Hospice this month.

The show at The Empire Theatre based at Ewood on Wednesday 12th April at 2pm has been organised by Roy Lomas of Lomas Office Furniture, Blackburn. It features a range of … Read More

DORIS & HER FIERY FRIENDS STAR IN A NEW TOURING THEATRE SHOW… “DORIS THE DRAGON SHOW”

Doris The Dragon Show is a fast-paced show full of giddy games, silly slapstick and lots of giggles and is coming to the Empire on Thursday 20th April 2017.

Created for children up to 10 years old, … Read More

People are travelling from across Lancashire for the return of Barry Steele and his incredible live musical journey as he plays homage to the legendary Roy Orbison.

The show “Roy Orbison and Friends” arrives at the Blackburn Empire on Friday 7th April and it looks set to be another sell-out.

Barry Steele … Read More

One of the finest tributes to Queen, Magic, are back to perform all of the greatest hits of one of the world’s biggest ever rock bands at the Empire Theatre on Friday 31st March.

Magic has been entertaining with a truly live show for more than 20 years, bringing all the … Read More

The Totally TINA show returns to the Blackburn Empire this month and audiences are promised a feast for the senses!

The new show, at the Empire Theatre on  Friday, 24th March, has even more “Totally TINA” custom twists, new songs and routines, including fire performers!

Now in their 6th successful year, with … Read More

One of John Godber’s most loved comedy plays with be bringing a touch of “je ne sais quoi” to Blackburn this month.

The Little Diamond Theatre Company are touring their production of “April in Paris” and audiences can enjoy the production at the Empire Theatre, Blackburn for a three-night run from … Read More

The biggest sounds of the 70s will be brought back to life at a supersonic show at the Blackburn Empire in March.

The Super Sonic 70s Show features the “Cat Suited Wondergirl” Janey Bombshell with an incredible 6-piece band. The hits they perform just go on and on! It really is … Read More

A performer with “Stars in his Eyes” is set to bring some classics to the Blackburn Empire next month.

Andy Wood, who appeared on ITV’s “Stars in Their Eyes” brings his tribute to Tom Jones to the theatre on Sunday 5th March 2017.

Andy has travelled the world with his show preforming … Read More

Audiences are set for some “California Dreaming” later this month when the sound of The Beach Boys brings some West Coast sunshine to town.

The Beach Boys Band will be bringing all the surfin’ hits to the Empire on Friday 17th February.

The tribute band perform all the hits live including God … Read More

With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, T J Higgs is firmly placed as the one of the UKs foremost psychic mediums.

T J brings her live theatre tour to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Sunday 12th February.

As well as appearances on Destiny TV, and ITVs The X-tra Factor, TJ has … Read More

A musical tribute to the hit West End Show The Jersey Boys is set to return to Lancashire after sell out shows across the country.

The New Jersey Boys takes you back to a magical time when four boys from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, USA invented … Read More

A country music tribute show featuring eight of the biggest icons on the American Country scene is returning to the Empire Theatre, Blackburn after they wowed audiences last year.

The Legends of American Country, will be coming to the theatre on Thursday 9th February at 7:30pm.

The ‘hit show’ features the music … Read More

Elvis fans in the area will be treated to an evening of classics when “Happy Birthday Elvis” celebrates the birthday of the King of Rock and Roll at The Empire Theatre this month.

The theatre hosts two concerts every year featuring the music of “The King”, one as a Happy Birthday … Read More

A local afternoon variety show continues to grow in popularity and is back for a new season in 2017.

The Monday Club Variety Show, which takes place at 2pm on the first Monday of every month at the Empire Theatre in Ewood, starts it’s 2017 season with a show on Monday … Read More

With the dawn of a new year, a local theatre is reminding families that festive panto fun continues for another week.

The Empire Theatre in Ewood, Blackburn has already enjoyed one of its biggest pantomime runs ever with Sinbad, with many shows sold out. Now shows are set to continue right … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre have joined forces with Santa Claus this Christmas to appeal for people to spread some extra Christmas Cheer this festive season.

The local theatre, produces over 70 performances of their pantomime every year and it brings a whole heap of extra Christmas magic to the town and Santa … Read More

A local charity theatre is urging people to consider volunteering on the day that the Chief Medical Officer is encouraging people to take up new hobbies to keep physically and mentally active in retirement.

Prof Dame Sally Davies’ Annual Report has suggested that people who remain in paid employment past retirement … Read More

We had some further bad news this week regarding one of our stalwart volunteers at the Theatre.

Ernest Brindle, well known here as Ernie, passed away on Monday the 28th of November suddenly.

Ernie was 82 years old and had suffered for some time with a foot problem, which he bore with … Read More

Well what a year we have had up to now.

The theatre suffered a major blow in April of this year when a part of the ceiling collapsed in the auditorium, just over the stage.

After a visit from a structural engineer it was decided to take down the ceiling in its … Read More

Blackburn will have the chance to reconnect with loved ones in the spirit world when TJ Higgs appears at Thwaites Empire Theatre next year.

Psychic medium, author and lecturer, TJ Higgs (star of Psychic Private Eyes, The Three Mediums and Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs) is one of the most … Read More

COMEDIAN Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is set to entertain audiences at the Thwaites Empire Theatre next year as part of his 40th anniversary tour.

A firm advocate of no holds barred in comedy, Roy Chubby Brown remains one of the UK’s most iconic, boundary-pushing comedians: testing the taboo and flirting with … Read More

One of Blackburn’s volunteer-run theatres is encouraging the local community to host special anniversaries, children’s parties or charity fundraisers at the venue.  

Thwaites Empire Theatre, situated on Aqueduct Road in Blackburn, is a traditional venue suitable for a whole host of events with full staffing and a bar area to … Read More

The only tribute act endorsed by Take That will be ruling the Thwaites Empire Theatre when they return for another year on Saturday, 4th February 2017.

Re-Take That will be returning to the venue in the new year with their huge personalities, vocals, dance routines, costumes and a dramatic light show.

More accustomed … Read More

A true Motown show starring the ‘hitsville vocalists’ and overflowing with glamour, dance routines and glorious harmonies is coming to a community theatre in Blackburn.

Baby I Need Your Lovin is a two-hour hit show taking you on a journey into Tamla Motown’s rich history, from Berry Gordy’s humble beginnings … Read More

Two of Lancashire’s leading children’s entertainers are bringing a fun-filled spook-tastic show to Blackburn later this year in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Entertainers Taz and Joni are set to take centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 28th October with a high-energy Halloween in aid of … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre have announced a tribute show packed with the hits of Frank Sinatra will be performing at the community theatre in the new year.

ʻA Salute to Frank Sinatraʼ, a show focusing on the hits of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, will be playing at Thwaites Empire Theatre on … Read More

Fans of ABBA can look forward to a Happy New Year with the announcement that a popular band paying tribute to the fantastic four is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 27th January.

Grab a pair of platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA … Read More

Sick of working 9 to 5? Then escape to the theatre and enjoy a sensational tribute capturing the voice and verve of one of the most famous women from Tennessee.  

The acclaimed show, which takes place at Thwaites Empire Theatre, is performed by the world-renowned Miss Julia Martin, pays tribute … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre are inviting talented youngsters to audition for a part in the annual festive pantomime at the community venue.

Producers Pendle Productions will be holding open auditions on Sunday, 9th October for talented youngsters between the ages of 5 and 21 who can sing, dance and act to … Read More

Due to popular demand, The Swing Commanders will be returning to Blackburn next year with a sprinkling of boogie-woogie and some jump jazz.

Six musicians renowned for performing 1940s American swing tunes and songs containing elements of jazz, country and western swing will return to Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, … Read More

THE Rat Pack will be swinging into town next year with an all-star line-up featuring showgirl and singer Anita Harris.

The three toe-tappers will recreate the music of Sinatra, Martin and Davis in a show which brings the style and excitement of the Las Vegas heyday to vivid life on … Read More

SUE Lowry admits she has set herself a pretty hard task in paying tribute to one of the legends of country music. But as the hundreds of fans who enjoy her theatre shows all over the country will testify, she’s more than doing justice to Patsy Cline.

Audiences in East Lancashire … Read More

A swashbuckling tale will be brought to life in the Thwaites Empire Theatre’s 2016 family pantomime this winter.

Set sail with Sinbad and his merry crew of sailors to the land of magic during a family-friendly pantomime showing at the entertainment venue between Wednesday, 30th November 2016 and Saturday, 7th January … Read More

Step through the wardrobe into the land of Narnia during a magical play at one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues on Sunday, 13th November.

Following 2015’s sell-out UK tour of ‘The Snow Queen’, APL Theatre is back with a brand new adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic which will be … Read More

A glamorous show guaranteed to bring back memories of those disco dancing nights is heading for the Blackburn Empire.

‘A Salute to the 1970s’ is a stage show featuring some of the most popular names from the decade which is renowned for questionable hairstyles, lots of brown and musical geniuses.

The show, … Read More

ROCK fans can hear all of their favourite Status Quo hits onstage during a tribute performance at the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year.

The Quo Experience was formed in a bid to keep the music of the rock veterans alive after their many years of ‘live’ touring comes to an … Read More

The largest youth drama festival in the UK is set to take centre stage at Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 20th October.

Shortened Shakespeare plays will be performed by local schools, showcasing an interpretation of the Bard as never seen before.

The performance comes as a part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, which will … Read More

Due to popular demand, Forbidden Nights are returning to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with their show-stopping performance later this year.

The classy all male variety show with full theatre production and explosive choreography returns to the theatre on Thursday, 10th November 2016.

Forbidden are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around … Read More

Two of Lancashire’s leading children’s entertainers are bringing a fun-filled spook-tastic show to Blackburn later this year.

Entertainers Taz and Joni are set to take centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 28th October with their high-energy Halloween show.

SpookTAZtic is a show suitable for all the family featuring a … Read More

An evening of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, great singers and theatrical magic with ‘The Grumbleweeds’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show, a non-stop variety spectacular filled to brim with classic routines, is coming to the entertainment venue on Thursday, 27th October 2016.

The five-piece musical band have dominated the UK … Read More

A variety show boasting an all-star line-up of familiar faces from the world of talent shows is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

After a successful sell-out tour in 2015, Talents of Britain is returning to the theatre based with top stars of variety, comedy, dance and music as seen on … Read More

A cake sale and coffee morning will be taking place at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 17th September to raise money for cancer charity Macmillan. 

The event has been organised by the volunteers at the entertainment venue and the money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Research.

It runs from … Read More

A BRAND new Celine Dion tribute show featuring one of the most successful female performers of the last 20 years is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Produced by the same people behind A Night of Dirty Dancing, The Power of Love show starring Eloise Jane Gray pays homage to the … Read More

Pinked Floyd will be performing the rock band’s finest albums in their entirety at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 15th October.

A unique tribute to Pink Floyd based in North West England, Pinked Floyd have been entertaining audiences since January 2014 with an engaging audio and visual performance.

The two-hour set … Read More

An explosive show with unique vocals, high stepping choreography and original harmonies is bringing the classic sound of Motown to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Direct from the USA, William Hicks and his Soul Satisfaction will be performing at the entertainment venue on Thursday, 13th October at 8pm.

William Hicks from Atlanta Georgia, … Read More

Sue Lowry pays tribute to country music’s world-renowned superstar with an evening of powerful renditions and western wear at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The tribute star will perform classics including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Got a lot of Rhythm in my Soul’ at the entertainment venue on Sunday, 9th October 2016.

The velvet country … Read More

A show paying tribute to Green Day and their pop-punk style hits is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year.

Join the dynamic cast of American Idiot as they charge into a whirlwind of love, addiction and broken dreams in search of meaning in a cruel and lonely world.

The … Read More

An 18-year-old X Factor star from St Helens will take to the stage once again at one of Blackburn’s charity theatres later this year.

Kiera Weathers, who appeared on ITV’s hit TV show in 2015, will be performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 24th September.

The aspiring singer from … Read More

Spend the evening listening to music performed by international singer Ann Breen when she takes centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year.  

Irish singer Ann Breen, who has enjoyed a 25-year career in the music industry, is set to perform in Blackburn on Wednesday, 21st September 2016.

The … Read More

One of Blackburn’s charity theatres is set to host a variety performance featuring a line-up of East Lancashire’s top stars in a bid to raise funds for the venue.

‘Glitter with the Stars’ is a two-hour production featuring dance, drama and song taking place at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on … Read More

A two-hour production featuring world class musicians and singers is set to take centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The Phil Collins Experience boasting a 10-piece live band, stage lighting and a few special surprises for the audience takes place on Saturday, 17th September at 7.30pm.

‘Deano’, one of the most … Read More

Fans of the late Michael Jackson won’t want to miss a special tribute show to the superstar which comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on Friday, 16th September.

Michael The Legacy stars Craig Harrison, who is regarded as one of the world’s number one Michael Jackson impersonators.

Singing live throughout … Read More

Due to popular demand Elio Pace and his band will be returning to the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with their dynamic concert after a sell-out show at the venue last year.

Elio and his band will be taking the audience through a tour of the great singer-songwriter’s biggest hits … Read More

The Temple Brothers are bringing their hit tribute show the ‘Everly Brothers and Friends’ to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 9th September.

With their close harmonies and distinctive guitar playing, the Everlys progressed from the Grand Ole Opry and American skiffle to become the vanguard of American pop in the … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre is set for a night of horse racing, music, comedy and magic with three well-known TV personalities.

Sporting Legend Bob Champion, Comedian and Magician Martin Daniels and Actor Frazer Hines from Emmerdale & Doctor Who will come together for night of pure entertainment on Thursday, 1st September … Read More

BUDDING performers looking to improve their confidence, musicality and style are invited to take part in a summer workshop at Blackburn’s biggest community theatre.

The Thwaites Empire Theatre have teamed up with Pendle Productions to bring aspiring performers, dancers, singers and actors a five-day musical theatre masterclass.

Musical Theatre Week, which runs … Read More

One of Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute acts presents the ultimate show in honour of the King at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this summer.

From the raw energy of the early days to the epic Vegas period, singer Jay Ashton, will perform a collection of the greatest hits at the … Read More

THE Purveyors of Cool swing into the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 6th August with The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, a show featuring some of the greatest music of the 20th century.

This stage show brings memories of three performers – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr – in … Read More

Long-running ABBA tribute with a sell-out reputation are getting in the party spirit ready to honour Sweden’s ‘fab four’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Voulez Vous will perform their tribute to Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida in a 2 hour show on Saturday 20th August, recreating the magic of Abba with … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has been recognised by one of the most prestigious names in travel and has received the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients … Read More

Celebrate the music of The Who at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a unique concert on Friday, 23rd September.

The Who Sensation is a production like no other, embodying every aspect that make ‘The Who’ great from the timeless hits right down to the mesmerising stage presence.

The show, featuring musicians and singers … Read More

TICKETS for the annual Christmas pantomime at the Thwaites Empire Theatre have been put on sale early for 2016 in the wake of success.

After a record-breaking run of Jack and the Beanstalk in 2015/16, with 14,000 tickets sold and sell-out school performances, tickets for this year’s production of Sinbad have … Read More

An internally renowned vocalist will be performing a series of West End and Broadway hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this summer.

‘More Than a Tenor’ with vocalist Duncan Heather incorporates songs and anecdotes acquired throughout his extensive career in Musical Theatre.

The show, performed with theatrical flair and live musicians, … Read More

A SPECIAL commemoration to the artistes from both WW1 and WW2 takes centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 23rd June.

A Salute to the 1940’s is a variety show packed full of the stars who kept the nation entertained during the dark years of 2 world wars.

The … Read More

Disco is Staying Alive thanks to an authentic tribute band set to perform the classic hits of the Bee Gees at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The Bee Gees – Nights on Broadway presents an unrivalled replica of the Gibb brothers who grew from squabbling siblings to world superstars.

Having originated and … Read More

Enjoy the music and story of the most celebrated female country singer of all time at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The Dolly Parton Story comes to the entertainment venue on Friday, 22nd July and tells the tale of the blond bombshell from Tennessee who became a world famous singer/songwriter.

Dolly Parton won … Read More

CHILDREN can enjoy one of Roald Dahl’s beloved classics when a new show takes to the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre next month.

‘James and the Giant Peach’ adapted by Richard R George and directed by Lisa-Marie Hunt will be showing at the theatre on Saturday 5th and Sunday … Read More

One of Blackburn’s most popular monthly community clubs returns to Thwaites Empire Theatre next month after taking a short break due to theatre repairs.  

The ‘Monday Club’ returns to the popular entertainment venue of Monday, 6th June with a full programme of entertainment including musical performances from Roy Chappell, Betzee, … Read More

Well what a month April 2016 has been for the theatre.

On the 3rd of April we suffered a partial collapse of the ceiling above the stage rigging. Fortunately, no one was injured and the auditorium was cleared very quickly. The dance school that had hired the theatre for the day … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has announced a new date for the UK’s longest-running tribute to Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry.

Due to theatre repairs at the venue, Roxy Magic’s performance on Friday, 20th May was postponed and has now been rescheduled to take centre stage at the Blackburn Empire on Saturday, … Read More

Fans of David Bowie will come together to celebrate the late musician’s life at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. 

‘STARMAN – The David Bowie Story’ is a highly entertaining, emotional and thought-provoking musical celebration fans will want to see again and again.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke and Major Tom … Read More

It’s hard to believe that 50 years have gone by since the most successful folk-rock duo of all time Simon and Garfunkel recorded their first number one hit The Sound of Silence.

The duo is still as popular today with their music appealing to a whole new generation of fans, captivated … Read More

Jimmy Cricket named as new ambassador for Thwaites Empire Theatre after supporting Restoration Fortnight with a special fundraising show.

During a question and answer session with the audience, the Irish comedian was asked to become the theatre’s honorary patron.

A delighted Jimmy accepted immediately saying that it was a “great honour”. “I … Read More

A 94-year-old patron of the Thwaites Empire Theatre is urging people to support a monthly community theatre show as it nears its 10th birthday. 

Feniscowles resident, Jim Kendall, a long-time supporter and first-ever member of the crowd-pleasing ‘Monday Club’ is commending the community initiative and urging more locals to join.

The … Read More

One of Blackburn’s volunteer led theatres has been recognised for their creative approach to marketing and community work after being shortlisted for two Blackburn and Darwen Hive Business Awards.

The theatre has been announced as a finalist for both the Buzz and the Creative and Digital Award. Both categories recognise businesses in the … Read More

Due to unavoidable repairs at the theatre a number of shows have been rescheduled.

All tickets purchased for performances will be valid for the new date. For any other queries please contact the booking office on 01254 685500 Monday to Saturday 10am – 12.30pm.

List of new dates for rescheduled shows

The Graduate … Read More

VOLUNTEERS at the Thwaites Empire Theatre are holding a ‘Restoration Fortnight’ with a host of acts performing to raise money for theatre repairs.

Irish comedian, Jimmy Cricket has been announced as the first act to perform on Monday 25th April at the two-week long fundraiser with a madcap comedy show and … Read More

Celebrate smash hits from the 50s and 60s at the Thwaites Empire Theatre’s throwback Summer Dreaming show.

The swinging summer celebration will pay homage to the iconic music from the 50s and 60s during a hugely entertaining five-star show.

Set to have the audience jiving away on Friday, 10th June, the rocking … Read More

You may already be aware that on Sunday afternoon some plasterboard from the ceiling above the stage area of the theatre fell onto the rigging over the stage. It has been a shock to the volunteers & staff at the theatre and this event was, of course, totally unforeseen. We … Read More

THE UK’s longest-running tribute to Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry will perform in Blackburn next month.

Roxy Magic will take to the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, based on Aqueduct Road on Friday, 20th May.

This band of experienced and talented musicians recreate the diverse music and imagery of the hugely influential … Read More

Due to popular demand The Kilkennys will be returning to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with an evening of live music on Wednesday, 22 June.

Renowned for their musicianship and vocal abilities, The Kilkennys have gained a reputation for revitalising traditional Irish music and adding their own touch of passion and youthful … Read More

One of the finest tributes to Queen, Magic, are set to perform all of their greatest hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 2 April.

Well known on the UK theatre circuit for their tributes to Queen, the Electric Light Orchestra and even the Beach Boys, Magic has been entertaining with a truly … Read More

A brand-new spectacular stage show featuring all the hits from everyone’s favourite dance movie is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 7th April.

No film has captured the hearts of a generation quite like Dirty Dancing and now it’s time to relive the passion with ‘A Night of Dirty … Read More

With Easter holidays on the horizon, there’s an opportunity for children and young people to create a piece of theatre in a week.

Pendle Productions and the Thwaites Empire Theatre are offering youngsters the chance to develop, devise, rehearse and perform a play under the guidance of a professional director.

Throughout … Read More

The ultimate Kate Bush tribute show, will take the audience through the career of one of the world’s most iconic artistes at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. 

Featuring many of the hits from the catalogue of Kate Bush, The Red Shoes tribute show brings classic album numbers to the theatre on … Read More

A TRIBUTE act to legendary singer Roy Orbison is set to delight audiences at The Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 18th March.

This year, would have been Roy Orbison’s 80th birthday and to celebrate this, Barry Steele and his band have created a brand new production featuring the greatest hits … Read More

The only tribute act endorsed by Take That are performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 11th March.

Hailing from all corners of the industry, the individual performers who make up Re-Take That each bring their own unique qualities.

More accustomed to playing larger music venues and festivals, the cosy theatre … Read More

Top variety performers will be taking to the stage at Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre next month for a special charity show.

Local comedian Des Day, will be introducing the special one-night only event to raise funds for The Christie Charity on March 10, from 7.30pm.

The ever popular variety show now in … Read More

Fans of song and dance will no doubt be flocking to a stage tribute to Broadway at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Sunday, 6th March.

Brought to the theatre by Clearer Productions, the show is said to be a ‘breezy, all-dancing extravaganza with a mix of music, movement and wit.

The production … Read More

Memories of yesterday are sure to come flooding back when a Beatles tribute act perform some of the fab four’s greatest hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday 27th May.

From the depths of Liverpool’s Cavern Club all the way up to that famous rooftop on The Apple Building, … Read More

Having headlined the 2015 Glastonbudget Festival in May last year, Totally Tina comes shaking her tail feathers, to Blackburn.

Totally Tina is an award-winning tribute to the Queen of Rock and Roll, she plays at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 12th March.

She was given the ‘official UK number one’ … Read More

Rebel Dean celebrates Shakin’ Stevens in a brand new-show coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 19th February.

‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ is an exclusive tribute show following the steps to stardom of the young Welshman through his 70s touring band era.

Dean, dressed in the famous pink jacket and classic denim … Read More

Due to popular demand, the Thwaites Empire Theatre are pleased to announce that The Billy Joel Songbook will be returning to the entertainment venue on Saturday, 21st May.

Following a massive demand for tickets at the Empire last year, dynamic singer and songwriter, Elio Pace and his magnificent 6-piece band have … Read More

A country music tribute show featuring eight of the biggest icons on the American Country scene is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

One of Europe’s number one tribute shows, The Legends of American Country, will be coming to the theatre on Wednesday, 17th February at 7.30pm.

The ‘hit show’ features the … Read More

The producers of the smash-hit ‘Hansel and Gretel’ are coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre this February half-term with another magical family show after wowing sell-out audiences in 2015.

This time, promising fun for all the family, LP Creatives present ‘Treasure Island’ over the February school holidays.

The audience will be taken … Read More

It was with great sadness that the Thwaites Empire Theatre heard of the death of one of the great supporters of the venue on Friday the 22nd of January 2016.

Joe Fish was a well known local radio presenter with Radio Lancashire and over many years had other business interests such … Read More

A charity theatre in Blackburn has made a plea to people across the borough to support their local theatre and volunteer their services.
 
Thwaites Empire Theatre, a popular focal point for entertainment in the borough, is appealing for more volunteers to help due to an increase in demand.

The volunteer led theatre … Read More

DANCING queens are in for the night of their lives as a new Abba tribute concert lands at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. 

A two-hour theatre spectacular featuring all of Abba’s greatest and most memorable hits takes centre stage with a string of records on Saturday, 30th January.

‘Thank ABBA For The Music’ is the ultimate … Read More

One of the UK’s premier tribute bands are set to rock into the Thwaites Empire Theatre bringing with them all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert.

‘The Stones’ will perform an array of classic hits and timeless Rolling Stones tracks on stage at one of Blackburn’s most … Read More

Phew!! It was such a remarkable final quarter of 2015.

October and November saw audience numbers rise for all of our shows on a like for like basis. In December, we had a record number of ticket sales for our Jack and the Beanstalk Christmas pantomime. Whether we look at … Read More

A Led Zeppelin tribute band will be bringing a ‘Whole Lotta Love’ to the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 5th February.

Mothership, described in the press as one of the ‘most-authentic-sounding’ Led Zeppelin tribute bands in the UK, kick off their brand new multi-media tour at the theatre based on Aqueduct … Read More

One of Blackburn’s biggest entertainment venues has revealed tickets have already been sold or reserved for this year’s Christmas pantomime following record-breaking ticket sales in December. 

Multiple showings of this year’s Christmas production, Sinbad at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, have already been sold out despite tickets only going on sale for … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn is all set to get a new year blast from the past when legendary radio disc jockey ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton brings his brand new ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Back The Years’ show to town.

After more than five decades broadcasting to the nation, the former BBC Radio … Read More

Sam Shaw and his family were treated to a VIP trip to the Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk after being nominated in a competition run by Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Sam Shaw (aged 6) from Hoddlesden enjoyed the trip with friend Evie-Grace Alemanno and Sam’s Mum and Dad, Christine and Carl. They … Read More

An evening of magic and musicals featuring two men without assistance in aid of the roof appeal at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Comedy double act, Two Men Without Assistance, will wow the audience with their unique slapstick comedy mixed with mind-blowing illusions in a bid to raise money for roof repairs … Read More

The world-famous comedy club is at the Thwaites Empire Theatre for one night only, with another superb line-up from the best of the British stand-up circuit.

Visitors can enjoy two hours of top stand-up with the biggest and brightest stars on the comedy circuit on Thursday, 28th of January at 7.30pm.

Three … Read More

Children found that it doesn’t matter where you are this Christmas when the panto came to them.
Stars from pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at Thwaites Empire Theatre brightened up the weekend for children, parents and staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The cast from the festive show visited the Children’s Unit at … Read More

Five musicians are set to rock the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a show packed full of 1940s classics, a sprinkling of boogie-woogie and some jump jazz.

The Swing Commanders, who are renowned for performing 1940s American swing tunes and songs containing elements of jazz, country and western swing, … Read More

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi joined in with the festive cheer at housing and homeless charity, Shelter, after appearing at the organisation’s Christmas party.

The celebrity guest handed out shoe boxes filled with Christmas goodies donated by UK energy company, British Gas on Tuesday, 15th December.

CJ, who is currently starring in … Read More

A classy all male variety show is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a troupe of professionally trained performers hand-picked from around the UK with undeniable talent, sparkling personality and honed physiques in equal measure.

The evening, which features male vocalists, aerial artists, pole performers and fire acts takes place … Read More

A message from the Chairman of Thwaites Empire Theatre.
 
It is with great sadness that I learned yesterday of the death of Anthony Valentine.
 
Anthony was born just a stone’s throw from the Theatre and was very proud of the connection that he had with us of being a patron of the … Read More

MORE than 10 general knowledge whizzes sprang into action at Lower Darwen Primary School in an Egghead-style challenge with TV star CJ de Mooi.

Pupils were given the chance to ask the Egghead star renowned for his general knowledge a series of questions in a school assembly.

Eleven-year-old Emilia Greenwood was one of … Read More

A volunteer at a community led theatre chooses to forgo summer holidays, trips abroad and city breaks to make sure she can attend nearly every Pantomime performance by taking her holidays during December.

Alison Carter, who has been a volunteer at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn for over 30 years, saves … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has teamed up with professional theatre company Pendle Productions for this year’s GIGANTIC pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Pendle Productions will be bringing the classical tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to the Empire’s stage in early December.

The upcoming production sees hapless hero Jack Trott land in … Read More

Well we are now nearing the end of a very eventful year at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.
The bookings and hire revenues have been growing steadily on a like for like basis throughout the year and we are in a much stronger position that we were at this time last year.
On … Read More

Win a pair of VIP tickets to see the UK’s premier harmony group, The Fortunes, perform a string of hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 19 November.

In addition to two free tickets, the lucky winners will receive the VIP treatment including glass of Cava upon arrival, a signed … Read More

Readers will have the chance to spread some seasonal cheer by nominating a little hero to win a special VIP Christmas treat at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Families, friends, schools and neighbours are invited to put forward a brave, generous or courageous child aged 16 or under to be the VIP Guest … Read More

A modern adaption of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, ‘Dracula’ will be taking centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this Halloween.

The gothic play re-imagined by Ribcaged Productions has been scaring audiences for decades and is guaranteed to have onlookers at the edge of their seat.

‘Dracula’, directed by Owen Philips appropriately … Read More

A renowned spirit medium will help people connect with loved ones at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 7th November.

Spirit Medium, Andrew Dee will guide the audience through some of life’s mysteries with his no-nonsense, back-to-back style of mediumship.

‘The Soul Man’ tour follows his sell out ‘Black or White Tour’ … Read More

Halloween is approaching meaning there’s lots of wicked fun to be had for children at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a line-up of spooky stories and special effects.

Pendle Productions has teamed up with the entertainment venue for another year to offer themed activity weeks, which begin later this month.

‘Adventure in … Read More

From real life fairy-tales to pantomime style shows there’s something to help capture every child’s imagination at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this half-term.

The theatre’s fantastic line-up of professional touring shows are ready to entertain the family this autumn as half-term is just a whisper away.

Magic Light Productions kick off the … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre, in association with Pendle Productions, are pleased to announce details of their Children’s Activity Weeks for the 2015 / 16 season, which begin in October 2015.
The programme starts with “Adventure in the Arts” taster days on 27th and 28th October 2015, which include Spooky Stories & Improvisation, Filming with … Read More

A well-established charity variety show filled with magic, dance and song goes ahead at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 8th October in aid of specialist hospital, The Christie.

The ever popular variety show produced by Des Day features talented performers from local dancers and vocalists to tribute acts and comedians.

Award … Read More

Comedian Justin Moorhouse will be performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on October 10.

Manchester-born Moorhouse embarked upon his comedy career at the late age of 29 saying that he always wanted to do something creative but couldn’t paint or play for Manchester United. He went to a few open spot nights and … Read More

Six accomplished musicians are set to pay a superb homage to one of the iconic albums of all time, ‘Hotel California’, at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 23 October.

Desperado Eagles will be performing their popular tribute to the beardy country rockers bringing the audience two hours plus of classic … Read More

When it comes to ladies with personality, they don’t come much bigger than Irish all round entertainer, Rose Marie, who has audiences eating out of her hand with her high octane voice and off the wall sense of humour.

The artist who has a lifelong career spanning music, radio, TV and … Read More

Sue Lowry pays tribute to country music’s world-renowned superstar with an evening of powerful renditions and western wear at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The tribute star will perform classics including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Got a lot of Rhythm in my Soul’.

The velvet country voice of Patsy Cline caught the imagination of Sue … Read More

Get set for one of the UK’s brightest new stars to dazzle the stage with a true celebration of swing music at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The Journey of Swing is presented by Andy Ellison his talented jazz musicians from the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, take the audience on a journey of … Read More

TV veterans ‘step into the limelight’ in Blackburn as Steve Wood’s debut play marks its first UK tour this autumn.

For one night only, Diane Keen and Graham Cole star in ‘You’re Never Too Old’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 21 September.

Steve Wood’s new play, which examines humanity, relationships … Read More

Children from across the area are being invited to take part in open auditions for the chance to take part in one of the area’s most popular pantomime productions.

Pendle Productions in association with Thwaites Empire Theatre in Ewood, Blackburn is holding auditions for this year’s pantomime on Sunday 13th September … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre has announced an exciting new line-up of productions for the autumn season.

The theatre, based on Aqueduct Road, has announced their line-up of musicals, drama, dance and comedy shows.

The season kicks off with plenty of choice for live music fans including an evening of Pink Floyd and Genesis … Read More

ACTOR and singer Bernard Wrigley will step into the spotlight on Saturday, 12 September to perform a blend traditional pieces at the Thwaites Empire Theatre after being announced as the Blackburn Heritage Festival’s headline act.

The entertainer, known as the Bolton Bullfrog, promises a combination of songs, stories, humorous monologues and … Read More

Top comic Lewis Schaffer brings his ‘Free until Famous Tour’ to Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre and is charging absolutely nothing for the privilege.

Lewis Schaffer combines the comedy genes of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason with the relevance of the freshest British comedians.

The London based comedian was one of the top … Read More

Professional actors bring to the stage a new and exciting version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Thwaites Empire Theatre this September.

Award winning, professional theatre company, Ribcaged Productions, based in the Ribble Valley, will recreate the play which combines an ‘enchanted’ island with mystery, love and intrigue.

Michael Berry, Chairman at the … Read More

Blackburn’s ailing live music scene will be given a double boost by talented musicians and singers as free open-mic nights return to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Following the successful launch of the open-mic night at the theatre last month, the free acoustic sessions, which give local talent the opportunity to steal … Read More

Cake tastes better together so join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Thwaites Empire Theatre and help those living with cancer.

The theatre is hosting the World’s biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday, 5th September to raise money for the one of the UK’s largest Cancer Support charities, Macmillan.

Catch up over … Read More

Local rock fans are set to enjoy an evening of music when tribute acts Genesish and Pinked Floyd take to the stage at the Thwaites Empire on 5th September 2015.

With an evening that will bring to life the music of Genesis and Pink Floyd, the performers are also promising a … Read More

One of the UK’s leading Spirit Mediums is set to visit one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues.

Spirit medium Derek Acorah, who rose to fame on Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’, will be hosting his show at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 4 September at 7.30pm.

Derek’s television career dates back … Read More

CBeebies’ legend Justin Fletcher has lent his voice to a children’s show that’s coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre during the summer holidays.

Pongo’s Party is set in a colourful farmyard full of puppet characters and features CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis as the voices of Pongo the Pig and … Read More

Fans of Elvis Presley still pack into the Thwaites Empire Theatre twice a year to celebrate the music of the King of Rock and Roll. Featuring some of the country’s best tribute acts, the Empire is thrilled to welcome back Paul Molloy for “Elvis Remembered” on Saturday, 22 August 2015.
Paul, … Read More

The crowd-pleasing ‘Monday Club’ returns to one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues next month bringing with it community spirit, music and plenty of laughs.

The social event returns to Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 3 August with an all-star line-up including comic Terry Devon, country singer Geoffrey Hilton and Blackpool’s … Read More

Elvis Presley fans are set to gather for a tribute concert marking the 38th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, ‘The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ at Thwaites Empire Theatre this August.

Widely recognised as one of the leading tributes to music legend Elvis Presley, Paul Molloy, will recreate the … Read More

I hope that you are all having a great summer even though the weather is not the best.

This time of the year at the Theatre the main shows are dance presentations with just a few exceptions in August with Joe Longthorne making a very welcome return and a brilliant Elvis … Read More

A group of East Lancashire’s most talented stars will get the chance to show off their creative flair with a summer showcase at one of Blackburn’s most popular venues.

Performing arts school, Class Act, is busy preparing for a spectacular showcase featuring a range of musical entertainment including ballet, tap, acting … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre is looking forward to welcoming children to their summer academies from Monday 3rd August. The activity weeks are perfect to help keep the kids entertained over the long summer holidays whilst they learn new skills in drama, music, movie making and animation.

The three activity weeks have three … Read More

Stars of this year’s Pantomime at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk, will be bringing some festive fun to this week’s Countryside Comes to Town Festival in Blackburn Town Centre.

The Festival which takes place on Saturday 20th June 2015 across the town centre, sees a range of countryside attractions … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre are launching regular open-mic acoustic sessions at the theatre to give local talent the opportunity to perform and for people to enjoy a free night out.

The live sessions, the brainchild of Theatre Technician Kris Connell, begin on 8th July 2015 at 7pm and will take place … Read More

The Thwaites Empire welcomes Eurovision winners Cheryl, Jay and Mike Formerly of Bucks Fizz to the theatre on Friday 19th June for a night featuring the best of the 1980s.

The three original member of Bucks Fizz are joined on their Paradise Regained tour by singer Bobby McVay, who Eurovision fans … Read More

There’s an opportunity to catch one of the biggest films to be made in Blackburn at the Thwaites Empire Theatre as the venue presents Elaine Constantine’s ‘Northern Soul’ later this month, featuring many scenes shot in the town.  The movie is based on the story of two lads who get … Read More

The children’s classic Pinocchio comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre this half term in a sparkling family show adaptation featuring an all-star cast, songs, dance and magic.

Based on the original story by Collodi, made famous by the 1950s classic Disney cartoon, the story centres on a living puppet who must … Read More

Thanks go out to everybody at the Theatre for working so hard on our winter programme over the last few months. We have had a remarkable time and audiences have been on the upside for most of the productions that we hosted, especially the Pantomime month when we really had … Read More

Schools, charity groups, uniformed organisations and performance societies are being invited to view the facilities at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn’s liveliest community venue to be sure of booking a space in 2016.  With the diary nearly full for this year and filling up for next, there’s an appeal for … Read More

Society’s celebrity obsessed culture and ego-centric famous people are central themes in a musical comedy coming to The Thwaites Empire Theatre.

‘Game of Souls’ is a dynamic, new show blending comedy with music as two demons play a hellish game of chess, using famous humans on earth as chess pieces. It’s … Read More

It’s a return visit to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for popular all round entertainer, Joe Longthorne who will be performing on stage in June prior to his summer season at the North Pier in Blackpool.

Joe Longthorne is adored by fans all over the world and is recognised as one of … Read More

Comedy giant, Gary Delaney is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre, the partner of Sarah Millican and funny man in his own right.

Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. He regularly plays all the big clubs including … Read More

The Kilkennys are coming to Blackburn’s Empire theatre, bringing with them a contemporary twist on traditional Irish Music which will thrill audiences old and young.  The four young Celtic hotties have taken their love of traditional Irish music and reinvigorated it, enabling them to tour the world and present it … Read More

The Irish flavour continues this month as the Thwaites Empire Theatre continues its programme of classic artists from the emerald isle. Hot on the heels of the recent successful concert by contemporary, Brendan Shine comes Irish sweetheart, Ann Breen on Friday 10th April.

With her unique blend of Irish, country and … Read More

Fans of the 80’s box office hit, Dirty Dancing can enjoy the ultimate tribute to the film made famous by the sizzling performances of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray when a multi-talented cast bring the film to life with a song and dance spectacular at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

A Night … Read More

With Easter holidays on the horizon, there’s an opportunity for children and young people to be part of a challenge to participate and perform a play in a week.

Pendle Productions and the Thwaites Empire Theatre are offering the opportunity to 7-17 year olds in the third series of Adventure in … Read More

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest spiritualist mediums, 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 … Read More

A traditional variety show with acts such as those that often appear on the popular Britain’s Got Talent programme comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre in March.  The modern day vaudeville line up will include comedy, illusion, juggling and unusual oddities in the ‘Variety Live’ show on Thursday 9th March.
‘Variety … Read More

One of Blackburn’s longest established community groups is presenting their spring production this week at the Empire Theatre starting this week.
‘The G&S’ as they’re affectionately known in Blackburn theatre circles celebrated their fiftieth anniversary last year with ‘The Mikado’.  This week’s production of ‘The Sorcerer’  may be a lesser known … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre continues its programme of top tribute artists this month with the Temple Brothers who bring an evening of music dedicated to The Everly Brothers. Featuring big hits such as ‘Crying in the Rain, ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and ‘All I have to do is Dream’.
During their musical career … Read More

Three classic children’s productions will be brought to life on stage during the February half term when the Thwaites Empire Theatre stages a programme of children’s theatre taking place across three afternoons with performances at 2pm. Tickets are £5 for either adults or children and families are being offered a … Read More

The music of the Fab Four come to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for a show that’s perfect to kick off Valentine’s weekend on Friday 13thFebruary.  Them Beatles faithfully reproduce the Beatles’ legacy from their early days in the Cavern to their final appearance on the roof of the Apple building.
They … Read More

The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a tribute show that will appeal to all ages.  Featuring iconic hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, Oh What a Night and Sherry, the New Jersey Boys will delight … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre has announced the passing of one its most dedicated volunteers. Ken Sharples (80) of Livesey, Blackburn was a familiar face to audiences both off and on the stage at Ewood where he performed on stage, organised shows, ran raffles and took tickets on the door. He … Read More

Some of the UK comedy circuit’s biggest names are coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for a one-off night later this month as the venue pilots a programme of new entertainment nights alongside a new drinks policy that allows patrons to enjoy drinks whilst watching a show.

‘Take the Mike’ features … Read More

The front of house team at the Empire Theatre are getting in the party spirit for one of the most popular entertainment evenings of the year as the theatre at Ewood prepares to host an Abba Tribute with a sell-out reputation.
Voulez Vous will perform their tribute to Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha … Read More

The Empire Theatre at Ewood is raising a glass to 2015 with the announcement that from Monday 4 January audiences will be able to enjoy the convenience of taking their bar drinks into the auditorium for the first time since the theatre opened its doors in 2002.

 

Chairman, Michael Berry announced … Read More

As is normal with Company rules, there will be an Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday the 28th January 2015 to discuss the 2013 Accounts for the Theatre.

Our accountants, PM&M, will have Helen Binns in attendance to answer any questions that may arise.

We anticipate that the meeting will last … Read More