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 acts including Pete Koziura, Michael … Read More


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, the show follows the antics … 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 is widely recognised as one … 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 Queen favourites to life from … 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 a 60 date theatre tour … 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 Tuesday 21st March.

Journey with Al and … 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 one huge 70s party and … 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 in the USA, South Africa, … 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 Only Knows, Good Vibrations, Wouldn’t … 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 starred in 21 episodes of … 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 their own unique sound and … 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 of eight big icons including … 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 and one to commemorate his … 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 9th January, bringing with it … 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 through until Saturday 7th January … 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 has a message!

Speaking from the … 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 age or involved in community … 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 great Spirit.

He was one of … 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 entirety in the interest of … 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 celebrated mediums in the UK.

Described … 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 the forbidden.

Known as one of … 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 create an event to remember.

The … 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 to playing larger music venues … 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 in the Detroit of 1959 to … Read More