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 delighting audiences since 1840 and … 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 and engaging reincarnation of the … 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 Thwaites Empire Theatre will showcase … 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 fierce Triceratops to tiny baby … 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 Pattison and Pete Phillipson. The … 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 the successful TV show ‘Let … 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 ‘Swinging Sixties’ including The Beatles, … 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 venues to accommodate the growing … 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 famous for his unforgettable catchphrase … 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 Queen. A desire to perform … 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 including ‘Who Do You Think … 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 for decades. The Legacy show … 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 to TV and radio, Paul … 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 with dinosaurs for all the … 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 understand that a friend, loved … 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 compared to the same months … 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 Blackburn with the 2017 run … 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 show business.

Duncan told us, “The … 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 and Rhyme Stew. Following the … 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 over fifteen years when he … 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 ghost that has been leaving … 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 a packed night where everybody … 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 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