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8 weeks of juvenile rehearsals are complete!
I have had a fabulous time working alongside 6 local dance schools, choreographing 18 musical numbers. I had no idea how many dances we had done until I counting them up just then. 18 dances in 8 weeks, WOW! (I think that needs it’s own little round of applause, … 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 the hits of the Electric … 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 24 years and his humour … 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 sound of the 60s.

The Simon … 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, The Upbeat Beatles will take … 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 there.

The star has recently returned … 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 a seductive infusion of sexy … 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 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 … 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