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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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 charity.

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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 Monday, 23rd January 2017.

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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 dominated the charts and ruled … 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 to the musical journey of … 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 make up one juvenile team.

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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, 13th January 2017.

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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 Saturday, 14th January 2017.

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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 will get the opportunity to … 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 2017.

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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 showing at Thwaites Empire Theatre … 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, presented by Lee James Associates … 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 end.

Fanatics can still get a … 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 see 30,000 young people take … 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 the UK with charisma, undeniable … 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 neon-disco, party style dancing and … 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 comedy scene ever since the … Read More

A ‘Spectacular Big Band Concert’ celebrating Glenn Miller and the Big Band era, will fill the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on Sunday, 23rd October.

With a full line-up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section, the Nick Ross Orchestra will faithfully recreate the wonderful sound of the Big Bands including those led by … Read More

A passionate tribute to the British rock band Genesis featuring top draw musical performances and exemplary vocals is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre later this year.

Genesis Visible Touch will recreate the sights and sounds of a stadium Genesis show at the entertainment venue on Saturday, 22nd October 2016.

With costumes, two drum kits and exciting … 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 The Voice, Britain’s Got Talent … Read More