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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, The Upbeat Beatles will take … 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’ honour by the Agents Association … 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 jeans, will perform a number … 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 added a new date to … 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 music of eight big icons … 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 on a magical trip into … 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 as a touring company that … 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 and former cinema, based on … 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 tribute concert capturing all the … 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 popular entertainment venues on Friday, … 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 audience numbers, novelty sales, programmes, … 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 Road, Blackburn.

The centrepiece of the … 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 group bookings in late December.

The … 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 presenter, famed for his love … 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 had the opportunity to meet … 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 at the volunteer led theatre … 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 comedians and a compere guaranteed … 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 … 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, take centre stage on Sunday, … 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 the Christmas pantomime at the … 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 on Friday, 15th January at … 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 … 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 youngsters who outsmarted CJ de … 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 up all her holiday entitlement … Read More