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The Thwaites Empire Theatre has teamed up with professional theatre company Pendle Productions for this year’s GIGANTIC pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Pendle Productions will be bringing the classical tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to the Empire’s stage in early December.

The upcoming production sees hapless hero Jack Trott land in a heap of trouble when … Read More

Well we are now nearing the end of a very eventful year at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.
The bookings and hire revenues have been growing steadily on a like for like basis throughout the year and we are in a much stronger position that we were at this time last year…. Read More

Win a pair of VIP tickets to see the UK’s premier harmony group, The Fortunes, perform a string of hits at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 19 November.

In addition to two free tickets, the lucky winners will receive the VIP treatment including glass of Cava upon arrival, a signed DVD and a meet and … Read More

Readers will have the chance to spread some seasonal cheer by nominating a little hero to win a special VIP Christmas treat at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Families, friends, schools and neighbours are invited to put forward a brave, generous or courageous child aged 16 or under to be the VIP Guest of Honour at the Jack … Read More

A modern adaption of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, ‘Dracula’ will be taking centre stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this Halloween.

The gothic play re-imagined by Ribcaged Productions has been scaring audiences for decades and is guaranteed to have onlookers at the edge of their seat.

‘Dracula’, directed by Owen Philips appropriately takes centre stage the day … Read More

A renowned spirit medium will help people connect with loved ones at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday, 7th November.

Spirit Medium, Andrew Dee will guide the audience through some of life’s mysteries with his no-nonsense, back-to-back style of mediumship.

‘The Soul Man’ tour follows his sell out ‘Black or White Tour’ last year which marked him … Read More

Halloween is approaching meaning there’s lots of wicked fun to be had for children at the Thwaites Empire Theatre with a line-up of spooky stories and special effects.

Pendle Productions has teamed up with the entertainment venue for another year to offer themed activity weeks, which begin later this month.

‘Adventure in the Arts’ taster days launch … Read More

From real life fairy-tales to pantomime style shows there’s something to help capture every child’s imagination at the Thwaites Empire Theatre this half-term.

The theatre’s fantastic line-up of professional touring shows are ready to entertain the family this autumn as half-term is just a whisper away.

Magic Light Productions kick off the packed programme with ‘Red Riding … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre, in association with Pendle Productions, are pleased to announce details of their Children’s Activity Weeks for the 2015 / 16 season, which begin in October 2015.
The programme starts with “Adventure in the Arts” taster days on 27th and 28th October 2015, which include Spooky Stories & Improvisation, Filming with – … Read More

A well-established charity variety show filled with magic, dance and song goes ahead at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 8th October in aid of specialist hospital, The Christie.

The ever popular variety show produced by Des Day features talented performers from local dancers and vocalists to tribute acts and comedians.

Award winning versatile entertainer, ‘Carolynn May’ … Read More

Comedian Justin Moorhouse will be performing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on October 10.

Manchester-born Moorhouse embarked upon his comedy career at the late age of 29 saying that he always wanted to do something creative but couldn’t paint or play for Manchester United. He went to a few open spot nights and was a natural and is … Read More

Six accomplished musicians are set to pay a superb homage to one of the iconic albums of all time, ‘Hotel California’, at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 23 October.

Desperado Eagles will be performing their popular tribute to the beardy country rockers bringing the audience two hours plus of classic Eagles tracks and more from … Read More

When it comes to ladies with personality, they don’t come much bigger than Irish all round entertainer, Rose Marie, who has audiences eating out of her hand with her high octane voice and off the wall sense of humour.

The artist who has a lifelong career spanning music, radio, TV and stage will be at the … Read More

Sue Lowry pays tribute to country music’s world-renowned superstar with an evening of powerful renditions and western wear at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The tribute star will perform classics including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Got a lot of Rhythm in my Soul’.

The velvet country voice of Patsy Cline caught … Read More

Get set for one of the UK’s brightest new stars to dazzle the stage with a true celebration of swing music at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

The Journey of Swing is presented by Andy Ellison his talented jazz musicians from the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, take the audience on a journey of jazz and swing music. From … Read More

TV veterans ‘step into the limelight’ in Blackburn as Steve Wood’s debut play marks its first UK tour this autumn.

For one night only, Diane Keen and Graham Cole star in ‘You’re Never Too Old’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 21 September.

Steve Wood’s new play, which examines humanity, relationships and loneliness is a poignant … Read More

Children from across the area are being invited to take part in open auditions for the chance to take part in one of the area’s most popular pantomime productions.

Pendle Productions in association with Thwaites Empire Theatre in Ewood, Blackburn is holding auditions for this year’s pantomime on Sunday 13th September 2015. This year’s production of … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre has announced an exciting new line-up of productions for the autumn season.

The theatre, based on Aqueduct Road, has announced their line-up of musicals, drama, dance and comedy shows.

The season kicks off with plenty of choice for live music fans including an evening of Pink Floyd and Genesis music recreated by two popular … Read More

ACTOR and singer Bernard Wrigley will step into the spotlight on Saturday, 12 September to perform a blend traditional pieces at the Thwaites Empire Theatre after being announced as the Blackburn Heritage Festival’s headline act.

The entertainer, known as the Bolton Bullfrog, promises a combination of songs, stories, humorous monologues and instrumentals.

From starting in folk clubs … Read More

Top comic Lewis Schaffer brings his ‘Free until Famous Tour’ to Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre and is charging absolutely nothing for the privilege.

Lewis Schaffer combines the comedy genes of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason with the relevance of the freshest British comedians.

The London based comedian was one of the top comics in the home of … Read More

Professional actors bring to the stage a new and exciting version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Thwaites Empire Theatre this September.

Award winning, professional theatre company, Ribcaged Productions, based in the Ribble Valley, will recreate the play which combines an ‘enchanted’ island with mystery, love and intrigue.

Michael Berry, Chairman at the Empire, welcomes the local theatre … Read More

Blackburn’s ailing live music scene will be given a double boost by talented musicians and singers as free open-mic nights return to the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Following the successful launch of the open-mic night at the theatre last month, the free acoustic sessions, which give local talent the opportunity to steal the spotlight will return in … Read More

Cake tastes better together so join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Thwaites Empire Theatre and help those living with cancer.

The theatre is hosting the World’s biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday, 5th September to raise money for the one of the UK’s largest Cancer Support charities, Macmillan.

Catch up over a cup of coffee (or … Read More

Local rock fans are set to enjoy an evening of music when tribute acts Genesish and Pinked Floyd take to the stage at the Thwaites Empire on 5th September 2015.

With an evening that will bring to life the music of Genesis and Pink Floyd, the performers are also promising a spectacular light show which will … Read More