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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 Thwaites Empire Theatre on Friday, 4 September at 7.30pm.

Derek’s television career dates back over fifteen years when he … Read More

CBeebies’ legend Justin Fletcher has lent his voice to a children’s show that’s coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre during the summer holidays.

Pongo’s Party is set in a colourful farmyard full of puppet characters and features CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis as the voices of Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow.

This brand new … Read More

Fans of Elvis Presley still pack into the Thwaites Empire Theatre twice a year to celebrate the music of the King of Rock and Roll. Featuring some of the country’s best tribute acts, the Empire is thrilled to welcome back Paul Molloy for “Elvis Remembered” on Saturday, 22 August 2015.
Paul, who … Read More

The crowd-pleasing ‘Monday Club’ returns to one of Blackburn’s most popular entertainment venues next month bringing with it community spirit, music and plenty of laughs.

The social event returns to Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday, 3 August with an all-star line-up including comic Terry Devon, country singer Geoffrey Hilton and Blackpool’s finest singing duo Classic Sound…. Read More

Elvis Presley fans are set to gather for a tribute concert marking the 38th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, ‘The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ at Thwaites Empire Theatre this August.

Widely recognised as one of the leading tributes to music legend Elvis Presley, Paul Molloy, will recreate the music legend’s magic with a … Read More

I hope that you are all having a great summer even though the weather is not the best.

This time of the year at the Theatre the main shows are dance presentations with just a few exceptions in August with Joe Longthorne making a very welcome return and a brilliant Elvis tribute by Paul Molloy.

A wonderful … Read More

A group of East Lancashire’s most talented stars will get the chance to show off their creative flair with a summer showcase at one of Blackburn’s most popular venues.

Performing arts school, Class Act, is busy preparing for a spectacular showcase featuring a range of musical entertainment including ballet, tap, acting and drumming performed by youngsters … Read More

Thwaites Empire Theatre is looking forward to welcoming children to their summer academies from Monday 3rd August. The activity weeks are perfect to help keep the kids entertained over the long summer holidays whilst they learn new skills in drama, music, movie making and animation.

The three activity weeks have three distinct themes this year, including … Read More

Stars of this year’s Pantomime at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk, will be bringing some festive fun to this week’s Countryside Comes to Town Festival in Blackburn Town Centre.

The Festival which takes place on Saturday 20th June 2015 across the town centre, sees a range of countryside attractions bringing good “green” family fun … Read More

The Thwaites Empire Theatre are launching regular open-mic acoustic sessions at the theatre to give local talent the opportunity to perform and for people to enjoy a free night out.

The live sessions, the brainchild of Theatre Technician Kris Connell, begin on 8th July 2015 at 7pm and will take place in the theatre’s bar area.

Local … Read More

The Thwaites Empire welcomes Eurovision winners Cheryl, Jay and Mike Formerly of Bucks Fizz to the theatre on Friday 19th June for a night featuring the best of the 1980s.

The three original member of Bucks Fizz are joined on their Paradise Regained tour by singer Bobby McVay, who Eurovision fans will remember from Sweet Dreams, … Read More

There’s an opportunity to catch one of the biggest films to be made in Blackburn at the Thwaites Empire Theatre as the venue presents Elaine Constantine’s ‘Northern Soul’ later this month, featuring many scenes shot in the town.  The movie is based on the story of two lads who get caught up in the music … Read More

The children’s classic Pinocchio comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre this half term in a sparkling family show adaptation featuring an all-star cast, songs, dance and magic.

Based on the original story by Collodi, made famous by the 1950s classic Disney cartoon, the story centres on a living puppet who must prove himself worthy of being … Read More

Thanks go out to everybody at the Theatre for working so hard on our winter programme over the last few months. We have had a remarkable time and audiences have been on the upside for most of the productions that we hosted, especially the Pantomime month when we really had record attendances.

We had a surprise … Read More

Schools, charity groups, uniformed organisations and performance societies are being invited to view the facilities at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn’s liveliest community venue to be sure of booking a space in 2016.  With the diary nearly full for this year and filling up for next, there’s an appeal for new users to visit for … Read More

Society’s celebrity obsessed culture and ego-centric famous people are central themes in a musical comedy coming to The Thwaites Empire Theatre.

‘Game of Souls’ is a dynamic, new show blending comedy with music as two demons play a hellish game of chess, using famous humans on earth as chess pieces. It’s written by comedy playwright John … Read More

It’s a return visit to the Thwaites Empire Theatre for popular all round entertainer, Joe Longthorne who will be performing on stage in June prior to his summer season at the North Pier in Blackpool.

Joe Longthorne is adored by fans all over the world and is recognised as one of the most dynamic entertainers in … Read More

Comedy giant, Gary Delaney is coming to the Thwaites Empire Theatre, the partner of Sarah Millican and funny man in his own right.

Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. He regularly plays all the big clubs including The Comedy Store, Highlight, Jongleurs, … Read More

The Kilkennys are coming to Blackburn’s Empire theatre, bringing with them a contemporary twist on traditional Irish Music which will thrill audiences old and young.  The four young Celtic hotties have taken their love of traditional Irish music and reinvigorated it, enabling them to tour the world and present it to a new generation. In … Read More

The Irish flavour continues this month as the Thwaites Empire Theatre continues its programme of classic artists from the emerald isle. Hot on the heels of the recent successful concert by contemporary, Brendan Shine comes Irish sweetheart, Ann Breen on Friday 10th April.

With her unique blend of Irish, country and popular hits, Ann has been … Read More

Fans of the 80’s box office hit, Dirty Dancing can enjoy the ultimate tribute to the film made famous by the sizzling performances of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray when a multi-talented cast bring the film to life with a song and dance spectacular at the Thwaites Empire Theatre.

A Night of Dirty Dancing is performed … Read More

With Easter holidays on the horizon, there’s an opportunity for children and young people to be part of a challenge to participate and perform a play in a week.

Pendle Productions and the Thwaites Empire Theatre are offering the opportunity to 7-17 year olds in the third series of Adventure in the Arts workshops that will … Read More

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest spiritualist mediums, Colin Fry was born in 1962 and turned professional at the age of 17. He has spent many years sharing his spiritual philosophy with audiences around the world and in 1999 was made Principal of Rambsbergsgarden International College of Spiritual Science.
In … Read More

A traditional variety show with acts such as those that often appear on the popular Britain’s Got Talent programme comes to the Thwaites Empire Theatre in March.  The modern day vaudeville line up will include comedy, illusion, juggling and unusual oddities in the ‘Variety Live’ show on Thursday 9th March.
‘Variety Live’ … Read More