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Blackpool Grand Theatre

Opened in 1894 by Thomas Sergenson, The Grand Theatre is certainly one of the most beautiful theatres in Britain.

The quality of shows has been impressive from the start. Opened originally with a performance of Hamlet and followed by a host of London musicals and comedy shows, this all-year theatre continues to attract the best talent to Blackpool.

In 1909 the theatre changed hands and by the 1920's had gained a reputation for British premieres. Throughout the war years the theatre offered a few hours escape from the horrors of war. The prestige of the Grand continued into the 1950's and early sixties with big names and a number of successful summer seasons.

Friends of the Grand

With the growth in television in the 1960's the Grand Theatre, like many in Britain was forced to close in the winter and remained so until the 1970's. There were plans to demolish this theatre to open a new department store and later a bingo hall but through rigorous campaigning by local theatre lovers and the formation of the Friends of the Grand support group, the theatre is here to stay.

In 1981 the Theatre reopened its doors to host The Merchant of Venice. Since this time the Grand has grown in popularity, offering a variety of dance, plays, concert, musical and very often boasting famous names.

Wining and Dining

If you wish to dine or simply to relax with a drink before the show then you will be well accommodated at The Grand. There is Matcham's Bar- for those who like a traditional bar style it is open throughout the summer and for all shows and The Dress Circle Bar & Café, where you can relax with a refreshing cup of tea or a drink again which is open before the shows and during intervals. Matcham's Stalls Bar stays open after the performance with great drink deals.

Disabled Guests

There is disabled access to the theatre, including a stair lift to the dress circle. Registered assistance dogs are also welcome in the stalls.

Concessions

There are discount tickets for senior citizens, children under 16, full time students, registered unemployed, registered disabled and members of Equity/BETCU and MU. There are also discounts available for groups (over 12) and family discounts.

Future Developments

The latest phase of retaining this fabulous landmark theatre are the plans to return the colour scheme to the original blue, gold and cream put in place by Frank Matcham. Improving comfort with wider seats is also on the agenda with greater accessibility for disabled visitors to the Grand - Another step towards preserving this beautiful Victorian theatre whilst incorporating 21st century amenities.

Contact

By Post:  Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY1 1HT.
By Tel:     +44 (0)1253 290190   Groups +44 (0)1253 743232
Email:      Box Office  Friends of the Grand
Website: Blackpool Grand Theatre

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