Blackpool Grand Theatre
Blackpool Grand Theatre
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In 2020 Blackpool Grand Theatre presents award-winning family shows including their Blackpool Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical (8 to 11 Apr) is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change) and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
Retelling the classic fairy-tale with a Northern Ballet twist, Little Red Riding Hood (18 Apr) is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.
Little Red Riding Hood is a kind and thoughtful little girl who loves her family. One day, on a visit to her grandmother, she meets a very hungry wolf in the forest who just wants something to eat. But is he really such a big, bad wolf? Join Little Red on her adventure as she makes friends and discovers the importance of kindness.
Holes (5 to 9 May) by Louis Sachar is the brilliant, inventive and creative new stage show based on the multi-award-winning novel and the Hollywood blockbuster. This hit production is a thrilling and off-beat comedy adventure and is perfect for adults and children aged 8 and up.
Stanley Yelnats can’t catch a break. Born into a family cursed with bad luck, it comes as no surprise when he finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Sent to a labour camp as punishment, he is tasked with digging one hole, five-foot-wide by five-foot-deep, every day. He’s told it is to build ‘character’. But the tyrannical Warden is definitely hiding something.
Breakin’ Convention (16 May), the world’s ground-breaking festival of hip hop dance theatre, is back with a fresh new line up!
Expect jaw-dropping and inspiring performances from internationally celebrated poppers, lockers, b-boys and b-girls, including South Korea’s acclaimed Jinjo Crew, France’s Géométrie Variable and the UK’s own Spoken Movement, in a festival that showcases local talent alongside global sensations.
Hosted and curated by UK hip hop theatre legend and Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D, the festival also features DJs, graffiti artists and freestyle sessions taking place all over the building. The Breakin’ Convention line-up includes; Geometrie Variable (France), Jinjo Crew (South Korea), Dope Male Performance Company (UK), Freefly Crew (UK), House of Wingz (UK), Mind of K (UK), Ryan Fenton (UK), and Spoken Movement (UK).
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea (19 and 20 May) returns to Blackpool Grand, celebrating over 10 years on stage!
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… perfect for children aged 3+. expect to be surprised!
Peppa Pig (13 to 14 Jun) is returning to Blackpool with a brand-new show! Excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever!
Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more! Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!
In the Night Garden (4 and 5 Jul) – Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, MakkaPakka and friends are back in Blackpool for a fun-filled live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day! Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all!
You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. This completely new show lasts just under an hour and your little ones will be amazed when they see a very special visit from The Amazing Flying Pinky Ponk.
Now in its 11th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 13,490 parents’ reviews. There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote, “there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.”
For the very best Blackpool Pantomime well there’s only one person to ask…? Mirror, Mirror on the wall… Who’s got the greatest Blackpool Pantomime of them all? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Blackpool Grand of course…
Blackpool Pantomime favourite and BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Steve Royle returns as Muddles, making this his 18th annual appearance. Joining Royle is a full star cast soon to be announced.
See the greatest magical Christmas show ever told and true pantomime tradition, poor Snow White is doomed to live unhappily ever after with her horrid stepmother the Wicked Queen. In true rags-to-riches style Snow White manages, with the help of her madcap friend Muddles, to meet a handsome Prince, will her dreams come true…
Blackpool pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (4 Dec to 3 Jan 2021) is bursting with great songs, dazzling costumes, stunning dance choreography (by Katie Hill, nominated in the UK Great British Pantomime Awards), side-splitting comedy, this truly is a magical treat for all the family!
With so much incredible award-winning family entertainment its Heigh-Ho… Heigh-Ho… off to Grand Blackpool pantomime we go!
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Animated film giant Dreamworks has created some of the most memorable on-screen worlds and characters, and boasts 15 entries in the all-time list of 50 Highest Grossing Animated Films.
With the musical adaptation of Shrek set to hit our stages in April, we decided to compile our own top ten list of best Dreamworks’ films. Do you agree with our choices?!
The vocal talents of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone and Gene Hackman (among others) combine to make this striking computer-animation film a classic. More of an adult satire than a straight-up children’s film, this release was often compared to Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, although beyond the insect theme it’s difficult to spot many similarities.
It’s often forgotten that Chicken Run was a Dreamworks film, as its stop-motion clay creations are the signature of Aardman. This loose remake of The Great Escape was a product of that partnership. Whilst it’s surprisingly dark for a children’s film, it manages to entertain young and old alike, and is still the highest-grossing stop-motion animation film ever.
How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon is almost universally acknowledged as Dreamworks’ magnum opus, but we’re also going to make mention of the full trilogy in our list, as the progression of this magical story is truly beautiful. The dragon hero, Toothless, is undeniably adorable, and doesn’t need a single line of dialogue to his name to be an eternally memorable character.
Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda is rife with lush visuals, brilliant martial arts battles, slapstick humour and an evergreen story that caught many by surprise. Jack Black voices the titular giant panda, Po, throughout this gleeful – not to mention staggeringly successful – adventure. Films 2 and 3 in this ever-more-ambitious series are just as good as the chapter that started the franchise.
A favourite with child audiences, Madagascar frantically leaps from location to location to create an almost “episodic” film that never gives you time to get bored. The stylised renderings of the different animals in this film also look amazing, so it’s little wonder that sequels were inevitable. Aside from the one-liners, watch out for the lemurs’ dance routine!
Turning the idea of superhero movies on their heads, 2010’s Megamind starred Will Ferrell as the world’s most intelligent supervillain. The premise of the film is that “Megamind” had no choice but turn out to be a villain, but when the opportunity comes calling to be a hero he jumps to put his skills to the test. Does he succeed? You’ll have to watch the film to find out!
Over the Hedge
A refreshing look at the 3 C’s of conservation, consumerism and consumption, Over the Hedge adeptly balances comedy and action. The values that the film is trying to get across should be apparent to kids without straying into schmaltzy territory, while the slapstick antics flow thick and fast to keep up the entertainment.
Rise of the Guardians
A very underrated release that brings together all of the mythical characters from your childhood (e.g. Jack Frost, Santa, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, Easter Bunny, etc). Overshadowed by the release of The Avengers, this teamwork movie is well worth a look, and also manages to include some slightly darker storytelling that only enhances its credibility.
The first Shrek movie laid the foundation for the Dreamworks animation success story, and also wrote the book on how to include humour that could be enjoyed by both children and adults. We’re including Shrek 2 in this bracket as well, as the ongoing character development (plus the arrival of Puss in Boots!) solidified the franchise as a fan favourite.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Another release during the Dreamworks/Aardman partnership, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit improbably managed to capture the spirit and momentum of the three original shorts, and then sustain it throughout a feature-length film. Impressive voice talents like Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter joined the regulars in this absurdly entertaining romp.
Don’t forget that if you’re a Dreamworks fan, you can catch the upcoming stage performance of Shrek the Musical here at Blackpool Grand Theatre. Book your tickets now to see the live show.
The Blackpool panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from Friday, 4 December 2020 to Sunday, 3 January 2021 and we can’t wait!
A Christmas show for people who enjoy the ‘Traditions of great Pantomime’.
It may be just the start of the year, but Blackpool panto fever has started, and this Christmas show is in high demand, with thousands of people already booking their seats
There’s just one source to ask where’s the best Blackpool Panto?… Mirror, Mirror on the wall… What’s the greatest panto of them all? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Blackpool Grand of course…
Excitement is building as the theatre star name is soon to be announced and will join Blackpool panto legend Steve Royle (BBC Radio Lancashire). This year will be Royle’s 18th appearance in the Blackpool panto at Blackpool Grand Theatre, the home of traditional pantomime. Joining the cast once again will be the incredible dancers from the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre with choreography by Katie Hill.
Choreographer of Blackpool Panto at Blackpool Grand is Katie Hill. Hill has been nominated in the Great British Pantomime Awards for her incredible choreography in Peter Pan last year.
Hill has been Choreographer for UK Productions Ltd at Blackpool Grand Theatre for the last 12 years, her first show was Cinderella in 2008.
Hill said; ‘It’s a delight to work with the team at UK Productions and Blackpool Grand, its more family than work!
I’m overwhelmed with the nomination and the support has been fantastic, thank you everyone.
Peter Pan starred Tom Lister, Steve Royle and Jack Heasman plus full supporting cast.
Ruth Eastwood, Grand Theatre CEO and Producer Martin Dodd sent special congratulations to Hill.
Pantomime producers UK Productions Ltd are hard at work getting the production ready for this year’s upcoming Christmas extravaganza. It’s an all year-round job creating the magic and involves a dedicated team of designers, carpenters, scenic artists, costume makers and metal workers to make the magic happen
With an incredible attention for detail, the set includes a fabulously quaint cottage pictured, the painters and builders are all hard at work, never mind the number of seamstresses – it’s hi-ho, hi-ho hectic!
Martin Dodd for UK Productions in association with Blackpool Grand Theatre will present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this year.
This year, as Muddles, Royle will make his 18th annual appearance on the Grand Blackpool panto stage. The full star cast is soon to be announced.
Royle is a comedian, radio presenter, actor, writer, husband and Dad. His many TV appearances have included Phoenix Nights, Max & Paddy, Behind The Scene, That’s Entertainment, Stand-up Britain, Give Your Mate A Break, The Afternoon Show, Talk Of The North, The Things You Do For Love, and despite being one of the North West’s healthiest males (according to Steve!), a medical insurance commercial for Medicash.
Join Steve and the cast for the greatest pantomime ever told, poor Snow White is doomed to live unhappily ever after with her horrid stepmother the Wicked Queen. In true rags-to-riches style Snow White hopes, with the help of her madcap friend Muddles, to meet a handsome Prince and make her dreams come true.
Spectacular sets, dazzling costumes and side-splitting comedy, this festive extravaganza is on sale now so book your seats today for the Blackpool panto ‘must-see’ Christmas show in 2020/21.
Blackpool Grand pantomime as always will be bursting with great songs, stunning dance routines and huge amounts of laughter, this is a truly magical treat for all the family you won’t want to miss!
This year, the theatre is offering Audio Described and Signed Performances on Saturday 12 and 19 December at 2pm, full support access materials can be found online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/access.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is presented by Martin Dodd for UK Productions whom have been presenting the Christmas pantomime at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre since 1996. Other productions presented at Blackpool Grand by UK Productions include; Legally Blonde the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast The Musical, The Kite Runner, 42nd Street, South Pacific, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Anything Goes.
Blackpool Grand aims to be the theatre of choice for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and to offer opportunities to enjoy, participate and learn through the arts.
Book tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk, or call the box office on 01253 290 190.
Finally, do support the theatre’s Magic and Sparkle campaign which helps to give access to pantomime to children and families that never experienced the magic or have financial barriers in place making it beyond.
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Bring It On The Musical stars Amber Davis and Louis Smith.
Selladoor Worldwide is delighted to announce that Amber Davies will star as ‘Campbell’ alongside Louis Smith as ‘Cameron’ in the upcoming UK and Ireland tour of BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL which will be heading to Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Perhaps best known as the winner of ITV’s Love Island in 2017, Amber Davies made her professional stage debut in 2019 to critical and audience acclaim as ‘Judy Bernly’ in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre and subsequently on the UK tour. Whilst training at Urdang Academy, her credits included ‘Campbell’ in “Bring It On The Musical” and ‘Downing’ in “My Favourite Year”.
Four-time gymnastic Olympic medallist Louis Smith shot to fame in 2008 when he won the first British gymnastic medal in 100 years at the Beijing Olympics. Following his success at the London 2012 Olympic Games Louis later won that year’s BBC Strictly Come Dancing, before going on to win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in 2014. On stage he has appeared in “Rip It Up” in both the West End and on tour.
Inspired by the 2000 film of the same name, BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL features an original score by the multi award winning creator of “Hamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pulitzer Prize winning Tom Kitt, composer of “Next To Normal”. The book is written by the Tony Award winning writer of “Avenue Q”, Jeff Whitty and the lyrics are by both Lin-Manuel Miranda and writer of the stage adaptation of “High Fidelity”, Amanda Green.
Bring It On The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying, energy-fuelled journey which tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks.
Cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell, should be embarking on her most cheertastic senior year at Truman High School. When she’s forced to move to the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over. But an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible.
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL is produced by Selladoor Worldwide, has a libretto by Jeff Whitty, a score by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda. BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL is inspired by the motion picture Bring It On written by Jessica Bendinger. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Tickets for BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL at Blackpool Grand Theatre will go on sale soon – follow @Grand_Theatre (Twitter) or @blackpoolgrand (Facebook) to hear when!
The Grand Theatre in Blackpool has welcomed some of the most exciting dance performers in the world to our stage, and we have ongoing relationships with some of the best dance schools in the area. If you want to learn to dance locally in Blackpool, then these are our recommendations…
Phil Winston’s Theatreworks
Phil Winston’s Theatreworks is located very close to Blackpool Tower, overlooking the sea front, and aims to provide an all-round grounding to help the talent of the future realise its potential. Theatreworks College has 7 purpose-built studios, a music room and a studio theatre. The College training uses intensive classes over a 3-day period, allowing students to spend half the week at home.
College Theatreworks students are regularly given the option of performing at both local and national events, meaning there are ready-made opportunities to become more experienced in various forms of dance and theatre at regular intervals.
Barbara Jackson’s Theatre Arts Centre
Blackpool Grand has been working with Barbara Jackson’s Theatre Arts Centre since 1999, when their students performed in a pantomime. Some of their young stars who’ve performed at the Grand have gone on to achieve huge success, such as when Lucy Fallon (of Coronation Street fame) picked up Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards 2017 at the age of just 21.
Students at the Theatre Arts Centre range from ages 2-18, and can learn all dance genres for the purposes of fitness, musical theatre and drama. Because of this, there are also available classes in drama, singing, and festival competitions like gymdance. The Centre is based in nearby Fleetwood.
Whittaker’s Dance and Drama Centre
Founded on February 11th 1952 by Beryl Whittaker, Whittaker’s Dance and Drama Centre offers classes in dance for all ages. It also provides speech and acting classes for certain ages in both group and private settings. All levels of ability are welcome!
From 3-years old, children can enjoy Ballet and Tap, with Modern Dance available from 5, and Irish Riverdance and Street Dance on offer from 10. There’s also a full range of adult dance classes for all of these styles and more. You can even catch The World at Your Feet production on stage this March at the Blackpool Grand if you’d like to see some work from Whittaker’s elite students in person!
Langley Dance Centre
The Langley Dance Centre is based on Plymouth Road, Blackpool, and covers Modern, Tap, Rad Ballet, drama, singing, musical theatre, Acro dance, limbering and commercial jazz. The Centre opened in 1967 when Ruth Langley – the Tower Company ballet mistress – and Joan Langley – a dancer from London – joined forces to found what’s now one of Blackpool’s oldest dance schools.
The Langley Dance Centre was based in Coronation Street for 38 years, but it moved to new premises in 2018. Thousands have benefited from their excellent teaching over the years. It’s fair to say that the school has come a long way since sisters Ruth and Joan opened their doors to just 4 children!
Skool Of Street
Skool of Street’s mission statement is ‘Inspiration Without Discrimination’. Offering young people aged between 7-19 years old one of the best varieties of Hip-Hop workshop we can think of, a big difference with Skool of Street is that it obtains funding, allowing services to be provided free of charge.
Covering hip-hop dance, Breakdance, Beatboxin’, Graffiti, Spoken Word and Emcee/DJing, the Skool runs workshops and projects during school holidays. There are also longer projects going on during Easter and summer weeks, and it’s these projects that usually lead to a performance at a local theatre, like us!
Don’t forget that if you’d sooner watch others dance than learn yourself, or would like to enjoy both, then you can enjoy a wide variety of dance shows here at Blackpool Grand in the coming months.
Thrilling audiences and critics with their distinctive style…There’s a treat in store for Spring; BalletBoyz are back!
Get ready to meet Joey, Ben, Harry, Liam, Sandi and Will – the six exceptional young dancers who star in this feast of mesmerising and sublime dance, cleverly fused with the BalletBoyz trademark use of film and behind the scenes footage.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary with this brand-new show, winners of numerous awards in the UK and overseas, BalletBoyz are one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in dance, thrilling audiences and critics with their distinctive style which blends achingly beautiful dance both exhilarating and graceful, with stunning music and film.
Deluxe features work by some of the world’s most exciting and innovative artists, including choreographer Xie Xin, composer Jiang Shaofeng, Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle and jazz musician and composer Cassie Kinoshi of the Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble.
‘Contemporary dance, boy band-style… Dance at its most riveting and fearless.’ – The Independent on Sunday
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