What’s On

Blackburn Drama Club present My Mother Said I Never Should at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This March, Blackburn Empire Theatre are proud to welcome Blackburn Drama Club with My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley. My Mother Said I Never Should explores the difficult relationships between mothers and daughters; the themes of independence, growing up and secrets through the lives and relationships of four generations of women. Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie: their loves, expectations, …

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The New Grass Cutters head to Darwen Library Theatre for a rip-roaring performance of blues-grass music

This March, Pete Brown (son of Rock ‘n’ Roll veteran Joe) together with his internationally renowned band, The Newgrass Cutters, head to Darwen Library Theatre for a rip-roaring performance of blues-grass music at its finest. Featuring the same superb musicians who tour with Joe Brown at his sell-out gigs: the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso, Richard Collins; Mike …

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An Evening With Snooker Legend Dennis Taylor at Darwen Library Theatre

One of the most instantly recognised faces on television, Dennis Taylor is one of snookers real entertainers; this March, he’s heading to Darwen Library Theatre for an evening of famous stories and untold tales. Now 68, Dennis is known as the famous snooker player with the upside down glasses who beat Steve Davis to become World Snooker Champion in 1985. …

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The ‘World’s First Genetically Modified String Quartet’ comes to Blackburn Empire Theatre this March

Stringfever,  the ‘world’s first genetically modified string quartet’, travel to Blackburn Empire Theatre this March with their signature stage show, featuring ‘The History of Music in 5 Minutes’, ‘The Very Best of Tchaikovsky’, their ‘Motown Tribute’ as well as old favourites, ‘Ravel’s Bolero’ and ‘The Devil Went Downtown Georgia’. This highly entertaining quartet of brothers (and one cousin), Giles, Ralph, Graham and …

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Talk On Lasting Powers Of Attorney And Care Home Fees

Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance are hosting a free talk by local solicitor Patrick Swanney on setting up a lasting power of attorney and care home fees. The talk will be held in meeting room 1, 1st floor Blackburn library, on Thursday 28th February 2019 at 2pm. On the day, there will also be information about the local services …

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Free February Holiday Fun Let’s Make at Blackburn Market

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February, 10am – 2pm Calling all parents, grandparents, childminders and carers – FREE holiday activities are back at Blackburn Market. It feels like we have barely got over the January hangover, with resolutions either cemented in as the norm or abandoned as a bad idea. The year is now really beginning to take off, routines …

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The Northern Joker Returns! Justin Moorhouse at Darwen Library Theatre

Following his highly anticipated return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, award-winning comedian Justin Moorhouse brings his brand new tour to Darwen Library Theatre this March. These days Justin’s not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty – Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that’s before we begin to worry about what’s happening in America…..closer …

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This could be Rotterdam or anywhere Liverpool or King George’s Hall! Celebrate The Beautiful South’s Legacy

Join us at King George’s Hall this March to celebrate the legacy of The Beautiful South. When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments. Two years later, singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, alongside life long members Damon Butcher (keys), Gaz Birtles …

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You’ll Wish You Were Here! Eclipse: A Pink Floyd Experience at King George’s Hall

This March, prepare for the ultimate Pink Flyod experience at King George’s Hall with Eclipse. Eclipse, brings together a wealth of musical talent with David Crilly on guitar (Mothership/SeYes), Toni Hughes on keyboards (Mothership) with Martin Byrne on bass and vocals (The Last Waltz/Mothership). Daz Jones (Capone, AZ/DC and Rock of Ages Experience) is on drums with Frank Ryan (Dr. …

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The Joni Mitchell Songbook comes to Darwen Library Theatre

“Condemned to wires and hammers, strike every chord that you feel. That broken trees and elephant ivories conceal.” Joni Mitchell, Judgement of the Moon and Stars This March, the music of singer, songwriter, painter, poet, activist and voice of a generation, Joni Mitchell, is brought to Darwen Library Theatre in The Joni Mitchell Songbook. She grew up with folk music …

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Talk on Lasting Powers of Attorney and Care Home Fees

Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance are hosting a free talk by local solicitor Patrick Swanney on setting up a lasting power of attorney and care home fees. The talk will be held in meeting room 1, 1st floor Blackburn Library, on Thursday 28th February 2019 at 2pm. On the day, there will also be information about the local services …

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Older People’s Chance To Make A Will

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is offering older people over 60 who have not made a will the opportunity to do so. The local charity has joined with local firm of solicitors, Roebucks, to offer a will-making session on Tuesday 12th March at Blackburn Central Library. Older people will be able to see a qualified solicitor who will take instructions …

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Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society present the ‘supernatural opera’ Ruddigore this February at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The “supernatural opera” opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances. It was not revived until 1920 when it was substantially cut and provided with a new overture arranged by Geoffrey Toye. The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama …

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Mind Reading Double Act, DNA, head to Darwen Library Theatre

Andrew and Darren, best known as mind reading double act DNA, head to Darwen Library Theatre this February with a brand new show featuring never before seen material! The duo took the nation by storm when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 with their incredible telepathic ability known as ‘The Gift’. Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers …

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I Swear To… Tom Stade at King George’s Hall

Following last year’s smash-hit UK tour, Canadian comedy legend, Tom Stade, heads to King George’s Hall. Welcome back to I Swear To…, picking up just where he left off as an hour simply wasn’t long enough! Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, join Tom as he attempts to figure out exactly where he fits into this emerging new world of feelings and FaceTime. …

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Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Busy! Join Sooty at King George’s Hall this February!

Join Sooty and friends for his brand new laugh out loud Magic Show this February at King George’s Hall! Direct from their hit ITV series, Sooty, Sweep and Soo, TV’s Richard Cadell will amaze you with impossible tricks and sidesplitting jokes! Be astounded at Sooty’s flying car, Soo’s singing unicorn and Sweep’s levitating sausage! With special guests circus star Michael …

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A Dream That Became A Reality: Lee Mead at King George’s Hall

This February Lee Mead, winner the title role in the 2007 West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, brings his intimate show, A Dream That Became A Reality to King George’s Hall. Selected from thousands of performers Lee Mead was thrust into the spotlight in 2007 to play the iconic role of Joseph in the West End, an …

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Grab Your Zoot Suit for Quadrophenia Live at King George’s Hall

This February at King George’s Hall, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance of The Who’s smash hit concept album, Quadrophenia. Released over 40 years ago in October 1973, The Who’s second rock opera, Quadrophenia, was Pete Townshend’s homage to a pivotal moment in British youth culture. The album tells the story of Jimmy, a Mod, chronicling his dissatisfaction with life, …

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National Theatre Live at Darwen Library Theatre: The Tragedy Of King Richard II

By William Shakespeare Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to Darwen Library Theatre this February. This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre. Richard …

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Mark Thomas Checks Up On Our NHS at Darwen Library Theatre

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries; this February at Darwen Library Theatre, Mark Thomas uses his …

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The Hallé at King George’s Hall: Carlos Miguel Prieto brings his panache to bear on Beethoven’s exhilarating Seventh Symphony

Falla El Amor brujo Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Beethoven Symphony No.7 Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor | Sergio Castelló López clarinet This February at King George’s Hall, The Hallé’s Principal Clarinet Sergio Castelló López is soloist in Mozart’s serene concerto. It was written for Anton Stadler, hugely respected despite Mozart’s nickname for him: ‘old redcurrant face’. The concerto was tailored …

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