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The WestEnders sing The World’s Greatest Musicals at King George’s Hall

This June, King George’s Hall presents The WestEnders; an unmissable show featuring the world’s most iconic musical hits. This outstanding concert is presented by six West End professional performers, who between them, have appeared in over twenty of the most prestigious West End musicals. Delivered with style and panache, this exceptional cast under the musical direction of Jae Alexander, current …

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Soul Time! The Northern Soultrain at Darwen Library Theatre

Now in their eleventh year as the UK’s leading Northern Soul band, The Northern Soultrain return to Darwen Library Theatre this June for what promises to be yet another big soul party. The nine piece North West group had already been filling dance halls and dance floors with their powerful live shows when in 2013 the band decided to focus …

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Don’t tell him, Pike! – Dad’s Army Radio Show at Darwen Library Theatre

This June, the nation’s favourite comedy one liner, “Don’t tell him, Pike” comes to Darwen Library Theatre with Dad’s Army Radio Show. Based on the classic BBC sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Double Fringe First Award winner David Benson and Jack Lane present a selection of classic radio episodes featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of …

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Classic Rock USA at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Imagine a rock concert involving three of the biggest rock stars of the 21st Century. This July at Blackburn Empire Theatre, get ready to rock out and party on with Classic Rock USA! Classic Rock USA is a heart pumping, drum beating, pulsating rock extravaganza featuring over 25 hits from Brian Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and The Boss himself, Bruce …

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Sarah Millican brings Control Enthusiast to King George’s Hall

This June, Sarah Millican brings her latest tour, Control Enthusiast, to King George’s Hall. Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning …

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Top of the World! Carpenters Gold at Blackburn Empire Theatre

The iconic voice of Karen Carpenter and the magical music of The Carpenters comes to Blackburn Empire Theatre this June. Carpenters Gold is a feel-good tribute authentically performing the much-loved hits of the 70s legends, such as Close to You, Top of the World, and Mr Postman, whilst recreating the exceptional look and sound of their world tours, including ‘Karen …

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Jason Manford brings Muddle Class to King George’s Hall

This June at King George’s Hall, Jason Manford is back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show, but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, …

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Steve Ellis and the Norman Beaker Band at Darwen Library Theatre

This June at Darwen Library Theatre, mod icon Steve Ellis joins forces with Blues Hall of Fame legend, Norman Beaker for one of the finest collaborations of blues and soul. Steve Ellis began his career as a teenager with The Love Affair, and their hit classic Everlasting Love, and quickly became an icon of the Mod and Northern Soul genre. …

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King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys at Darwen Library Theatre

This June at Darwen Library Theatre, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys celebrate a remarkable 30 years on the road. More than the greatest jump, jive and swing band on the planet, they’ve become an institution! In their three decades, the band have delivered nearly 6500 performances in 21 countries, played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances, …

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“What the African Said” Daliso Chaponda at King George’s Hall

Britain’s Got Talent star and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda heads to King George’s Hall this May with ‘What The African Said…’. The Malawian born comedian was a standout star of 2017’s BGT, capturing the nations hearts and garnering over eight million Facebook views and nine million on YouTube. Daliso also hosts his own Radio 4 series …

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A roar-tastic show is stomping into the Blackburn Empire Theatre!

‘In an old abandoned laboratory setting Doctor Stone is awaiting the arrival of Professor Flint from the world-renowned Dinosaur Museum to see the findings in a part of the building which appear to be some remnants from the Jurassic age.’ A fun filled afternoon for all the family is set to march to The Blackburn Empire Theatre this June. The …

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This June, Blackburn Empire Theatre welcomes the legendary Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary. Their accomplishments include 16 Brass in Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champions, two English National Championship victories, four …

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Top of the World! Carpenters Gold at Blackburn Empire Theatre

The iconic voice of Karen Carpenter and the magical music of The Carpenters comes to Blackburn Empire Theatre this June. Carpenters Gold is a feel-good tribute authentically performing the much-loved hits of the 70s legends, such as Close to You, Top of the World, and Mr Postman, whilst recreating the exceptional look and sound of their world tours, including ‘Karen …

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Free activities in Dementia Action week

The Blackburn with Darwen 50+ Partnership and Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance are hosting two free activities in national Dementia Action Week 2018 to raise awareness of dementia and the support available for people living with the condition. Monday 21st May 1.30pm to 3.00pm free 1950’s tea party for those living with dementia and their carers at Age UK …

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Lost and Found rows all the way into Darwen Library Theatre

“What is a boy to do when a penguin turns up at his door? Find out where it came from, of course, and return it. Even if it means rowing to the South Pole!” This May, Lost and Found, a funny and charming tale of friendship, comes to Darwen Library Theatre. Once there was a boy and one day he …

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Derek Acorah brings Life, Love and Laughter to Blackburn Empire Theatre

Spiritual medium Derek Acorah will bring his new ‘Love, Life, Laughter Tour’ to Blackburn Empire Theatre this May. Following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother which saw him reach the final, this year sees one of Britain’s best loved, and most entertaining mediums takes to the stage, so audiences can experience his world of psychic phenomena. The 67-year-old performer and …

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12 Million Volts: The Story of Nikola Tesla

This May at Blackburn Empire Theatre, award winning theatre company The Outbound Project present 12 Million Volts, the story of the extraordinary Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. According to Albert Einstein, …

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The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband at Blackburn Empire Theatre

A high energy, dark comedy by Debbie Issit, writer of the hugely popular feature film Nativity, comes to Blackburn Empire Theatre this spring. Kenneth and Hilary have been married nearly twenty years, but as middle age approaches, Ken finds himself in the arms of another woman. At first, Laura appears to be everything that is missing from Ken’s life with …

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Blackburn Drama Club present: Are You Being Served

By Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft Directed by Therese Ball Lovers of innuendo, British humour and seekers of laughs – look no further this than uproarious stage show. To the delight of its fans everywhere the smash hit television comedy, Are You Being Served, has been adapted for the stage by its original creators. Double entendres are non-stop as the …

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Wish You Were Here: Pink Floydian at Darwen Library Theatre

This May, Pink Floydian, one of the most accurate Pink Floyd tribute bands in the UK, are heading to Darwen Library Theatre. Gathered together from the cream of the North-West’s Floyd-loving musicians, they deliver two and a half hours of Pink Floyd classics. The band sound extremely close to the original recordings, replicating the incredible sounds of Gilmour, Wright, Mason …

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Ex Magnum star Mark Stanway at Darwen Library Theatre

Mark Stanway, formerly of British rock band Magnum, embarks on a fresh chapter as he takes to Darwen Library Theatre’s stage in May to share a lifetime of experiences. Join Mark as he reminisces about his long and colourful career in his jovial style, sharing tales from a career that has spanned over four decades. In addition to his lengthy …

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Club Blackburn Empire! The Best of Wham

This May at Blackburn Empire Theatre a fantastic new show brings the best of Wham, featuring George, Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie! Can it really be 37 years since George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed one of the most enduring pop groups of the 80s? In four short years WHAM! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three …

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The Hallé at King George’s Hall

Rossini William Tell Overture Elgar Cello Concerto Sibelius Symphony No. 2 Jonathon Heyward conductor Nicholas Trygstad cello Jonathon Heyward, winner of the prestigious Besançon Competition in 2015, and Assistant Conductor at the Hallé, makes his Blackburn debut with three cornerstones of the classical repertoire. Sibelius’s Second Symphony has enjoyed enormous admiration and affection since it was heard in this country …

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National Theatre Live: Macbeth

By William Shakespeare Directed by Rufus Norris Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are …

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Over 50? Learn how to bowl for free

A local bowling club is providing a free taster course for the over 50s to learn crown green bowling, supported by Age UK Blackburn with Darwen. From Friday 18th May Lower Darwen Bowling Club will offer the sessions each Friday 10am to 12 noon for 12 weeks. So why not come along, learn a new skill and have fun too! …

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Hit animated series Sarah and Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time

This May, King George’s Hall presents an exciting new live-action version of the incredibly successful animated TV series, Sarah and Duck. Featuring a host of wonderful characters from the BAFTA Award-winning CBeebies show, embarking on a brand new adventure: Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday. Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The …

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Over 50s Information Event

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen will hold a free information event for the over-50’s in Darwen Health Centre on Wednesday 25th April 9.00 am to 12 noon. It will feature lots of information about Age UK’s services in the town and also aims to inform people about the entitlements and services they may be missing out on. Also on hand …

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The Man on the Moor at Darwen Library Theatre

The intriguing story of the unexplained death of a man found on Saddleworth Moor come Darwen Library Theatre this May. In December 2015, an elderly gentleman was found dead on Saddleworth Moor. He was carrying no form of identification. Train tickets in his pockets showed he’d travelled 200 miles, apparently just to die. Despite a national campaign he remained unidentified. …

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