What’s On

Easy Tiger! Craig Campbell at Darwen Library Theatre

The ‘majestic mountain moose in a tiger striped onesie’, Craig Campbell, brings his thrilling new show ‘Easy Tiger’ out of the Fringe jungle and in to the wilderness of Darwen Library Theatre this April for his third solo tour. Expect a raucous evening of post-scratchin’ and kickin’ litter about the house, while Campbell tickles chins, keeping purrs and treadles generous …

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Blackburn’s Tez Ilyas at King George’s Hall

Blackburn born comedian, Tez Ilyas, will bring his Testify tour home to King George’s Hall in April. Armed with his trademark cheek and uncompromising approach, Tez presents his slick, smart and typically subversive new stand-up show. His steady rise through the comedy ranks has seen him appear on BBC2’s Mock The Week, Live at the BBC, Channel 4’s The Last …

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Mark James’ Sideshow Tricks at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This Spring, international variety star Mark James, heads to Blackburn Empire Theatre with his Sideshow Tricks. Having worked professionally as a performer for over a decade, Mark has mastered sleight of hand magic with comedy, sideshow stunts and hilarious audience participation. Fresh from a nationwide theatre tour, Mark brings something for the whole family. Featuring incredible stunts such as eating …

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Darwen Library Theatre welcomes Lyngo’s Tom Thumb

Lyngo is a children’s theatre company whose shows have delighted children and adults for over 10 years with their unique mix of fun and beautiful imagery, working magically together to reveal the vivid poetic realm that is at the heart of their work. Tom Thumb has been their most successful piece, touring Europe almost continually for the past 10 years …

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Russell Brand brings his RE:BIRTH Tour to King George’s Hall!

Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents at King George’s Hall this April as he tries to make sense of life, having just made a new one. “What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?” In Re:Birth, Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. “How do …

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Once upon a dream…Sleeping Beauty at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Join us at the glorious Blackburn Empire Theatre this Easter for another rip-roaring panto adventure. Tom Rolfe Productions are proud to present Sleeping Beauty; a dreamy show packed with family fun. Will the wicked fairy Carabosse ruin the beautiful Princess’s christening and cast her evil curse making her sleep for a hundred years? Will the King’s henchmen succeed in finding …

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Bye Bye Baby – Jersey Boys Tribute

This March at King George’s Hall, Bye Bye Baby celebrate the career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. This fast paced, energetic live production recreates the legendary sounds of the iconic band. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Sherry’ and ‘Oh What A Night’, the boys will …

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Bee Gees Fever: A tribute at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This March at Blackburn Empire Theatre, the UK’s premier Bee Gee’s tribute show are set to wow audiences with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Gibb Brothers. Bee Gees Fever have put their name firmly on the map as one of the most celebrated tribute bands to the legendary Bee Gees, working tirelessly to share the greatest …

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The Quo Experience at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This March The Quo Experience will be rockin all the way to Blackburn Empire Theatre, treating audiences to a chance to relive the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Britain’s biggest singles chart band: Status Quo. But, The Quo Experience are not your average tribute band. The band are fronted by Shaun Michaels as Francis Rossi and Dave Crawte as Rick …

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Steptoe and Son at Darwen Library Theatre

This stage adaptation of Steptoe and Son comes to Darwen Library Theatre this March with John Hewer (Harold Steptoe) and Jeremy Smith (Albert Steptoe) playing the roles made famous by Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett. Albert and Harold; father and son. One proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the other protests that he’s “a dirty old man!” In …

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Welcome to the Jungle: Guns or Roses at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Blackburn Empire Theatre are proud to welcome Guns or Roses this March. Since forming in 2009, Guns or Roses have dedicated themselves to becoming the most musically accurate tribute to Hollywood hell-raisers, Guns and Roses. They are widely regarded as the most authentic sounding tribute in the UK, even boasting the very same guitar rig as Slash himself! The band …

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National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour …

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The Dreamboys at Blackburn Empire Theatre

The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand-new show and UK tour for 2018. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath-taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girl’s nights out. With guest appearances on some …

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Celebrating 50 Years Of Led Zeppelin 1968 – 2018

In August 1968, four young musicians convened in a small rehearsal room in London and performed an old Johnny Burnette song: ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’. This was the birth of Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant or John Bonham would go on to be the biggest band in the world. This March at Darwen Library Theatre, Whole Lotta …

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Bobby Mair: Loudly Insecure

Over the past couple of years, Bobby has become an instantly recognisable face on British television and the UK comedy circuit. This year, he brings his tour to Darwen Library Theatre. 30 years ago, Bobby was put up for adoption and now he’s tracking down his birth family one by one. Saying his search has hit a couple of snags …

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Tongue Tied & Twisted

This March at Darwen Library Theatre, experience two distinctive artists bringing a fresh UK twist on traditional tales collected from South Asian elders. This show celebrates the art of live storytelling fusing a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds. Together, Peter and PKC the First present a unique audience experience which bridges cultures and generations. …

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Milton Jones Is Out There

King George’s Hall welcomes Milton Jones – star of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and Live at the Palladium – to Blackburn this April. ‘Milton Jones is Out There’ is a manifesto of nonsense and the perfect antidote to the world’s troubles. If this master of the one-liner was running for Prime Minister, would the world be a …

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Celebrate the life and music of country legend Dolly Parton

Sick of working 9 to 5? Escape to Blackburn Empire Theatre and enjoy a sensational tribute capturing the voice and verve of Dolly Parton. The acclaimed show is performed by the world-renowned Julia Martin, paying tribute to the musical journey of one of the world’s most famous country singers. With vocals direct from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee, mannerisms …

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Blackburn Classics: Manchester Camerata at King George’s Hall

Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides Hummel Trumpet Concerto Haydn Trumpet Concerto Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ Jessica Cottis conductor Tine Thing Helseth trumpet ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times), Manchester Camerata returns to King George’s Hall for an evening of popular classics, featuring two of today’s most eminent female artists, Norwegian trumpet sensation, Tine Thing Helseth, and Australian born conductor, …

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Blackburn Drama Club present: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Written and created by Lancashire native, Jim Cartwright, the iconic Olivier Award-winning musical-comedy is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice premiered in 1992 and is nostalgic not only for its early 90s setting but for its principle characters fascination with the classic records of Hollywood and Vegas idols. Blown fuses, real and …

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Anarchy at King George’s Hall: The Sex Pistols Experience and The Complete Clash

The Sex Pistols Experience and The Complete Clash come together for Anarchy Night at King George’s Hall this March. Relive the (in)famous 1976 Anarchy Tour. The Sex Pistols Experience are the world’s leading and only professional tribute to the most outrageous and controversial band of all time! Having performed well over 2,000 shows in 19 countries since 2001, The Sex …

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The Best of Burt Bacharach at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Blackburn Empire Theatre is proud to welcome Back to Bacharach, accompanied by the amazing Magic Moments Orchestra this March. Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century. Together with Hal David, Burt penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits of all time. Burt is a …

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Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Gondoliers

The Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society present their grand production of The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria, at Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. Four performances will be presented at the Blackburn Empire Theatre, 128 years after it first premiered at the Savoy Theatre. The twelfth of the fourteen collaborations by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, it showcases them at …

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The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show

Join legendary comedy act, The Grumbleweeds, at Blackburn Empire Theatre this February for an evening of laughter, music, magic and more. This show is full to the brim with of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, great singers, theatrical magic and fun for all the family. Drawing on their 25 years of experience and know-how in the industry, The Grumbleweeds have developed, updated, …

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Travelin’ Man: The Ricky Nelson Rock ‘N’ Roll Show

Travelin’ Man – The Ricky Nelson Rock & Roll Show is the first and only tribute show in the UK dedicated to the 50’s and 60’s legend, Ricky Nelson. Launched in March 2017, the show is a celebration of the life and work of the artist who was second only to Elvis Presley in record sales between 1957 and 1962. …

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra returns to Blackburn with the Legends of Jazz

National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) will be returning to Blackburn in February with an iconic programme highlighting ‘Legends of Jazz’ at the Blackburn Empire Theatre. The programme celebrates the greatest jazz classics ever written, and features tunes by undisputable jazz masters such as Caravan by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, and ‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk, alongside legendary modern composers …

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Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Hub

Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance invite people living with dementia, their carers or family members and anyone concerned about dementia to a Dementia Hub event on Thursday 8th February, at the Care Network Hub, Town Hall Street, Blackburn from 1pm – 3pm. Local charities including Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Care Network and more will be on hand to let …

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