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Kaiser Chiefs return! This January at King George’s Hall.

Following the announcement that Kaiser Chiefs had re-signed to Polydor / Universal, the band have announced a new tour, including a stop at King George’s Hall this January. The band have also announced that they are back in the studio working on their seventh studio album with Ben Allen, the producer who worked on the band’s UK number one album, Education, …

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Suede announce 2019 UK tour with a stop at King George’s Hall

Following a series of incredibly well-received European dates earlier this year including two sold out London shows at Eventim Apollo, Suede have announced a nationwide UK tour for April 2019, with a stop at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall. Suede’s new tour follows the release of their new top five album, The Blue Hour, the final part of the triptych of …

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National Theatre Live: I’m Not Running at Darwen Library Theatre

I’m Not Running by David Hare I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live Darwen Library Theatre in January. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour …

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National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra at Darwen Library Theatre

Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Broadcast live from the National Theatre to Darwen Library Theatre this January, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a …

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Blackburn Market Kitchen opens for Christmas this Saturday!

Blackburn Market will welcome MasterChef finalist, Moonira Hinglotwala, for a cookery demonstration this Saturday. Moonira, a pharmacist and mother-of-two from Blackburn, cooked up a storm earlier this year making it to the final of BBC’s MasterChef. Join Moonira as she cooks up some festive delights and Christmas classics, with a couple of tasty samples! Recipe cards will also be available …

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Say Hello Again with The Story of Neil Diamond at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Blackburn Empire Theatre is to welcome back the sensational Hello Again Neil Diamond this January. Using evocative imagery, video and narration, this show will take the audience on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50-year career. From the bang years, to the present day, audiences are guaranteed to be singing and dancing to all the classic hits; from ‘Sweet …

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Viva Las Empire! Happy Birthday Elvis with Paul Molloy

Blackburn Empire Theatre are proud to welcome Happy Birthday Elvis, a tribute to the career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, celebrating what would have been his 83rd birthday. Paul Molloy and the Red Alert concert band bring you a packed two-hour live show, with all the hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s to the concert shows of the …

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A cavalcade of magical characters and mischievous elves bring Christmas Family Parade to town

Blackburn’s packed Big Christmas programme continues this weekend with the Christmas Parade. Pop Up Entertainment in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will stage a festive themed parade on Saturday 1st December featuring magical characters from family favourite Christmas tales. Families and friends are invited to join enchanted princes and princesses, Nutcracker ballerinas, acrobatic elves, Toy Soldier stilt-walkers, Father …

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Darwen Library Theatre’s GIANT Family Panto!

PMA Productions are delighted to be returning to Darwen Library Theatre this Christmas with the gigantic pantomime adventure, Jack and the Beanstalk. With a little help from a few magic beans, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a fairy-tale to send the imagination wild! Sent to market to sell the family’s cow, Jack instead buys magic beans but finds …

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Don’t get caught snoozing this Christmas! A dazzling production of Sleeping Beauty is coming to King George’s Hall!

Stageworks Worldwide Productions will return to King George’s Hall in 2018 with the breath-taking Sleeping Beauty, following their sell-out production of Beauty and the Beast in 2017. Winner of The Voice 2016 and newly announced frontman of Wet Wet Wet, Kevin Simm will also return for his sixth Christmas to play our handsome Prince Phillip. Jennifer Greene, who stunned audiences …

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Ten piece band, Ska Face, head to King George’s Hall this December!

“We are Ska Face, a ten-piece ska band from the original ghost town – Blackpool. “We are – for the most part – enjoying the biggest collective mid life crisis the world has ever seen.” Formed from the desire to return to the classic sounds of their youth, Ska Face, the ten piece with a combined age of over 450 …

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Come And Join In Our Party Day, Says Local Charity

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is holding its annual Christmas stock launch at its Darwen shop on Friday 30th November 10am to 4.30pm.  So if you’re looking for something new for the festive season why not call in to see if you can pick up a bargain or two! A wide range of party wear for all the family, bags, …

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Experience Bon Jovi at King George’s Hall this December!

This December, King George’s Hall welcomes The Bon Jovi Experience, the worlds only Bon Jovi tribute to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. In 1994 a group of friends from Crewe, Nantwich and Dudley formed a small tribute band to Bon Jovi. Performing in pubs and clubs, they had no idea that they would become, not …

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It’s an Awfully Big Adventure at Blackburn Empire Theatre this Christmas!

This Christmas, Blackburn Empire Theatre and Pendle Productions proudly present the pantomime, Peter Pan, playing from Friday 30th November 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Peter Pan takes the Darling children and the audience on a magical journey to Never Never Land in this classic British pantomime. Peter, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, …

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Get ready for a blockbuster night with The Sweet at King George’s Hall!

British rock music phenomena, The Sweet, have announced their 50th-anniversary world tour, including a stop at King George’s Hall this December. A must-see show for 2018! With over 55 million records sold and 34 number one hits worldwide, they are quintessential glam rockers who brought androgynous looks and crunching guitar pop to the masses. One of the most influential British …

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New Tai Chi Class for Over 50s In Darwen

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are starting a new Tai Chi class for the over 50’s led by a qualified tutor. “Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which helps improve mobility, balance and general overall fitness. It is suitable for all levels of ability including people with mobility problems. We would encourage people to come along and try …

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Blackburn with Darwen Library Newsletter, November 2018

Multi award winning author to promote the first ever “Great North West Read” at Darwen Library In a first of its kind, public library authorities across the North West region will be promoting one book during November. Sharon Bolton’s “The Craftsman” is a tense thriller with a young female police constable investigating a series of murders in Lancashire in the 1970s, …

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National Theatre Live: Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at Darwen Library Theatre

Allelujah! by Alan Bennett ‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) at Darwen Library Theatre this December. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave …

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An Evening with Britain’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, at Darwen Library Theatre

This November, Darwen Library Theatre welcomes Britain’s Strongest Man and star of hit Netflix documentary, Strong Man, Eddie Hall. From truck mechanic to superstar, it’s been an incredible journey for Eddie, taking him across the globe breaking world records. Eddie won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017, the first Brit for 24 years, and remains the only person ever to …

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Jake Bugg’s Solo Acoustic Tour at King George’s Hall

Following the release of his critically lauded new album Hearts That Strain last year, Jake Bugg heads to King George’s Hall this November as part of his solo acoustic tour. The shows continue Jake’s ‘Hearts That Strain’ tour, a series of solo acoustic shows that included 15 dates across the country last November and a further 16 this spring. This stripped back …

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