What’s On

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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The Bluetones at King George’s Hall!

The Bluetones are set to make a welcome return to the live forum with a stop at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall this May. The band, a huge part of the Britpop era, were always an engaging and dynamic live outfit. Fronted by the enigmatic Mark Morriss, they had an impressive run of hit singles including ‘Bluetonic’, ‘Slight Return’, ‘Marblehead Johnson’, …

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Tongue Tied & Twisted

This May 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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Third Angel presents 600 People at Darwen Library Theatre

“We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and friendship…” So says the message from the human race on the Voyager spacecraft. But is there, you know, anyone out there? Alexander Kelly really wanted to know, so he spoke to an astrophysicist to find out. This is what he found out: Stellar Wobble. The Mirror …

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Social Dancing For The Over 50s

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen holds a weekly sequence dancing session for the over 50’s. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be an expert to take part. Mondays 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Wesley Hall, Feilden Street, Blackburn BB2 1LQ. Cost per session is £2.50 For more information contact Age UK on 01254 266620 or email enquiries@ageukbwd.org.uk

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Chantel McGregor at Darwen Library Theatre

This Spring at Darwen Library Theatre, female guitar prodigy Chantel McGregor is embarking on something a little different: an exclusive solo acoustic tour. At 14, Chantel was told by a major label that she had a “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!” Wisely ignoring their comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the …

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Here for the laughs! George’s Comedy Club this April

This April at King George’s Hall’s Comedy Club: Jonathan Mayor Jonathan Mayor sets the stage alight with his razor sharp audience banter and stunning charisma. But don’t be fooled by the glitter and glamour, underneath lies an intelligent line of socio-political humour, from a unique and fascinating perspective. He will reduce any audience to hysterics whether they are erudite, Radio …

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The Return of the Houghton Weavers at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This April, The Houghton Weavers bring their unique blend of popular folk music and humour Blackburn Empire Theatre. Since learning their craft in the folk clubs of their native Lancashire over 40 years ago, the group – Tony Berry, Steve Millington, David Littler and Jim Berry – have performed thousands of concerts, recorded over 30 albums, starred in their own …

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Tommy Scott at Darwen Library Theatre

This Spring, lead singer of Liverpudlian Britpop band, Space, heads to Darwen Library Theatre for a night of nineties throwbacks! Space rose to prominence in the mid-1990s with several hit singles and a duet with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia. The melodic core of Space’s sound was inspired by 1960s guitar groups such as The Kinks and The Who, which helped …

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Vienna Festival Ballet present Swan Lake

One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet, comes to King George’s Hall this April. When Prince Siegfried comes of age, his mother presents him with a crossbow, but with this gift comes the obligation to marry, which the prince refuses. He goes out hunting and aims his bow at what he believes …

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The Drive at Darwen Library Theatre

Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend. This April at Darwen Library Theatre, The Drive recounts an unexpected road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo. The further Becky and Nat get from home the closer they come to confronting the …

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Angela Barnes brings Fortitude to Darwen Library Theatre

Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Alan Davies’ As yet Untitled, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC R4’s The News Quiz, host of Newsjack on BBC R4Extra) heads to Darwen Library Theatre in May with her Fortitude tour. On November 9th 2016, two momentous things happened to Angela, which have deeply affected her. …

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Say Hello Again to Neil Diamond at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Blackburn Empire Theatre is to welcome the sensational Hello Again Neil Diamond this April. 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 Caroline …

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They will rock you! Magic A Kind of Queen at Blackburn Empire Theatre

One of the finest tributes to Queen, Magic A Kind of Queen, are back to perform all the greatest hits of one of the world’s biggest ever rock bands at Blackburn Empire Theatre this April. Magic has been entertaining with a truly live show for more than 20 years, bringing all the Queen favourites to life from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to …

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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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