What’s On

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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National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their …

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Lancashire Swimmers Urged to Take The Plunge for Charity

People in Lancashire are being urged to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise money for two great causes, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in the annual sponsored event in pools across Lancashire and help raise money for both charities. This year, …

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The Rainband at King George’s Hall

Every now and again a band comes along that sounds like the start of something very special – and The Rainband are that band.” – BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins. This February, the critically acclaimed Rainband will return to King George’s Hall. In recent years Rainband have had critical and commercial success with their tracks ‘Rise Again’ and ‘Sirens’, both …

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Unique Backstage Experience for Aspiring Musicians

The ultimate show for guitar lovers is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. The outstanding Story of Guitar Heroes is a live, concert style, ‘rock-umentary’ performed by the extraordinarily talented and renowned musicians, Phil Walker and his exceptional band. With over 20 guitars used on stage, Phil Walker and his band sensationally recreate the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero, taking …

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Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit

Bill Bailey, well-known for his work on the television programmes Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, brings his Larks in Transit tour to King George’s Hall this March. Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, …

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra presents: Legends of Jazz

Blackburn Empire Theatre proudly welcomes the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO) this February. Legends of Jazz celebrates the greatest jazz classics ever written, featuring tunes by the undisputable jazz masters, such as Ellington and Monk. The 23-strong (NYJO) will take to the stage under the direction of deputy Music Direcor, Winston Rollins, to bring you the best …

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Merry Hell at Darwen Library Theatre

Founded in their native North-West England in 2010, Merry Hell have risen to become festival favourites. With their albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike, the group are preparing to return to Darwen Library Theatre for a repeat of 2017’s barnstorming show! The group have continued to develop their reputation as on-stage favourites, enjoying appearances at many …

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Diva Mix at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Using the music of one of the most influential girl bands in the world, Diva Mix brings a show like no other. The show takes the audience on a journey through some of the greatest Little Mix hits from Wings, to Black Magic, Shout Out to My Ex, to their latest hit, Power. But what makes this show truly special …

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The Story of Guitar Heroes!

 The ultimate show for guitar lovers is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February.  Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May, and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes’ tracks you will have the chance to experience in one amazing show! The outstanding Story of Guitar Heroes is a live, concert style, ‘rock-umentary’ performed by the extraordinarily …

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Moon on a Stick presents Little Red Riding Hood

The much-loved story is re-invented as a playful pantomime for little ones this February at Darwen Library Theatre. Moon On A Stick combine enchanting puppetry and absorbing storytelling with all the traditional pantomime elements in a gentle, imaginative show designed especially for the tiniest audience members. We follow the courageous Little Red through the forest to her grandmother’s house. With …

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Baby I Need Your Lovin! A tribute to Soul and Motown at Blackburn Empire Theatre

An amazing eight-piece show, featuring four stunning vocalists and one of the hottest rhythm sections ever assembled: Baby I Need Your Lovin’ is an epic soul review show paying homage to the immense Tamla Motown back catalogue, 1960 – 1976. Starring the Hitsville vocalists: Lucia Matisse, Emma Kelsey and the Soul Meister himself, PJ Carter, and backed by the Detroit …

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American Wrestling at King George’s Hall!

Boo the bad guys! Cheer the good guys! Fans will have the chance to witness the passion of dedicated athletes perfecting their craft. Wrestling Superstars will collide in a clash of skill and will in the ring, gripping the audience’s attention like nothing they have seen before! Spectators will have the chance to get up close and personal with their …

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