There’s a great variety of shows, events and entertainment for all the family at the venue at the heart of the town centre. Read on to find out what’s on next at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
What’s on Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Christmas Show 2018 – The Wizard of Oz – The Musical
Friday 7th December to Sunday 30 December 2018
Shows at various times, every day except Mon 10, Mon 17, Tues 25 December
Following the smash hit show Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House this year, 2018 will see audiences following the yellow brick road to spend an unforgettable Christmas with Dorothy and her friends in the merry old land of Oz.
X- Factor sensation Holly Tandy will stepping into Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers in this year’s unforgettable adventure, The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Opera House. Radio Wave’s Scott Gallagher is the Cowardly Lion.
In 2017 Holly’s strong performances as one of Sharon Osbourne’s girls got her all the way through to the Semi Finals of the X Factor. She was the youngest contestant on the show at just 15 and her performance of Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You at the auditions was the start of an incredible journey. This will be Holly’s first musical theatre role and she tells us:
‘I’m over the moon, or should I say rainbow! To be taking my first stage role in such an iconic musical at such an iconic venue. I can’t wait to get on stage!’
This highly-acclaimed adaptation from The Royal Shakespeare Company is produced by the award-winning Selladoor Family, (producers of Madagascar, Peter Pan, Seussical) and sees the return of Radio Wave favourite Scott Gallagher as the Cowardly Lion, back by popular demand following his celebrated performance in last years musical adventure at the Opera House – Peter Pan. The Wizard of Oz features a timeless and instantly recognisable score, with classics such as We’re Off To See The Wizard, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!, If I Only Had A Brain and Over The Rainbow.
When a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, to the merry old land of Oz, they learn that the only way to get back home is to ask for help from a great and powerful Wizard. Whilst on their quest they stumble across a Scarecrow – who is need of a brain, a Tin Man – who so desperately wants a heart, and a Lion – who could really do with some courage. Together they begin a magical journey as they head off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.
One Night Only – Christmas Party Night
Saturday 15 December from 7.30pm
Party in style in the world-famous Empress Ballroom this Christmas!
Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival before taking seats in the world-famous Empress Ballroom.
Including a 3-course meal before entertainment from the Midnight Soul Sisters featuring classics from legends such as, Tina Turner, Supremes, Etta James, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, Candy Staton, Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Chic, The Shirelles, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary wells, Mary J Blige, Beyonce and many more!
With aftershow DJ, it’s the perfect party for you, your colleagues and friends to celebrate Christmas in style!
Santa’s New Sleigh!
19 to 24 December, tickets from £9.50
Wed & Thur 11am & 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm
Mon 10am, 1pm & 3pm
Sprocket and Dibs have a problem! Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s Sleigh is nowhere to be found.
Will Sprocket and Dibs be able to create a new sleigh in time or will Christmas be cancelled? Can you help them save the day? Only time will tell but with audience participation, sing-alongs and a present from Santa for every child it promises to be the perfect festive treat.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take a photograph with Santa himself so don’t forget to bring your cameras and Smart Phones!
This show is ideal for pre-school and children up to 8 years.
Hits at Christmas
Saturday 22 December at 6pm
Following the continued success of the various Hits shows in the Opera House, Hits at Christmas will give children the opportunity to experience performing in Empress Ballroom, on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.
Here at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.
New Years Eve Family Party
Monday 31 December from 7pm to 1am
Join the Empress Ballroom to celebrate 2018 and see in 2019 in style. The annual New Year’s Eve Family party has become a tradition for many families.
The event includes:
- Childrens entertainer
- Party games
- Live Bands
- Bouncy Castle
Reserved tables of 10 are available for £250 and include drinks, buffet and reserved seats. Book your tickets early as this is a sell out event.
The Blackpool NYE Northern Soul & Motown Party
Monday 31 December from 8pm – 2am
What a great way to bring in the 2019 with DJ’s: Richard Searling, Kev Roberts, Ozz, Chris Box, Jimmy Scriv, Jim Hargreaves & John Kane.
2 Rooms of Soul!
- In the Spanish Hall: Classic Northern Soul & Motown
- In the Renaissance: Disco & Modern Soul Anthems
Advance Tickets : £15.00 each or pay on the door £20* each *Please note: no admission without an advance ticket after 1am
SHOWS IN 2019 AT BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS
WWE NXT UK
12-13 January 2019 from 6pm
NXT UK is a weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the UK, including Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang. The series streams each Wednesday on WWE Network and these episodes are taped at iconic venues across the United Kingdom, including the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, Plymouth Pavilions and the famous Liverpool Olympia.
Winter Gardens Open Day
26 January 2019 from 11am to 4pm
The world-famous Winter Gardens will again throw open its doors for an exclusive access all areas event, allowing the public a rare chance to explore every nook and cranny of the grade 2* listed building.
Blackpool’s Winter Gardens first opened to the public on 11 July 1878, with a lavish ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of London and Mayors and Mayoresses from 68 towns throughout the country. Through its collection of theatres, ballrooms, exhibition halls and public spaces the venue has welcomed many millions since, including stars of stage, screen, and world politics.
The public will get the chance to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards, so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms, and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ. The grandeur of the Empress Ballroom will be free to explore whilst the often-overlooked Spanish Suites will offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue. The open day will give the public the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century.
With a further 20 plus unique and breathtaking spaces to explore, the open day is a rare and unique opportunity to experience them all, including the ones people don’t know exist.
Admission is by donation, from £1.40. All money raised will be donated to the Winter Gardens 140th Celebration Fund.
19 February at 7pm
25 years since Peter Andre burst onto the Australian music scene, the internationally acclaimed, global media star is back with a 25-date tour of the UK in February and March 2019 visiting Blackpool Opera House on Tuesday 19 February 2019.
Following his breakthrough in Australia which saw his second single Gimme Little Sign peak at number three in the Australian charts, Peter released his second studio album, Natural, in the UK which reached Number One in the album charts. It included the infamous Mysterious Girl, which shot to Number Two in the UK singles charts, and later went on to hit the top spot when it was re-released by public demand in 2004.
Peter’s music career peaked during the 90s when he became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK. He had several Number One hit singles, two Number One albums and toured all over the world collecting a multitude of national and international accolades along the way. His chart success led to major tours throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.
During his 25 years in the spotlight, Peter has showcased his diverse musical talent, releasing 12 different albums, all with a unique twist. 2014 saw the singer songwriter release a brand new sound to add to his collection, with the debut of his swing album Big Night followed in 2015 with Come Fly With Me.
The Celebrating 25 Years tour will see Peter encompass his musical journey through the years, performing his best loved hits from his early years to his most recent tracks that have reignited the hearts of the nation.
Collabro – Road to the Albert Hall
23 February at 7.30pm
After the success of last year’s huge sell-out theatre tour, Collabro will be back on the road next Spring with a mammoth 51 dates across the UK. The musical theatre group’s ‘Road to the Royal Albert Hall’ Tour will be kicking off at South Shields Customs House in February and will see the group perform at a variety of intimate theatres and iconic venues over three months, before finishing the tour at the world renowned Royal Albert Hall in London.
Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, met in 2014 for their first rehearsal at a London pub, just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of ‘Stars’ for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Having triumphed in their Semi-Final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. This subsequently led to them joining Simon Cowell’s label Syco, and hence becoming label-mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo.
In the three years since the competition, Collabro have released a Number 1 debut album “Stars”, followed by “Act Two” which peaked at Number 2 in the charts in the summer of 2015. They have performed at the Royal Variety Performance; twice on Britain’s Got Talent (most recently the 10-year Grand Final compilation of past contestants – having been voted ‘The Nation’s Favourite BGT Winner’ in a national poll) and are now enormously successful internationally. Notably, they have performed for over 30 million people in Japan on Music Station on two separate occasions – receiving a Gold Disc for Best International Artist alongside Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. They have also completed two tours of America and signed a major US record deal.
An Evening with the Hairy Bikers
2 March at 7pm
ALL ROUND TO THE HAIRY BIKERS’ FOR A NIGHT OF COOKING CONVERSATION WITH SI KING AND DAVE MYERS
National Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 36 dates between February and April. With their irresistible enthusiasm, An Evening With The Hairy Bikers will be an epic night of cooking and conversation.
Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, Si and Dave have been cooking together for more than twenty years. They have created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs and travelled the world in the pursuit of great food. They’ve also explored the length and breadth of the British Isles to discover brand new recipes and create their own fresh takes on cooking classics.
The stars of several hit television shows, they are the UK’s most popular cookery duo with series including THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ COOKBOOK; BEST OF BRITISH, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MISSISSIPPI ADVENTURE, EVERYDAY GOURMETS, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ FOOD TOUR OF BRITAIN and two major prime time series of MUMS KNOW BEST for BBC2 all drawing millions of audiences.
The Hairy Bikers have also written over twenty books to date, including the bestselling THE HAIRY BIKERS’ PERFECT PIES, 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, BIG BOOK OF BAKING, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ GREAT CURRIES and four phenomenally successful diet books, THE HAIRY DIETERS: HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT, THE HAIRY DIETERS: EAT FOR LIFE, GOOD EATING and MAKE IT EASY published earlier this year. Other recent publications include CHICKEN & EGG and MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE accompanying their BBC2 TV series, with their new book THE HAIRY BIKERS’ BRITISH CLASSICS to be released on 1 November.
Green Day’s American Idiot
5-9 March 2019
Following two critically acclaimed and celebrated West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive Tony Award winning rock musical, American Idiot, returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning album. The special anniversary tour opens at the Opera House Blackpool for one week only from 5 – 9 March 2019.
Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show, which premiered in December 2009 at Berkeley Rep Theatre, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.
This story of youthful disillusion and mistrust of society and government has never been more current; particularly with the modern parallels in the USA where school children have mobilised to form an impressive campaign for gun law reform.
The musical’s hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
American Idiot The Musical is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow and lighting by Tim Deiling. The production is produced by Selladoor Worldwide and presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Brendan Cole – Show Man!
14 March at 7.30pm
Brush off your tails, Brendan is back! This brand new production for 2019 promises unparalleled entertainment as Brendan Cole leads his stunning cast in a thrilling extravaganza of music and dance.
The very first winner of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is joined by an amazing team of professional dancers, singers and a live band to showcase the superb choreography and dazzling performance that has kept him in the public eye for 15 years.
Join us for a night of beautiful Ballroom magic and high-energy Latin passion with the charismatic Brendan Cole, and experience the ultimate Show Man at his best.
The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio
Thurs 11 & Fri 12 April 2019
Shows at 11am & 2pm
Immersion Theatre are thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much-loved classic, Pinocchio!
Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached!
Tues 23- Sat 27 April 2019
Evenings – 7pm, Wed, Thur & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).
The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour 2019
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date UK tour. Heading to the Opera House Blackpool on 15 May 2019. Tickets for this dance spectacular will go on general sale on Thursday 15th February at 10am.
Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess.
Audiences will enjoy the incredible talent of these world-class dancers as they perform exquisitely choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines with all the sequins, sparkle and stunning production values we have come to know and love!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals as it returns for a Strictly limited engagement!
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals takes place across the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Tues 28 May to Sat 1 June 2019
Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT returns in May following a sell-out stint at the venue in 2016.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
Tues – Thurs 7.30pm
Weds & Thurs Matinee 2.30pm
Fri – 5.00pm & 8.00pm
Sat – 2.00pm, 5.00pm, 8.00pm
Rocky Horror Show
Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June 2019
Mon-Thurs at 8pm, Fri-Sat at 6 & 9pm
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet.
When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget…
Motown the Musical
Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 August 2019
With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine and tells the story behind the classic hits.
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
Tony nominated “Motown the Musical” received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run.
The London production of “Motown the Musical” opened on 11 February 2016. The production continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is half way through its third year and is booking until April 2019.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Monday 21 – Sat 26 October 2019
Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Weds & Sat mats at 2.30pm
The iconic musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is coming to the Opera House Blackpool. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY!
Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
A Green Revolution for the Winter Gardens
A new programme launched in January 2018 by the Winter Gardens Blackpool will see trees planted across Blackpool’s parks and public spaces as part of a drive to offset the venues carbon footprint.
With help from Radio Wave’s breakfast team, Scott and Hayley, the first tree, an oak, planted to launch the scheme sits proudly in Stanley Park.
The scheme which forms part of a wider community programme developed by the Blackpool Winter Gardens could see up to 20 trees donated each year.
The trees will be sited by the council’s community and environmental department and donated as part a drive to offset the print including posters, brochures and leaflets which are used by the venue in the promotion of its many events. The initiative forms part of a community and environmental programme aimed at ensuring the venue remains at the heart of the community.
The tree donation initiative forms part of a green revolution taking place at the Victorian venue which now includes the recycling of advertising banners into reusable shopping bags, and a phased withdrawal of single-use plastics. This is accompanied by significant investment in new and efficient systems at the venue.
There’s Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens
This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors. The variety of events the Winter Gardens has to offer means there’s always something on offer for locals and visitors to the resort. Find out more about the history of the Winter Gardens.
The Opera House
New, upcoming bands have played in the Opera House including the like of Little Mix, along with old favourites such as Jane McDonald and Daniel O’Donnell who continue to return and some of the world’s best bands including Canada’s Arcade Fire – who selected the Winter Gardens as only one of three venues to play in the UK.
The Empress Ballroom
The magnificent Empress Ballroom is just as comfortable staging the World Dance Championships each year as it is hosting some of the world’s best rock and pop acts in concert.
Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens is an incredible building with a long history. It first opened on 11 July 1878 and since then has grown and developed as an entertainment complex which mirrors the growth of the seaside town of Blackpool.
Right in the centre of the complex, in what is now the coffee shop, still stands the original building of the site around which the whole of the Winter Gardens has been built.
A Perfect Venue for your Event
The Winter Gardens offers a wide variety of venues for events ranging from small private business lunches to large scale conferences. You can also hold your wedding at the Winter Gardens. What could be better than a reception or banquet in the newly refurbished Derham Room? (pictured below).
The main rooms include the 2,900 capacity Opera House (the largest theatre stage outside London), the grand Empress Ballroom with a capacity of 3,250 people for concerts, and the 2,600 sq metre Olympia Exhibition Hall.
The Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens, dine in style!
Illuminasia was the indoor Illuminations attraction inside the Winter Gardens. It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October 2017. Illuminasia was dismantled to make space for who knows what….
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