The Grand Theatre is a Grade-II listed historic building and operating theatre in the heart of Blackpool that showcases musicals, traditional shows and live entertainment throughout the year. From family-friendly shows to stand-up comedy, variety shows and even Shakespeare, you can see almost every kind of live show here.

    The building has a legacy that dates back hundreds of years and offers a deep sense of history in its authentic Victorian interiors. If you're looking for a refined and elegant evening of classic entertainment, the Grand Theatre is the place to go.

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    History of the Grand Theatre

    The Grand Theatre opened in 1894 and was designed by famed Victorian architect Frank Matcham. The construction used private funds, and the building arose on the site of a former circus. The goal was to open 'the prettiest theatre in the land', and it was a success through World War I. 

    After World War II, the rise of TV and motion pictures caused a decline in ticket sales, but the theatre managed to survive through 1964 when it shut down until it was saved from demolition by being Grade II listed and renovated. It re-opened in 1981 and today is the UK National Theatre of Variety. 

    What to know about the Grand Theatre

    The Grand Theatre allows 'smart casual' dress – no football kits or tops and no shorts, but general casual dress is permitted. The theatre doesn't have parking facilities of its own, but the car park across from the building offers full spaces and Blue Badge spaces. 

    The theatre is also accessible for people with disabilities, offering captioned performances, audio-described performances, BSL-interpreted performances and wheelchair-accessible seating. Accessibility is a priority of the theatre, and they go to great lengths to ensure a great experience for everyone. Feel free to call them for any accommodation you need.

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    The Grand Theatre in Blackpool

    Location: 33 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HT, UK

    Open: Hours vary by performance

    Phone: +44 (0)1253 290190

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