AltBlackpool was recently at The Grand Theatre for the launch of their spring and summer season launch. It was certainly spectacular, with an 18 foot live dinosaur and its babies as well as a kaleidoscope of kites suspended from the ceiling. In keeping with this dramatic setting a host of exciting features were trailed for the coming months.
The 35 different shows will provide over 160 nights of fantastic live entertainment. Ruth Eastwood, Blackpool Grand Theatre Chief Executive opened the event, sharing her personal story about how her passion for theatre had been ignited. She said ‘A combination of my local school and my local theatre changed my life. Using memorable, experiential learning to build confidence, self-esteem, co-operation and resilience, my local theatre sent me on a path to my career. I want The Grand to be able to offer the same opportunities to our local children that I was afforded. That’s why I do what I do.’
Guests enjoyed the theatre’s season trailer, and a film on the very varied work the theatre does through its Creative Learning programmes for young people. Eastwood explained it is the generous support of theatre goers, donors and funders who support The Grand’s PlayYourPart campaign that helps to create and realise dreams for children locally. She went on to talk about this seasons campaign ThisIsMe, which aims to encourage local, regional and national audience members to share their experiences of live theatre and The Grand telling their followers what they’ve enjoyed in Blackpool.
Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with a consortium of other organisations; VisitBlackpool, LeftCoast, Blackpool’s Arts Service and The Winter Gardens are helping to promote a campaign of ‘Culture Blackpool’. Encouraging people who experience something new and exciting in Blackpool in the arts, music, graffiti, galleries and more to share it on social media. This campaign is not only to raise awareness to local residents but to raise awareness of its Culture to Blackpool’s renowned Tourism industry, over 18 million visitors a year. There is much more going on, and people should delve deeper and explore through cultureblackpool.com and other such sites like (ahem) altBlackpool.co.uk.
This seasons musical offer starts with 20th Century Boy (13 to 17 Mar) featuring some great rock songs. It tells the life story of Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex. This hit musical returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life. Featuring classic T.Rex 70s hits Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy and many more it promises to be a great night for fans of glam rock. Look out for our opening night review.
To book tickets for this or any of the other upcoming shows visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk, call 01253 290190 or visit the Grand Theatre box office on Church Street.
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