Theatre & Shows
Still Wondering About Wonderland

Still Wondering About Wonderland

altB’s Melanie Whitehead went to check out multi Grammy and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Wednesday.  Starring Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously

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Cure Your Itch At Scratch

Cure Your Itch At Scratch

One of the first things I was taught when I moved to Blackpool back in the noughties, was “avoid Central Drive like the plague.”  Thirteen years later and was still living by that advice. That’s until Scratch came along. Scratch is the brainchild of Melanie Whitehead of The Electric Sunshine Project.  The

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Review: Running Wild Storms Blackpool

Review: Running Wild Storms Blackpool

Running Wild is the latest theatrical taken from the collection of the peerless Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse and the first children’s literature laureate. It is currently doing a short run at The Blackpool Grand Theatre, so altB’s David Simper headed down there to check it out. Running Wild follows Lilly,

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Knights Who Say Ni Invade Blackpool

Knights Who Say Ni Invade Blackpool

If your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries, then a real treat is headed your way this autumn! Hit musical Spamalot will be heading to the Winter Gardens Blackpool in September as part of it’s UK tour. In this spammier than ever brand-new production, scenes are

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Scratch The Itch This Thursday

Scratch The Itch This Thursday

Thinking (or scratching your head) as to what to do this Thursday? Scratch is a modern variety night designed to give performers a platform to share their ideas and for Blackpool audiences to have a great and diverse night out – and its happening this Thursday at the Castle pub.

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Tango Moderno turns up the heat at The Grand

Tango Moderno turns up the heat at The Grand

Strictly superstars, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, capture the heat of the street in their new show Tango Moderno when they return to the Grand Theatre stage in October 2017.  Tango is the rhythm of the city, the heat of the streets and the pulse of life and this new production is the

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Short Ballets for Small People in Blackpool

Short Ballets for Small People in Blackpool

After great successes with The Elves and The Shoemaker and Madame Butterfly, Northern Ballet Theatre return to The Grand’s stage on Thursday 30 March 2017 with a brand-new retelling of the children’s classic Goldilocks & the Three Bears. Bringing this renowned children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears

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Running Wild: Interview with Toby Olié

Running Wild: Interview with Toby Olié

The latest in Michael Morpurgo’s theatrical adaptations is storming into Blackpool this April.  Running Wild boasts a menagerie of jungle creatures, vivid and life-like.  You’ll barely believe that some of the stars of the show are actually puppets!  The novel, based on a true story, is a critics favourite and is

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Anita And Me Take You On A Bittersweet Rollercoaster

Anita And Me Take You On A Bittersweet Rollercoaster

Any production which starts with a Raleigh Chopper on stage gets my vote every day of the week, so Anita And Me had me on side from the word go. What followed was a roller coaster couple of hours which at its heights and depths was very moving, as it

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Tempest Goes Down A Storm

Tempest Goes Down A Storm

It was advertised as ‘First Encounters With Shakespeare For Younger Audiences’ so I suppose the clue was in the title, but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer quantity of school children thronging the foyer at Blackpool Grand Theatre.  I was surprised by how young some of them appeared

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