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The Grand’s New Full On Entertainment Programme

Always up there with its mixed and entertaining slate with something for all, Blackpool’s legendary Grand Theatre has really pulled out all the stops with its new full on entertainment programme featuring quality acts showcasing the best in popular culture with something for all, unless you only listen to nose flute music.

The spectacular Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas returns (26 to 28 Apr). Go back in time to the golden era of 1950s Las Vegas, when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin ruled the roost with support from the immortal Ella Fitzgerald and a stunning big band.

Other one-night spectaculars include: ELO Again (10 Mar) celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ELO’s iconic album ‘OUT OF THE BLUE’; Sunday Night At The Grand (11 Mar) headlined by Coronation Street star and X Factor winner Shayne Ward; Sign Sealed Delivered (1 May) featuring Lejaune Andre, the star of The Magic of Motown – back-to-back number ones will include Superstition, Higher Ground, and the biggest international hit of all time I just Called To Say I Love You.

Bowie

For country music fans, Islands In The Stream (2 May) celebrates the sans pareil Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Then David’s legions of fans can catch the Bowie Experience (3 May) a must-see journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy. Then to the man with the sunglasses who delivered some of the world’s most emotional ballads, The Roy Orbison Story (20 May).

The UK Pink Floyd Experience (8 Jun) show features over two hours of material from iconic Floyd albums including Dark Side Of The Moon and Animals. The presentation features  a stunning video projection and light show, Some Guys Have All The Luck (10 Jun) celebrates Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Then to The Bon Jovi Experience (21 Jun) for a rock out.

By way of contrast we have the formidable Ruby Wax’s one-woman show Frazzled (5 Jul). Based on her number one best seller, “A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.” Ruby has assumed the role of  been poster girl for mental illness, and surviving it.

Vampires Rock
Vampires Rock

Are you ready for a sing-a-longa party? The Lancashire Hotpots (7 Jul) will be raising the roof with all the Hotpot classics you know and love: Chippy Tea, I Fear Ikea and Egg, Sausage Chips & Beans. Then more contrast with the Magic of Motown (26 Aug): all of your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Dancing In The Streets and All Night Long. More contrast with The Meatloaf Story (2 Nov), then Vampires Rock featuring X Factor winner, Sam Bailey (19 Jan, 2019).

Milton Jones

From music to comedy with the likes of Milton Jones Is Out There (9 Mar), our LOL Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club (6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun, 6 Jul), Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot (6 and 7 Jun), Jon Culshaw: The Great British Take Off (17 Jun) and Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg (6 Jul). This seems to be the Radio 4 comedy interlude.

The legend that is Sir Ken Dodd reprises his Happiness Show (30 Sep, 14, 21, 28 Oct). Blackpool’s great friend Dave Spikey returns on 4 Oct. The Lancashire based comic will review his remarkable life from working class lad, to Chief Biomedical Scientist, to much loved comedy performer, writing shows including Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye and many more.

So if you’re looking for full on entertainment in the heart of your own community, or visiting the best seaside resort in the country, check out this fine slate of acts. Many are one night only, so don’t shilly shally. To book tickets for any of the shows mentioned visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk, call 01253 290190 or visit the Grand Theatre box office on Church Street.

 

 

 

 

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