Friends of The Grand
The Friends of the Grand is a 3,000+ strong group of people who support the beautiful Grand Theatre and its eclectic programme.
Formed in 1973 to save the building from demolition, the first Friends were literally ‘hands-on’. They painted the dressing rooms, repaired holes to the ceiling and helped to get the theatre into shape.
Funds were raised in many ways, including Midnight Matinées; all part of the bid to save the theatre. Early Friends included such names as Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Alistair Cooke, Ken Dodd, Leslie Crowther, Tim West and Prunella Scales, Billy Pearce and Johnnie Casson.
The role of the Friends of the Grand has changed over the years; nowadays Friends support the theatre in different ways. They raise funds from subscriptions and social events to finance projects within the theatre, primarily aimed at enhancing the comfort of our patrons. Over the last twenty years the Friends have contributed in excess of £750,800 towards projects including the provision of new carpets, seating and technical equipment. By Autumn 2008, the Friends have contributed almost £250,000 to the Sam Lee Appeal to improve theatergoer amenities and renovate the interior of the Theatre to its near original splendour.
Friends are also the Founding Angel of the National Theatre of Variety.
Another way we help is via our volunteer teams – Front of House teams sell programmes and orange juice and, more importantly, extend a warm welcome to our patrons. Mailing Team volunteers assist by stuffing envelopes with publicity material and often enjoy a morning coffee and drizzle cake during the process! As well as saving the theatre a great deal of money, belonging to a team gives our members the opportunity to meet like-minded Friends and theatre buffs.
Become a Friend of The Grand
Membership costs £16 (£8 for Senior Citizens, Under 18's, Full Time Students) or £32 for Friends Plus - single adult membership with one guest.
Online: Use our online booking system (above) to purchase your membership or alternatively
Call In: To the Theatre’s Box Office.
Telephone: Call 01253 290190 and speak with one of the Box Office staff who will go through the process with you. Please have your Credit/Debit Card to hand.
If you require any further information please contact the Box Office on 01253 290190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits of being a member
Here are just some of the benefits of being a member:
Discount on many shows
Exchange of tickets upto 24hrs prior waiving the £1.50 per ticket fee
Coach Trips to other theatres
Special events (Hot Ice, Funny Girls)
Become a Volunteer
Another way we help is via our volunteer teams – Front of House teams sell programmes and, more importantly, extend a warm welcome to our patrons. As well as saving the theatre a great deal of money, belonging to a team gives our members the opportunity to meet like-minded Friends and theatre buffs.
If you would like to volunteer please click the Downloads tab at the top of this page. download a Volunteer Registration Form, complete, and return to: Friends of the Grand, Grand Theatre, Matcham Court, Blackpool, FY1 1HT
Please note: All volunteers are required to be paid members of the Friends of the Grand.
Annual General Meeting
Please support the Friends of the Grand AGM on Sunday 8th December at 11am in the Lawrence House Studio. all current members welcome.
Nomination forms are available to download here or telephone (01253) 743300.
Friends of The Grand Coffee Mornings
with Tour and Guest Speaker
Everyone is welcome at our Coffee Mornings
Ordinarily held at 10.30am on the 3rd Thursday of each month*
Admission by ticket only £3.00. Book your ticket in advance either online, at the Box Office or by calling 01253 290190.
September 19 Dr Ranjit More – Look after your Heart
October 17 Steve Royle – BBC Radio and panto star
November 21 Chris Whyham, great-grandson of Thomas Sergenson
December 19 Barry Howard - Patron of the Friends of the Grand and star of Hi De Hi! and Scrooge
Join us and other Friends for a get together over coffee and cake. For those people interested, a free tour of the theatre is available on request. At each morning there will be guest speakers from either the Theatre or the world of show business.
*dates, times and speakers may be subject to change. We therefore recommend booking in advance. In the event of a change or cancellation, ticket holders will be notified via the contact details left by the purchaser with the Theatre. The Theatre is not liable for any changes or inaccuracies in these details which may prevent the ticket holder being contacted.
We advise prospective patrons to contact the Box Office to confirm information and availability prior to making a special trip to the Theatre.
2012 Friends of the Grand Christmas Draw
the winning numbers are:
0455 £1,000 cash prize
10975 Diamond pendant necklace from F. Hinds (Jewellers)
9731 Meal for four at Pizza Express
2956 £25 voucher for Toast
3788 £25 voucher for Toast
4320 Blackpool Pleasure Beach wristband
8593 Blackpool Pleasure Beach wristband
2379 Grand Theatre gift voucher
10754 Marks & Spencer gift voucher
Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners.