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 drinks 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 email@example.com
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
Wednesday 10th June
Samlesbury Hall £20 incl entrance
Wednesday 8th July
Skipton Market £18
Thursday 6th August
Guide Dogs for the Blind Training School or time in Manchester £16
Wednesday 9th September
39 Steps at The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick £29 (matinee)
Wednesday 7th October
Liverpool One £20
Wednesday 4th November
Christmas shopping at Cheshire Oaks or visit Chester £20
For bookings call (01253) 305303 or 07910 550340. £10 non-refundable deposit. Full payment six weeks before the trip
Christmas Party at Funny Girls
Thursday 10th December £9.50 incl buffet
For bookings call (01253) 290190
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.
2014 Friends of the Grand Christmas Draw
The drawn took place on Thursday 18th December 2014 and the winning numbers are:
1st Prize £1,000 - ticket 13994
2nd Prize £100 Grand Theatre Voucher - ticket 14948
3rd Prize £100 Grand Theatre Voucher - ticket 7254
4th Prize £100 donated by Blackpool Paint - ticket 0942
5th Prize 9ct gold earrings donated by Reagans, Church Street - ticket 17221
6th Prize Royal box for 4 at Funny Girls - ticket 1677
7th Prize Meal for 4 at Nandos - ticket 14039
8th Prize Meal for 2 at Toast - ticket 15605
9th Prize £30 voucher for Toxic Hairdressers, Devonshire Square - ticket 15147
Thanks as always to everyone who has this year supported our fundraising, and especially to the members and volunteers who help to sell tickets and to the generous support of our local tradespeople who have donated raffle prizes.