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Blackpool Grand Theatre has always been in the vanguard of development in theatre: it was the first theatre in Blackpool to be totally electric; it was the first to have a fully cantilevered circle eliminating the need for pillars to give every seat a clear view; and Matcham invented the crash doors that enabled a quick evacuation of the building.

To celebrate this important milestone, our mission is to secure the theatre for the next generation, starting with a campaign to raise £125,000 to repair the storm damage to the dome at the front of the building.

For our 125th Anniversary we will be holding a limited run of special access days; The 125 Celebration Open Day will be free of charge. Allowing you to wander free around public areas with a special selection of our archive on display highlighting our 125 years, from the original build through to the epic struggle, to the glorious theatre it is today…

Book here for one of our thirty-minute tours led by one of our heritage volunteers (£4 p/p).

Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit – and the complete visibility of every seat in this atmospheric house. See the secrets of the great stage and take in Blackpool’s hidden gem, learn about flamboyant architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases that lead to the stars, dressing rooms and beyond.

Book early as these will go quickly. We look forwarded to celebrating our 125 years with you all!

Explore our gVlog with Hayley Kay who explored the theatre on a Heritage Tour with one of our volunteers. Travel from 1894 to present day and learn more about our theatre architect Frank Matcham and his masterpiece that celebrates its 125th Anniversary (1894 to 2019).

125 Special Event

  • 30 Minute Tour
  • £4