Explore like never before…
Explore like never before… There are now even more ways to explore and experience the Grade II* listed Grand Theatre’s architecture and history.
Join us on Sunday, 10 September for our Heritage Open Day – A day when all historic venues open their doors around the UK for you to look around.
If you can’t make that date then take part in one of our monthly Heritage Tours.
Another way you can experience the stunning architecture and history is through The Grand’s brand new #goVR Project – A Virtual Reality Experience.
Finally, if you’re an avid photographer too take part in one of our Photographic Sessions led by internationally renowned photographer Sean Conboy.
There is no theatre quite like Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. The published descriptions in 1894 said so, and contemporary theatregoers agree. It really is no wonder that the Grand Theatre is referred to as the ‘Hidden Gem of Blackpool’, with its long and lively history and reputation for being Frank Macham’s masterpiece.
‘My favourite theatre has to be The Grand – it’s beautiful and has an amazing history. It’s a real ‘chocolate box’ theatre.’
On Heritage Open Day (10 September) and its Heritage Tours (23 Sept, 16 Oct, 10 Nov, 11 Dec 2017, 11 Jan 3, Feb, 22 Mar, 11 Apr 2018), you will be let in on the secrets and stories of the stunning Victorian theatre, learn about the flamboyant theatre architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases and hidden passages that lead to the dressing rooms, hidden quarters and beyond…
Both will give enthusiasts of architecture, theatre and history the opportunity to delve into areas not normally open or available to the general public and explore Blackpool’s hidden gem. Stand on the raked stage and observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit- and the complete visibility of every seat in the atmospheric house.
Theatre Archivists, Geoff and Linda Tolson MBE said, ‘With the Heritage Tours, you have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the stars on a magical mystery tour and explore the secrets of Blackpool’s hidden gem!’
Why not step back in time for the day and discover the beauty, architecture and history of the stunning Grand Theatre?
‘Blackpool’s Grand is one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. It is also one of the first theatres I ever came to as a child.’
Stephen Tompkinson (Friends of the Grand patron)
The Grand Theatre boasts a rich history, having been built by the leading Victorian architect Frank Matcham in 1894, and described by the first theatre manager Thomas Sergenson as ‘Matcham’s Masterpiece’. This title is even more merited now, as there are few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham. The theatre took just nine months to build and cost Sergenson £20,000, part of which he had earned by operating two small rented theatres and from a circus that he staged for five summer seasons on the site of The Grand.
As well as the insightful Heritage Tours, the Grand Theatre is holding Photographic Sessions, now available for beginners with our Basic events (22/23 January) and Advance (16 January) levels for the more seasoned photographer.
The Theatre’s Photographic Sessions are led by internationally acclaimed photographer, Sean Conboy (seanconboy.com). This unique masterclass will provide you with the skills needed to photograph beautiful structures and interiors.
Sean has photographed The Grand officially for many years and his work is regularly featured in all our media as well as many international magazines. With his visual awareness and extensive technical experience, he will advise how you can best capture the perfect shot. You will then have the opportunity to take pictures of The Grand’s interior using Sean’s ‘top tips’ with your own cameras.
‘I love Blackpool and I love the Grand. I’ve got loads of friends here so whenever I’m in the area I like to call in.’
The Grand is also increasing its digital offer with a brand new immersive offer. #goVR a virtual reality experience available to anyone in the world on both PC/Mac desktop and smartphone headset versions. Try our #goVR Virtual Reality at blackpoolgrand.co.uk/goVR
If you want to step further into the rich history of the Grand Theatre and delve deeper into its hidden architectural secrets and stories, then don’t wait to book for one of our Heritage Tours or Photographic Sessions.
‘The Blackpool Grand is a fabulous theatre and it has always been an ambition of mine.’
Heritage Open Day 10 Sept, 11:00am to 4:00pm
Heritage Tours 23 Sept, 16 Oct, 10 Nov, 11 Dec 2017,
11 Jan 3, Feb, 22 Mar, 11 Apr 2018, 11:00am to 12:30pm
Photo Sessions BASIC 22 & 23 Jan 2018, ADVANCED 16 Jan 2018, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Try our #goVR Virtual Reality at blackpoolgrand.co.uk/goVR.
To book for any of these events call the box office on 01253 290190 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk
Don’t forget – Parking is available at a discounted rate at the secure West Street Car Park, directly opposite the theatre’s entrance. Book your parking ticket when you book your show tickets from the Box Office and you can have parking from 5.30pm until 12.30am for only £2.50!
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