DISCOVER, EXPERIENCE AND EXPLORE BLACKPOOL’S HIDDEN GEM
There are two new ways you can explore and experience the Grand Theatre’s architecture and history. Join us on a historical journey through the Grade II* listed Grand Theatre on one of The Grand’s brand new Heritage Tours. The other way you can experience the stunning architecture and history of the Grand Theatre is through The Grand’s brand new Photographic Sessions led by internationally renowned photographer Sean Conboy.
There is no theatre quite like The Grand. 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.
On the Grand Theatre’s brand new Heritage Tours, 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…
The Heritage Tours 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.
The Heritage Tours will be expertly led by experienced Grand Theatre archivists Geoff and Linda Tolson MBE. Through their informative and extensive tours, they will capture the atmosphere and charm of this beautiful old theatre and will take you on an unforgettable journey.
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 new Heritage Tours, the Grand Theatre is introducing new Photographic Sessions.The brand new Photographic Sessions are led by internationally acclaimed photographer, Sean Conboy (photo-genics.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.
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 Grand Theatre’s Heritage Tours: 11:00am to 12:30pm.
25 October 2012, 5 November 2012, 9 January 2013, 7 February 2013 and 19 March 2013.
Tickets £10.00 with concessions available.
The Photographic Sessions 9:45am to 2:30pm.
20 November 2012, 10 January 2013 and 25 March 2012.
To Book visit our website blackpoolgrand.co.uk/whatson or call the Box Office on 01253 74 33 38