Friends of The GRand
Blackpool Grand Theatre’s Friends of The Grand is a 1,700 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
Friends of The Grand raise funds 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 has changed over the years; nowadays they support the theatre in different ways, raising 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 five years The Friends have contributed in excess of one million pounds towards projects including the provision of new carpets, seating and technical equipment. In 2015 The Friends provided huge help and support with the theatre’s Capital Project.
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.
The Friends are a passionate group of theatre-lovers who, over the years, have raised over a million pounds and volunteer over 13,000 hours each year to help the theatre operate.
Your see The Friends help in ushering you to your seats or serving you tea and coffee. They also organise raffles and events to raise much-needed funds.
But it isn’t all hard work, if you become a Friend you’ll benefit from offers, discounts and advance booking that will make your theatre-going experience both more enjoyable and affordable. Our Friends even host regular coffee mornings with a guest speaker – the perfect opportunity to meet other members.
Whether you’d like to make new friends, help the theatre, or snap up discounts – you can become a Friend of The Grand by calling the box office on 01253 290190.