Ready for a Grand night out?

James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach

The biggest names in comedy, music, theatre and dance will be coming to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool, this autumn.

The theatre, which has been wowing audiences since 1894, has unveiled its new season programme, featuring West End shows Dreamboats and Petticoats, Thriller LIVE and Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, comedy from Bill Bailey and Milton Jones, drama from The Royal Shakespeare Company, English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, opera, ballet, family shows and more.

Not to mention the swashbuckling Christmas pantomime Peter Pan, starring Emmerdale’s Tom Lister, BBC Lancashire’s Steve Royle, Radio Wave’s Hayley Kay and BBC UK’s The Voice Jordon Lee- Davies!

Chief executive officer Ruth Eastwood said: “There’s a lots to choose from this autumn and I’m confident that there’s something to excite and intrigue audiences in our new season programme.”

The sesson kicked off on Monday with the brand new play Houdini, starring BAFTA winning actor Stuart Brennan and Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

Following Houdini is the Jane Austen classic Mansfield Park, and Agatha Christie’s classic The Mousetrap, on its first ever UK tour.

Musical fans will not be disappointed with the hits on offer this season. Straight from the West End there is Dreamboats and Petticoats, starring Mark Wynter, which starts on Monday, and THRILLER Live from Monday, October 14 to Saturday, October 19.

Opera and Ballet International Producer Ellen Kent will be returning to The Grand and bringing with her two lavish operas; Aida, on Saturday, November 9, and Nabucco the following day.

The Grand continues to extend its outstanding dance programme, as the leading all-male contemporary dance company 2Faced Dance returns this year with the unpredictable and fierce, Out of His Skin on Tuesday, October 22, followed by Nobulous Dance’s Out of The Shadow on November 5.

Later in the month, Motionhouse bring their newest, thrilling production Broken to the Grand Theatre on Tuesday, November 19.

Family audiences can enjoy a good helping of fun-filled theatre geared to children, with the Roald Dahl classic James and the Giant Peach from Wednesday, October 2 to Saturday, October 5.

November brings the action-packed Bananas In Pyjamas on Sunday 17, the touchingly funny Stick Man on Thursday 7 and the adventure-filled Peppa Pig’s Big Splash from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24.

Not forgetting a Christmas treat for the whole family, the Christmas Panto Peter Pan, starring Emmerdale’s Tom Lister, and BBC Radio Lancashire and Grand Theatre favourite Steve Royle.

Comedy fans are spoilt for choice this season, with living legend Ken Dodd every Sunday from October 6 to November 3, Bill Bailey from Friday, November 1 to Saturday, November 2 and the hilarious Milton Jones on Wednesday, October 30.

The Grand Theatre continues its dedicated support to amateur theatre companies this season. Poulton Drama presents Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in the studio from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 September.

Is music your thing? The Grand has something for you! Andy Prior performs for one night only on Sunday 22 September, Vampires Rock on Wednesday, October23 and Brighouse and Rastrick Band on October 29. In November, there’s The Elvis Years on Wednesday 6 and one of the UK’s finest folk groups Show of Hands on Friday, November 8.

For a blast to the 80s, don’t miss the triple bill Go West, Hue and Cry and The Christians on Thursday, November 21.

For more information, or to book, visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk. Or, call the Box Office on 01253 74 33 39.