Blackpool Grand Theatre
The 1100 capacity Blackpool Grand Theatre was designed by architect Frank Matcham and opened in 1894 after a seven month construction costing £20,000. It celebrated its centenary in 1994 and completed a full restoration in 2007 after a £3million investment. Over the decades, the Grand Theatre has staged some well-known plays, including an Old Vic performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and currently enjoys the status of a Grade II listed building. In 2006, the Theatre was honoured to be named the United Kingdom’s National Theatre of Variety from the awarding body Equity, and an all-star gala performance was staged to celebrate. From its performances featuring famous faces, to the hosting of the Royal Variety Performance, the Blackpool Grand Theatre is steeped in history and character.