The Opera House is one of Blackpool’s primary places to go for entertainment, having played host to the likes of Peter Kay, Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga and Judy Garland in its century of shows. It was opened in 1889 bearing the artistic designs of renowned theatre architect, Frank Matcham, but transformed over the years to cater to growing demands for more seating.
The venue is considered one of the finest theatres in Europe, despite having been rebuilt a couple of times in order to extend its capacity. It was originally named Her Majesty’s Opera House, dedicated to showing a range of operatic performances, kickstarting with ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ for its first production. The theatre quickly closed and was rebuilt with a larger capacity for both shows and audiences, starring renowned ballet performer Anna Pavlova as the first headliner for the new site. Two decades later, the theatre was rebuilt for the final time, starring George Formby in its opening production of ‘Turned Out Nice Again’.
After its third-time-lucky opening, the theatre continued to be a successful entertainment complex. It showcased charity concerts that starred the golden couple of drama, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and a series of summer Sunday concerts after the war featuring Marlene Dietrich, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra - whose ‘magic microphone’ remains at the Opera House to this day.
The variety of performances is still reflected today, where visitors can enjoy anything from stand-up comedy to West End musicals. Its art deco roots are still apparent in the modernist design and architectural features, however visitors can also find many modern comforts. Its reputation to attract some of the biggest stars and shows remains evident in its exciting bill of shows, with the city’s foot in entertainment remaining intact.
Performance dates: Monday- Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Performance running time: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).
The Box Office and Royal Circle are on street level; patrons with limited mobility are recommended to sit in the Royal Circle. Other areas of the auditorium can only be accessed using stairs and unfortunately there is no lift. Please speak to our Box Office staff to discuss your requirements when booking your tickets.
The Foyer Bar serves the Royal Circle and is accessible via ramp or 3 steps. The Front of House team are available to assist with bar orders and will ensure that all audience members are comfortable during their visit.
The Theatre is equipped with an infra-red system and headsets are available on request; please speak to the Front of House team when you arrive if you require one.
Guide dogs and Hearing dogs are welcome at the Theatre. They may sit with you in the auditorium or our Front of House team will look after them whilst you enjoy the performance.