The Midlands market for live entertainment; the Grand Theatre dishes out a diverse mix of drama, musicals, ballet, opera, concerts, variety shows and much more. Victorian architecture adds to its glamour, making it a luxurious setting enjoyed by both performers and audience members.
The venue dates back to 1894. Designed by renowned architect, Charles J Phipps and built in record time by local builder, Henry Gough, the theatre was a welcomed contribution to Wolverhampton. It opened with a performance of ‘Utopia Limited’, produced by the D’oyly Carte Opera Company, who later showcased ‘The Mikado’ in the 1970s and a special centenary celebratory production in 1994.
This theatre now boasts a suite named after its debut show; ‘Utopia’ sits alongside The Encore Lounge and the Spotlight Lounge in its range of smaller spaces for events. The auditorium is the theatre’s most striking feature, with three tiers to seat 1,200 and an interior adorned in spectacular Victorian fashion.
Many famous faces for all kinds of purposes have used its stage to deliver performances and messages to audiences. Winston Churchill used the theatre during 1909 and David Lloyd George launched his ‘homes fit for heroes’ campaign in 1918. Charlie Chaplin also starred in Sherlock Holmes and Henry Irving made multiple appearances there.
Today, visitors to the Grand can marvel at its decadence, while enjoying a full programme of shows. From large-scale touring productions to smaller-scale solo shows, there is constantly something going on.