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HERITAGE TOURS: Explore the history of Blackpool Grand Theatre

HERITAGE TOURS: Explore the history of Blackpool Grand Theatre

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There are two new ways you can explore and experience Blackpool Grand Theatre’s architecture and history.

The first is a historical journey through the Grade II* listed building on one of The Grand’s brand new Heritage Tours and the second is through The Grand’s brand new Photographic Sessions led by internationally renowned photographer Sean Conboy.

On the Heritage Tours, you will be let in on the secrets and stories of the Victorian theatre, learn about the flamboyant theatre architect Frank Matcham and explore the warren of staircases and hidden passages that lead to the dressing rooms, hidden quarters and beyond.

The Heritage Tours will give 
enthusiasts of architecture, theatre and history the opportunity to delve into areas not normally open or 
available to the general public and explore Blackpool’s hidden gem.

Stand on the raked stage and 
observe the cantilevered tiers of circles, boxes and pit – and the complete visibility of every seat in the 
atmospheric house.

The Heritage Tours will be expertly led by experienced Grand Theatre archivists Geoff and Linda Tolson.

Through their informative and extensive tours, they will capture the atmosphere and charm of the theatre on an unforgettable journey.

Geoff and Linda said: “With the Heritage Tours, you have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the stars on a magical mystery tour and explore the secrets of Blackpool’s hidden gem.”

The brand new Photographic Sessions, led by Sean Conboy, are a unique masterclass which will provide you with the skills needed to photograph beautiful structures and interiors.

Sean has photographed The Grand officially for many years and his work is regularly featured in its publicity as well as many international magazines.

With his visual awareness and extensive technical experience he will advise how you can best capture the perfect shot.

You will then have the opportunity to take pictures of The Grand’s interior using his ‘top tips’ with your own cameras.

The Grand Theatre’s Heritage Tours take place from 11am to 12.30pm on October 25, November 5, January 9, February 7 and March 19.

Tickets are £10 with concessions available.

The Photographic Sessions are from 9.45am to 2.30pm on November 20, January 10 and March 25. Tickets are £35.

Booking can be made on blackpoolgrand.co.uk or at the box office on (01253) 743339.