An extra special treat at the Grand

Tosca, on at The Grand Theatre
Tosca, on at The Grand Theatre
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IT isn’t often you watch an opera where the star is a golden eagle with a six foot wingspan.

But if you’re at the Grand on Sunday, then you’ll see just that,

Nabucco, the eagle, is set to steal the limelight in opera director Ellen Kent’s breathtaking production of Tosca.

The seven -year-old bird of prey will appear in just a handful of extra-special performances around the UK – including at the Grand.

Bred in captivity, Nabucco is already in training for his time in the spotlight with falconer Derek Tindall, who will be accompanying him on tour.

Derek, official falconer at Lincoln Castle, said: “We do rehearse. I have to get him used to crowds and being in close proximity to people. He has never been on stage before but I know he’ll be great – I spend so much time with him forming a bond so he trusts me completely.”

Puccini’s Tosca is an epic tale of true love and treachery featuring torture, murder and suicide alongside some of opera’s best-known music.

There is another opera at the Grand on Monday with award-winning producer/director Kent also bringing a new production of Carmen to the theatre.

Bizet’s dramatic and sensuous opera tells the story of the downfall of soldier Don Jose, who is seduced by the fiery, beautiful and passionate gypsy Carmen.

Tickets for both shows start from £15.00.

IT is a busy weekend at the Grand with Sell A Door Theatre Company’s imaginative production of the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream - reckoned to have first been published in 1594 - on at the theatre today and tomorrow.

The nationally renowned Sell a Door company is guaranteeing a dynamic production, with music and madness revealing the darker side of this much loved comedy. The play is directed by Bryn Holding, the visionary director behind Sell a Door’s sell-out London productions of Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors.

Tonight’s showing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Grand starts at 7pm. It is on twice tomorrow, at 1.30pm and 7pm.

Tickets are £15.00 (£12.50 concessions) and available from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or from the box office on 01253 743346.