Grand gets ready for two theatrical blockbusters

The Woman in Black - live theatre's scariest show - returns to Blackpool
The Woman in Black - live theatre's scariest show - returns to Blackpool
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A world premier tour of best-selling Second World War children’s novel The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is coming to Blackpool.

The new stage adaptation of the 2006 book by John Boyne is being produced by The Children’s Touring Partnership, Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre, with tickets going on sale this morning.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which will run at the Grand Theatre from Tuesday, June 2 to Saturday, June 6, is the emotive tale of an unlikely friendship between two innocent boys.

Set during the Second World War, the story is seen through the eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has devastating consequences.

The partnership’s previous works include Olivier Award-winning Goodnight Mister Tom and Swallows And Amazons which came to the Grand in 2012.

Grand chief executive Ruth Eastwood said: “We are delighted to welcome back The Children’s Touring Partnership to The Grand after their fantastic version of Swallows and Amazons.

“We hope as many children and their families as possible will benefit from seeing this thought-provoking production brought to life on our stage.”

Also on sale today is ‘the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world’ The Woman In Black, as it marks its 25th anniversary on the West End stage this year.

The Woman In Black is the second longest-running non-musical in London, after The Mousetrap, and will return to the Grand Theatre from Monday, March 30 to Saturday, April 4, having previously played the spookily-atmospheric auditorium in 2010.

The story is told by retired-solicitor Arthur Kipps, who recalls his ghostly experiences when he was summoned on business to a small English town on the North East coast.

A spokesman for the Grand said: “The Woman In Black is a favourite among audiences of all ages for its unique ability to chill even the most-hardened thrill-seeker.”

Tickets for both productions go on sale today from the Grand on (01253) 290190 or at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.