If variety is the spice of life then the Grand Theatre could well be the spiciest place around next year.
The Royal Shakespeare Company, X-Factor’s Joe McElderry, a hip-hop festival and a dance show by Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony Choreographer James Wilton... it doesn’t get more varied than that.
As you can probably gather, the theatre announced its spring programme today, so here are the details.
Drama lovers will discover a feast for the eyes and ears, starting with one of the world’s greatest love stories ever told.
Eternal Love is a thought-provoking and passionate play is based on the true story of doomed lovers Abelard and Heloise and presented by English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.
The fabulous and funny Brassed Off takes to The Grand’s stage in April, which features live music from a brass band and stars John McArdle (Brookside, Firm Friends, Waterloo Road).
If you caught Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap last week, you’ll probably love Black Coffee, direct from London’s West End and starring Robert Powell as the most famous detective of all time, Poirot. For comedy drama lovers, there’s the Olivier award-winning Morecambe and Joe Orton’s black comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane.
For those who prefer a more classical theatre experience, The Grand has a range of world class ballet and opera productions, including a trio of ballet masterpieces performed by The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia; Giselle, Swan Lake and every child’s favourite fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty.
The Grand enters its second year of Arts Council National Portfolio status, with an emphasis on brand new dance works. The internationally acclaimed Hofesh Schechter opens the season with his hotly-anticipated piece Sun, followed by Dancing Partners triple bill of exciting dance, which includes work by Norrdans, Company Chameleon and Thomas Noone Dance Company.
Later in the season, James Wilton (he of Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony choreography fame) stages his brand new work Last Man Standing.
One of the highlights is Breakin’ Convention, a one-day long Hip Hop festival direct from Sadler’s Wells London, featuring international Hip Hop dance companies and three local dance crews.
In February the Grand presents The Royal Shakespeare Company with their ‘First Encounter’ production of The Taming of The Shrew. This all-encompassing Shakespeare experience uses a distilled version of the original text to create the perfect first experience of Shakespeare for all ages.
As always, live music features prominently in the programme with plenty of choice to suit all musical tastes. There’s The Illegal Eagles, the swing of = The Pasadena Roof Orchestra or the nostalgia of the Solid Silver 60s Show.
Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joe Brown, X-Factor golden boy Joe McElderry, and legends of Irish Music The Fureys and Davey Arthur are all appearing, as well as The Drifters.
For more information on the new season or to book for any show, go to www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01253 743339.