Blackpool’s iconic Grand Theatre has been showing live plays and performances for over 125 years. It has been the place where many aspiring actors and actresses have started their careers and has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment over the years.
Built in 1894, the Grand was designed by Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham, who’s brief was to build the “prettiest theatre in the land” – he certainly achieved that! It’s a building that is loved by everyone with shows and performances (whether that be amateur or professional) to suit everyone’s taste and interests. Without the Grand Theatre, Blackpool wouldn’t be the special place it is.
That’s why we must not allow it to close it’s doors for good as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK Government with other stakeholders must urgently come together so the theatre’s future can be protected. Anything less would be a tragedy for the local performing arts sector and for everyone – both locals and visitors who have fond memories going to the Grand to see a live show.