Grand bestrides the seaside
12 January 2022
Reporter: David Upton
Blackpool Grand Theatre releases a new season this month.
Highlights include Ellen Kent’s staged operas Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Will Mellor and Ralf Little in their Two Pints Podcast, Joe Pasquale in Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, US stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl in Catch Me If You Can, An Evening with Wayne Sleep or Craig Revel Horwood, The Four Seasons by James Wilton Dance, from the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful and Olivier Award-winning comedy-drama from Jim Cartwright, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice starring TV favourite Shobna Gulati, British soap star Ian Kelsey and ‘girl of a thousand voices’ Christina Bianco as Little Voice.
Plus A-list comedians including Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne, Katherine Ryan, Julian Clary, Jason Manford, Rob Beckett, Milton Jones, Harry Hill and Jon Richardson.
Audiences are slowly returning to the venue (still only at 27% of previous attendance figures), so they remain cautious.
Carmen - Bizet (Ellen Kent)
Madama Butterfly - Puccini (Ellen Kent)
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em - Guy Unsworth, based on the TV series by Raymond Allen
Catch Me If You Can - Robert Thomas
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Jim Cartwright (Katy Lipson and Glass Half Full Productions)