Lancaster Grand

Shows for March 2015

The Snail and the Whale

a Tall Stories production

Tuesday 3rd March at 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Wednesday 4th March 10.30am & 12.30pm

Tall Stories (creators of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) are proud to present their latest exciting collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father…

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged 4 and up.

‘An inventive and charming adaptation’ The List ****

‘Faultless family fare… One of the best examples of children’s theatre’ *****

‘An exquisite piece of theatre’ The Stage

(More can be found in the marketing pack).

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Tickets: £10/ £8 schools 11th free

This show is in the past.

Jurassic Adventure

Saturday 7th March at 1.30pm & 6.00pm

The most exciting family show- since time began, is about to be discovered.
by you!

Jurassic Adventures, is a brand new production, set on a magical island,
where anything might happen, with a brave cast of amazing actors, a great
fun script, superb scenery, and of course DINOSAURS Get transported to a
prehistoric place full of fun, thrills and screams, be amazed and awed by
the birth of a baby Dinosaur, but beware of the T. REX mother who wants her
egg back!

An absolutely brilliant show for all the family from age 3+

This fully scripted adventure, allows you follow the footsteps of Doctor
Grant's team of explorers, and laugh at their crazy antics, as they search
for proof that Dinosaurs still exist!

This will leave you in "raptor raptures" and "pre-hysterics!"

There is a magic place where Dinosaurs live and it's right before your eyes.

World on Stage and the team behind Disney on Ice, bring to the UK for the
very first time, this wonderful show for all the family.
Contains mild peril and HUGE DINOSAURS!

A Dino-Mite show!

Tickets: £16 £14conc schools £9 family £50

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Screaming with Laughter

Cirque du Hilarious

Sunday 8th March at 2:30pm

Don’t miss CLIVE WEBB & DANNY ADAMS in this

fast paced comedy spectacular

 plus magic and mayhem, mind boggling illusions,  and stunning showgirls. Also Village Idiot Michael Potts with his now legendary comedy rock band “clownforce”

and international circus acts. 

Will everything go to plan?  Don’t hold your breath!





Tickets: £14 /£12 conc /Family £45

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Bleak House

Wednesday 11th March at 7:30pm

"Fog everywhere. Fog up the river where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city..."

Join The Pantaloons Theatre Company for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London. 

When a dead body is discovered in Mr Krook's Rag-and-Bone shop, a web of mysteries starts to untangle, with far-reaching consequences.

Hilarious, tragic and romantic by turns, Dickens' darkly comic masterpiece is retold by The Pantaloons in their own inimitable style. 

A company of five actor-musicians bring the novel's cast of over 50 characters to life in a thrilling tale of love, skulduggery and spontaneous combustion... 

"Enjoyable, exciting and incredibly funny... truly wonderful." * * * * * (Buzz Magazine)

Tickets: £12 /£11 conc

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I Want to Sing Opera

Thursday 12th March at 7:30pm

With the first lady of the opera show missing, who will take her place as the star of the show? I WANT TO SING OPERA is a playful operatic musical following the story of a cast of professional singers, their manager and the tea-lady turned soprano. A hilarious and touching story from backstage to concert, featuring a cast of international singers performing the most famous operatic hits, including: Nessun Dorma, Che Gelida Manina, Libiam, Madam Butterfly, Tosca, Barber of Seville.

Tickets: £15/£13 conc

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Aladdin Ballet

Ballet Theatre UK

Saturday 14th March at 7pm

Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dazzling retelling of this exotic classic tale boldly brought to life through the entrancing magic of classical ballet.

Follow the tale of the lonely orphan whose life is destined for greater things. Tricked by an evil sorcerer, Aladdin sets out on a quest in search for the ultimate treasure. Deceived, Aladdin is left alone in a dark and damp cave to where he will uncover a life changing object. ..a dusty old lamp.

With just one rub of the magical lamp, Aladdin’s journey will sweep you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, enchanting spells, unbelievable riches, treachery and of course true love.

Tickets: £17.50 / £15.50 conc /£12 child

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La Traviata

Heritage Opera

Wednesday 18th March at 7:30pm

Can love conquer all? Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who gives up everything for love is one of the

most famous operas ever written. Set in the late 19th century, this is a heartrending journey of passion and

sacrifice, set to a beautiful and instantly recognisable score.

The love story of Violetta and Alfredo includes many musical highlights - the famous ‘Brindisi’ drinking song, the sparkling soprano aria ‘Sempre Libera’, and the moving duet ‘Parigi, o cara’.

Heritage Opera returns to the Grand Lancaster   after last year’s successful visit with Tosca. The fully professional cast of talented singers are accompanied by a six-piece musical ensemble.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles displayed on-stage.

Tickets: £20/£19 conc/£10 under 16s and job seekers

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The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice by David Tristram

A Studio Footlights Production at the Storey Institute

Wednesday 18th March to Friday 20th March at 7:30pm

For Henry Smith - actor, raconteur, sporting hero, leading socialite, business tycoon, secret agent, casanova and acting President of the United States - life was rarely dull. For Alice Smith, housewife - life was rarely anything else. Enter Michel - French waiter - tall, dark and available. Exactly what happened next, no-one's quite sure. Except that it involved a rotting melon, a deckchair and a bottle of neck-rub.Fantasy blurs into reality. Secret passions explode. And two worlds which seem a million miles apart are suddenly on a collision course. It could only happen to Henry & Alice. And only their pet goldfish, Orca, and you, will ever know the true story

Tickets: £7

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Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music

Friday 20th March at 7pm

The smash-hit musical show returns to the UK in celebration of the movie’s 50th anniversary. Yes the original Sing-a-long-a is back, giving the movie a birthday party to remember!. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, with subtitles so that everyone can sing along, a host and a free fun pack.

Tickets: £15

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Jay Diggins and His Band

with Mark Morriss of the Bluetones

Saturday 21st March at 7:30pm

One of the finest newest singer songwriters in England, discovered by the multi-award winning & internationally renowned record producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, KT Tunstall, Eels, Rokia Traore, Tracy Chapman, Goldfrapp).

Jay Diggins is an extraordinary musician. A master of the guitar, harmonica, drums, bass, organ, a writer of beautiful and of melancholic songs, with a gift of a soft caressing voice as delicately poised as Nick Drake’s, between graceful fragility and breaking completely. a highly in-demand artist and sublime performer.

His musical identity was forged over 20 yrs ago at college with rock legends PJ Harvey and John Parish, and it was Parish who discovered his voice whilst collaborating on the highly acclaimed debut album ‘Searching’, launched to a sell-out show at Lancaster's Grand Theatre.

Jay’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of acoustic folk rock music in the UK, having also supported/worked with The South (aka The Beautiful South), Bruce Foxtons From The Jam, The Feud, The Milltown Brothers, The Heartbreaks and X factor star Paul Akister amongst many others.

The Jay Diggins band also comprises guitarist Mark Dennis and drummer Johnny Scott. 

Mark a gifted guitarist & bass guitarist, is an established and active member of the Chester & Wales acoustic folk community, having performed solo and with Henry Priestman of The Christians & Toyah.

 Johnny Scott is not just an incredibly talented drummer and tabla percussionist, but also sings, plays guitar and organ. 

Jay and his band, recently teamed up with well-known film director John Gray (noted for his work with BBC Folk Award winners Lau, Crow’s Bones, Rachel Sermanni, Newton Faulker) for the video production of single 'Ain't No', and have produced a set of cinematic images that are projected onto the big screen whilst the trio play live

Tickets: £12 /£10 conc

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Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Sunday 22nd March at 3pm

In addition to having a first class and formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts of wide public appeal, the Brighouse and Rastrick Band has many other notable triumphs to its credit in the highly competitive contesting field - the major means bands use to match themselves against each other. Whilst obviously not winning every competition they enter, they are often amongst the prizes and their record of major championship victories since they first came to national prominence during the 1920s is certainly impressive.

Today, the band continues to make its mark on the new century with all the promise that holds, whilst maintaining their great traditions and continued quest for musical excellence. 

With over 130 years of proud history behind them, the band is still fiercely financially independent and beholden to no one other than itself.

Tickets: £17/£16 conc

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Northern Beat - Pride and Prejudices

Wednesday 25th March at 7:30pm

Our own prejudices impact on everyone whether they are victims, perpetrators, bystanders, friends or family.  "Pride & Prejudices" is a secondary school drama competition centred around equality and diversity and the impact our beliefs, background, culture and morals have on our actions and relationships. The competition gives young people an opportunity to show how the impact our behaviours, based on our personal moral values, can affect others. 

The competition is funded by Youth United, and supported by Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council. For more information, please visit

Tickets: tickets from organisers

This show cannot be booked online, tickets are available from the box office only. 01524 64695

Waterloo - the Best of ABBA

Thursday 26th March at 7:30pm


In 1974 the little known Swedish pop group Abba swept to superstardom with their Eurovision winning ‘Waterloo’, and four decades later the song and the band remain as popular as ever.

Now the phenominal new tribute show 'Waterloo' looks back at the sensational rise to stardom of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid and gives fans the opportunity to experience the thrill of a live Abba show! The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail by a full live cast and band - with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography. The wonderful lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful, captivating harmony from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular.

Tickets: £18

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John Bishop Supersonic

Phil McIntyre's with Lisa Thomas Management Proudly Present

Friday 27th March at 8pm

Comedian John Bishop returns to the Lancaster Grand for ONE NIGHT with his amazing sell-out show Supersonic.

Reviews for this show have been sensational with The Daily Mirror saying,

★★★★★ "Supersonic easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain's top comic. Warm, witty and full of life – its the funniest two hours you'll have anywhere, anytime soon".

Tickets: £25

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An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber

Sunday 29th March at 7:30pm

A brilliant evening of stories and music as Julian Lloyd Webber takes you through a historical and musical journey of his life and career showing clips of him performing and chatting with of many of the artists he's worked with during his illustrious career such as, Nigel Kennedy, Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Yehudi Menuhin, Katherine Jenkins and many others. All of this to the backbone of music as he's joined by his wife and fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan to perform works by Andrew LW, Rachmaninov, Faure, Bach and many others. A rare treat to step behind the curtain and get a true insight into one of the most important British musicians of the last 50 years.

Tickets: £20

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Tickets can be collected from the box office in advance or half an hour before the show.

Little man in costume hired from the Lancaster Grand Costume Dept.