Olivier Award-winning opera returns to Blackpool in Spring 2015

5th August 2014

Interior of The Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Photo credit: Sean Conboy

We are pleased to announce that in May 2015, English Touring Opera will return to The Grand Theatre, Blackpool for our first performances at the theatre in ten years.

We are performing our new Italian-language production one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Puccini’s La bohème (Mon 11 May). This is paired with a revival of our 2013 hit, Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, a thrilling and heartbreaking opera based on a story from the reign of Edward III and the Hundred Years’ War (Tue 12 May).

ETO has not visited the North West region since 2009, and Blackpool since 2005. Recognising a need to address this as part of our mission to offer a varied repertoire of high-quality productions to audiences across the whole country, the return to Blackpool comes after several years of searching for an appropriate partner venue.

ETO’s Head of Marketing, John Holmes, who was born and raised in Lancashire, said,
“In the years we’ve not been coming to the North West, we’ve always felt it was a big gap in our touring schedule, especially as several of the ETO team are from the North West, and dearly wanted to bring our operas back to the region. The Grand is as beautiful theatre as we’ll ever get to play, and it’s a perfect environment for all the thrills, sensations and intensity of a top class opera performance.”

Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive of The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, said,
“It’s our mission to give audiences a wide range of experiences to enjoy in the theatre, and opera is very much part of that. I’m delighted to welcome English Touring Opera, so that people from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre can enjoy Olivier Award-winning opera without having to go all the way to Manchester or London to see it.”

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