One of the country’s largest theatre, with a seating capacity of almost 3,000, the Opera House is a world famous venue which has seen performances from some of the greatest entertainers and shows such as stars of yesteryear Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Hope to today's biggest names like Peter Kay, One Direction and JLS. Many of the most popular touring shows have graced the stage including ‘Joseph’, ‘Grease’, ‘Cats’ and 'Calendar Girls'. The capacity of the theatre also makes the venue a perfect location for major corporate presentations and staff briefings.
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Length - 30.5m
Width - 15.25m
Height - 33.5m
Stage - Width 13.7m x Height 9m
Theatre - 2,813
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A little bit of history .....
The Winter Gardens’ present theatre is actually the third Opera House to have been built on the site. The first, designed by famous theatre architect Frank Matcham, was named ‘Her Majesty’s Opera House’ and opened with Gibert & Sullivan’s new opera ‘Yeomen of the Guard’ on June 10th 1889. The 2,500 seat theatre cost a grand total of £9,098 to build. In November 1910, the Opera House closed for rebuilding. It's larger replacement, by architects Mangnall and Littlewood, was formally opened nine months later. The second Opera House was demolished 27 years later and in it's place was erected the present 3,000 seat building. Possessing the largest stage in the country, it was designed in a modernist style with a sweepingly curved proscenium. The Opera House was opened on July 14th 1939 by Jessie Matthews and her husband Sonnie Hale, followed by the revue ‘Turned Out Nice Again’ starring George Formby. In 1955 a Royal Variety Performance, the first outside London, was given for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. A period-style Royal box was constructed for the occasion.
In March 2010 Blackpool Council purchased the Winter Gardens. Funding for the purchases and investment was secured from European Regional Development Fund, Homes and Communities Agency, Northwest Regional Development Agency and Blackpool Council. Following the acquisition the Winter Gardens is undergoing a major programme of refurbishment projects that has already seen extensive work to the entrances, Dome and Floral Hall, and the opening of the two new dining options under the operation of Heathcotes Outside. The Winter Gardens is operated on behalf of Blackpool Council by Crown Entertainment Centres Ltd.