Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Peter Kay. The stars which have graced the stage of the Opera House reads like a who’s who of popular culture for the past century.
Now in its third reincarnation, the modern-day Opera House opened in 1939, designed by Charles MacKeith and was built to reflect a cinematic experience for its almost 3,000-strong audience who can experience a diverse entertainment mix on its stage – one of the biggest and widest in Europe.
Described as a “masterpiece of theatre design”, the Opera House still retains a lot of its original features which have also been given the royal seal of approval by the Queen who oversaw two Royal Variety Performances here in 1955 and 2009.
In recent years, the Opera House has become a second home to some of the biggest West End shows, from Cats to Joseph to Hairspray and Shrek. Its facilities allow the Opera House to accommodate the biggest shows with the biggest stars outside of the major cities and a must-see stop on the tours from London up north.
Experienced on three levels, the Opera House is a unique venue which has rightly taken its place in the entertainment Hall of Fame over the past 100 years.
- Her Majesty’s Opera House originally opened on June 10, 1889
- The “first” Opera House was designed by the legendary Frank Matcham, responsible for some of the most iconic theatres across the UK
- MacKeith’s other Blackpool projects include the Savoy Café (now Brannigans), the Ramsden Arms on Talbot Road and the Red Lion in Bispham
- The first headliner of the “second” Opera House was Anna Pavlova – the first time professional ballet had been seen in Blackpool
- One of the features retained by the Opera House is a “magic microphone” used by Frank Sinatra in the 1950s.
Opera House Blackpool Accessibility
The Opera House Blackpool is a fully accessible venue with lift access to all floors. Dedicated wheelchair spaces are located in the stalls and accessed via the Floral Hall or Church Street doors.
For accessible bookings, use our dedicated access line and please make sure to explain your particular access requirements when you book your tickets.
Dedicated Access booking line: 01253 749273.
Opera House Blackpool Shows and Tickets
Unless otherwise stated tickets are available via TicketMaster UK, in box office or by calling 0844 856 1111, links are supplied from the individual event pages to the relevant booking pages.
In some instances, tickets may be available via different platforms.
You can see all of the upcoming shows for the Opera House and all other Winter Gardens venues by visiting our What’s On page.
Opera House Blackpool Seating Plan
The Opera House has fixed theatre style seating over 3 floors including the Stalls, Circle and Balcony. With no restricted views the Opera House provides fantastic views of the entire stage although those who don’t like heights aren’t advised to book seats with the Balcony.
- Capacity: Almost 3000
- Ideal For: Musicals, Stand up Comedians, Concerts
- Interesting Fact: The first Royal Variety Performance to be held outside London was staged at the Opera House in 1955