Grand Theatre Lancaster

Built in 1781, Lancaster’s Grand Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in the UK. Over the centuries it has seen many changes but since the 1950s has been owned and managed by Lancaster Footlights, a local amateur dramatics group. It is an old, but well-maintained theatre, staffed by friendly and dedicated volunteers.

Grand Theatre Lancaster
Grand Theatre

In recent years, Lancaster Footlights have strived to include more professional shows in its schedule of events. The amateur group stage five performances each year at Grand Theatre, including a popular Christmas pantomime. However, the majority of shows are now by touring theatre companies, comedians, musicians, and other professionals.

Tickets for shows can be booked online at the official Grand Theatre website. They can also be purchased by telephoning the box office (01524 64695) or by visiting in person.

The theatre has a seating capacity of just under 500. A detailed seating plan can be viewed on the official website.

The Grand Theatre is situated on St Leonardgate (postcode LA1 1NL), on the eastern side of the city centre. There are two car parks adjacent to the theatre. Both are owned and managed by Lancaster City Council. Parking fees apply at all times but are substantially reduced in the evening.

There are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants nearby; particularly on adjoining Church Street. Lancaster Bus Station is just few hundred yards away. Lancaster Train Station is approximately half a mile from the theatre.

Events - What's On - Grand Theatre Lancaster

A selection of upcoming shows and events at Grand Theatre Lancaster are listed below. Tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday 30th May 2024 8:00 pmCount Arthur Strong - ...and It's Goodnight From Him
Thursday 4th July 2024 7:30 pmRichard Herring - Can I Have My Ball Back?
Friday 26th July 2024 7:30 pmWhat's Love Got to do With it - Tina Turner Tribute
Wednesday 11th September 2024 7:30 pmKiller Books: Professor David Wilson and Marcel Theroux
Friday 20th September 2024 7:30 pmThe Mersey Beatles
Wednesday 2nd October 2024 6:30 pmJason Manford: a Manford All Seasons (Work In Progress)
Wednesday 2nd October 2024 8:30 pmJason Manford: a Manford All Seasons (Work In Progress)
Monday 28th October 2024 8:00 pmMaisie Adam: Appraisal
Thursday 5th December 2024 7:30 pmMilton Jones: Ha!Milton
Wednesday 22nd January 2025 7:30 pmJason Fox Life At the Limit
Sunday 2nd February 2025 7:30 pmJenny Eclair - Jokes, Jokes, Jokes
Wednesday 2nd April 2025 8:00 pmLou Sanders - No Kissing in the Bingo Hall
Thursday 10th April 2025 7:30 pmWhitney Queen of the Night
Saturday 12th April 2025 8:00 pmOmid Djalili: Namaste

More events may be listed on the official Grand Theatre Lancaster website (see the information section at the end of this page).

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Grand Theatre Lancaster include:

  • The Dukes (0.1 miles) - The centre of Lancaster’s arts scene.
  • Lancaster Castle (0.3 miles) - Historic castle in Lancaster city centre. Scene of the Pendle Witches trial
  • Lancaster Priory (0.4 miles) - One of the finest medieval churches in England.
  • Williamson Park (0.7 miles) - 54 acre public park overlooking the city of Lancaster.

Nearby Cinemas

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Nearby Shopping

Places to shop near Grand Theatre Lancaster include:

  • St Nicholas Arcades (0.2 miles) - Shopping centre in Lancaster city centre. Stores include Argos, Boots, and Next.
  • Market Gate Shopping (0.2 miles) - Shopping centre in Lancaster. Stores include New Look, M&S, Waterstones, and WHSmith.
  • Kingsway Retail Park (0.3 miles) - Retail park in Lancaster. Shops here are Currys PC World, Laura Ashley, and Bathstore.

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Grand Theatre Lancaster include:

  • The Borough Lancaster (0.1 miles)
  • The Royal Kings Arms (0.3 miles)
  • Quite Simply French (0.4 miles)

Nearby Transport Links

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Map showing location of Grand Theatre Lancaster.

Map showing location of Grand Theatre Lancaster


Grand Theatre Lancaster

Address and postcode
St Leonardgate
United Kingdom

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