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.
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.
|Wednesday 17th January 2024 7:30 pm||Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time|
|Friday 16th February 2024 8:00 pm||Daniel O'Reilly: Out of Character|
|Sunday 25th February 2024 8:00 pm||Ross Noble: JIBBER JABBER JAMBOREE|
|Wednesday 28th February 2024 7:30 pm||Whitney - Queen of the Night|
|Wednesday 6th March 2024 8:00 pm||Reginald D Hunter: The Man Who Could See Through Sh*t|
|Friday 5th April 2024 8:00 pm||Chris McCausland: Yonks!|
|Saturday 6th April 2024 8:00 pm||Chris McCausland: Yonks!|
|Friday 12th April 2024 7:30 pm||Clinton Baptiste: Roller Ghoster!|
|Wednesday 1st May 2024 7:30 pm||Julian Clary - a Fistful of Clary|
|Thursday 2nd May 2024 7:30 pm||Julian Clary - a Fistful of Clary|
|Thursday 30th May 2024 8:00 pm||Count Arthur Strong - ...and It's Goodnight From Him|
|Friday 26th July 2024 7:00 pm||What's Love Got to do With it - Tina Turner Tribute|
More events may be listed on the official Grand Theatre Lancaster website (see the information section at the end of this page).