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Welcome to Thwaites Empire Theatre, 'the entertainment venue provided by the people for the people in Blackburn with Darwen'.
We hire our professional theatre and conference facilities to community organisations, performing groups, local societies, dance and drama schools, businesses and education providers from across the North West. We also work with Agents, Artists and touring companies to provide a wide range of entertainment and events of all genres which appeal to local audiences.
We provide affordable auditorium and technical facilities from as little as £35 + vat per hour and affordable solutions to ticket sales, marketing and publicity, and sound and lighting services. Because we are run entirely by volunteers both professionals and amateurs enjoy working our venue because of the intimacy of the space. We are also unrivalled in the friendliness, passion and personal service provided by our committed team of unpaid staff.
We aim to work with all sections of the local community, and as a performing arts centre we attract weekly users of all ages and backgrounds.
Board of Directors
Technical Manager Kris Connell
Lighting Assistant 'Bud' White
Licensee Jamie Haddow
Bar Managers Ollie Bradley
Raffles Coordinator Joan Westland
Photographer Mike Johnson
Front of House Manager Eric Parkington
Volunteer Coordinator Cath Stewart
Cleaning June Parkington
Tickets & Box Office Manager Linda M Berry
Deputy Box Office Manager Margaret Greenhalgh
Older People's Projects Mandy Stableford
Pendle Productions Tim Lince Artistic Director
Blackburn Youth Theatre Tim Lince Artistic Director
Bernese School of Theatre Dance & Drama Bernadette Bolton Principal
Blackburn Drama Club Anita Shaw