Welcome to Thwaites Empire Theatre, 'the entertainment venue provided by the people for the people in Blackburn with Darwen'. 



About Us

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.

Theatre Officers

Board of Directors


 Theatre Board and Officials

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