A little self indulgence in Blackpool

A little self indulgence in Blackpool

The town of Blackpool; this for me is the heart of northwest England and one of my most favourite places. I really do not know many actors who have not played here and have not loved it, although plenty of moans at the time re landladies and wages! It is especially important to me as I met my partner John here.

The town has two theatres both excellent. The Winter Gardens Opera House has been opened since 1878, this the third incarnation of the building has been around since 1939. With 3,000 seats it is one of the largest theatres in Britain. Hollywood stars and pop stars have all played there. I even remember on holiday there one time seeing the infamous Black and White Minstrels. My parents apparently drew everyone’s attention by hissing at me as I was wondering down the aisle to the stage, mesmerized at that age by the spectacle of theatre. The building is a Grade 11 listed building; it has also twice hosted the Royal variety Performance outside of London.

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