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What’s On At Preston Theatres Guide Up To 2019

There’s nothing quite like taking in a show at the theatre during your free time. With so many great performances and productions taking place for the rest of the year, we’ve created a jam packed Preston theatres guide to help you choose your ballet from your bingo.

Get ready as the stages of Preston theatres are filled during the last months of 2018 with outstanding stage shows, plays and gigs you simply don’t want to miss.


The kids are back in school and this signifies a momentous occasion for parents as you can return to some semblance of a normal adult existence.

You might even have some time to pay a visit to the theatre, in which case check out some of these brilliant plays and events.

The Whitechapel Freaks

Where: Lancaster Suite

When: 12th

Take yourself back to 1888 when the streets of London, were a place of horror thanks to the notorious Jack the Ripper, and into a theatre offering people a break from what had become a frightening reality.

Whitechapel Freaks - Preston theatres

Watch as Fairy Fay commands a stage of Victorian Cabaret, vintage comedy shows and a showcase of Ripper suspects paraded before your very eyes.

There Goes The Bride

Where: Playhouse

When: 19th – 22nd

When a father of the Bride bumps his head on his daughter’s wedding day only to awaken to a 1920’s flapper apparition straight from the pages of his latest work project, things get a bit strange.

There Goes the Bride Preston Theatres

This comedic production is a timeless play that’ll leave audiences in stiches.

Blood Brothers

Where: Charter Theatre

Where: 17th – 22nd

Known as one of the greatest plays ever written, Blood Brothers has been circulating through theatres since the early eighties and centres around the fraternal bond of twin brothers separated at birth.

Blood Brothers - Preston theatres

Nature versus nurture is the core of the play and has drawn in huge crowds since the very first production was performed. Get your seats to see this timeless play, one of the stand out points of our Preston theatres guide for September.

Bongo’s Bingo

Where: Grand Hall

When: 22nd

Starting out life in the warehouses of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, Bongo’s Bingo has seen national and international success.

Much more than balls and bingo puns, Bongo’s Bingo introduced a new kind of interactive group event that encourages everyone to get involved.

Pop along to see what all the fuss is about.


Where: Charter Theatre

When: 27th

An opera that has been around for nearly 150 years, Carmen is a stage spectacular that commands the attention of any audience. A tragic love story depicting the danger of falling for a femme fatale and the misery it can lead to.

Carmen Preston theatres

The Russian State opera will be bringing this thrilling and passionate performance to Preston for one night only. Be sure you’ve got seats to see the classic Carmen brought to life.

Taj Express

Where: Charter Theatre

When: 28th – 29th

Bringing a taste of Bolloywood brilliance to the theatre stages of Preston the Taj Express is a collection of the brightest stars in Bollywood from stage and screen combined.

The mesmerising moves of Bollywood will be backed by music brought to audiences from India’s most famous composers. Be prepared to witness an explosion of colour and culture at the Charter Theatre this September.


Autumn will have officially arrived by now and that means plenty of colder nights spent indoors.

Make your evenings a little more exciting by attending any of these amazing events taking place at Preston theatres in October.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Where: Playhouse

When: 3rd – 6th

An Oscar Wilde masterpiece will be tickling audiences up and down the country this autumn as The Importance of Being Earnest shows at theatres all over the UK.

The Importance of Being Earnest - Preston theatres

For over 120 years this comedic sensation has filled theatres halls with laughter and now, refreshed and revitalised for a modern day audience, Michael Fentiman’s adaption of the classic is a scream.

Withering Looks

Where: Charter Theatre

When: 9th

A comic duo of literature lovers have come together to bring us Withering Looks, a spoof take on the lives of Britain’s greatest authors, the Bronte sisters.

Withering Looks - Preston theatres

To mark the second centenary of Emily Bronte’s birth this comedic performance will play out the humorous lives of two Bronte sisters as they ponder all the important questions that ladies asked in the 19th century.

The Cavern Beatles

Where: Charter Theatre

When: 13th

From Liverpool to Preston again as The Cavern Beatles grace the city with their presence and remarkable performance.

The Cavern Beatles - Preston theatres

Much more than a tribute band The Cavern Beatles have become Liverpool legends themselves.

Watching them is as close as anyone will get to seeing the real thing as they take on the back catalogue of Beatles hits and do them proud.

Grease Sing-Along

When: Charter Theatre

Where: 19th

Those Summer Nights are nealry gone and now it’s time to find a little sunshine in other places than the British sky, bring on a Grease Sing-Along.


If there’s ever a movie that makes it feel like summer any time of the year its Grease and boy do we love a good sing-along to our favourite high school movie musical.

Tickets to this gem will sell our faster than Greased Lightning so if you know this is the One That You Want then get booking now.

That Manchester Night

When: Grand Hall

Where: 20th

Come and enjoy a night of tribute to some of the most successful bands to form and rise from the city of Manchester.

The Clone Roses - Preston theatres

The Clone Roses, Oasish, The Smiths Ltd and Courtbetweeners are all honoured in this one off night of amazing music. There’s no denying that these acts were the sound of a generation and if you happen to fall in that bracket, or wish you did, now’s your chance to see them all under one roof.

Fast Love

When: Charter Theatre

Where: 27th

Spanning almost four decades of nonstop chart-topping hits, this is a musical tribute not to be missed.

Make sure you get your seats to see the Amazing, Too Funky tunes of George Michael played out before your very eyes.

This Flawless tribute performance is a fantastic way to enjoy all the hits of George Michael live in Preston.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

Where: Charter Theatre

When: 28th

The unforgettable sound of Frankie Valli’s voice can be heard recreated on stage in Preston theatres this year.

Big Girls Don't Cry - Preston theatres

Watch as an unbelievable cast and band bring the sound of the Four Seasons to life and take audiences back into an era of musical romance.

From the humble beginnings to the dizzying heights of Frankie Valli’s and The Four Seasons long career this stage show is an eye-opener to the talent and drive of the group from start to finish.


In the month that brings us Bonfire night, there’ll be fireworks in the sky and on stage as Preston’s theatres fill with some knock out acts including live Motown Music and Memorial productions.

The Magic of Motown

Where: Charter Theatre

When: 2nd

You’ve Heard It Through the Grapevine right, there is a Motown show coming to town that’ll leave audiences Dancing in The Streets this November.


A huge selection of your favourite Motown hits will be performed live on stage in this non-stop show of timeless tunes.

This fabulous cast has handpicked all the best chart-topping tunes and will be bringing them to Preston Signed Sealed Delivered for you to enjoy.

Swan Lake

Where: Charter Theatre

When: 4th

Get your seats to see one of the world’s most popular ballet performances as the Russian State Ballet comes to Preston to perform Swan Lake.

This tragic love story will be played out including majestic scenes from the palace ballroom to the infamous swan dance upon the lake by talented dancers and musicians of the Russian State Ballet and orchestra.

Spend an evening enjoying a timeless classic on stage in Preston theatres this November.

Lancashire Remembers

When: Grand Hall

Where: 10th

A special commemorative concert will be held in Preston to remember the fallen 100 years on from the end of the Great War.

The East Lancashire Concert band will perform alongside other musicians to honour those who fought and died for our country.

With special tributes to PALS Battalions from the surrounding area and to aid the Royal British Legion this promises to be a remarkable event marking a defining moment in history.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage

Where: Grand Hall

When: 13th – 17th

Be prepared to have the time of your life as another classic story hits Preston theatres in 2018.

Dirty Dancing - Classic Story on Stage - Preston theatres

Watch the familiar love story of Baby and Johnny and enjoy all your favourite movie music hits like, Hey Baby! Do You Love Me? and many more.

Make sure you mambo your way down to Preston Grand Hall Theatre to catch this stage show spectacular.

The Australian Pink Floyd

Where: Grand Hall

When: 30th

So good they played at David Gilmour’s (member of the original Pink Floyd) 50th birthday, The Australian Pink Floyd is a worldwide musical phenomenon that has been captivating audiences for 30 years.

Not only do The Australian Pink Floyd put on a remarkable musical performance but the production reaches the same high standard making this one of the most unmissable concerts coming to Preston theatres this year.


The festive season is upon us and no doubt you will all be looking for ways to get a taste of Christmas spirit anyway you can.

Luckily Preston theatres are delivering traditional Christmas performances that are sure to warm your heart this festive season.

An Evening of Christmas Magic

Where: Playhouse

When: 1st

Starting things off early, Preston’s Playhouse Theatre are sprinkling a heavy dusting of Christmas Magic over the city.

An Evening of Christmas Magic - Preston theatres

Everything from comical comedians, big brass bands and gifted singers will take to the stage immersing audiences in all things festive.

Bring your Christmas spirit along for one heck of a ride.

The Lancashire Hotpots

Where: Grand Hall

When: 1st

Combining clever comedy with fantastic folk music these lovely lads are a real treat when it comes to live stage performances.

Lancashire Hotpots - Preston theatres

The Lancashire Hot Pots blend tuneful melodies with Lancashire influenced lyrics and sing about day to day occurrences with hits like “He’s Turned Emo” and “Has the Bin Mon Bin Mon”.

For a barrel of laughs and a thigh-slapping, good night out get your tickets to see The Lancashire Hotpots this December.

Another Christmas Carol

Where: Lancaster Suite

When: 4th

Taking the audience back to Victorian England, Another Christmas Carol will be told by none other than Charles Dickens.

Another Christmas Carol - Preston theatres

A one-man show that will be delivered as it would have in the great writers day, full of theatrics, feeling and frights.

Get ready to hear a version of the Christmas Carol unlike any you’ve seen or heard before.


Where: Charter Theatre

When: 6th – 3rd Jan

In true Christmas tradition, Preston theatres will be putting on a panto for the entire month of December.

Cinderellla - Preston theatres

The entire cast of characters will be played by talented actors and comedians each bringing years of experience and something extra special to their role.

This laugh out loud performance will be fun for the whole family and well worth a watch on the lead up to Christmas in Preston.

Jack and The Beanstalk

Where: Playhouse

When: 7th – 22nd

Another amazing classic story making its way to Preston theatres this Christmas season is Jack and the Beanstalk.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Preston theatres

So, climb into a world of wonder and laughs with the whole cast and meet some hilarious characters along the way.

A twist on the every day story about Jack and his cow but one audiences will love and remember forever.

Discovering Preston Theatres and the City

When The Shankly Hotel Preston opens its doors we wish for our guests to be able to explore all the best bits of the city with ease.

Afternoon Tea Preston - Shankly Hotel

It will be our mission to make sure every guest takes away fond memories of their visit to Preston. By guiding them around Preston theatres and other great cultural landmarks in the city we can be sure they will.

The Shankly Preston will become a popular place to stay in Preston for residents of the city and visitors alike. Keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook page and other social media channels.