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Lancaster Grand Theatre


St Leonardgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NL

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Lancaster Grand Theatre

Step into a world of enchantment at Lancaster Grand Theatre, a cherished cultural icon since 1782.  Operated by the Lancaster Footlights & Grand Theatre Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), the theatre stands proudly as the third oldest working theatre in the UK outside London, boasting a prestigious Grade II heritage listing and a 460-seat capacity.

Immerse yourself in a diverse array of performances, with over 250 opportunities each year to experience the thrill of live entertainment.  From electrifying live music and top-class comedy to gripping drama and spellbinding international ballet, there's something to captivate every soul.

What truly sets Lancaster Grand Theatre apart is the unwavering commitment to community engagement and accessibility.  As a registered charity fundraising endeavours are replied upon to thrive.  But this is more than just a venue for entertainment; it's a hub of inclusivity, offering time and space to local community groups and charities, fostering a sense of belonging and support within the community.

No matter your abilities, everyone is welcome to enjoy the magic of live theatre at Lancaster Grand Theatre.  Significant steps have been taken to ensure accessibility, with wheelchair-friendly spaces, ramps, accessible toilets, and an audio induction hearing loop.  Plus, a warm hand of welcome is extended to carers, with free tickets and host special relaxed performances during pantomime season for those with additional needs and their families.

Behind every curtain call is a dedicated team of volunteers and staff, working tirelessly to bring all productions to life.  Led by passionate volunteer trustees, the theatre employs a full-time team to ensure seamless operations and unforgettable experiences for guests.  During performances, enthusiastic volunteers fill front and back-of-house roles, adding a personal touch to every visit. 

As the theatre charts a course into the future, the mission remains clear: to evolve while honouring the rich heritage.  In collaboration with members, volunteers, and staff, the theatre is committed to overcoming modern challenges, while enriching the community with the magic of art and culture.

Whether you're a seasoned theatre aficionado or simply seeking a memorable night out, Lancaster Grand Theatre invites you to embark on a journey of wonder and discovery.  Join in and become part of a vibrant community, where every visit promises unforgettable moments and cherished memories.

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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Wednesday, 24th July 2024

Saturday, 17th August 2024 - Saturday, 17th August 2024

Wednesday, 21st August 2024 - Wednesday, 21st August 2024

Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Saturday, 14th September 2024

Saturday, 12th October 2024 - Saturday, 12th October 2024

Saturday, 16th November 2024 - Saturday, 16th November 2024

Saturday, 7th December 2024 - Saturday, 7th December 2024

Theatre Tours at Lancaster Grand TheatreYou are invited to take a guided tour of the third oldest continually operating theatre in England.
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Friday, 26th July 2024 - Friday, 26th July 2024

What's Love Got To Do With ItTina Turner fans will have the time of their lives as What's Love Got To Do With It?
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Saturday, 24th August 2024 - Saturday, 24th August 2024

The Straits UKFounded in 2018, The Straits UK are made up of six musicians, all with a passion for delivering quality music and performance every time.
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Saturday, 31st August 2024 - Saturday, 31st August 2024

80s Live!You've made it through the wilderness, somehow, you've made it through and now we're never gonna give you up.
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Thursday, 5th September 2024 - Thursday, 5th September 2024

Johnny Hates Jazz: Turn Back The ClockWith a brand-new show, surrounded by world-class musicians, they're ready to captivate audiences across the globe.
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Sunday, 8th September 2024 - Sunday, 8th September 2024

Heritage Open Day at Lancaster Grand TheatreWhether you're a theatre enthusiast or a curious explorer, this tour promises to be an unforgettable adventure into the heart of Lancaster's theatrical legacy.
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Monday, 9th September 2024 - Monday, 9th September 2024

An Evening with Lord Ian BothamJoin Lord Ian, as he discusses his amazing career, and everything in between.
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Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Saturday, 14th September 2024

G4 20th Anniversary TourThe UK's number one vocal harmony group and original X-Factor stars celebrate a double decade in the limelight with a spectacular anniversary show.
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Wednesday, 23rd October 2024 - Wednesday, 23rd October 2024

Swan Lake​​​​​​​A wonderful evening out and memories which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.
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Friday, 1st November 2024 - Friday, 1st November 2024

China Crisis​​​​​​​With engaging music, scouse humour, and a strong connection to their fans, China Crisis shows are a must-see experience.
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the north west of England. Exit the M6 motorway at junction 34 and follow signs for Lancaster.  Join the one way system (Caton Road) and pass a small retail park on the left on the approach to traffic lights. Turn left following signs for Lancaster city centre.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Lancaster.  The station is on the West Coast Mainline with regular mainline services to London and south and Glasgow and north.  Local services include a regular service to Morecambe.  For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit nationalrail.co.uk. ​​​​ The nearest bus station is Lancaster.  Local, regional and national services are available. For further information contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit traveline.org.uk.



  • Event Venue
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Family Fun
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In town/city centre

Venue Facilities

  • Theatre



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