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Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre

Type:Theatre

Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1HT

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Tel: 01772 80 44 44

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Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre

In October 2014 Preston Guild Hall was taken out of the hands of Preston City Council and into those of a local entrepreneur Simon Rigby. It is an exciting new chapter in Preston’s entertainment scene and the venue have ambitious plans to elevate the venue and complex back to its previous status.

In addition to the programming and event developments of the 720 seater theatre and 2034 seater hall, Simon and his team have begun investing heavily in the complex. The arcade has seen additions such as restaurant Mundo Tapas, coffee shop Leaf or Bean and the cocktail and wine bar, Review. The new Villa Italian restaurant as just opened its doors in June 2016. LiVe: previously the Guild Hall foyer space has undergone a major revamp to create a brand new multifunctional space, perfect for intimate gigs, post-show drinks and dancing the night away.

The latest addition is The Terrace, located on the front balcony of the building, overlooking the City. The Terrace has three distinct areas for eating and drinking, which are connected to the Villa Italian, LiVe and Review, but it can also be opened up into one larger space. It even has a retractable roof making it a great destination whatever the weather! Preston Guild Hall’s new eatery Dogs ‘n’ Doughnuts, located above Review on The Terrace, is due to open its doors on 21 April 2017.

The developments are set to continue with more exciting plans in progress creating LeVel: A 10-pin bowling alley, a nine-hole crazy golf course, karaoke booths, a sports bar and Tex Mex diner, along with a new entrance from Lord Street are all proposed for their biggest project yet. The overall aim is to provide a hub of entertainment for the people of Lancashire. Offering something for all ages and catering to all tastes.

With its city centre location, on-site parking and links to nearby bus and rail networks, the Guild Hall Arcade is easily accessible 7 days a week. Whether you’re having lunch in one of our restaurants, a catch up over coffee or taking in a show, we’ve got it all. They offer the very best in authentic dining.

For more information on the shows, events, venue hire or any of the restaurants visit www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

Plus why not join their mailing list for all the latest offers including pre-show dining and all the up to date developments within the complex. To join the mailing list, please email marketing@prestonguildhall.co.uk or sign up via the website.

Opening Times

Box Office Opening 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:30
SundayClosed
Box Office (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:30*
SundayClosed*

* A secondary box office located on the first floor will be open prior to the start of performances.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Wednesday, 27th March 2019 - Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Thursday, 28th March 2019 - Thursday, 28th March 2019

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of FourCrammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a breathtaking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation. When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B, Baker...
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Saturday, 30th March 2019 - Saturday, 30th March 2019

The DriftersThe Drifters are back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades.
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Saturday, 30th March 2019 - Saturday, 30th March 2019

The SmythsFormed back in 2003, The Smyths having been bringing their passion for the music of The Smiths to stages ever since. With the exact and spirit of The Smiths, this group are more than a tribute band, being in the top tier of groups who recreate the music of artists no longer played. From Meat is...
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Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 - Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

Charlie LandsboroughIn 2019, UK Country Music legend Charlie Landsborough plans to retire from touring to concentrate on writing and recording music. Before his retirement Charlie will be embarking on an extended tour of Britain. Known as the UK's premier country music singer, country music is only one part of his...
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Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Saturday, 6th April 2019

The Rolling Stones StoryThe Rolling Stones Story promises you an unforgettable Jumpin' Jack Flash back in time. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, but we like it!
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Sunday, 7th April 2019 - Sunday, 7th April 2019

Francis Rossi: I Talk Too MuchLegendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock'n'roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening.
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019 - Sunday, 14th April 2019

Tom GatesFrom the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of TOM GATES live on stage for the very first time in an exciting and hilarious adventure that sends Tom's world spinning! Don't miss Liz Pichon's fantastic characters as they come to life in this brand new story...
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Friday, 12th April 2019 - Friday, 12th April 2019

Livewire AC/DCThe unique six-man tribute to rock music's greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll.
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Saturday, 13th April 2019 - Saturday, 13th April 2019

Evil BlizzardLiVe Venue & Promotions are proud to present: Evil Blizzard's ONLY 2019 show! Some of the best underground alternative rock & punk to grace the stage!
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Monday, 15th April 2019 - Monday, 15th April 2019

The Ladyboys Of BangkokThe Ladyboys Of Bangkok is coming to your theatre with the biggest party in town at the UK's number 1 cabaret show in 2019!
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Friday, 19th April 2019 - Friday, 19th April 2019

UB40: 40th Anniversary TourBirmingham's world-famous reggae stars UB40 have announced a massive tour for 2019 to celebrate their 40th anniversary!
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019 - Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Wet Wet WetThe band are one of the most successful groups in British pop history with an amazing back catalogue of songs including three No.1's – 'Help From My Friends'; 'Goodnight Girl'; and 'Love Is All Around'. They have sold over 15 million records to date and played to more than four million people...
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Sunday, 12th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

Imagine - The John Lennon Songbook"Imagine" tells the legendary story of John Lennon, from his dramatic rise to fame as a Beatle through to his iconic solo career. Starring the globally renowned and Liverpool's own Jimmy Coburn (The Cavern Club; Let It Be; The Sessions at Abbey Road), "Imagine" showcases all John Lennon's greatest...
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

Seven Drunken NightsDirect from the West End, the show brings to life the music of Ireland's favorite sons 'The Dubliners'. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and...
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

ELO AgainELO AGAIN are back with their stunning 'Return To The Blue' tour, celebrating the truly universal music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra.
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

Hormonal HousewivesJoin Vicki Michelle and the vivacious Hormonal Housewives in a hilarious, no-holds-barred romp through the joys of being a fabulous 21st century woman. Weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, men, zumba, men, bikini waxes, online shopping, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, more wine, teenage...
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Thursday, 23rd May 2019 - Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Stewart Francis: Into The PunsetStewart Francis, the Canadian one-liner king, has announced his farewell comedy tour, aptly named 'Into The Punset', and will be coming to Preston Guild Hall in May 2019.
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Friday, 24th May 2019 - Friday, 24th May 2019

Psychic Sally - 10th Anniversary TourWorld renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK's favourite award winning medium Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive 10 year anniversary show.
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Sunday, 26th May 2019 - Sunday, 26th May 2019

Chris NormanFamed for fronting huge 70's hit band Smokie, Chris Norman has gone on to carve a successful solo career since leaving the band in 1986, when his first single 'Midnight Lady' became a massive hit throughout Europe including holding the German No.1 slot for 6 weeks!
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Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

Les MusicalsLes Musicals Live Concert Tour is the ultimate celebration of Musical Theatre.
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Sunday, 2nd June 2019 - Sunday, 2nd June 2019

Walk Right BackAfter a phenomenal sell out tour in 2018, Walk Right Back is…BACK! From the Producers of That'll be the Day, the show tells the story of the most successful duo of all time – The Everly Brothers.
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Friday, 21st June 2019 - Friday, 21st June 2019

The Grand Masters Of DartsThe North West's biggest darts legends night returns for a third year with eight of the best known names to hit the oche, battling it out for the Eric Bristow Memorial Cup.
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Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Saturday, 27th July 2019

Cloudbusting: 40 Years of Kate BushCloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate's music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK.
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Sunday, 25th August 2019 - Sunday, 25th August 2019

From The JamLiVe Venue & Promotions. & VMS Live proudly present From The Jam Supports to be announced. "From The Jam, best night out I have had in years all The Jam hits and more done to perfection. What's not to love?" – Alan McGee
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Friday, 13th September 2019 - Friday, 13th September 2019

BoyzlifeBoyzlife brings together members of two of the biggest boybands in history, Boyzone and Westlife, to perform a whole host of their biggest chart hits. Brian McFadden enjoyed 12 UK and Ireland number ones as a member of Westlife, including a record breaking seven top spots in a row. The band also...
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Thursday, 10th October 2019 - Thursday, 10th October 2019

Respect - The Aretha Franklin SongbookRESPECT – The Aretha Franklin Songbook is an amazing live concert that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul! Featuring outstanding lead vocals from Jaki Graham and Cleopatra Higgins supported by the Urban Soul Band.
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Illegal EaglesThe World's Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2019 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.
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Friday, 18th October 2019 - Friday, 18th October 2019

A Vision of ElvisA VISION OF ELVIS starring Rob Kingsley winner of The National Tribute Music Awards "Official Elvis Show" and "No.1 Male Tribute" is internationally renowned as the best Elvis Presley tribute concert, touring the world today.
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Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Saturday, 19th October 2019

The NutcrackerFeaturing live Orchestra with over 30 musicians. 'For many people, The Nutcracker is the true curtain-raiser to Christmas, bringing a special magic to the advent season. This production holds nothing back in any department, and the audience was rewarded with a show of great power and presence.' –...
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Friday, 8th November 2019 - Friday, 8th November 2019

Dirty DCThis year's 'WALK ALL OVER UK TOUR' promises to unleash a torrent of hard rock to surpass the band's already exceptional show.  With fresh energy from the band's younger members 'wooing' crowds over the last couple of tours, the band is going from strength to strength.  2019 will see more of the...
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Saturday, 9th November 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019

Nearly DanLess tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker.
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Friday, 15th November 2019 - Friday, 15th November 2019

Count Arthur StrongCOUNT ARTHUR STRONG – 'Is There Anybody Out There?' As well as being the all-round entertainer we all know and love from the telly, Count Arthur Strong is also a lifelong fan of astronomy, since having been given a microscope, or whatever it is they use, for Christmas when he was a small...
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Saturday, 16th November 2019

Carole: The Music Of Carole KingCarole – The Music of Carole King is the story of the career of one of the most successful and admired songwriters in the history of popular music. With a cast of the UK's finest musicians, singers and dancers, we tell the story of the music of Carole King, from its early beginnings in New York in...
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