Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
6:37 PM 2nd September 2020

Blackpool Opera House Re-opens With Visits From Jorvik And The Meat Loaf Story

The Winter Gardens Blackpool is to reopen with a revised Autumn programme featuring the latest cinema releases, live daily entertainment and an exhibition with the JORVIK Group, York.

photo credit Jeff
photo credit Jeff
Live theatre is set to return from October with Sir Ranulph Fiennes confirmed to go ahead as well as two new shows from Steve Steinman including Anything for Love – The Meat Loaf Story and Vampire Rock – Ghost Train.

Closed for more than 150 days, the historic venue has developed a brand-new Autumn programme following the postponement of the majority of the shows, concerts and conferences that were due to take place.

The Opera House will reopen from Thursday 03 September and is set to screen the latest new cinema releases including the hot new film from Marvel The New Mutants which will be screened alongside modern blockbusters and live cinema events including Kinky Boots the Musical, 42nd Street and Elvis: That’s The Way it is.

The Opera House Cinema will be complemented by the reopening of the popular Mazzei Café and Gillow’s Bar which welcomes back popular musical duo Pineapple Jack.

From Saturday 19 September, Fearsome Craftsmen a touring exhibition from The JORVIK Group of Attractions, operators of the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre in York, will allow guests to discover how over 1,000 years ago the Vikings turned simple materials into complex objects. The archaeological finds and replicas allow guests to delve into ordinary aspects of Viking life by exploring materials such as bone, antler, metal and wood to see how the Vikings made everyday necessities. Learn how advances in Viking boat technology led to the development of a thriving trade network, with Lancashire having an important position on a well-travelled route.

From October, the venue is set to welcome back socially distanced live theatre with Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously set to go ahead on 20 October along with newly announced Steve Steinman’s Anything for Love - The Meat Loaf Story from 22- 24 October and Steve Steinman's Vampires Rock - Ghost Train from 29 – 31 October which are now on sale with further announcements to come.

Tickets for the Opera House Cinema are now on sale priced at just £4.00 per ticket with the exception of Event Screenings, a full list of screenings is available at

Mazzei and Gillows
Open Tuesday – Sunday weekly throughout September from 11am daily, pre-booking tables is advised and now available for Pineapple Jack on the venue’s website.

Fearsome Craftsmen, A touring exhibition from the JORVIK Group
Fearsome Craftsmen will open to the public on Saturday 19 September from 10am with timed entry tickets available, capped for each session to ensure social distancing can be followed by all guests. Tickets are set to go on-sale from 10am on Friday 04 September 2020.

Live shows October
All shows will conform to social distancing guidelines, with a reduced capacity audience and enhanced safety measures.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Living Dangerously: 20 October 2020 is on-sale now.
Steve Steinman’s Anything for Love – The Meat Loaf Story: 22 – 24 October
Steve Steinman’s Vampire Rock Ghost Train: 29 – 31 October are now on sale.

For further information, tickets and to make bookings or reservations visit