Theatre of the Month > Lowther Pavillion
01 November 2016
The Lowther Pavilion is set within the idyllic Lowther Gardens which covers an area of 5.65 hectares providing a place to sit and watch the world go by and for visiting families there is a children’s play area, tennis courts, crazy golf, putting and Crown Green bowling. The gardens also host outdoor plays and children’s theatre which have included Shakespeare, children’s classics such as Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland and Spooky Halloween trails! And every summer in the gardens we have a series of outdoor family theatre, bring your picnic and enjoy a show in the relaxed settings of the Rose Gardens.
Entertainment in Lowther Gardens began in 1909 when a bandstand opened and hosted regular concerts. The ladies’ orchestra complained that it was cold a draughty and asked for a pavilion in which to play, and they got their wish in 1920. In the intervening years the Pavilion has been extended several times and now provides Fylde’s only professional theatre, with 450 seats and up to 800 for standing events.
If you like music then you are spoilt for choice with the accent on quality and variety. There is everything from Classical with Mozart by Candlelight to live funk with The Haggis Horns mixed in with some great Brass Bands including Freckleton Brass Band and Swing Time with Andy Prior and even the Band of The King’s Division with BBC Radio Lancashire’s live broadcast Christmas Live at Lowther.
We all know that laughter is the best medicine and the Pavilion stage has hosted top comedians such as John Bishop and Jason Manford and the prescription continues with top comedians including Rob Beckett, Al Murray and Chris Ramsey.
If your genre is Dance, then you can see the return of Pasha Kovalev for his third visit to the Pavilion with an evening of breath-taking choreography and sensational music. If you prefer to be the one doing the dancing then join us at our regular Tea Dances or see in the New Year with our spectacular New Year Ball.
For those of you that love the musicals we have Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables star Ramin Karimloo who will be performing at the Pavilion with his Broadgrass Band, and Queens of the Musicals Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson. We also have Broadway and Beyond paying homage to all the great songs from the Musicals.
Children are not forgotten at the Pavilion, we have had many CBBC presenters in the past including Chris and Pui, Sid Sloane and Patrick Lynch, and we have lots more coming up for families to enjoy together. Christmas would not be Christmas without a Pantomime and this year we have Jack and The Beanstalk presented by Polka Dot Pantomimes, we also have family fun with Megaslam Wrestling.
Not only do we have shows for families to enjoy together we also have plenty of upcoming talented children performing upon the Pavilion stage. Lytham Academy of Performing Arts present Rock of Ages this December and we have many dance schools showcasing their student’s talents including Clifton Academy, Rarity School of Dance and Drama and Rainbow Dance Studios who present their annual Pantomime Beauty and the Beast in January.
You cannot beat a night of Variety, with comedy, music and an overall feel good factor, and we have great variety at the Pavilion with Duggie Chapmans We’ll Meet Again, giving a nostalgic sing along to the war years and comedy galore with Let The Sunshine in starring Cannon & Ball, Johnnie Casson, Stu Francis and many more. Norman Prince and Paul Johnston bring A True Lancashire Hotpot full of comedy and song, or why not enjoy an evening of comedy and magic in tribute to the great Tommy Cooper – Just Like That!
It’s not just shows at the Pavilion, there are regular fairs, including Antique, Mind, Body & Spirit and Craft fairs. The venue can be hired for private events and has been used for Wedding receptions, Christening parties and funeral services! So you can truly say, you name it, you can find it at the Pavilion!
The Pavilion is approaching its centenary in 2012 and is now ready for development to make it fit for the next 100 years. Imagine a building where the Pavilion and the Gardens live in harmony with each other, where people can meet for a coffee while they explore what’s on, where world class artists feel as much at home as local community groups. The Love Lowther project is actively fundraising to make all these plans a reality. If you would like to help us to restore an iconic venue in a magnificent green space then please get in touch. You can visit our love Lowther site at lovelowther.co.uk
The Pavilion is actively supported by the Friends of Lowther Pavilion; they hold a varied programme of events and activities including coffee mornings, quizzes, tea dances and the Spectacular New Year’s Eve ball. Their achievements over the last few years have directly improved the quality of the theatre experience for customers, staff and performers. Their fundraising has provided money to purchase, amongst other things, a new sound system for the theatre, a new communications system for the technicians and refurbish the dressing rooms. Their Front of House volunteers ensure theatre goers are given a warm and friendly welcome.
A full list of events can be found on our website at lowtherpavilion.co.uk and tickets can be booked online, in person at the box office or over the phone on 01253 794221. We are open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm and until curtain up on show nights. We look forward to seeing you soon!