The Grand invites Hoteliers and Taxi Drivers to Puttin’ On The Ritz

8 July 2015

The Grand Theatre are inviting accommodation providers and Taxi Drivers to the first three nights of the all-singing, all-dancing Puttin’ On The Ritz, starring Strictly Come Dancing stars Katya Virshilas and Jared Murillo.

All you have to do to claim your tickets is bring your hotel utility bill or your Taxi Driver ID to the Box Office to claim your two complimentary tickets. Tickets are only available for performances on 27-29 July and are subject to availability.  Puttin On The Ritz will run through Summer from 27 July to 29 August.

Puttin’ On The Ritz , produced by Spirit Productions who brought the popular New Jersey Nights  to The Grand last Summer, takes you on a musical journey through the golden age of Hollywood! A cast of West End performers recreate the classic songs of the era live on stage with slick harmonies, glamorous costumes and impeccable ballroom dancing skills.

With wonderful music from three legendary composers, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, songs in the show will include Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade, and of course Puttin’On The Ritz.!

David King , Producer of Puttin’ On The Ritz  said,

“I am thrilled to bring Puttin’ On The Ritz to The Grand Theatre this Summer. The show is a wonderful celebration of the music of Geroge Gerswhin, Cole Porter and Irvin Berlin.  It is a fabulous song and dance extravaganza, featuring dance stars from T.V.'s Strictly Come Dancing Katya and Jared.  Blackpool is in for a treat this summer!”

Chief Executive Ruth Eastwood said,

“We are delighted to be welcoming back Spirit Productions, the company who brought us the popular New Jersey Nights last year, which delighted not only holiday visitors but locals alike. To introduce younger audiences to this fantastic music and dance production, tickets for Under 16s will be half price. This really is a show for all ages – a feel-good night out!”

The production broke Box Office records when it first toured the in 2014, and this year the show tours all across the UK, starting in Wimbledon starring pop starlet and Strictly Come Dancing  favourite, Pixie Lott.

When the production comes to Blackpool, Strictly Come Dancing stars Katya Virshilas and Jared Murillo will lead the cast of talented West End performers.

Katya was the youngest ever British Columbian Latin Dance Champion at the age of 16.  Katya co-choreographed, trained and danced in the iconic Tango sequence from Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas and has choreographed on two seasons of BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance.. Katya has appeared in 3 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and has been in popular TV shows such as Supernatural, Smallville and The Guard.

Jared Murillo is an  American national and world ballroom dance champion.  He won the US Open Swing Youth Championships at the age of 21.  His screen credits include the hugely popular High School Musical films and the TV sensation – Glee. Jared was also a popular professional dancer on Strictly come Dancing.

Puttin On The Ritz
Grand Theatre Blackpool
Monday 27 to Saturday 29 August 2015

Claim your 2 Complimentary Hoteliers/Taxi Driver tickets by calling into the Box Office with your Hotel Utility Bill or Taxi Driver ID.

Call Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit

Twitter- @Grand_Theatre


Notes for Editors:

Spirit Productions
Sprit Productions produce award winning shows that appear around the world, to high critical acclaim.
Spirit Productions own major theaters in the USA and has extensive production facilities on both sides of the Atlantic. With more than 500 artists on their  books, they are one of the largest suppliers of production shows in the industry, focusing on creative product development for worldwide touring markets.

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre – Heritage and History
The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894 by Thomas Sergenson who immediately dubbed the theatre 'Matcham's Masterpiece'. This title is even more merited now that there are few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham, the leading Victorian theatre architect. The theatre took just nine months to build and cost Sergenson £20,000.

By the early 1960s theatres across Britain were closing due to loss of audience to television and in July 1972 the then owners, the Tower Company, applied for permission to demolish it. In its place they proposed to build a department store. However, by then, following an application to the Department of the Environment, the theatre had been listed as a Grade II* building and there had to be a full public enquiry.

Early in 1973 the Friends of the Grand was formed and after legal and financial wrangling, they, together with EMI and the local council, put together a deal involving leasing the theatre for £10,000 per annum and final purchase for £250,000.
For further information on Blackpool’s Grand Theatre please visit:

Emma Rampley
01253 743213 or email [email protected]

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