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Operated by Burnley Leisure Trust, Burnley Mechanics is a modern multipurpose, fully accessible venue equipped with retractable / removable seating, state of the art lighting, excellent sound facilities, two bars, two performance venues, a Basement Studio, Bistro and meeting rooms.

This magnificent grade two listed venue was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1986 to present the very best in entertainment, special events and activities.   Since that time the Mechanics have hosted some of the world’s finest talent from all realms of the performing arts including The Osmonds, Toploader, Patty Smith, Marillion, Buddy Guy, G4, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Alan Carr, Lee Nelson, Tim Vine, Hull Truck Theatre, fabulous family shows and many more.

Recent refurbishment has seen this historic building enter a new era with the addition of a new performance space ‘the Front Room’ where exciting new and emerging artists, comedy and new performances more suitable to an intimate audience take place,  a new Basement Rehearsal Studio, a fully equipped Lounge bar, and Simple Classic Bistro.

The Lounge Bar, a modern, vibrant space with sumptuous leather sofas, low lighting and a warm, relaxed feel complete with a Steinway Grand Piano, a gallery display wall featuring work by talented local artist’s and the bar itself boasting Burnley’s largest Gin selection with over 100 gins on offer.  The Colin Sanderson Theatre Bar, exclusive to theatre patrons only, offers the ideal way to enhance your evening.  Before you take your seats relax in the comfortable and friendly surroundings while you pre order your interval drinks to avoid the rush.

As part of the refurbishment a new Bistro, in partnership with Simply Classic, provides a fresh and exciting food concept bringing together great home-cooked food, uniquely presented with excellent service. The Bistro is open for lunch Monday – Saturday and for pre theatre dining two hours before each performance. As exclusive caterers to Burnley Mechanics and Burnley Leisure, Simply Classic also provide high end catering for all events at the venue including conferencing and banqueting.

The Auditorium, The Front Room, Colin Sanderson’s Theatre Bar, The Lounge Bar, The Basement Studio and The Loft are all available for private hire, parties, events, meetings and seminars. Call the administration department on 01282 477114 for more information.

Burnley Mechanics is a tribute to the people of Burnley who backed the rebirth and have supported live entertainment throughout its history.

Without the continued support of our audiences, the Mechanics would not exist. We value the continued support of the local community. Why not tell us what you think about our service, what you would like to see in the theatre and about your experience on our Facebook and Twitter pages? Your comments and feedback are invaluable in helping to shape the future of the Mechanics.

Our vision for the future

Continue our work with emerging artists, new theatre and new performances to the Mechanics to deliver a new and exciting programme of events.  To develop partnerships, recognise when change is required and continue investment into the Leisure Trust.

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Sing-a-long-a Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Singalonga Beauty and the Beast next April!
This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as “Be our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and not forgetting the “Beauty and The Beast”. Sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson in this romantic fairy tale and see if you can stop those tears at the end.
Saturday 21st April, 2:30pm & 7pm
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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CBeebies' Mister Maker is back at Burnley Mechanics Theatre on Saturday 7th October with his smash hit live theatre tour! 😆😍 This fab live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dan...

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Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, the Canadian tour-de-force, Tom Stade, is back with a brand-new show for 2017.
Renowned for his carefree attitude and broad-minded vision, nothing is taboo to this enlightened and captivating comedy legend. Combining off-the-scale charm, razor-sharp wit and a no-holds-barred attitude; Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Kick back and enter the awesome and mischievous world of Tom Stade as he provides an inspiring and incisive antidote to these dark and uncertain times. Simply sublime comedy…I SWEAR.
Saturday 14th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £17.50 / £16 concessions
Pre-theatre dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential.
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Next Wednesday join us in Thompson Park for a Family Fun Day and a very 'Special Delivery.'
Bring a picnic and find out about some fantastic projects and events happening at Burnley Mechanics this Autumn and watch a free family show!
SPECIAL DELIVERY is a simple story about the delights of trying something unexpected. When a heavily laden postman is suddenly surprised by a rain shower he discovers that all his packages have lost their labels. In the process of trying to work out the intended recipients, he discovers a bit more about the people on his rounds - and decides to bring a little sunshine into all of their lives.
The show lasts 15 minutes, but there will also be some free craft activities and plenty of interesting and exciting things to find out about. Show times are 11.30am, 1.15pm and 2pm.
There will also be plenty of other activities going on in Thompson Park during the day including The Boathouse and Thompson Park Railway.
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Just over 2 weeks until 'The Devil in Disguise' himself, Joe Pasquale comes to Burnley Mechanics.
Be prepared to giggle this September with the news that the unstoppable comedian Joe Pasquale is set to unleash more of his silliness on the British public with a new show - The Devil in Disguise.
We all have a good side, a dark side and a backside... so come and witness Joe Pasquale showing off all three, in a show that defies description.
Sunday 3rd September, 7:30pm
Tickets £18.50 / £16.50 Concessions
Pre-theatre dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential.
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