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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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2 days ago

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***ATTENTION ALL GIN LOVERS***

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May we are holding a Gin Festival!

£12.50 - including a G&T!

With... Live entertainment, Street food and snacks AND a Festival Gin Shop

Dates and Times:
Friday 10th May | 6pm to 10.30pm
Saturday 11th May | 12noon to 4.30pm
Saturday 11th May | 6pm to 10.30pm

Tickets available from >> theginsociety-burnley2019.eventbrite.co.uk
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3 days ago

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Our wonderful comedy duo Kevin Kay and Jonathan Pye aka Simple Simon and Dame Trott will be at the Burnley town centre Light switch on alongside several chorus members at 1.15pm on Saturday. Dont miss them performing this year's audience song... it'll be a definite favourite with the kids!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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T-Minus 7 days before Dave Spikey rides in on his motorbike Juggling!

He is here on stage at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd November and we only have a few tickets left...

Get in touch to secure your seats for Dave's comic look back on his remarkable life and incredible journey from working class lad to much loved comedy performer and writer including Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more!
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4 days ago

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Pssttt.. Did you know the History Guy Dan Snow is appearing on stage here on Thursday 14th March he will be discussing his tour and his visit to Burnley Mechanics on Good Morning Britain on Thursday 15th November so why not book tickets to see him here live. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Don't forget we have an afternoon show this Saturday. It is the perfect opportunity to watch the show and then get home for your favourite Saturday night TV. The performance starts at 2.30pm and it's expected end time is 5pm. Tickets available by calling 01282 664400. ... See MoreSee Less

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