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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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Join us for the first ever Mechanics Gin and Jazz Club, as we welcome the Jane Smith Quartet to the Front Room. Playing everything from jazz classics such as The Lady Is A Tramp, At Last and Autumn Leaves to more modern jazz and funk tunes by Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Sit back, relax and sip on one of our speciality gins (other drinks are available), as our Front Room is transformed into an intimate Jazz club for the night.
Sunday 24th September, 7pm
Tickets £8
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Keep your eye out for our Gruffalo characters that we've got up around the Mechanics as we get ready for The Gruffalo in October.
Get ready to join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Songs, laughs and scary fun for children of all ages and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!
Monday 2nd - 4:30pm & Tuesday 3rd October, 10:30am & 1:30pm
Tickets £12.50
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Take yourself back to the golden age of Liverpool's music, comedy and entertainment with ROCKIN' & ROLLING WITH LAUGHTER on Friday 27th October.
Featuring a stellar line-up including The Merseybeats, Beryl Marsden, Mick Miller, Berni Flint, The Merseys and The Dakotas. PLUS an amazing appreciation of Cilla Black.
The show will be a totally unique mixture of the best in Merseybeat music and scouse comedy, taking inspiration from TV classics such as Opportunity Knocks, Ready Steady Go, Top of the Pops and Juke Box Jury.
Tickets £24 / £23 concessions
Pre-show dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential!
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BANDS IN THE PARK 2017 PLEASE LIKE & SHARE LIVE MUSIC & FAMILY FUN BANDS ON THE DAY: The Joe Publix Barry Garlow & The Good For Nothin's Deacon Brody Roadkill Revival @BICUIT BROTHERS INNER FRENZY A...

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Our Tommy
An evening of theatre and live music to celebrate and remember the centenary of Burnley lad Thomas Whitham being awarded the Victoria Cross at the battle of Passchendaele in WW1.
A devised theatre show presented by students of Thomas Whitham Sixth form and a live music set from Manchester folk band, Harp and a Monkey make up an evening of spine tingling entertainment.
Wednesday 27th September, 7:30pm
Tickets £10 / £5 members of Royal British Legion / £3 students
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