A backstage gathering from the 1940s.… more
A staff and patrons dinner party from the 1940s.… more
The Grand Theatre's staff cricket team, the Reptiles, from the 1940s.… more
House Manager Tom Latham, one of the longest-serving staff members of all time, from the 1940s.… more
A newspaper interview with staff member Barry Noakes from 1979.… more
An interview with staff member Barry Noakes from the Wolverhampton AdNews, July 2007.… more
Barry Noakes puts on a star turn entertaining the crowds with an impromptu dance number, ably assisted by Sid Little and Eddie Large!… more
A collection of promotional shots of staff member Barry Noakes, who turned his hand to acting with a small part in Crossroads before moving on to further programs.… more
Coppice brought their production of Queen and Ben Elton's hit musical 'We Will Rock You' to the Grand for two incredible nights in September 2008.… more
Coppice performed the Schools Edition of classic musical Les Miserables at the Grand on September 24th 2006.… more
Philip Lewis began coming to the Grand as a child in the 1930s, when his mother brought him to watch plays from the Upper Circle.… more
David Buckle attended the Grand as a child during the Second World War, when the buses that brought him to the theatre had their windows blacked out.… more
Jill Loach, an avid theatre-goer, recalls a presentation of a new play by “up and coming” playwright at the time, Harold Pinter, on 5th May 1958:“His first full length play, The Birthday Party came to the Grand on its pre-London tour in Spring 1958, mystified us and reputedly played on some nights to audiences in single figures – some of whom left in the interval! Certainly on the night we saw it, the theatre was virtually empty Afterwards we went round as usual to the stage door clutching autograph books. “Did you enjoy it?” said John Slater. “Yes,” we answered honestly. “Did you understand it?” was the next question and we had to admit we hadn’t got a clue!”… more
Putting on a different play each week during the repertory season was demanding for backstage staff as well as actors. David Perry worked as a scenic designer and painter for repertory plays in the 1960s and was haunted by the theatre’s ‘ghosts.’… more
Esmé England was 100 years old when she was interviewed, but she still had vivid memories of working as a seamstress at the Grand. During a performance of Carmen she saved the show, when the singer playing Don Jose almost destroyed the heroine’s costume!"Carmen was a beautiful woman…. she had a most magnificent lace costume. As she walked, Don Jose … stood on her costume and she kept walking. All this lace came undone. I quickly got behind her where no-one could see me and put it together and at the end of the performance, I had to take it home and get it all back together again. I can see him now that lace and him standing in the middle of it. That was a catastrophe."The other photographs and articles show Esme's work on costumes for the 1972 pantomime, Cinderella.… more
Ian Payne was taken to pantomimes at the Grand as a child and brought up by his parents to respect the theatre’s history, so he was very sad when the theatre closed for over two years in the early 1980's:"If I was in town and I was going somewhere, to the bus station in particular, you’d walk past the Grand, it was boarded up - one of the oldest theatres in the country, one of the most respected theatres in the country. A lot of the greatest stars we’d ever produced have trod the boards here and seeing this was just so upsetting. It probably hurt me more because I love theatre and the history of theatre. We were going into recession, jobs were being lost, it was all part and parcel of the whole atmosphere of the country, the doom and gloom climate of the country and as you don’t know when we’re going to come out of this depression, it was the same then. When the Grand Theatre closed, it suddenly dawned on me, it brought home how serious the economic climate was, when one of the most popular theatres in the land had closed and it was just like the heart and soul had been taken out of the town."… more
n 1990, Julia Prior became a member of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Development Trust committee and they asked her to organise a fund-raising night at the theatre. She was taken aback to discover that they meant she should produce a whole show at the Grand, but she duly went to all three of the local amateur operatic societies to ask them to perform part of their show on one night and she also invited her daughter’s show band from Abraham Darby School. After Julia had been taken backstage by her god-father when she was a child and then been a theatre landlady and a keen theatre-goer, at last she was actually working at the theatre:"Unfortunately it was only for one night, on a Sunday night, this was the sad thing – all the hard work that was put into this work and it was only for one performance. I had to open the box office up at home to start with and start selling tickets and then a couple of weeks before the production, the Grand Theatre box office took over…and I did this in 1990, I did it again in 1991 and 1992. We had the full backing of the lighting people and it was such a joy, because I was meeting a lot of people that I’d met previously and was actually working with them and it was the most happy time possible and very successful."… more
Lindsey Grant’s grandmother danced in professional pantomimes at the Grand in the 1950s; her mother is a dance teacher, and Lindsey herself has already performed in many musicals at the Grand."It’s just a total buzz when you go on the stage. At the moment I’m with MusCom, which is Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company and we’re rehearsing for West Side Story. I’m playing one of the Jet girls in it, so I get to do the numbers like America and I Feel Pretty, which are the main numbers in the show. When I first did The King and I with South Staffs Musical Company in I think it was 2004, I played one of the children – there was about sixty of us – and it was really fun, and this time when I do it, I’m playing one of the lead dancers, so it’s nice to have progressed from child actor to doing some dancing on my own."… more
This performance of African Tribal Drumming and Dancing was one of the first of its kind in the country.… more
A Programme Of Popular Works By Chopin Etc.… more
Poetry Readings By Members Of The Rep Company. After The Interval: An Open Forum - An Opportunity To Fire Questions And Criticisms At The Assembled Forum. The Forum Will Include Mr. Ray Seaton, Drama Critic Of The Express And Star.… more
A Musical Version Of "The Importance Of Being Ernest."… more
Anne Surman, Wolverhampton auditioned for the part of a dancer in the 1956 pantomime at Wolverhampton Grand and became a Lehmiski lady (one of dance teacher Helena Lehmiski's dancing girls).… more
Express And Star photograph of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, 5th June 1953.… more
This photograph shows the front of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 1972, the week of Little Me, a performance by Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company. The company needed a tandem bicycle for the show and had noticed these twins riding their bicycle in Sedgley! This featured in the show.… more
A poignant photo, courtesy of Express And Star, showing activity during the Grand Theatre closure in summer,1980. Here, Chris Sidebotham auctions this Nineteenth Century Managing Director's desk, one of the many antiques auctioned off during the Grand Theatre closure 1980-83.… more
Backstage staff move Greas'd Lightenin' into the building, ready for the re-opening night of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.Photo courtesy of Express And Star, 19th August 1983.… more
Birmingham Midshires Building Society sponsored new carpets, which were laid in the Grand Theatre front of house areas, summer 1979.Image courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Hundreds of young hopefuls audition for just seven places in the national production of Annie in March 1987.Photo courtsey of Express And Star.… more
The Mayoress of Wolverhampton draws out winning tickets for a Grand Raffle, organised by the Save The Grand committee, set up to lobby for the re-opening the Grand Theatre after its closure in 1980.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Local school teacher Eirlias Tomkins and pupils of Wolverhampton Girls High School donate funds to the Save The Grand camapign, autumn 1982.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Backstage at the Grand Theatre, the "Sharks" pose for the camera in this 1984 version of West Side Story.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Young local children audition for Grand Theatre panto Babes In The Wood, 1988.… more
A dancer prepares for the ice show on stage at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, March 1994.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
A local school pupil attends Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for work experience and help out on stage, June 1993.… more
Christmas 1983 saw Wolverhampton Grand Theatre launch a charity appeal - a panto ticket in exchange for a toy.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
A promotional photgraph for Phantom Of The Opera, 1984. Cast members with Front Of House manager Jacqueline Sweetman.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Les Dawson and Sue Cadman pose on stage for pantomime Cinderella at the newly re-opened Grand Theatre in 1983.… more
The corridors of the Grand Theatre, Front Of House, 1945. … more
Theatre management prepare the building for the forthcoming new repertory season, 1992.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Dancers from Grease pictured outside stage door, Berry Street, preparing for the Grand's re-opening show in summer, 1983.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Picture of Grand Theatre foyer, 1945.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Repairs being made to the Grand auditorium and backstage in 1982 through the Save The Grand campaign.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
This picture shows the Grand Theatre jsut before its sudden closure. This photo of the exterior in Lichfield Street was taking during the pantomime run of Aladdin, 2nd February 1980.… more
This picture of the front of the Grand Theatre was taken from Lichfield Street, 1969.… more
The Grand Theatre prepares to re-open its doors in 1983, with a production of Grease. Preparations for the show are seen on stage here alongside the refurbished auditorium.… more
Original members of the cast from the hit TV show, on stage in the tour of Last Of The Summer Wine in 1985 at the Grand.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Photos from art exhibition to mark the re-opening of the Grand Theatre, summer 1983.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.… more
Taken during 1960's, front of the Grand Theatre Lichfield Street.Photo courtesy of Express And Star.Date unknown.… more
The most famous panto story of all is the staging of Robinson Crusoe in 1973/4 featuring four real lions! Managing Director at the time, Humphrey Stanbury explains:I thought we must have a real jungle scene, let’s have real wild animals, let’s have lions! ……..We had lions on stage at the Grand – one lion and three lionesses. I always remember the circus proprietor came to see me in September. We stood on the empty stage and he said right we’ll build a couple of cages for you and each night for your jungle scene, we’ll put up a ring on your stage of about 12 feet high and we’ll build a tunnel. Each night we’ll open the trap and the lions will come down the tunnel and straight onto your stage- perfect! I gulped and said “ought there to be a net over the top of the ring?” “Well, “he said, “Different authorities in different town have different ideas. My advice to you is to put a net over the top of the ring for the first couple of performances until they settle down.” I said “You mean when the lions settle down?” He said “No, I mean when the authorities settle down!”… more
Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Little and Large, 1975/76.… more
Edwina Edwards, also began in the 1953 pantomime, Dick Whittington as a Lehmiski lady.“Someone said if you don’t do it right she would hit you round the ankles with a cane! But she was a wonderful ballet teacher. You learned that when you were rehearsing for panto, you used to watch to see what her reaction would be. If she thought you were watching her, she would pick on you! So after the first year, you learned never to look at her, just dance and take no notice."… more
Edwina Edwards began in the 1953 pantomime, Dick Whittington as a Lehmiski lady: "The costumes were absolutely gorgeous and they were designed by Derek Salberg's wife, Joan. You had fittings, they used to do all the alterations-Aunty Ida in wardrobe. The costumes were lovely- satins and georgette and velvet. In Aladdin we had fans; they were all fluorescent with the stage blacked out.”… more
Georgie Thomas remembers how between 1950 - 52 Norman Wisdom gained overnight fame and still returned to the Grand for panto:"He was here for 2 years. He was an unknown person the first year he was here and between the first and second year, he’d been on the TV, at the Palladium, he’s really made a name for himself. But Mr. Salberg had signed him up for another year, so I s’ pose he couldn’t get out of it, so he was very well known the second time he came. He lived in a touring caravan at the side of the Fox Inn, next to the Molineux Football ground. He used to walk across to the theatre every day.”Signed picture courtesy of June Jennings, givento her grandmother Mrs Pilkington ("Pilky") who worked in the Grand Theatre bar during 1940's and 1950's.… more
Eirlais Tomkins attended Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and later became Head of Music at the same school. She began attending the Grand at an early age and was a founder member of the Junior Theatre Club in the 1950s, she recalls seeing Norman Wisdom in pantomime:"Norman Wisdom playing Buttons was a most moving performance because although he was a comic character, it was such a ‘pathetic’ performance, in the best sense of the word, and I shall never forget his expression to this day as he talked to Cinderella and really was in love with Cinderella. I can still see him on the stage at the side of Cinderella and I can remember his tunic with the double row of buttons – it was most memorable."… more
During the thirties, forties and fifties, Wolverhampton’s resident Repertory Company, flourished under the direction of theatre moguls, Leon and Derek Salberg a father and son who kept two companies working both at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, and at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, managed by Basil Thomas, cousin of Derek Salberg and aspiring playwright.Each week a core company of around twenty actors and crew would present a different play on the Grand Theatre stage.… more
This picture of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Lichfield Street is believed to have been taken in 1900.… more
A photgraph of the facade of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street, believed to have been taken in 1910.… more
Elaine Mullet’s grandfather and father, both named Tom Latham, have been connected with the Grand since 1894:“Grandfather came her on the opening night in 1894- he was nine and he fell in love. It was to become part of our blood. Grandfather’s love of opera was born that night. He queued on his own for hours and hours, six old pence, it was a lot of money for a young boy. He was just mesmirsied by it – the noise and the colour, the very personal way theatre is, how it interacts with the audience.He was a bit naughty- he did appropriate a pair of opera glasses, a little piece of history he wanted to keep.”Pictured are Tom Latham Senior and Junior, alongside Elaine Mullet with the Grand Theatre opera glasses from 1894.… more
During the first half of the twentieth century, icons of the stage, screen and political arena all graced the stage of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. In 1903, a young Charlie Chaplin starred as Dr Watson’s pageboy in Sherlock Holmes.… more
One of the oldest programmes in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre archives, this Osmond Tearle presentation of plays dates back to week commencing 23rd September 1895.… more
A selection of 1920's Grand Theatre programmes… more
A photograph of the beautiful Victorian auditorium from the Grand Circle level, taken in 2009.Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, designed by famous theatre architect Charles Phipps, retains it's original appearance and colour scheme of red and gold as in 1894. However, for many years in the middle of the twentieth century, the colour scheme was wedgwood blue. … more
A full house at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wednesday 22nd April 2009.Comedian Rob Brydon plays to over one thousand fans at this sell out show.… more
Humphrey Stanbury was appointed Managing Director of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 1970. He worked for 10 years in this position, during which time he made a significant number of changes to programming and the theatre building: “The previous owners, to their great credit, wanted it to stay as a theatre. They’d had offers for it to be demolished and turned into a cinema but for lesser money they sold it to the council. The audiences had nearly gone. I went on a pre-visit and there were only 42 people in the auditorium. It was in a bad way. Backstage was antiquated, there was still Victorian equipment around. It was very dirty and shabby. There was a big job to do, but the spirit there was good.”… more
In the 1950s, the repertory season lasted for 36 weeks. Gordon Hands’ parents attended every Friday and Gordon will never forget the first time they took him with them: "It was a play called Wild Horses, a farce by Ben Travers and very funny. I’ve never seen it since or heard of it, but a wonderful play and one of the actresses in it was a lady that started here, Peggy Mount, and my mother said afterwards - I heard her say to my father - ‘Gordon never moved a muscle and he was totally absorbed’. And that was where my love of theatre started. I said ‘Can I come next week?’ Next week was a psychological thriller called Double Door; Peggy Mount played the lead again in that: you can imagine her in that kind of part, as a domineering lady, and I loved that as well. They didn’t think I’d like that one, they thought it would be too heavy for me, but I adored it, and so they brought me every week and I’ve been coming ever since."Gordon is now Chairman of the Friends Of The Grand. He is pictured here in Dress Circle seats that he has always used, since his first visit to the Grand as a child.… more
This notice in a wartime Grand Theatre programme informs the audience what to do incase of an Air Raid!… more
Margaret Mason was a panto dancer and performed in Cinderella and Babes in the Wood at the Grand from 1956 to 1958. She got to know the head flyman, Phillip Mason, and after she left the Grand, she returned to be with him every evening as he worked and she watched many shows from the fly gallery. They got married on 9th October 1960, when she was 21, and the photo shows a wedding arch formed by the stagehands:"Mrs Coleman, she was wardrobe mistress, she was a very good friend of ours, she made my wedding dress and she made my bridesmaid dresses…and there was members of the stage staff, they came outside the church with these braces that held scenery up and held them up outside to form an arch and when we came out of church, we didn’t know they were going to do it, and they were all members of the theatre… Tom Latham, Ken Humphreys, Albert Cottrell and then there was David Mason, that was Phillip’s brother, David Buckle, Peter Coleman and Hughie Coleman, who was stage manager at the time, so it was quite an affair for these to come, it was a big surprise…Mrs Coleman also made my wedding cake and she took the cake then to the chef at what was then Victoria Hotel to ice, because she couldn’t do the icing, but he could – so that was our wedding present was the cake. " … more
Local schoolboy, MJ Mytton Sanneh, age 11, has been attending the Grand from a young age and is a member of GET-IN! He got his big break on stage at the Grand and is currently playing the part of young Michael Jackson in the international tour of Thriller Live!"I was about seven or eight when I did my first show at the Grand Theatre, that was Shakespeare For Kidz. I was the “Indian Prince”, I only had a few lines but I had to do quite a bit of acting. It felt amazing with all these people watching you. The first time you go on stage, there’s just an immense feeling in you, it’s really cool. The Grand Theatre is such a beautiful place to perform in.”… more
A dancer's contract for the Grand Theatre pantomime 1950-51.… more
This picture was taken in the Wardrobe department of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, backstage during the 1954 pantomime Aladdin. The star of the show David Whitfield, is pictured here with Wardrobe Mistress Ida Coleman and backstage staff.… more
The "get-out" for Annie Get Your Gun on 5th March 1955. Backstage workers take a break from dismantling the set of this musical. Pictured here are Wolverhampton Grand Theatre backstage crew; Tom Cullis, Frank Moore, Phillip Mason and Dick Turner.… more
Poster from Grand Theatre Dick Whittington pantomime, commencing Christmas Eve, 1946.Theatre patron Millicent Seed describes the effects of pantomime on post war austerity:“The costumes were magnificent and at the end when the Prince married the Princess it was marvellous- all the glitter. Just after the war, with the economy as it was, all this glitter was something to build you up; you’d had a good night, you’d got your husband and daughter and went for a meal after. It was just sheer bliss.”… more
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre patrons young and old came together at a Grand Memories afternoon, where they talked about the theatre's past.Pictured is young interviewer Tara Brown, recording patrons' memories of the Grand.… more
Mum's The Word played at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th May 2010.This touring comedy show about five women's stories of motherhood starred Bernie Nolan. However, one week before the show was due to arrive, she was forced to withdraw from the tour on medical grounds. Actress Kaye Quinley replaced her.Kaye commented about her visit to Grand:"This was my first visit. It is a lovely space with very warm audiences. The staff were really lovely, especially Stage Door. I do hope I can return soon!"… more
Comedy Mum's The Word played at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th May 2010.Tracy Shaw, who fist visited the Grand several years ago for play The Blue Room, played the role of Jill in the show. She commented:" We had great fun with the show 'Mum's The Word'. We loved it when the audiences laughed a lot. We all shared digs at "Theatre House" where our landlady Sally-Ann was fantastic!"… more
Comedy Mum's The Word played at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th May 2010.Actress Sally Ann Matthews starred as Alison (right on the photograph).It was her first visit to the Grand. She commented:" The Grand is a great space to perform in and the audiences have been welcoming and responsive. There was an older lady on the front row for one show - she laughed so much I became worried for her health!"… more
My Great Aunt Emma Green (nee Moulson) worked at the Grand Theatre serving food and drink I believe from the 1930s. She and her husband Bill green lived in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton and after leaving the Grand she worked on a coffee stall on Wolverhampton market. Unfortunately I never met her and she died in 1987 but I have heard that she was a lovely lady with a high pitched voice.… more
David Buckle attended the Grand as a child during the Second World War, when the buses that brought him to the theatre had their windows blacked out. Here, he recalls his memories of Marlene Dietrich's 1966 appearance at the Grand.… more
From touring companies, need info re timing, strobe lighting, special effects, bad language, smoking on stage, cast changes. more
Sally speaks of Tony Steadman and the versatility of his roles at the Grand Theatre.… more
Eirlais Tomkins recalls the variety of shows she saw at the Grand Theatre, including Tony Steadman's performance in "Of Mice And Men."… more
After about two years being a spotlight boy Phillip Mason moved to work as a stage-hand in the fly gallery above the stage, operating ropes to change scenery.… more
Phillip Mason had never been to a theatre when he was recruited to work at the Grand by a man who visited his school. He began work as a spotlight boy, when he was 15, in 1949.… more
Phillip Mason worked at the Grand from 1949 until 1962 and one of the aspects of the work he enjoyed most was getting to know the actors.… more
Phillip Mason enjoyed the Rep seasons when a different play was performed every week, and speaks of the hard work involving ice shows.… more
Phillip Mason talks about a typical workday for a stage-hand at the Grand Theatre and some of the larger tasks he had to undertake.… more
Gordon Hands is Chairman of the Friends of the Grand. He recalls when, as a four-year-old, he saw the actor who played the Cat in Dick Whittington perform a hair-raising stunt.… more
In the 1950s, the repertory season lasted for 36 weeks. Gordon Hands’ parents attended every Friday and Gordon will never forget the first time they took him with them.… more
Gordon Hands discusses the well derversed reputation of the Grand for its friendliness.… more
Discussing the future of the Grand Theatre, Gordon Hands talks of his hopes and where the venue will push to continue their success.… more
Kathie Lamsdale attended dancing classes in Wolverhampton throughout her childhood and then auditioned for Madame Leminski in Edgbaston, who provided panto dancers for the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. She danced in several pantomimes at the Grand in the 1950s, which in those day s ran for eleven weeks.… more
During Kathie Lamsdale’s years in pantomime, she enjoyed meeting many of the stars of the day, including Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr, Bill Maynard, Norman Vaughan, Malcolm Vaughan & Kenneth Earle, Lenny the Lion, Hilda Baker, Val Doonican, Arthur Haynes and Reg Varney. However, some of her warmest memories are of socialising with the other pantomime dancers and the stage crew.… more
Kathie takes a moment to talk about the times she enjoyed in the theatre when she had nothing to do.… more
When Dilys Bradbury attended pantomimes at the Grand as a child, in the early 1950s, she recalls that they were very different from how they are now.… more
Dilys Bradbury talks about the unique and special nature of live theatre, as well as the reputation of the Grand.… more
Pat Ball talks about her part in The Witches and the reaction she and the rest of the cast recieved.… more
Pat Ball, who starred in the 1996 production of The Witches at the Grand, recalls her fondest memory as a member of the audience.… more
Millicent Seed began attending the Grand just after the war had ended.… more
Steve Clifton is Assistant Head at Coppice Performing Arts School and has produced fourteen of the school’s annual shows. In 2006 he brought the school’s production of Les Miserables to the Grand for one night only.… more
In 2008, Steve Clifton returned to the Grand with his school’s production of Schools Will Rock You, this time for two nights.… more
Dennis Farley talks about how he started the music nights at the Grand Theatre in the 1960s.… more
Reminising about the music nights, Dennis Farley talks about the acts he arranged to play, as well as some of the problems he had.… more
Anne Surman discusses how she began performing in pantomimes, as well as her favourite moments.… more
Anne Surman talks about putting on charity shows at the Grand Theatre and her memories of them.… more
Talking about her earliest memories, Eunice Parry talks about watching Pantomimes and seeing Norman Wisdom perform.… more
Eunice Parry talks about working in the Box Office of the Grand Theatre in the 1950s.… more
Several years after working in the Box Office, Eunice Parry worked at the Grand as an Usher during the pantomime seasons for a couple of years.… more
Jeremy Brown discusses how he became a member of the board of management for the Grand Theatre.… more
Jeremy talks about the recent Repertory seasons that have been performed at the Grand Theatre.… more
Talking about the staff and the facilities, Jeremy Brown highlights and praises the achievements of the Grand Theatre.… more
Starting as a performer at the Grand Theatre through the GET-IN! program, MJ Mytton Sanneh has had the opportunity to play the part of the young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. Here he talks about how he started as a performer.… more
Edwina Edwards talks about Madame Lehminski, her ballet teacher.… more
Edwina Edwards talks about her experience during New Years Eve at the Grand Theatre while she performed in the 1950s.… more
Former Chief Executive Brian Goddard talks about the refirbishment of the Grand and the task of getting the money to fund it.… more
Brian Goddard gives praise to the staff of the Grand Theatre for winning the Most Welcoming Theatre Award.… more
Christine talks about her earliest memories of the Grand Theatre, as well as a more recent memory with her niece and nephew.… more
Education Officer Louise Bent discusses how she created and organised The W Factor for local school children, as well as meeting writer Jacqueline Wilson.… more
When Ann Eaton was a pupil at Wolverhampton High School during the Second World War, she and her sister received free tickets to attend the Grand’s weekly repertory season from a friend of her mother’s, Mrs. Knowles.… more
Ann Eaton and her sister were in their early teens when they were given free tickets to the Grand’s weekly repertory season during the Second World War.… more
Ian Griffiths discusses the way technology has changed the way the Grand Theatre operates, both for front of house and backstage.… more
Ian Griffiths talks about what makes live theatre a special experience compared to other artforms.… more
Doctor Who fan Alfie Williams met the sixith Doctor Colin Baker at The Final Test opening night at the Friends reception.… more
The Grand Theatre advertised the forthcoming pantomime Cinderella with banners on the front of the building.… more
A poster on the Waterloo Road advertises Hairspray in 2010.… more
Pro-Am & Stourbridge Operatic presents a 20th Anniversary production of La Cage Aux Folles 23rd - 25th February 2012… more
lovely sunny evening had drinks on the balcony before show. really good night but getald flood looked ill and died shortly after.… more
We appeared on several A Night at the Music Hall Productions which always had a wonderful cast. Brian Goddard always liked us to work the Plate Spinning act sometimes as well as the magic & illusions. Always a pleasure & a great theatre to work. So many happy memories. Oh, there was the time that one of the stage crew smashed all of the plates, but thats another story.Andrew Van Buren… more
DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE?This was my first time at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PERFORMING AT THE GRAND THEATRE?Stage Door are lovely, good dressing rooms, fabulous welcome with fruit and a supper with a drink from the Manager and Staff. Love having a kettle and microwave in my room - it's all about the catering - and now a fridge which appeared magically! NAME: Gina MurrayROLE: Velma 'Von Tussle'PRODUCTION: Hairspray 2018… more
Articles relating to Humphrey Stanbury (General Manager of the Grand Theatre 1970-1979) from a variety of Newspapers in 1970. Express & Star, Birmingham Post, Birmingham mail, Daily Express, The Stage, Sunday Mercury, Evening mail, Walsall Observer, Wolverhampton Magazine. These articles cover Mr Stanbury's appointment and subsequent changes he made to the theatre both cosmetically and institutionally during his first two years in post.… more
Press cuttings related to Ian McKellan's visit to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in May 1971 with Prospect Theatre Company's productions of Hamlet and The Man of the World.… more
Various press cuttings leading up to and including the closure of the Grand Theatre in 1980.… more
Articles relating to Humphrey Stanbury (General Manager of the Grand Theatre 1970-1979) regarding the closure of the Grand Theatre in 1980.… more
DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE PRIOR TO THIS CURRENT VISIT?1st visit to a theatre aged 11 from Walsall!! WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME HERE? Working in this beautiful theatre! HAVE THERE BEEN ANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS?To date, playling 'Danny' in 'Brassed Off'. ANY OTHER COMMENTS?TKeep up the good work!! NAME: Jeffrey HollandROLE: FitzwarrenPRODUCTION: Dick Whittington 2019/20… more
I went to see Ella Fitzgerald at the Grand whilst studying for my degree in 3 dimensional design specialising in glass at Stourbridge college. She was my mum’s favourite singer so I had grown up with her voice filling our living room in Liverpool. We queued up after the show to meet Ella and get her autograph. Luckily one of us had a small sketch book and ripped each of us a page out to hand to her. I still treasure mine to this day. What an amazing performance she gave.. Her voice was so powerful even though she was no spring chicken . Seemingly effortless she sang her heart out and had us fixated for the entire performance. She is by far the best singer I have ever heard in my life and I am so lucky to of had the chance to meet her.… more