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             About Blackpool Operatic Players

Blackpool Operatic Players

Blackpool Operatic Players (BOP) have been presenting musical theatre productions in Blackpool and the surrounding areas for over 60 years. 

We are self-supporting, a registered charity and dedicated to providing professional-quality performances to our growing audiences.

Formed in 1953, for many years BOP has presented its flagship annual presentation of leading Broadway and West End productions at Blackpool’s iconic Grand Theatre, the UK’s National Theatre of Variety. Some of our recent blockbuster shows have included Guys and Dolls, Titanic the Musical, The Producers, Made in Dagenham, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. A full list of our productions since 1953 is included here

Following our 2019 show, Hello Dolly!, we had a 2-year break due to the Covid lockdown but came roaring back with our 2022 show, Kinky Boots - a critically-acclaimed and hugely successful production drawing record audiences. Shrek The Musical, originally planned for 2020, now becomes our 2023 show. We aim to repeat the success of 2022 and make it two blockbusters in two years!

About BOP: Our History

                       Meet the Commitee

Our President - John Chesters

John is a long-term member of BOP in both performing and committee roles. John operated in the role of Chairman of BOP for 10 years until his retirement from the role in 2017. He remains on the 

committee managing our Sponsorship Programme and applying his experience to many other areas.

At our AGM in October 2019 John was appointed our President in recognition of his long sevice, dedication, and ongoing contribution to the Society.

Chairman - Jane Seddon

At our October 2021 AGM Jane was elected to the post of Chairman succeeding Nigel Taylor. Jane previously served on the BOP Committee and has a long association with the society. Her management experience as a hotelier, along with her husband, with two of Blackpool's major hotels, and as a former Director of Tourism for Blackpool, will bring key skills to the position of Chairman.

Treasurer - Stephen Hagan

Stephen is our Treasurer, managing our finances to ensure BOP remains cost-efficient, financially stable and resourced to deliver our annual programme of shows. Stephen's finance experience means he can also provide leadership and input across all our Commercial activities

Secretary - Marian Chesters

Marian is a BOP stalwart with many years’ involvement as a member, committee member and performer in many of our productions. Marian is BOP’s Secretary managing our Committee Meetings and liaising with our key suppliers and partners.

Press, Publicity and Programme Co-ordinator - Karen Gray-Thornton

Karen is another long-term BOP member and performer. She manages BOP’s Publicity and Media activities, is involved in many of our other marketing activities, and is responsible for the design and production of the souvenir programme for our annual Grand Theatre show.

Subscriptions Secretary - Sheila Harris

Sheila is our Subscriptions Secretary but also contributes in a number of other areas including assisting Gillian in the Production area and operating as a member of of the Social sub-committee.

Front of House Manager - Danny Hickes

Danny is our Front of House Manager leading a hard-working team ensuring that all aspects of BOP’s Grand Theatre presentation is professional quality. Danny also has a very important role as co-ordinator of a programme of social activities for BOP members throughout the year.

Librarian - Wayne Jordan

Wayne is a recent recruit to the committee and another regular performer in the society's productions. Wayne has picked up the responsibility as the society's Librarian and is a member of the society's Social sub-committee.

Business Manager/Production Co-ordinator - Gillian Lee

Gillian performs a key role as Production Co-ordinator supporting the Production Team, liaising across the BOP company for the show, and managing resources to ensure that the annual production cycle, from auditions to performance, runs smoothly and on schedule.

Vocal Coach - Kevin Matthews

Kevin is a member of the BOP's Creative Team for our productions including the current Kinky Boots production. Kevin has an extensive background as a Vocal Coach/Musical Director/Teacher and Performer singing with a range of local and national opera and choral organisations including The Royal Opera.

Marketing Manager - Chris Thornton

Chris joined the committee in 2017. Invited originally to develop an enhanced Marketing Strategy for BOP covering traditional and digital channels, he now leads a BOP team implementing that strategy. Chris also inputs to Commercial and Legal aspects of BOP’s operations.

About BOP: About Us

Interested in joining BOP?

With our annual programme of major productions, further performing opportunities with our Concert party, and an active social scene, BOP offers the chance to join a talented and friendly group with the opportunity to perform at Blackpool’s famous Grand Theatre.

We are always looking for people with enthusiasm and talent to complement our award-winning team and you will find a warm welcome and encouragement and support to make the most of your capabilities.

If you would like to join us, or even if you would just like to know more about what it is like to be a BOP member, then please email or complete our enquiries form by clicking on 'Get in Touch' below.

About BOP: Our Mission
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