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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.


John Chesters

Marian Chesters

Our President

Life members - these lovely people have been made life members due to their long & faithful service to the cause!

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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 in our ‘Past Shows’ page.


Our production for 2019, Hello Dolly!, was a critical success and, looking ahead, our 2020 show is on sale at the Grand Theatre box office and will be the Fylde Coast première of Shrek The Musical. 2021's show has been announced as Kinky Boots


Meet the BOP Committee

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

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Rob Baldock


Rob is a regular performer in BOP shows and took one of the lead roles in 2018’s Priscilla Queen of

the Desert production. Rob co-ordinates regular updates and modifications to our website. His

knowledge of the local entertainment scene adds value to our promotional and marketing activity.

Nigel Taylor


Nigel is an award-winning performer with BOP and in October 2019 was appointed our Chairman. He previously acting as Interim Chairman following John Chesters' retirement from the role. Nigel’s extensive

experience in showbusiness and the theatres means he adds great experience and can offer valuable input across all our activities.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Nigel Taylor

Pam Youles

Doreen Harbron

Sheila Harris

Sheila Beverley