Blog

We created this space to keep you updated on the progress of our hugely exciting capital campaign for the restoration of the theatre, as well as to share fascinating stories and facts about the theatre and its history. Now that we are approaching the re-opening, we've expanded our blog to include news and views from Darlington Hippodrome and beyond. 

If you have a story to share, contact Marketing Officer rebecca.howarth@darlington.gov.uk

School's Out! August Activities at Darlington Hippodrome

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School's out for summer! Did you know that Darlington Hippodrome's doors will remain open throughout August as we host a range of exciting activities and events for both children and adults? There'll be live music, theatre tours, craft and drama workshops, opportunities to view archive materials and an exciting Family Trail.

Using an old PC?

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Customers using very old computers or internet browsers will no longer be able to buy tickets on our website.

Sir Ken Dodd

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Everyone at Darlington Hippodrome was so saddened to hear that our dear Sir Ken passed away yesterday following a recent spell in hospital with a severe chest infection.

Rehearsals begin for Anywhere

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Kat Brown is part of the cast of Anywhere, an exciting, immersive new production in partnership with one of the town's most exciting and contemporary theatre companies, ODDMANOUT, and performed by the community cast behind last year's A Tale of Two Cities.

Liam's social media takeover

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On Friday 5 January 2018, Liam Mellor - otherwise known as Muddles in our panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - took over our Twitter and Instagram profiles for the day. If you missed it, don't worry - here's what he got up to!

Zoe Birkett's social media takeover

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On Thursday 4 January 2018, Zoe Birkett - otherwise known as the wicked Queen Sadista in our panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - took over our Twitter and Instagram profiles for the day. If you missed it, don't worry - here's what she got up to!

Are you Sitting Comfortably?

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Able UK confirms £200,000 donation to boost Darlington Hippodrome’s capital fundraising.

Art of glass

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Marketing Officer Rebecca Howarth recently attended a workshop in Leaded Stained Glass, part of our series of Heritage Skills Workshops. Read all about it here.

Going for gold

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Systems and Data Officer Jonny Lancaster recently attended a workshop in Illumination in Watercolour and Gold Leaf, part of our series of Heritage Skills Workshops. Read all about it here.

Wet Picnic #Darlington #TheatreTown

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On Saturday 26 August, theatre company Wet Picnic came to Darlington as part of Darlington Theatre Town, an initiative led by partners Darlington Hippodrome, Theatre Hullabaloo, Luxi, Creative Darlington and ODDMANOUT. Hundreds of people turned out for three FREE events - The Aperitif, The Ball, and the after party. Watch the video to see the fun unfold!

Moving Forward, Looking Back

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A new exhibition on the architecture of Darlington Hippodrome has opened at Crown Street Library, running until 7 September 2017.

National Volunteers' Week 2017

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Darlington For Culture's Volunteer Co-ordinators Heather Carter and Glenda Lynn celebrate seven years of successful volunteering and look forward to the new partnership between Darlington for Culture and Darlington Hippodrome that will take the service into the future.

Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust becomes latest major donor

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The fundraising team is pleased to announce another substantial donation to the restoration fund. The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, a north east based grant making organisation, has awarded the theatre £50,000 as a contribution towards the on-going restoration work.