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

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.

Take a Seat

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The Friends of Darlington Civic Theatre support their local theatre as well as enjoying a host of benefits such as advance information and priority booking, ticket discounts, and social events including meet-and-greet opportunities with the stars. Soon to be named The Friends of the Hippodrome to reflect the theatre's return to a version of its original name, the group looks forward to continuing this relationship in the new and improved venue. In this blog post, Secretary Rodney Burges tells us why he decided to name a seat at the Hippodrome.

Sweet Memories

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The team from Willmott Dixon have uncovered several bundles of old paperwork relating to Darlington Hippodrome, some if not most or all of it dating from the mid-1920s. The papers - invoices and receipts - detail transactions between the Hippodrome and suppliers of electricity, drinks, maintenance, and confectionery.