The multi-million pound restoration project of Darlington Hippodrome has been given another financial boost following a donation of £20,000 from the Friends of Darlington Hippodrome which will fund the creation of a new green room.

The Friends of the Hippodrome Green Room will provide a relaxing break-out space for performers and members of visiting companies. In show business, the green room is the area in a theatre that functions as a waiting room and lounge for performers before and after a performance, and during the show when they are not engaged on stage. The origin of the term is often ascribed to such rooms historically being painted green.

Rodney Burges, Secretary of the Friends of Darlington Hippodrome said “The theatre has long had a reputation among actors as being a wonderful theatre to perform in because of the welcoming staff and Friends. We have continuously provided fresh fruit in the dressing rooms and put on regular opening night receptions for visiting companies. With the restoration providing more space behind the scenes and in particular this much needed relaxation area, the Friends were proud to make this substantial donation to the restoration fund to be sole sponsors of the green room and thereby further enhance the future reputation of the Darlington Hippodrome.”
The Friends of Darlington Hippodrome is an independently run group of supporters that enjoys a whole host of benefits including discounts on tickets, advance notice of shows, priority booking and regular post show receptions with the performers. Membership is just £15 per year for individual membership or £25 for double membership. For more information or to become a Friend of Darlington Hippodrome email

The restoration of Darlington Hippodrome is still on-course to be completed by November 2017 in plenty of time for the festive pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which opens on Saturday 9 December. To book call the new box office number 01325 405405 or visit