As England is in lockdown, live events cannot go ahead in the building at this time, and the venue is temporarily closed to the public.
But there is hope on the horizon - we can't wait to welcome you all back through the doors and we’re working on some exciting plans for reopening!
Until then you can get your Hipp fix with our popular online adult dance sessions Monday Movers and Dance Fitness; and the Hippodrome at Home section of our website is a great resource for family activities to enjoy at home. We've also partnered with FANE online to bring you an intriguing selection of livestreams - authors, musicians, even explorers - there's something for everyone. See more on our What's On page.
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Over the last 18 months our Heritage Learning and Engagement Officer Cait Barratt has been working with the Darlington Culture Volunteers to develop the Hippodrome’s archive. The archive is made up of various theatre-related material; there are programmes, posters, leaflets, brochures, photographs, newspaper articles, buildings plans and lots of information about the 100s of productions staged in the building over the last 111 years. Find out how you can get involved!
Earlier this year Sue Wilson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Darlington Hippodrome, took the decision to retire after 24 years working for the theatre. Sue has seen many changes during this time including the closure of the Arts Centre and the fabulous restoration of the theatre which re-opened last November. Sue will be working at the theatre until mid December. Taking over in the position of Sales and Marketing Manager is Rebecca Howarth who has been an integral member of the Hippodrome’s marketing team for over seven years. Rebecca officially started her new role on Monday 1 October.
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.
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.
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!
Heritage consultant David Wilmore, founder of Theatresearch, will give a talk on the history of Darlington Hippodrome on Friday 1 September at 11am in the Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library.
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.
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.