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A blast from the past: introducing our archive

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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!

Introducing our new Sales and Marketing Manager

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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.

Remembering Barry Chuckle

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On Sunday 5 August 2018, we learnt that Barry Chuckle, of the legendary comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, had passed away. Our Theatre Director, Lynda Winstanley, pays tribute.

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.

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.

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.