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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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.
On Tuesday last week, the Civic Theatre team (now based at Hippodrome HQ on the Horsemarket) was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Hippodrome site by Sean McNicholas, Operations Manager for Willmott Dixon. The construction company are also running these tours for members of the public. Indeed the first tours proved so popular they were fully booked within a week – so watch this space for news of more!
Anna Pavlova was born in 1881 in St Petersburg on this day, February 12. In commemoration of her birthday, our latest blog post tells you all about her appearance here at Darlington Civic Theatre on what turned out, for more than one reason, to be a momentous day.