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A Place to Hire

A Place to Hire

The Hippo Lounge

Darlington Hippodrome has expanded into the site of two former shops adjacent to the 1907 theatre site to create a major new space on the ground floor. The café bar is a welcoming, comfortable space perfect for relaxed business meetings. With heritage-focused interpretation to tell the theatre’s story, our history is embedded into the lounge and the café bar retains two of the original Edwardian fascia, blending seamlessly into the theatre while offering a bright and modern space.

The café bar accommodates up to 100 people.

John Wade Group Lounge
supported by John Wade Group

Situated above the café bar, enabled by the increased footprint incorporating the two adjacent shops purchased for this purpose, this new function room is a unique environment for client entertainment and corporate meetings. This bright and welcoming space can be hired and set up theatre-style for up to 80 people for meetings and conferences throughout the day. With full conference facilities, you can enjoy a meeting in a unique environment with an opportunity to browse the gallery spaces on arrival.

Living Water Room
supported by Northumbrian Water Environmental Fund

Originally housing a water tank that was used to provide high pressure water for spectacular aquatic scenes that were a popular element of music hall theatre during Edwardian times, the Living Water Room is an exciting new addition to Darlington Hippodrome’s function rooms. This unique space, which was previously inaccessible to the public, has been stunningly repaired in keeping with the Edwardian splendour of the theatre and showcases the spectacular 64-feet high pyramid roofed tower that gives the theatre its distinctive external appearance. The Living Water Room has a maximum capacity of 18. 

Darlington Hippodrome auditorium

With the capacity to seat 1000 people in traditional tip-up seats upholstered in luxuriant red velvet, Darlington Hippodrome's main auditorium is fit for a truly special event. The stage can be set for any event in a bespoke package to suit your requirements.

Image: July 2019 saw the theatre host one of its most high-profile private hires ever when the Conservative Party hired the Hippodrome to hold its leadership hustings.

Picture of Boris Johnson

The Hullabaloo Theatre  

An intimate and contemporary theatre space created within the former Edwardian fire station with a capacity of up to 170. Technical support can be provided to meet your requirements.  

Café Hullabaloo

Built specially with children, young people and families in mind, this colourful, welcoming space is perfect for a party. The café accommodates up to 100 people. 

Rehearsal space

Located in The Hullabaloo, adjacent to Darlington Hippodrome, this bright and airy rehearsal space can be hired by professional or community groups. 

Hippodrome education space

A new educational and rehearsal space has been created with a cushioned dance floor, mirrored walls and a unique and quirky breakout space, The Cave.

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