Terms and Conditions


All patrons must have a valid ticket for any event where a ticket is required for entry.

Tickets may be reserved for up to 3 working days before we require payment. Payments can be made over the phone on 01325 405405 or in person at one of our box offices at the theatre or in the Cornmill.

There is a £1 restoration levy on each ticket booked, with the exception of work which is specifically for children. The money raised through the levy will go directly and exclusively towards restoring the theatre. There is no booking fee. For productions taking place from December 2017 and beyond, the levy will rise to £2 per ticket.

If you would like your tickets posted out to you, there will be a £1 fee per transaction for this service.
Payments can be made by cash, MasterCard, Visa and Maestro cards, or by cheque or postal order. Please ensure you cross cheques or postal orders, make them payable to Darlington Borough Council and indicate where you would like your tickets posted to or whether you would like to collect them from the box office. Please also include a daytime telephone contact number.

Unless tickets are being posted out, customers must collect tickets either before the day of the performance from either of our box offices (theatre or Cornmill) or on the day of the performance from the venue where the performance is taking place.

Please check your tickets as soon as you receive them and notify us immediately if they are incorrect.

Tickets may be restricted to a maximum number per person or per credit/debit card. We reserve the right to cancel tickets purchased in excess of this number without prior notice to the customer.

We will not be responsible for any tickets that are lost or stolen.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. Tickets may be exchanged for another performance of the same production at a charge if we have suitable notice and availability.

Single seat policy: in the interest of the theatre and visiting production companies, our aim is to ensure performances are as fully attended as possible. It is our policy, wherever possible, not to leave single seats available when booking either in person or online.

Concessions and ticket offers

Concessions are available on selected performances for customers aged 60 or over, children under 16, children or adults in full time education, people in receipt of Job Seeker's Allowance or people in receipt of a disability related allowance.

It is the customer's responsibility to claim any discounts they may be entitled to at the time of booking, as they cannot be applied retrospectively.

From time to time promotional discounts may be offered. These cannot be applied to tickets already purchased and no discount will be applied retrospectively.

Offers and discounts are subject to availability.

Only one discount is applicable per ticket unless otherwise stated.

Some discounts may not be available to book online.

Essential companion tickets

Customers who require a companion to be present in order for them to access the venue will receive a free ticket. All complimentary companion tickets need to be signed for. Customers can still reserve and pay for their seats over the phone but must sign upon collection to agree they are entitled to a free ticket, and qualifying documentation must be shown as proof of this.

Qualifying documentation

  • A letter from the Local Authority confirming receipt of disability allowance
  • Local authority disability pass
  • Local authority visual impairment card
  • Disability rail card
  • Doctor's note (valid for 6 months)
  • Once presented to the box office the qualifying documentation is valid for 12 months.

Cancellations and changes to events

We reserve the right to make alterations to the advertised cast and programme without being obliged to refund or exchange tickets.

If an event is cancelled or rescheduled, we will notify ticket holders of the cancellation once we have received the relevant authorisation from the event partner. We will do our best to inform ticket holders of such cancellations before the date of the event, however we cannot guarantee this.

In the event of rescheduling we will try to provide alternative seats of the same or greater value.

In the event of any cancellation or rescheduling of an event the venue shall have no further liability beyond the face value of the ticket purchased.

Children and babies

At certain productions we offer discounted ‘baby tickets’ for children under the age of 2 years. Please contact the box office for details.

For the protection of children, on selected performances and at our discretion, children and infants may not be permitted to attend. Performances where an age restriction applies are clearly indicated during the booking process. Please ensure that you read all the information that applies to the ticket you are booking, and carry proof of age if appropriate.

All children require a ticket – whether of the recommended age or not. This applies to all performances including performances where baby tickets are not available.

Latecomers to performances

We will do our best to admit latecomers at an appropriate point in the performance, usually the interval, however we cannot guarantee admittance in the case of late arrival.

Other general terms and conditions

Use of photographic, video, sound recording or mobile communications equipment during performances is forbidden.

The management reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject a ticket holder if they are disturbing a performance, or for the safety of other patrons.

This information is correct as of March 2017. We reserve the right to make any changes which circumstances may necessitate. To avoid disappointment we suggest that you check details with the box office before leaving for an event.

Customers are not permitted to smoke within our premises; this includes any form of electronic cigarette or other artificial smoking devices.

We may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.

Privacy policy

Visitors to the Darlington Hippodrome website are covered by the Darlington Borough Council’s Privacy Policy. Details can be found at www.darlington.gov.uk

We may change these terms and conditions from time to time. We recommend that you check for updates regularly.

A hard copy of these terms and conditions is available to read at the box offices at the theatre and the Cornmill.