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Backstage tour at the Hipp!

Backstage tour at the Hipp!
Join us as our Senior House Manager Andy takes us on a backstage tour of the Hippodrome.

Activities and puzzles!

Activities and puzzles!
Looking for something to keep the family entertained? This is the place for you...

Building confidence, fostering aspiration and improving general wellbeing through the In2 Project

Building confidence, fostering aspiration and improving general wellbeing through the In2 Project
As the home of the In2 project, the Hippodrome has hosted sessions with musicians, circus performers, actors, theatre producers and even inventors over the last year.  The programme helps to build confidence, fosters aspiration and improves general health and wellbeing by opening up access to cultural and sporting activities they wouldn’t normally experience, allowing them to explore their own creativity and aptitudes outside of the normal curriculum.

Archive updates – Behind the scenes at the Hipp

Archive updates – Behind the scenes at the Hipp
From November 2017, over 30 Darlington Culture Volunteers have dedicated 2,022 hours to cataloguing, scanning, photographing and organising the theatre’s collection of memorabilia.  Initially the collection of 65,000 items was stored across three sites, but with the support and hard work of the volunteers, our collection is now not only catalogued, photographed and neatly stored, but is starting to offer glimpses into the lives and experiences of past staff, crews and casts of the Hippodrome. We thought we would share how our archive has progressed over the last three years and share some of our volunteers’ favourite finds!

Darlington Hippodrome and COVID-19

Darlington Hippodrome and COVID-19
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, forthcoming performances will not go ahead until further notice and the venue has closed. Whilst the physical doors may be shut, the team behind the theatre are still very much hard at work dealing with customer queries and making sure you can enjoy the Hippodrome at home.

Hippodrome brings people together online for World Theatre Day

Hippodrome brings people together online for World Theatre Day
During the closure of the venue through the period of social distancing due to the Covid-19 situation, Darlington Hippodrome initiated a virtual quiz to help celebrate World Theatre Day using the online meetings app Zoom

Darlington Hippodrome cancellations

Darlington Hippodrome cancellations
Following the prime minister’s briefing yesterday, advising people not to visit theatres, Darlington Hippodrome has taken the difficult decision that forthcoming performances will not go ahead until further notice and the venue will be closed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
Darlington Hippodrome is following ongoing advice from Public Health England and we have updated our procedures to reflect this advice. This blog post covers some frequently asked questions about the theatre's response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

You shall go to the ball!

You shall go to the ball!
Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

Rupert Hill talks about his role in Lady Chatterley's Lover

Rupert Hill talks about his role in Lady Chatterley's Lover
Sixty years after the impassioned tale Lady Chatterley's Lover shocked the world, a stage version, coming to Darlington Hippodrome in March, presents itself to a very changed world. We caught up with Rupert Hill who portrays the pivotal role of Mellors the gamekeeper in this brand new stage adaptation.

Dancers required for the English Youth Ballet

Dancers required for the English Youth Ballet
English Youth Ballet is auditioning for roles in a new production of CINDERELLA IN HOLLYWOOD on Sunday 1 December at the Hippodrome. At the audition 100 young male and female dancers from across the region will be offered the chance to rehearse with and then dance alongside international professional principal dancers in the production for 3 performances which will be presented at the Hippodrome from 17 – 18 April 2020.

Christmas at the Hipp

Christmas at the Hipp
Get ready for the festive season this December as we celebrate Christmas at the Hipp with wreath making, a tree decoration workshop, the opportunity to meet Santa and more!

An artistic interpretation of the Hippodrome!

An artistic interpretation of the Hippodrome!
An artist from the Community Art Project based at The Bridge in Darlington has created a lovely artwork depicting the exterior of the theatre. We learnt more about the artist, Jennifer Smith, and the project.

Queen Elizabeth’s Sixth Form Work Experience Week at the Hippodrome

Queen Elizabeth’s Sixth Form Work Experience Week at the Hippodrome
In the first week of July, six first year students from Queen Elizabeth’s Sixth Form completed a week long work experience placement, learning about Darlington Hippodrome and researching the theatre’s heritage for a presentation to the staff at the end of the week.

THEATRE ARCHIVES OPEN TO ALL

THEATRE ARCHIVES OPEN TO ALL
Darlington Hippodrome’s fascinating 112 year history will soon be available to explore online thanks to an army of volunteers who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for almost 2 years.