We host our first-ever Tweet Seats!

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

In what is thought to be a first for a West Midlands theatre, we are very excited to announce that on the evening of Tuesday 28 October we will host our first ever ‘Tweet Seats’. Our selected ‘Tweeters’ will be bringing you live updates during the performance of Brazilian dance company, Grupo Corpo from a specially designated area of the auditorium – follow the updates as they happen with hashtag #BHgrupo!

Our invited Tweet Seat members will be sharing their immediate reactions as they see the show live in front of their eyes. The great thing about this idea is that spectators can share their thoughts as the show happens without having to wait until curtain down.

Get following our specially selected Tweet Seat reps NOW!
What’s On Magazine – @whatsonbrum
Birmingham reporters Polaroids and Polar Bears – @brumpolarbears
City newsletter IChoose Birmingham – @ICHOOSEmag
xpress and Star’s Andrew Turton – @Aturton_star
Heart FM’s Steve Denyer – @steve_denyer
First Night Blogger Heather Kincaid – @heather_lj
and of course, @brumhippodrome

Tweet Seat members will be sat in a specially designated area of the auditorium which will not affect other audience members enjoyment of the production. They will also be provided with light-limiting Tweet Seat Boxes to eliminate any light in the auditorium from mobile devices. Other than those invited and sat in the specific area of the auditorium, the remainder of the audience are asked to observe the standard theatre policy of strictly no use of mobile phones during the performance.

Join the conversation from 7.30pm tomorrow night as the curtain goes up – #BHgrupo

The Countdown is on to give big with Big Give…

Development Administrator, Rosie Milsom writes…

Following the success of our Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 in support of our first ever Relaxed Performance, the Hippodrome Development team are once again gearing up for the campaign to raise funds for the next Relaxed Performance at this season’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

And we can’t wait! We are dusting down our sparkly trilbies and plan to make sure as many of our audience members as possible know that an online donation to the Big Give Christmas Challenge will make a BIG difference to the lives of hundreds of young patrons with autism, sensory impairments and learning disabilities. It’s a chance for them to come into the theatre with their families and carers to enjoy a specially adapted version of the pantomime featuring an amazing line-up of stars.

Donations made during the specific Big Give Challenge period have the chance to be doubled. This means we can transform the auditorium and foyer spaces into an environment where visitors with a variety of conditions can receive an extra special Hippodrome welcome. Our fabulous, long-standing pantomime partner, Qdos Entertainment, adapts a spectacular performance with the needs of our patrons on that day in mind.

In the meantime, there’s so much to do, including making a dedicated pre-visit film that to helps visitors prepare and feel reassured about their trip to the theatre, source sensory and anxiety-reducing toys and provide dedicated training for our Front of House teams and volunteers with Relaxed Performance partner, Autism West Midlands.

Every Hippodrome staff member is looking forward to a repeat of this fantastic project because the feedback was overwhelming, with comments from audience members such as:

“I’ve waited 9 years to be able to take my autistic daughter to the theatre and for her to enjoy it”

And for this reason we’re very excited that we’ve been accepted onto the Challenge again. Our target during the online donation phase is £6000. And you can play YOUR part during the online donation phases on Thu 4, Fri 5 and Sat 6 Dec.

We want to make even more dreams come true this Christmas but we will need a little help from you. Donations from as little as £5 made online during the challenge could be doubled by our Big Give Champion, making your gift worth twice as much to us.

You’ll be hearing more about The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 over the coming weeks, but for now, put December dates in your diary and find out more info about the project here. Birmingham Hippodrome and its patrons – making theatre accessible for all.

Experience a once in a lifetime event for a fraction of the cost…

This November, Birmingham Hippodrome will present a once in a lifetime event as Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev with his world-famous Mariinsky Opera makes its Birmingham Hippodrome debut with four performances over five nights; more than 250 artists will travel from St Petersburg to Birmingham, along with 10 trucks of scenery for this large scale undertaking.

To allow as many people as possible to enjoy this special event Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce 100 tickets per opera will be made available on a ballot basis at just £30 each (plus 5% transaction charge), representing a discount of up to 85% on some tickets.

Applicants are asked to email ringcycleballot@birminghamhippodrome.com with their full name, contact phone number, address and the best time to be contacted by Wednesday 29 October. Successful ticket applicants will be drawn at random and contacted by phone by Birmingham Hippodrome for payment in advance following the deadline. (Terms and conditions apply*)

Die Walkure

Die Walkure

This ballot for the Ring Cycle has been made possible because of BP’s support for the Mariinsky visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. Peter Charow, BP’s vice president for Russia said: “We are very pleased to help bring this great opera to Birmingham as part of our longstanding support of the Mariinsky Theatre.”

Mariinsky Theatre’s presentation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle runs at Birmingham Hippodrome Wed 5 – Sun 9 November 2014 with the following four opera performance schedule:

Wednesday 5 November 2014 – Das Rheingold – 7.30pm
Thursday 6 November 2014 – Die Walküre – 5pm
Saturday 8 November 2014 – Siegfried – 5pm
Sunday 9 November 2014 – Götterdämmerung – 5pm

* Terms & Conditions:
No refunds, transfers or exchanges;
Tickets can only be used by named applicant;
Tickets void if resold for profit.
Successful applicants only collect tickets with ID on the night.
This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or applied retrospectively.
Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev