Whilst the recent sell-out run of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake played on stage, Birmingham Hippodrome’s Development team were busy behind the scenes off stage raising money for Hippodrome Plus, the theatre’s education, access and outdoor performance programme. Development Manager, Eve Smith tells us exactly what they have been up to…

Eve Smith

Eve Smith

Very recently we enjoyed an excellent week of fundraising for the theatre, seeing our generous supporters, donors and audience members aiding our vital work in education, access and creative programmes.

The ever popular female networking event, Leading Ladies, welcomed over 70 guests from 45 companies to a much anticipated Swan Lake event on Tue 5 Feb. Guests listened to a short question and answer session given by Jonny Olliver (lead swan), Kerry Biggin (dance captain) Liam Mower (Prince)and Jamie-Emma McDonald (ensemble) before donating to the evening’s prize draw, tucking into some of the sweet treats and heading into the auditorium to enjoy the show.

Just a few days later, two performances saw local students take to the stage for a short pre-show Bourne inspired piece of dance as part of the incredibly successful Curtain Raiser. This project, now in its fifth year is a fantastic example of the kind of projects presented by the Creative Learning team as part of Hippodrome Plus.

Curtain Raiser Students

Curtain Raiser Students

It gives students the amazing opportunity to perform to a sell-out audience on the same stage as the professionals. Matthew Bourne during his introductory speech ahead of these performances said that his company is ‘passionate about working with young people and the Hippodrome is one of our best partners.’ Following on from the performance audience members were asked to dig deep and donate whatever they could towards projects such as this one all supported by Hippodrome Plus.

These two key events saw us raise over £3,000 in just one week, enabling us to support future projects like The Curtain Raiser. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of those who donated and displayed such vital support in a very successful week for the theatre.

For more information about Leading Ladies event click here and for further details about supporting Birmingham Hippodrome and the work undertaken as part of Hippodrome Plus click here.


  1. Katie Fraser says:

    I already feel part of Hippodrome Plus by being a member of the hippodrome’s access forum which gets me close to the action and supports me in fuelling my passion for what you all do at the Hippodrome!

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