Birmingham Hippodrome’s Corporate Development Manager Judith Greenburgh blogs about the successful Leading Ladies events which she started 3 years ago.

We’re talking Hollywood in the Development team –  proper vintage Hollywood glamour: pearls, boas, furs, top hats and tap dancing. No, we’re not day-dreaming, just preparing for the next Leading Ladies event at Top Hat on Tue 17 Mar.

It’s a special, anniversary occasion as this is the show that launched Leading Ladies in 2011. Three years down the line, with three fantastic sponsors, a group of core members, and a growing list of over 100 participating companies, Leading Ladies has become one of the most popular (and glamorous) networks of its kind in the city.

We still aim to mix business with show business, offering networking that is original and fun. Our unique calendar of events helps guests to develop valuable cross-sector business relationships and provide an innovative setting in which to entertain clients.  And we love to profile local businesses through our prize draw.

Since its launch Leading Ladies has raised nearly £30,000.  This funding  has contributed to the  successful  £1m Stage Appeal, the fabulous Curtain Raiser project with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company and  the Relaxed Performance at pantomime.  The money has also helped  benefit people of all ages, who would not normally experience live theatre, through our Hippodrome Plus projects.

When I see the reaction on our guests’ faces to the surprise cast appearance, hear the gasp when they realise that the table decorations are actually edible, swing brollies, wear sparkly trilbies or snaffle popcorn, I know that the showbiz nerves are all worthwhile! Confused?  Take a look at our Gallery of Images

Our event at Top Hat will be no exception.  BBC presenter Joanne Malin has kindly agreed to return to host the evening.  I’m just wondering if she will be swept off her feet again like the last time this show came to town ……..!

To find out more about Leading Ladies and book one of the final, remaining places at the next event, give me a call on 0121 689 3082.

Lastly I want to take this opportunity of thanking each and every Leading Lady for their generous support over the years – you really do make a difference.

Pictures below from the recent Edward Scissorhands Leading Ladies event attended by dancers from the production.

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