Thank you from us! We celebrate a record-breaking year…

We are delighted to announce a record-breaking year for Birmingham Hippodrome which saw paid admissions increase to over 625,000 tickets in the 2013/14 financial year.

The theatre has been regarded as the most popular single auditorium in the country averaging over half a million visits annually. But this year’s extraordinary increase, representing 85% of capacity, has been driven by a unique season of blockbuster productions including Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, War Horse and the best-selling Pantomime for a decade whilst Birmingham Royal Ballet presented its most successful Nutcracker at Christmas.

We are also thrilled to see a  huge rise in first-time bookers with over 48% new to the Hippodrome in the last 12 months.

Our ever-growing Hippodrome Plus programme of education, access and free outdoor performance, the main fundraising focus of the charity, had a particularly exciting year with the number of people engaged in creative learning projects doubled to over 16,000.

Fundraising too saw a bumper year with generous donations from members of the ticket-buying public for projects such as Birmingham Hippodrome’s pantomime’s first ‘Relaxed Performance’ for autistic children.

Crowning a memorable period, last month the Hippodrome featured in the Sunday Times’ renowned “Top 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For”, part of the theatre’s programme of staff development.

Thank you to all our loyal audiences for supporting our work as an independent, not-for-profit charity – without you all of this would not be possible. To read the full article on our record-breaking achievement click here. 

In the gallery below we round up an incredible financial year for 2013/14…

One Man casting announced!

Did you know that the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors has now been seen by over 1 million people worldwide? Well, now is your chance to see the global hit as it arrives here at Birmingham Hippodrome this May…and we are very excited to bring you details of the excellent cast fresh off the press.

Gavin Spokes will take the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall. Shaun Williamson (best known for playing Barry from Eastenders) will play Charlie Clench. Emma Barton will play Dolly, Jasmyn Banks is Pauline Clench, Alicia Davies is Rachel Crabbe, Michael Dylan is Alfie, Derek Elroy plays Lloyd Boateng, Edward Hancock is Alan Dangle and Patrick Warner plays Stanley Stubbers.

Gavin Spokes is currently playing Parsons in the Almeida/Headlong production of 1984 which is just about to transfer to the West End and his previous NT work includes playing Francis in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Shaun Williamson, who is probably best known for his role in Eastenders, has also made TV appearances in Extras and Life’s Too Short for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, New Tricks, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. His stage work includes The Ladykillers for Fiery Angel. Emma Barton is well known to TV viewers for her role as Honey Mitchell in Eastenders, a role she played for three years.

We can’t wait for the show to arrive, get ready for the belly laughs! Click here for more info and tickets.

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