The Friends were formed in 1992 with the intention of ensuring the continued use of the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, for which we successfully obtained Grade II Listing. We raise funds and give our support in many different ways. We are working closely with Eastbourne Hospitality Association in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council to promote a cultural community initiative, which will enable the theatre to become the hub of the regeneration of the Devonshire Ward area of Eastbourne.
Over the years, amongst other things, we have donated upholstered furniture for the dressing rooms, stage lighting, refurbished the stalls bar and redecorated several areas of the theatre.
We also give our support by working as volunteers on front of house duties, and run tours of the theatre. Members enjoy some social events, discounts off show tickets at the theatre and newsletters.
Why not join the Friends and help keep this wonderful theatre very much alive? You will always receive a warm and friendly welcome.