About Us

We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne and our forthcoming 2019 Season.

We have a huge variety of exciting shows on offer this season. With professional touring companies, local groups, choirs and new local companies using the venue, we look forward to welcoming you through the doors of our lovely re-furbished theatre.

This year has seen some substantial changes to the interior of the building and our Foyer is now looking bigger and better than ever. Both the Stalls and Circle Bars have received some very much needed improvements and hopefully, the experience for theatregoers has been greatly improved and enhanced.

Highlights over the course of this Season include evenings with Simon Weston, football star Paul Gascoigne, the delightful Lee Mead and the ever-popular Psychic Sally. These events are sure to be both thought-provoking and entertaining, so book now to avoid disappointment.

As always, we have a plethora of amazing jukebox shows including tributes to Pink Floyd, Billy Fury, Eric Clapton, Luther Vandross, Sir Elton John, Kate Bush, Abba, The Beatles, Barry Manilow and many more. There really is an eclectic mix and something for everyone.

We have some great opportunities for you to introduce youngsters to the Hippodrome – with Elmer The Patchwork Elephant and The Very Hungry Caterpillar performing live on stage for your little ones to enjoy. Alongside this, the very popular APL return again for the Christmas Season with our alternative to a Christmas Panto. ‘Peter Pan’ is a childhood favourite for all ages and this musical version of the classic tale is sure to entertain and enthral young and old alike. Starring Luke Roberts from CITV’s HI-5 and a fantastic cast of your favourite APL performers.

Also for the festive season, we see the return of ‘The Rattonians Christmas Spectacular’ – a must-see for locals and holidaymakers – all your favourite Christmas and Show tunes rolled into an evening of indulgent theatrical entertainment which will really get you in the festive mood.

The Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club, Theatre Tours, The Cult Film Night and regular Ghost Hunts and the immersive theatrical experience ‘The Life and Death of The Hippodrome’, have become popular, recurring features at the theatre.

Following a fabulous Gala Opening Night, ’Viva Variety’ runs every Wednesday from now until October 23rd. With all the glitz and glamour of Vegas acts, fronted by Eastbourne’s very own Grant Martins and a cast of local professionals, this show is inspired by the worldwide superstars who have perfumed in Vegas and we guarantee you will leave the theatre having had a great evenings entertainment.

Work continues both front of house and behind the scenes to improve and refurbish the theatre to its former glory, with further works planned for January 2020. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us during 2019 and look forward to welcoming patrons old and new to our beautiful Victorian Theatre – the oldest in Eastbourne.

Alex and Debbie Adams

Theatre Directors