About Us

We are delighted to welcome you back to the wonderful Royal Hippodrome Theatre and our brochure for the forthcoming Season. As always, there is something for everyone – young and old alike.

2023 saw the Hippodrome have a massive makeover and we are delighted with the feedback from visitors throughout the year, who have appreciated the updated decor and our beautiful new seating. As always, work continues to maintain and improve the venue both inside and out, and we are looking forward to further improvements moving forward.

It is still not too late to ‘Sponsor A Seat’ at the Hippodrome. You will have a seat dedicated to you in the new auditorium and a brass plaque to show your support of the venue. This can be booked online and any money raised will go towards the upkeep of the theatre.

Following our record breaking production of ‘Snow White’ at Christmas, we open the new season with our very popular Easter Pantomime. Featuring favourite performers from previous shows, ‘Goldilocks’ is sure to be a fun-filled, exciting show for the whole family!

Highlights for the forthcoming season include The Three Degrees, Aled Jones, The Kilkennys, The Foundations, The Band Of HM Royal Marines, Forbidden Nights, Tommy Blaize  (lead singer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing), the wonderful La Voix, Country Superstars, and psychic mediums David Maddox and Martin Hopgood. A truly eclectic mix of shows, with something for everyone.

As always, we have some fabulous tribute acts throughout this Season, including, ‘Harry Styles’, ‘Cher’, ‘The Take That Experience’, ‘Absolute Bowie’, ‘The Johnny Cash Road Show’, ‘Barbra Streisand’, ‘Simply Dylan’, ‘ELO’, ‘Special Kinda Madness’, ‘The Music Of The Corrs’ and ‘The Elton John Show’, to name but a few.

As a Community Theatre, we not only are able to offer you first class professional entertainment, but also have many local drama groups, theatre schools, state schools and dance schools using the venue to perform their work. This is such an important part of what we do and we love welcoming new people and giving them the opportunity to experience what this lovely theatre has to offer.

Community productions coming before the Summer include EODS’ production of ‘Kinky Boots’, RAPA Dance with ‘Dance is…’, Northbrook College, East Sussex College, A.B. Stage School and Lake Academy of Dance.

Alongside this, 2024 sees local theatre company ‘The Rattonians’ celebrate their 40th Anniversary right here at The Hippodrome in August.

We will once again play host to ‘Day By The Sea’, a celebration of the history of Music Hall from the British Music Hall Society. This is a day long event featuring some wonderful performers, including an interview with special guest Maureen Lipman and the effervescent Anita Harris.

We also have our regular features which include ‘The Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club’, The Hippodrome Theatre Tour and of course our wonderful Summer Season show, ‘A Night to Remember’, which runs every Wednesday from May to October. This year, the show is once again fronted by our very own song and dance man Grant Martins, alongside our brilliant group of local professional performers.

As always, we are hugely indebted to our amazing team of Volunteers and the Friends of The Royal Hippodrome and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support and loyalty over recent months and going forward into 2024.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the oldest theatre in Eastbourne very soon.