About Us

We are delighted to welcome you back to the wonderful Royal Hippodrome and our brochure for the plethora of shows coming to the theatre in the next few months. There is something for everyone, young and old alike.

We open this March with a new look to the theatre. Having extended and renovated the foyer in 2019, it has always been our aim to improve the interior of the auditorium in keeping with the beautiful foyer. Thanks to some careful planning and project management from Barney Pout of local company Eden, we have realised the dream of having the entire auditorium redecorated.

Alongside this, all seating in the Stalls and Grand Circle has been refurbished and all seating in the Dress Circle has been replaced. With new carpets throughout, we feel now that the lovely Royal Hippodrome auditorium is finally restored to its former glory and we hope you will appreciate and enjoy the theatre as much as we do, when you visit.

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.

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.

Opening the new season is our very popular Easter Pantomime. Featuring favourite performers from previous shows, we know that The Royal Hippodrome Theatre and Neon Theatrical will produce a show of the very highest standard which will be fun for the whole family. Join us as we travel down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Highlights for the forthcoming season include psychic medium David Maddock, Down For The Count, The London Film Orchestra, a fabulous evening with Tony Blackburn and ‘The Sounds of the 60’s’, ‘The Searchers’, ‘The American Four Tops’, ‘The Dreamcoat Stars’, Britain’s Got Talent’s ‘D Day Darlings’ and much much more.

As always we have some fabulous tribute acts throughout the Season. These include tributes to Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Robbie Williams, The Carpenters, Madness, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and Queen to name but a few.

Community productions coming before August include Ratton School (March), EODS (April), The Robinson Academy (June), The Eastbourne G&S Society (July), Bond School Of Dance (July) The Rattonians (July) and The Royal Hippodrome’s Trapdoor Theatre School (August) 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, ‘Don’t Stop The Music!’ 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 2023.

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

Alex and Debbie Adams

Theatre Directors