Remembering the most important unused UK theatre over the years
So many memories

Hippodrome timeline
The detailed chronology

The Hippodrome's history from the 1780s to the present day, including the efforts to save it as a theatre.

  Your memories
The public and performers remember

What people have told us about their experiences of visiting the Hippodrome on stage or in the audience.

  A brief history
The story of the theatre

As skating rink or bingo hall, the Hippodrome never had such glorious times as in its heyday as a variety theatre.

Hippodrome stars
They played here from 1904 to 1964

Portraits of 100 stars who trod the Hippodrome boards for you to identify..

Image of Hippodrome commissionaire Sgt Charles Penfold courtesy of his granddaughter Jacqui Aspinall

Page updated 26 August 2021