Darlington Hippodrome

Darlington Hippodrome
Parkgate, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 1RR
  • Telephone 01325 486555
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  • Website www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk
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Darlington Civic Theatre

Darlington Hippodrome ran as the Darlington Civic Theatre until may 2016. Itfirst opened, in 1907, under the magnificent title: The New Hippodrome & Palace of Varieties, under the direction of quick-change artist Signor Rino Pepi. Over the years, a host of famous names have graced the stage, from Anna Pavlova to Tommy Cooper and, recently, Sarah Millican and Darcey Bussell.

Following a major refurbishment starting in early 2016, the theatre re-opened in November 2017.

The theatre is just a five minutes walk from the town centre and train station. The nearest car park is opposite the Health Centre in Park Place and is free after 6pm.

Events at this venue

There are 29 events at this location

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Awful Auntie

David Walliam's tale of Stella, who goes to London with her parents and wakes up three months later with no idea what has happened.

Wed 28 Feb

£16–£18.50 (Children £11.50–£13.50 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 19:00

Thu 1 Mar

£16–£18.50 (Children £11.50–£13.50 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 10:30
  • 19:00

Fri 2 Mar

£16–£18.50 (Children £11.50–£13.50 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 10:30
  • 19:00
…and 2 more dates until 4 Mar

The BBC Big Band

The ensemble performs big band jazz.

Tue 10 Apr

£17–£27 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Beauty & The Beast

A fun-filled Easter pantomime, telling the story of a young woman imprisoned in a magical castle with a fearsome beast who is hiding a secret. Featuring Bobby Davro and Dani Harmer.

Mon 2 Apr

£19–£24 (Children £18–£22 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Tue 3 Apr

£19–£24 (Children £18–£22 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 13:00
  • 17:00

Blood Brothers

  • Written by: Willy Russell

Willy Russell's moving tale about two brothers whose lives are worlds apart.

Thu 22 Feb

£29–£39.50 / 01325 486555

  • 14:00
  • 19:30

Fri 23 Feb

£29–£39.50 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Sat 24 Feb

£29–£39.50 / 01325 486555

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Brian Conley: The Greatest Entertainer

Cheeky, cheerful and irrepressible, Brian Conley has been making the UK laugh since the age of 16 when he broke into the industry in that classic fashion - as a Pontin's Bluecoat. Since then he has lent his talents to a string of Saturday night TV shows and Royal Variety performances, delighting with his cabaret-style…

Tue 1 May

£17–£32 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

The Carpenters Story

  • Directed by: Phil Aldridge

Theatre show telling the tale of the brother/sister duo, featuring all the songs that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of music. Featuring timeless hits from the Carpenters repertoire including 'We’ve Only Just Begun', 'Superstar', 'Top of the World', 'Please Mr Postman' and many more.

Wed 11 Apr

£19–£27 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Chris Ramsey: Just Happy To Get Out Of The House

Upbeat anecdotes, feel-good humour and witty observations from the Geordie stand-up, actor and Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, instantly recognisable from his own television show, which kicked off on Comedy Central in January, and his role as Jack in BBC2's Hebburn.

Tue 24 Jul

£20 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly

Ellen Kent directs Puccini's heart-breaking tale about a Japanese girl who falls in love and marries an American naval lieutenant. Featuring soprano Maria JeeJung Kim from the Korean National Opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Wed 21 Mar

£12–£37 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

English Youth Ballet: Coppelia

A sumptuous production of the famous ballet featuring over 100 young dancers.

Fri 13 Apr

£12.50–£22 (£16–£20.50; Children £16–£20.50 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Sat 14 Apr

£12.50–£22 (£16–£20.50; Children £16–£20.50 under 16s) / 01325 486555

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Tue 5 Jun

£14.50–£25 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Gallowglass

Margaret May Hobbs's adaptation of the gripping thriller by Barbara Vine, the pseudonym of Ruth Rendell, directed and designed by Michael Lunney. The cast includes Paul Opacic, Richard Walsh, Karen Drury, Dean Smith, Florence Cady, Rachael Hart and Eva Sayer.

Tue 27 Mar

£19–£27; £22–£30; £19–£22; £22–£30 7.30pm; £22–£30; £22–£30 (£20–£23; £23–£26; £23–£26; £23–£30; £20–£23) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Wed 28 Mar

£19–£27; £22–£30; £19–£22; £22–£30 7.30pm; £22–£30; £22–£30 (£20–£23; £23–£26; £23–£26; £23–£30; £20–£23) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Thu 29 Mar

£19–£27; £22–£30; £19–£22; £22–£30 7.30pm; £22–£30; £22–£30 (£20–£23; £23–£26; £23–£26; £23–£30; £20–£23) / 01325 486555

  • 14:00
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 31 Mar

The Halle

Jonathon Heyward conducts Grieg's Peer Gynt, Richard Strauss's First Horn Concerto and Sibelius's Second Symphony.

Mon 26 Feb

£19–£25 (Children £10 under 17s) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Illegal Eagles

Tribute band to the prolific Hotel California songsters.

Mon 19 Mar

£19–£27 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Jason Cook

  • 1h

Sharp wit from the Geordie award-winning performer and creator and writer of BBC2's Hebburn.

Sat 28 Apr

Hullabaloo

£12 / 01325 486555

  • 20:00

Ken Dodd: The Happiness Show

The veteran comedian, who was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year honours list, brings happiness to fans across the country with a variety show of jokes, songs and stories.

Sun 8 Apr

£14.50–£30 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

The acclaimed singer and comedienne - one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aida - celebrates the songs of Barbra Streisand with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.

Mon 30 Apr

£14.50–£30 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Peppa Pigs Adventure

A live show with Peppa Pig, George and their friends as they take on a new adventure.

Sat 24 Mar

£12.50–£20 (Children £13–£18 under 17s; Children £8 under 1s) / 01325 486555

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Sun 25 Mar

£12.50–£20 (Children £13–£18 under 17s; Children £8 under 1s) / 01325 486555

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
  • 16:00

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Mark Bell
  • Written by: Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis, Henry Shields

Award winning company Theatre Mischief presents a play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a murder mystery production.

Mon 5 Mar

£20–£36.50 (£18–£26.50) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Tue 6 Mar

£20–£36.50 (£18–£26.50) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Wed 7 Mar

£20–£36.50 (£18–£26.50) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 10 Mar

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Get ready for the ride of your life as the ultimate feel-good musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, comes to Darlington Hippodrome.Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desertis the heart -warming, uplifting adventure of three drag artists who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and…

Wed 18 Apr

£20–£42 / 01325 486555

Thu 19 Apr

£20–£30 / 01325 486555

Fri 20 Apr

£20–£30 / 01325 486555

…and 7 more dates until 28 Apr

The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas

A show celebrating music from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin.

Tue 8 May

£22–£32.50 / 01325 486555

Wed 9 May

£22–£32.50 / 01325 486555

Thu 10 May

£22–£32.50 / 01325 486555

…and 2 more dates until 12 May

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

The American author and comedian performs her critically-acclaimed one-woman show, based on the bestselling book, A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled.

Sun 3 Jun

£14.50–£22 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

The Mick Fleetwood-approved tribute act who cover the gamut of Mac material from the Peter Green era to the Buckingham/Nicks days.

Thu 5 Apr

£23.50–£33.50 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Russell Watson

The world-famous tenor, originally from Salford in Lancashire, who has won four Brit Classical Awards and is still the only artist to top the UK and US classical charts at the same time, performs songs from his True Stories album interspersed with a selection of greatest hits.

Wed 4 Apr

£34.50–£50 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Smokie

Classic hits including 'Living Next Door To Alice', 'If You Think You Know How To Love Me' and 'Don't Play Your Rock'n'Roll To Me'. Really big in Germany.

Thu 22 Mar

£19–£29 / 08717 029486

  • 19:30

A Spoonful Of Sherman

Three generations of Sherman songwriting including infectious ditties from Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Winnie The Pooh and The Jungle Book.

Mon 12 Mar

£14.50–£30 (£20.50–£23) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Tue 13 Mar

£14.50–£30 (£20.50–£23) / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Wed 14 Mar

£14.50–£30 (£20.50–£23) / 01325 486555

  • 14:00
  • 19:30

Steve Steinman's Meat Loaf Story

Steve Steinman sings the songs made famous by Meat Loaf.

Mon 9 Apr

£19–£32 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Thoroughly Modern Millie

An adaptation of the 1967 film of the same name telling the story of a small town girl trying to make her dreams come true in New York City, with Hayley Tamaddon in the title role.

Mon 11 Jun

£17–£37 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Tue 12 Jun

£17–£37 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

Wed 13 Jun

£17–£37 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 16 Jun

Tom Allen: Indeed

  • 4 stars

The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class Bromley discusses how living at home at the age of 33 is making life seem like its passing by.

Sat 24 Feb

Hullabaloo

£14 / 01325 486555

  • 20:00

Tony Law: Absurdity For The Common People

Surreal material from the eccentrically dressed, award-winning Canadian stand-up who offers off-the-wall observations and bizarre anecdotes.

Sun 4 Mar

£12 / 01325 486555

  • 20:00

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