There’s been a theatre on the site of the hippodrome since 1895. Over the years this building has been rebuilt and renovated. In 2001 a new exterior hailed the arrival of a performance space and accommodation for the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Although best known for ballet, the Hippodrome stage has seen a number of West End touring shows, such as Wicked, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You.
With a regular annual attendance of over 600,000, the Hippodrome is the busiest single theatre in the UK. So how do they fit everyone in?
The theatre has 1,935 seats across two tiers – the circle and the stalls – all with a great view. If you book online, you can check the view of the stage from your preferred seating area before making your choice to ensure you’ll catch all the action.
With audio-described, captioned, signed, and relaxed performances, as well as wheelchair positions, the Hippodrome is committed to providing access for all. As well as making sure everyone can enjoy the performance, the theatre also offers concessions for people with access requirements.
Eating and Drinking
Situated in the centre of the city, there’s no shortage of options for pre or post theatre dinner or drinks.
Whether you fancy fine dining or a quick bite before the show, the Hippodrome has a number of options.
Enjoy afternoon tea or a VIP dining experience in the Circle Restaurant, grab a snack from the deli, or have a few drinks at the bar. The choice is yours!
Part of the city centre’s Theatreland, the Hippodrome is situated in the heart of Southside. Bursting at the seams with restaurants, bars and clubs, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Whether you want to have a tasty meal in Chinatown or dance the night away in the Gay Village, Southside really does have something for everyone.
Getting to Birmingham University
Easy to find and centrally located, you’ll have no trouble getting to or from the Hippodrome.
The Hippodrome doesn’t have a car park so try the Arcadian Car Park. It’s a short walk and offers aflat rate for theatre-goer.
A choice of routes running past the theatre means you can hop on a bus and arrive in no time.
Take train to either New Street or Moor Street stations, and you’ll have a short walk to the Hippodrome.