Theatreland Memorabilia

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Birmingham Hippodrome

Theatre in Birmingham. As well as the main stage there is also a small studio theatre, The Patrick Centre, on site.
Opened in 1899 as the Tower of Varieties and Circus, re-opened in 1900 as the Tivoli Theatre of Varieties, renamed the Hippodrome in 1903.
Home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB).

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
13th August 1928Sophie Tucker
December 1929The Snob
Tallulah Bankhead
1930Tallulah Bankhead
March 1931Sophie Tucker
1934Tallulah Bankhead
1938Tom Mix and his Wonder Horse Tony
March 1947Laurel and Hardy
December 1947Diamond Lil
Mae West
1949Danny Kaye
Tuesday 29th January 1950s(?) - ? (6 weeks)King's Rhapsody
By Ivor Novello
July 1951Judy Garland
June 1953Frank Sinatra
1954Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans
August 1965Marlene Dietrich
June 1985Sweet Bird Of Youth
Author: Tennesse Williams
Cast included: Lauren Becall
28th April - 3rd May 1986Sadler's Wells Ballet
1st May - Snow Queen, 2nd & 3rd May - Les Sylphides/Prodigal Son/Elite Syncopations
16th December 1988 - 25th February 1989Jack And The Beanstalk
Cast included: Russ Abbot, Bella Emberg, Windsor Davies
26th April - 1st May 1993Present Laughter
Author: Noel Coward. Director: Tom Conti
2nd May 1993Solid Silver Sixties Show
Cast included: Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, Billy J. Kramer
4th - 8th May 1993Sesame Street Live
Monday 10th - Saturday 15th May 1993Good Rockin' Tonite
Writer and Director: Jack Good
Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd May 1993Thunderbirds F. A. B.
1st - 12th June 1993Hobson's Choice, The Stuttgart Double Bill, Mixed Programmes
The Birmingahm Royal Ballet
Monday 14th - Saturday 19th June 1993Don't Dress For Dinner
Cast included: Les Dennis, Vicki Michelle, Lionel Blair
22nd - 26th June 1993The Witches
29th June - 3rd July 1993Eugene Onegin, La Boheme, La Favorita
Welsh National Opera
2nd March 1995 (preview) 3rd - 11th March 1995Coppelia
BRB. New production by Peter Wright
1995Theme And Variations, Pillar Of Fire, Libramenta
2nd - 11th May 1996Mozartiana/Mozart Mass in C Minor and Theme & Variations/The Cage/'Still' Life AT tHe Penguin Cafe
4th - 8th June 1996La Fille Male Gardee
6th - 9th March 2002Romeo and Juliet
13th - 16th March 2002Tombeaux/Sanctum/Façade
8th - 11th May 2002Powder/Carmina burana
22nd - 25th May 2002Hobson's Choice
September 2009Little Shop of Horrors
Wednesday 13th March - Saturday 4th May 2013The Phantom of the Opera
Tuesday 7th - Wednesday 8th May 2013Sutra
Dance Consortium, Sadler's Wells
Friday 10th - Saturday 11th May 2013Sean Lock - Purple Van Man
Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th May 2013High Society
Tuesday 21st May - Saturday 1st June 2013Hairspray
Tuesday 4th - 8th June 2013Coppélia
Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th June 2013Lohengrin (Richard Wagner), Wagner Dream (Jonathan Harvey), Madam Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)
19th - Saturday 22nd June 2013Giselle
Saturday 29th June - Saturday 28th September 2013The Lion King
Thursday 3rd - Saturday 12th October 2013Penguin Cafe triple bill, The Sleeping Beauty
Wednesday 16th October - Saturday 9th November 2013War Horse
Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th November 2013The Tudors (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Robert Devereux), Tosca
22nd November - 12th December 2013The Nutcracker
By: Sir Peter Wright
Birmingham Royal Ballet
19th December 2013 - 2nd February 2014Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Cast included: John Partridge, Gok Wan and Stephanie Beacham
5th - 15th February 2014Swan Lake
Matthew Bourne
19th - 22nd February 2014Three Of A Kind
Birmingham Royal Ballet
25th February - 1st March 2014The Prince Of The Pagodas
Birmingham Royal Ballet
4th - 8th March 2014La Traviata, Manon Lescaut, Boulevard Solitude
WNO (Welsh National Opera)
11th - 15th March 2014Fiddler On The Roof
Cast included: Paul Michael Glaser (Tevye)
18th March - 5th April 2014Singin' In The Rain
8th - 19th April 2014Evita
Cast included: Marti Pellow (Che)
Wednesday 4th - Sunday 15th June 2014Darkness and Light, La Fille mal gardée
Wednesday 9th July - Saturday 6th September 2014Wicked
9th - 27th September 2014Cats
Cast included: Nicholas Pound, Zizi Strallen and Sophia Ragavelas
30th September - 4th October 2014Beauty and the Beast
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Yes (programme covers both Beauty and the Beast & Shadows Of War)
8th - 11th October 2014Shadows of War
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Yes (programme covers both Beauty and the Beast & Shadows Of War)
13th - 25th October 2014Blood Brothers
Author: Willy Russell
Cast included: Maureen Nolan, Kristofer Harding and Sean Jones
15th - 18th October 2014 (Patrick Centre)Dracula
Mark Bruce Company, DanceXchange
28th - 29th October 2014Grupo Corpo
Dance Consortium
5th - 9th November 2014Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle
Mariinsky Theatre, Conductor: Valery Gergiev
12th - 16th November 2014 (Patrick Centre)Slava's Snow Show
19th - 22nd November 2014Carmen, William Tell, Moses in Egypt
WNO (Welsh National Opera)
28th November - 13th December 2014The Nutcracker
Sir Peter Wright
Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB)
19th December 2014 - 1st February 2015Jack And The Beanstalk
Cast included: Jane McDonald, Duncan James and Matt Slack
7th - 17th January 2015 (Patrick Centre)The Frozen Scream
Authors: Christopher Green and Sarah Waters
Tuesday 10th - Saturday 14th February 2015Edward Scissorhands
Matthew Bourne/New Adventures Production
Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st February 2015Moving Stateside
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th February 2015Coppelia
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th March 2015Chorus! with Lesley Garrett, The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel
WNO (Welsh National Opera)
Tuesday 10th - Saturday 21st March 2015Top Hat
Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th March 2015Cirkopolis
Cirque Eloize
Tuesday 31st March - Sunday 26th April 2015Shrek The Musical
30th April - 23rd May 2015Dirty Dancing
Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th June 2015Carmina Burana & The King Dances
Birmingam Royal Ballet
Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th June 2015Sylvia
Birmingham Royal Ballet
7th July - 1st August 2015Barnum
Cast included: Brian Conley
Monday 2nd - Saturday 7th November 2015Jesus Christ Superstar
Cast included: Glenn Carter, Tim Rogers
Tuesday 10th - Wednesday 11th November 2015Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th November 2015Dara O'Briain
Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st November 2015Sweeney Todd
Friday 27th November - Sunday 13th December 2015The Nutcracker
Saturday 19th December 2015 - Sunday 31st January 2016Aladdin
Cast included: Marti Pellow, Julian Clary, Lee Mead, Matt Slack
Tuesday 9th - Saturday 13th February 2016Sleeping Beauty
Matthew Bourne
Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th February 2016Ashton Double Bill - The Dream, A Month in the Country
Tuesday 1st & Friday 4th March 2016The Barber Of Seville
Author: Rossini
WNO production
Wednesday 9th March - Saturday 23rd April 2016Mary Poppins
Monday 25th - Saturday 30th April 2016Let It Be
Tuesday 3rd - Wednesday 4th May 2016NDT2
International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016
Tuesday 10th - Wednesday 11th May 2016Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Tuesday 17th - Wednesday 18th May 2016Dance: Sampled
Friday 20th - Saturday 21st May 2016Ballet BC
Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th May 2016The Sound of Music
Monday 30th May - Saturday 4th June 2016Cats
Tuesday 28th June - Saturday 3rd September 2016Mamma Mia!
Wednesday 7th - Sunday 18th September 2016Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Tuesday 20th - Wednesday 21st September 2016Mandela Trilogy
Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th September 2016Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tuesday 1st - Saturday 8th October 2016The Tempest
Monday 10th - Saturday 22nd October 2016Blood Brothers
Monday 24th - Saturday 29th October 2016Million Dollar Quartet
Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th November 2016Vamos Cuba!
Tuesday 8th November 2016The Merchant Of Venice
Wednesday 9th November 2016Macbeth
Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th November 2016Kiss Me Kate
Monday 14th - Saturday 19th November 2016The Full Monty
Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th February 2017The Red Shoes
Matthew Bourne
Wednesday 15th - Saturday 25th February 2017Cinderella
Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th March 2017Dance Sampled
Tuesday 7th March - Saturday 28th April 2017Billy Elliot The Musical
Monday 27th - Tuesday 28th March 2017 (Patrick Centre)Material Men Redux
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
Cast included: Sahilesh Bahoran and Sooraj Subramaniam
Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th May 2017La Cage Aux Folles
Music & Lyrics: Jerry Herman. Book: Harvey Fierstein
Cast included: John Partridge, Adrian Zmed, Marti Webb
Friday 26th - Saturday 27th May 2017Milonga
Monday 29th May - Saturday 3rd June 2017Grease is the word
6th - 10th June 2017The Addams Family
Cast included: Samantha Womack, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cameron Blakely
Tuesday 13th - Saturday 17th June 2017Coppelia
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th June 2017Madam Butterfly
Welsh National Opera (WNO)
Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th July 2017The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd July 2017 (Patrick Centre)Jungle Book
Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd July 2017The Red Shoes
Matthew Bourne
Wednesday 26th July - Saturday 23rd September 2017Miss Saigon
Tuesday 15th - Wednesday 16th August 2017 (Patrick Centre)Dracula: The Bloody Truth
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th October 2017Laddin
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Monday 9th - Saturday 14th October 2017Hairspray
Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st October 2017Acosta Danza
Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th October 2017Crazy For You
Monday 13th - Saturday 18th November 2017Sunset Boulevard
Cast included: Ria Jones, Danny Mac
Friday 24th November - Wednesday 13th December 2017The Nutcracker
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Tuesday 19th December 2017 - Sunday 28th January 2018Cinderella
Cast included: Beverley Knight, Danny Mac, Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw, The Grumbleweeds
Thursday 21st December 2017 - Sunday 7th January 2018
Patrick Centre
The Snow Dragon
Wednesday 31st January - Saturday 3rd Februrary 2018Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th February 2018Cinderella
By Matthew Bourne. Music: Prokofiev
Tuesday 13th - Saturday 24th February 2018The Sleeping Beauty
Thursday 8th March 2018Tosca
Wednesday 4th - Sunday 29th April 2018Wicked
Tuesday 3rd July - Saturday 8th September 2018Matilda

Some historical productions taken from Ivan Heard's article in Sunset Boulevard 2017 programme.