Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit registered charity (No. 510842), established in 1979. We also have a fundraising Development Trust (No. 511567). Click here to see a full list of our Trustees.
We are unsubsidised and do not receive revenue grants from Arts Council England or Birmingham City Council. However, we regularly apply to both these organisations for support towards special creative, education and access projects.
In 2010/11, we welcomed 523,219 paying visitors making us the most popular single theatre in the UK. Ticket sales totalled £15,088,265 (our best year since reopening in 2001) and we presented 392 performances.
Musicals formed 46% of our performances, Pantomime 19%, Ballet 14%, and Opera 3%. Other performances include drama, dance and comedy.
25% of our tickets were sold at concessionary rates for education, access and audience development. 16,262 discounted tickets were issued to schools, including 1,543 free tickets for teachers. 22,324 discounted tickets were purchased by patrons with disabilities.
We co-produce International Dance Festival Birmingham with our partners DanceXchange. The third festival in spring 2012, is financially supported by Advantage West Midlands, Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin.
Our resident partners are Birmingham Royal Ballet, formerly Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, who came to the city in 1990. We present all of Welsh National Opera's repertoire.
Our new free outdoor programme Six Summer Saturdays played to an estimated 100,000 people last summer.
Last year we became the first UK theatre to achieve ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard Accreditation.
In 2010 we won the Creative Industry category in the first Birmingham Post Business Awards; International Dance Festival Birmingham won the Gold Award as Event of the Year in the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards; and our Chief Executive, Stuart Griffiths, won the Special Award at Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards North & Midlands).
Address: Birmingham Hippodrome
From Junction 6 of the M6 follow the signs for Birmingham Central.
Follow the A38(M) for 2 miles (signs for the city centre). At the end of the motorway, take the flyover signed M5 South West.
Coming off the flyover, pass under the tunnel following signs for Inner Ring Road South.
Take the next tunnel (Queensway).
Follow signs for Bromsgrove A38 which takes you to a third underpass.
On surfacing get in the left hand lane and turn first left (Bromsgrove Street), go straight ahead and Arcadian Centre Parking is just on your left.
» Directions from The M5
From junction 4 follow the signs for Birmingham along the A38 through Northfield and Selly Oak.
Going over the traffic lights at Bristol Street (McDonalds on your left), move into the left lane (signed BR New Street).
Continue forward and move into the right hand lane.
Turn full circle at this roundabout (Holloway Circus). Take third left (Bromsgrove Street). Go straight ahead and Arcadian Centre Parking is just on your left.
The Council's car parks are open for use at all times except where otherwise indicated on the notice boards. Payment must be made for parking at all times during the charging hours, even when the car park is closed.
Motorists should consult the board next to the payment machines for details of the exact prices and charging hours as these vary between car parks (and may be altered). At pay on foot car parks the charges are provided at the car park entrance and by the pay station.
The charges are usually revised each year.
Motorists are advised to carry a supply of (5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, and £1) coins in order to make payment. On arrival at a Pay & Display car park a ticket must be purchased from a machine and displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle.
Park and Pay by Phone is available at certain car parks and enables payment for parking using debit & credit cards.
We recommend parking at The APCOA Arcadian car park due to it's close vicinity and ease of access to the theatre. However, patrons parking at this, and any other location, do so at their own risk. The theatre does not accept responsibility for patrons parking tickets or vehicles.
0 - 1 Hours £1.80 1 - 3 Hours £3.50 3 - 5 Hours £4.90 5 - 8 Hours £5.90 8 - 10 Hours £7.00 10 - 12 Hours £8.00 12 - 24 Hours £13.00
Lost ticket £13.00
Flat Rate £4.70 This rate has been specially arranged for Hippodrome Patrons. Starting from 5.31pm until 11.30pm, you can avoid the queues by pre-paying before any show at the kiosk or pay machines inside the APCOA Arcadian Car Park.
CLICK HERE to visit The APCOA Arcadian Car Park website
View details of our Accessible Performances
TO BOOK ANY OF OUR ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES OR FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL TICKET SALES ON 0844 338 5000.
The best approach to Birmingham Hippodrome is on Hurst Street, with both bus and rail stations less than half a mile away. Limited parking is available on the adjacent Hurst Street and Thorp Street. The Arcadian Centre Car Park (entrance in Bromsgrove Street) has specially allocated bays with easy access to street level (approximately 150 yards to the theatre entrance).
>> Blind & Visually Impaired
Audio Described Performances Audio Description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss
For every Audio Described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through our Ticket Sales. The times stated in this brochure are the performance times. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes
If you have an assistance dog, please advice Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.
>> Deaf & Partially Deaf
BSL Sign Language Interpreted Performances Sign Language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expression and body language. Within Britain the most common form of Sign Language is called British Sign Language (BSL). Seats are assigned close to the signer.
Captioning is similar to television subtitling and gives deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people access to live performances. The actors’ words appear on a display unit at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Speaker names, sound effects and off stage noises are also shown. Please note: when booking please ask for seats suitable for seeing the captions. It is best to book seats for Captioned Performances via Ticket Sales rather than online.
>> Hearing Assisted Facilities
Receivers are available for our infrared amplification system from Customer Services with a £5 deposit.
» Impaired Mobility
Limited lift access to all front of house areas, main auditorium, Patrick Centre and hospitality areas.
Wheelchair users have easy access via automatic doors to the right of our Hurst Street entrance. Wheelchair positions located in most areas of the auditorium and positions available in the Patrick Centre.
Accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets are available on all levels.
Refreshments are available in our Café bars on Levels 1, 2 & 3 with low level counter service. StageSide (on Thorp St) and The Hippodrome Restaurant on Level 3 are all easily accessible and interval drinks can be pre-ordered at any bar.
We recommend that wheelchair users and patrons with impaired mobility use the car park located on Thorp Street. This is directly opposite our stage door and will provide the easiest access to the theatre.
» Babies & Children
The theatre strongly advises no admission for children under three, except for productions as advised by a ticket sales assistant. We consider Pantomime to be suitable for ages 3 plus and most ballets for 5 plus. In accordance with licensing requirements every person entering the auditorium must be in possession of a valid ticket. Baby changing facilities are available on Level 2.
For further information or feedback on our access facilities, please contact Liz Leck on 0121 689 3064 or email email@example.com.