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Thanks to our New and Renewing Members and Supporters CorPorATE PATronS: Good CoMPAny CluB: The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge. ASSoCiATE PArTnErS: Gateley Plc., Birmingham Airport, Gowling WLG. lEAdinG lAdiES: Zoe Bennett - Training Personified, Beth Farminer Deutsche Bank, Leanne Beardmore - Independent Education Services Ltd. PErForMAnCE PArTnErS: HSBC. HiPPodroME CrEATivE PArTnErS: SPonSorS: SimkissGuy (Leading Ladies), Molson Coors (Fundraising Gala at Billy Elliot). ProJECT PArTnErS: Molson Coors, IMI plc (Relaxed Performance). individuAl PATronS: SuPPorTinG CAST: We welcome new Patrons June Cross and Mrs & Mrs J Quinn. Thank you to Patrons who have recently renewed their support it makes a real difference to our charitable work! We would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Patrons William Jones and George Sidaway. Both were supporters of the theatre for many years via our Patrons Scheme and regular theatre attenders. We send all our best wishes to their family and friends at this difficult time. Patrons Win & Lola meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Lee Mead at a recent fundraising event.

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Dear Supporters Welcome to the latest edition of Spotlight.

Fundraising Gala in support of Hippodrome CREATIVE

As well as the usual update on all the amazing ways you have supported our varied work, you may notice we’ve included a bit more on some of the exciting shows we have coming up in this issue. With Matthew Bourne's much anticipated ‘The Red Shoes’ just around the corner in February, we thought it was timely to create the ultimate guide to this dramatic story. You can also become part of the wider experience by attending one of our fabulous gala dinners.

Thu Mar 30 2017

Our Leading Ladies network goes from strength to strength, most recently they’ve been enjoying salsa classes alongside the sizzling ‘Vamos Cuba!’ dance show, and champagne-tasting - surely worth signing up for?! From one set of Leading Ladies to another we find out more about the parallel careers of the original ‘Funny Girl’ Fanny Brice and the incredible Sheridan Smith, who will portray her on stage here next May.

Join us with guests to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment and an afterparty with a pop-up bar from Molson Coors.

Beyond the stage there is so much going on here, from our Hip-Hop festival BSide to school workshops. Find out about all the great work Hippodrome CREATIVE has been delivering and how we are trying to increase access to the arts for all our audiences. Of course many of these projects wouldn’t be possible without your incredible support, so grab a cuppa, catch up with us and find out what exciting events and opportunities we have in store for you in 2017! Thanks again for your support, The Hippodrome Team.

Hosted by Heart FM’s Ed James and BBC Presenter Joanne Malin, our boxing-meets-ballet themed evening will be full of trademark Hippodrome surprises.

With flexible seating, you can book the number of places of your choice. Wow your guests with an alternative to run-ofthe-mill client entertaining. The evening comprises reception, three course dinner in the Patrick Centre, top price show ticket, show programme and after-party, £165pp. To book call Charlie on 0121 689 3085, Rosie on 0121 689 3068 or send an email to events@

Contributors: Kate Evans, Judith Greenburgh, Rachael Magson, Rosie Milsom, and Laura Smith.

Loved the private dining! We have booked another corporate event for Billy Elliot.

Wendy Albutt, Elite Travel

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2017 highlights from Hippodrome CREATIVE


SHIRELANDS saturday schooL LaunchEs! We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Saturday School at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Sandwell.

Professional actors, musicians and dancers will be working with children aged 6-18 to create their own theatre in a regular Saturday school. All sessions will be subsidised to ensure this low cost activity reaches young people in the local community. This Hippodrome CREATIVE project has been developed in partnership with the Shirelands Extended Schools Partnership. We can’t wait to see what the young people create!

‘ON THE VERGE’ 4 JuLy 2016 How curious are you? Join us for a special one day conference in partnership with the national Theatre alongside ‘The Curious incident of the dog in the night-Time’ at Birmingham Hippodrome. The event will tackle head-on issues arising from

U-DANCE 14-16 JuLy 2017 u-dance will showcase the tremendous talent of young dancers from all across the country in a three-day festival.

living with Autism and Aspergers’s Syndrome, as well as exploring how the novel went from page to stage. The conference is open to all and booking opens soon. In the meantime, why not book for our Curious Incident Relaxed Performance on Mon 3 Jul? relaxedperformances

Featuring workshops, public performances and career development discussions, we can’t wait to welcome hundreds of young dancers to Birmingham! Expect a foyer take-over and explosive performances on Hippodrome Square. Check out for more details or view our new season brochure.

FESTIVAL FUN LinEd up For 2017

Hippodrome. From Breakin’ Battles on our Main Stage to graffiti art out on the streets of Southside, the talent will be undeniable! Don’t miss it!

After a successful summer of festivals, we are pleased to announce both Summer in Southside and B-Side will be back in 2017.

Summer in Southside, our popular family-friendly festival, will return in June 2017. Next year expect all the fun of the farm with our ‘Countryside meets Southside’ theme. Completely free for audiences and participants, you won’t want to miss this highlight in our summer calendar.

B-Side will return 19-21 May, bigger and better than ever, as Hip-Hop takes over the

Loved it, what a fabulous day with my family.

letitia Bowater, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Afternoon Tea for Friends & Patrons

We are committed to Access For All and are here to help! love theatre? We offer touch tours, captioned performances and signed performances throughout the year. Bringing your assistance dog? We can allocate the right seating for you or care for your dog whilst you enjoy the show! Must be booked in advance.

Too quiet? you can hire a receiver for our infrared amplification system at our cloakroom, free of charge. Want to go digital? our wheelchair lounges have digital screens, so you can watch the entire performance live and on show relay. Coming to our restaurant? download the Good Food talks app and control the font size, change the colours, or have our menu spoken out loud on your phone or tablet. Want to chill out? our relaxed performance programme is growing - check out

Curious Fundraiser Join us for an exciting fundraising event at the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Tue 4 Jul. Expect secrets from the show and a spotlight on our access work at our Summer Fundraiser. You’ll enjoy a light summer supper and top price seats to this award winning show. All funds raised will support the continued development of our Relaxed Performances and access offer, ensuring everyone is welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome. Express your interest now by calling 0121 689 3068 or emailing

Access For All

Making everyone welcome

Too loud? Borrow our ear defenders! suitable for those with sensory needs and small children. collect at the cloakroom, free of charge.

If you have any feedback or suggestions about our access offer, please contact or call 0121 689 3191

thank you so much for everything you have done for me this week. it was a pleasure to work with everyone i encountered at the hippodrome.

oscar richardson, Work Experience Student

What is a Relaxed Performance? it’s all about creating a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed environment for our audiences who may find coming to the theatre overwhelming. and breathe. our relaxed performance programme is growing in popularity, with over 1,300 people attending our last event. These special events include: • creating a welcome film and familiarisation pack prior to the performance. • changing elements of the show - removing loud bangs and lighting effects. • offering specialist training for staff and volunteers. • increasing the number of wheelchair spaces in the main auditorium. • Keeping the house lights up, and the auditorium doors open. • providing a sensory room, playroom and quiet spaces. • reducing the ticket price to ensure the performance is accessible. • serving free tea and coffee for carers, teachers and community group leaders. • Giving out sensory toys for use during the show. • providing caption boards, audio describers and signers for the show. We are thrilled to be expanding our programme in 2017/2018, offering at least four performances. This will ensure 5,000 people with sensory needs and complex disabilities get the chance to experience live theatre in a stress-free environment!

12 days of christmas challenge. Will you help us raise £12,000 in our 12 days of Christmas Challenge? Each Relaxed Performance has a cost of around £10,000. With your help we can meet the growing demand for these special performances, reaching more audiences than ever before with special access needs and complex disabilities. On 1 Dec we will launch our 12 Days of Christmas Challenge - aiming to raise £12,000 in 12 days! Donations can be made via cheque, online, over the phone or in person. You can also Gift Aid your donation to make it stretch even further! Panto Star Matt Slack gets behind our Christmas Challenge!

If you want to give the magic of live theatre this Christmas, you can donate at or call 0121 689 3068 the relaxed performance was outstanding and it was such a relief to go to a show knowing that all our son’s needs and the needs of others were all catered for!


With Matthew Bourne’s eagerly anticipated ballet interpretation of the red shoes arriving at the hippodrome from 7-11 February here’s everything you need to know about the red shoes past and present. The inspiration

The dancers

A tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s astronomical aspirations, The Red Shoes is based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and tells the story of Victoria Page, whose dreams of dancing become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

The role of Victoria will be created by New Adventure's star Ashley Shaw. Also playing the role are Cordelia Braithwaite and Katrina Lyndon (in her principal role debut). All three dancers are current stars of the acclaimed production Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.

The film

Sam Archer returns to Bourne’s New Adventures company to play Svengali-like impresario Boris Lermentov, with the role shared by company favourite Chris Trenfield. Victoria Page’s romantic interest Julian Craster will be portrayed by Trenfield, Dominic North and rising dance star in Andrew Monaghan.

Matthew Bourne’s ballet takes inspiration from the Academyaward winning, 1948 British film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The film employs the story within a story device, as a young ballerina joins an established ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes. It starred Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring and features Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine and Ludmilla Tchérina, renowned dancers from the ballet world. Famous fans include filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

The story As a young, unknown dancer Victoria Page is spotted by Boris Lermontov, the ruthless but charismatic impresario of the Ballet Lermontov. She is invited to dance with Ballet Lermontov in Paris & Monte Carlo. Along the way she falls for the young composer working on The Red Shoes Ballet, Julian Craster, and becomes trapped in a love triangle as Lermontov in turn becomes infatuated by Victoria.

The backstage team Legendary choreographer Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation reunites the team who brought you New Adventures’ world-wide hit, Sleeping Beauty, with sumptuous designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

The music This world premiere is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann - most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese.

Photo: Hugo Glendinning


Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

Your ultimate guide to The Red Shoes.

Tickets can be booked by calling 0844 338 5000 or at

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Gala Dinners at The Red Shoes your chance to join our exclusive red shoes events. Be quick – they are selling fast! Corporate Dinner thu 9 Feb 2017

Fundraising Gala Dinner Fri 10 Feb 2017

Wow your clients and grab one of two remaining tables at our evening sponsored by The Mailbox.

Be part of our first fundraising dinner for individual supporters and dance fans!

You’ll be in great networking company with bookings confirmed from Birmingham City university, Calthorpe Estates, Consulting rooms Birmingham, Eversheds, Ey, Gowling WlG, HSBC, laurent-Perrier, leading ladies, Pertemps, The Mailbox (evening sponsor).

Book one or more places from £125pp. Each ticket includes a champagne reception, a three course meal, a topprice show ticket and a programme.

Join us for a night to remember! To book for Thu 9 Feb call 0121 689 3085 or email To book for Fri 10 Feb call 0121 689 3068 or email

after last year’s success and as a performance partner we’re delighted to confirm our renewal of the curtain raiser sponsorship, this time at Matthew Bourne’s the red shoes.

dr Adam Parker, Tilney

An innovative new digital dance film and sonic soundscape has been created by award-winning contemporary dance artist and choreographer Mickael ‘Marso’ riviere, British Institute of Radiology artist in residence Hugh Turvey and Birmingham-based Sound Artist Justin Wiggan in order to commemorate this important scientific breakthrough, which happened right here in Birmingham. The project was launched with a screening of the short film at the Hippodrome for VIP supporters, Trustees and project collaborators on Tue 8 Nov - World Radiography Day. The film was also displayed via Birmingham Hippodrome’s digital screens located in the Main Foyer and at partner venues Birmingham City University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital throughout November.

X-Ray was supported by Arts Council England, the W A Cadbury Trust, The Owen Family Trust and The Thousandth Man - Richard Burns Charitable Trust.


X-Ray: The Unknown Quantity

X-Ray: The Unknown Quantity - a new collaboration between Birmingham hippodrome, Birmingham city university and Birmingham children’s hospital was commissioned to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the first medical X-ray, performed by Birmingham radiology pioneer Major John hall-Edwards.

Graham Callister, director of Creative Programmes at Birmingham Hippodrome said:

Hippodrome CREATIVE wanted to commission a new artwork that would draw attention to hall-Edwards’ work and Birmingham’s role in this important medical breakthrough with worldwide implications. this new commission brought together leading local and national artists to combine hip-hop dance, visual, sound and sonic art with film production skills to create an innovative new digital artwork that references the present day medical X-ray experience.

B-Side Hip-Hop Festival

Update this september saw us launch B-side – a free, three-day festival of all things hip-hop. programmed by local artists ‘Marso’ Riviere, Juice Aleen, Dance Nuvo and Break Mission, and produced by Birmingham Hippodrome and The Old Rep, over 5,000 people took part. The festival took place from 23 - 25 Sep and featured a range of outdoor ‘pop-up’ performances, spoken word, talks and graffiti artists alongside explosive street dance crews and b-boys/b-girls battling it out for prizes.

Party’ at the Hippodrome in the evening. Competitors taking part in the Just Jam international qualifier heats were required to donate food and/or clothes for local homeless charities in order to participate.

On Friday, hip-hop stories were shared and a Q&A held at The old rep. Youthdriven performances and workshops were held on the Saturday, alongside performances and dance battles around the city, and culminating in a ‘House

Sunday was the main event, with all artists, judges, hosts and DJs taking over Birmingham Hippodrome‘s foyer spaces and Patrick Centre to deliver performances, battles and competitions. Local graff legend Panda / Flake was

joined by some of the best graffiti artists in the UK on the Hippodrome Piazza, amongst a number of street food and market stalls. B-Side will return 19-21 May 2017, celebrating the youthful Hip-Hop talent from all over Birmingham and the West Midlands.

it was dope to be part of the B-side hip-hop Festival & Break Mission X Just Jam intl in Birmingham!

Jahmai Jones, B-Side Artist

Leading Ladies offer first class networking and client entertaining. With over 100 participating companies it’s also one of the most popular (and glamorous!)networks of its kind in the city. From gin tasting to salsa and tutus our Leading Ladies have been networking to the max over the last few months...

Mixing Business With Show Business

Leading Ladies

Sipsmith Sipping Our 2016-17 calendar got off to a tremendous start at our master class event with independent distillery Sipsmith. Ambassador Briony Dixon’s brand knowledge and humour makes her a firm favourite with Leading Ladies. Generously sponsored by Marco Pierre White’s in The Cube, guests were able to enjoy fabulous roof-top views and delicious MPW canapés while sampling the Sipsmith range. Networking made easy - hic!

Surf, turf and Bubbles A champagne tasting supper with Laurent-Perrier was a fizzy affair. National Account Manager Tony Carter guided guests through the range of the French luxury house’s offering just in time to help us make choices ahead of Christmas. Thumbs-up to Head Chef who created a retro Surf ‘n’ Turf supper and spectacular cheese board to accompany the sublime tasting which included the Millesime - a cheeky vintage!

Behind the ‘seams’ An exclusive glimpse behind the ‘seams’ of Birmingham Royal Ballet to celebrate the world premiere of David Bintley’s magical new adaptation of The Tempest was hosted by BBC Presenter Joanne Malin. She was joined by shoe-master Michael Clifford and members of the costume team. Guests had the chance to get up-close to some exquisite show costumes. What tiny waistlines if only!

Viva The Mailbox! Complete with our own Cuban music DJ Angela Lamont and Cuban salsa dance teacher, Helen Calcutt, Leading Ladies were put through their footwork paces before the sizzling dance show Vamos Cuba! Luckily mojitos, courtesy of Havana Cuba, were on hand as thirstquenchers. We were delighted to welcome our newest member, Beth Farminer from Deutsche Bank. In recognition of her recent success as winner of the Chamber of Commerce’s Future Faces awards, Beth is now enjoying a 12 month membership of Leading Ladies.

Isn’t it time you were on our guest list?

Warm thanks go to our evening sponsor The Mailbox - Viva!

Being a Friend meant i got a discount, which was a nice bonus.

For sponsorship and membership details call Judith on 0121 689 3082 or

natalie Gallagher-Hughes

oPPoSiTE PAGE: Top: Rachel Hill, Jessica Harper Middle: Nicola Fleet-Milne, Leanne Beardmore Bottom: Stella Mansfield, Michael Clifford, Lorna Burke & Joanne Malin

rebecca Simkiss, SimkissGuy

simkissGuy recruitment is thrilled to become a new sponsor of Leading Ladies. We have a strong csr focus so for us it was a perfect partnership to help support fundraising for hippodrome crEatiVE.

THiS PAGE: Top: DJ Angela Lamont Middle left: Fiona Doherty, Debbie Liburne, Rosie Milsom, Hannah Carroll Bottom left: Joanne Danaher, Deborah Slater, Katie Willems, Katie Doyle right (Top to Bottom): Judith Greenburgh, Beth Farminer, Natasha Walkden, Jo Hassan, Billie Frain, Helen Calcutt, Kirsty Evans, Jessica Leo, Amelia Ladbrook, Natalie King, Eileen Schofield

Thank You... to all our sponsors, members and their guests who have helped raised over £2,000 at these events. This fantastic sum has made a difference to 250 Hippodrome CREATIVE project participants. Particular thanks go to our prize partners including: Sipsmith, The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail lounge, Staybridge Suites Birmingham, Fairlawns Hotel & Spa, Edgbaston Stadium and Aluna.

We had a super evening at the Leading Ladies Laurent-perrier evening. the talk was really informative and entertaining.

nicki Gibberson, Calthorpe Estates

With the record-breaking Funny Girl landing at Birmingham hippodrome from 8-13 May we compare the early life and career of the original ‘Funny Girl’ Fanny Brice, with the actress who is bringing her to life on stage, sheridan smith. Fanny Brice Growing Up Fania Borach (1891-1951) aka Fanny Brice was the third of four children whose parents owned a chain of profitable bars in Newark, New Jersey. Her Hungarian émigré mother Rose managed the business while her father played cards and drank with his cronies. When her parents finally separated, Rose sold the business and moved with the children to Brooklyn, where she sold real estate. They lived in a series of swanky apartments and town houses. Despite her parents’ separation, it was a comfortable upbringing.

it was decided she should give up school in order to become an entertainer. At 16 she joined the chorus of Talk of New York, a revue by the musical comedy star George M.Cohan, only to be fired by Cohan shortly afterwards when he realised she couldn’t dance.

Follies favourite, and later starred in a CBS radio show for 11 years. Fanny played herself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), and also appeared on screen as a nightclub singer in Be Yourself! (1930) and as Judy Garland’s Russian maid in Everybody Sing (1938).

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In 1910 Fanny’s fortunes changed overnight when the impresario Florenz Ziegfeld spotted her on the bill of one of New York’s many burlesque houses. He offered her a job at $75 a week to appear in his Ziegfeld Follies. From 1916 onwards she became a top attraction in the Follies, earning $3,000 a week, equally adept at comedy skits, such as a sketch based on Swan Lake, and torch songs like My Man, also the title of her In 1915 Fanny won an amateur singing debut film in 1928. Her character “Baby contest aged 13 at Keeney’s Theatre, Brooklyn, a popular vaudeville venue. She Snooks” - a mischievous child who won five dollars singing a funny song and performed at adult parties - became a


Funny Girls

Early Career

Playwright and friend Ben Hecht: “Theatre audiences never adored any performer more than Fanny. It would be impossible for an audience to laugh louder, weep more copiously and applaud more violently than Fanny’s audience did.”

What She Said “If you have a career, then that career is your life. The hell with anything else. I live the way I want to live and never did what people said I should do or advised me to do.”

“she won five dollars singing a funny song and it was decided she should give up school in order to become an entertainer.”

Sheridan Smith was born in 1981 in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the only daughter of Marilyn and Colin, a popular country & western duo who performed as The Daltons on the northern club circuit. As a child Sheridan would be encouraged to get up on stage, wearing a little cowboy hat, and sing along with her parents.

Early Career Though she never went to drama school, Sheridan was a much-valued member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1995 to 2001, travelling to New York with the company in Pendragon, and playing Tallulah, aged 16, in the stage version of Bugsy

in the musicals Little Shop of Horrors and Legally Blonde the musical, as well as playing dramatic roles in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path to great acclaim.

Malone in the West End. She was snapped up by a top agent and cast as Little Red Riding Hood in a Donmar Warehouse revival of Into the Woods in 1998. The following year she was cast as Emma, the girlfriend of Anthony, in the TV sitcom The Royle Family.


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Dustin Hoffman says “She is right up there (with the best), and deserves to be next to Maggie Smith.”

From 2001 onwards, when she starred in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Sheridan was rarely off our TV screens for the next decade, playing a perfume sales assistant in Love Soup, a nutritionist in Grown Ups, James Corden’s mouthy sister in Gavin & Stacey, before landing more demanding roles in one-off TV films Mrs Biggs, Cilla and The C Word. Alongside this prodigious TV output she managed to notch up substantial stage successes

What She Said “I just think I’ve been incredibly lucky. I keep thinking every job will be my last because there are so many talented people out there. I’ve watched every single person I’ve worked with like a hawk, picking up tips and tricks. It’s a mad lifestyle and it is easy to get carried away by it. I think it is important to stay close to your loved ones.”

Words: Nick Smurthwaite

Sheridan Smith Growing Up

there’s a lot more to life here than what happens on stage! our work takes us all over the region, working with schools and other community groups. recently we paid a visit to Four dwellings academy where students enjoyed an acting Masterclass with the cast of Willy russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’. Having surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, it’s hard to believe that Blood Brothers  began life as a secondary school play in Liverpool back in 1983.


Blood Brothers

Thirty years later and, despite the show’s phenomenal success, the roots of Willy Russell’s musical are very much alive as we found out when the cast of Blood Brothers delivered an acting masterclass at Four Dwellings Academy in Quinton.

No strangers to the spotlight, students from the school’s Gifted and Talented programme worked with long-standing cast member Sean Jones before having the opportunity to pose their burning questions about the life of a professional actor! Want to know more about Creative learning opportunities at Birmingham Hippodrome, or how to book a school visit to see a show? Call us on 0121 689 3064 or get in touch by email at






Mon 16 JAn

New season launch event

THu 11 MAy

Leading Ladies at Funny Girl

WEd 25 JAn

Pantomime Cast Meet & Greet: Patrons, Friends and Groups

THu 18 MAy

La Cage aux Folles Gala Dinner

Relaxed Performance, Dick Whittington

Fri 19 Sun 21 MAy

B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival

THu 26 JAn TuE 7 FEB

Leading Ladies at Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures The Red Shoes Reception sponsored by Marketing Birmingham


The Vintages: an evening of fine dining and vintage tasting with Laurent-Perrier Champagne


Summer in Southside


Corporate Dinner at Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures The Red Shoes sponsored by The Mailbox

Mon 3 Jul

Relaxed Performance, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Fri 10 FEB

Fundraising Dinner at Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures The Red Shoes

TuE 4 Jul

Fundraising Event at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

THu 9 MAr

The Food: a Leading Ladies sushi master class at Rofuto, Park Regis Birmingham

TuE 4 Jul

On The Verge Conference

Fri 14 Sun 16 Jul

U-Dance 2017


Leading Ladies at Miss Saigon

THu 12 oCT

Leading Ladies at Hairspray

THu 9 nov

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Gala Dinner

THu 7 dEC

Leading Ladies at The Nutcracker

THu 23 MAr

Leading Ladies at Billy Elliot

THu 30 MAr

Billy Elliot Fundraising Gala sponsored by Park Regis Birmingham and Molson Coors

THu 4 MAy

A street food reception and night of comedy with John Richardson supported by Molson Coors

secrets from... The Box Office

Putting Your Event On The Map

Who better to offer insider tips than our lovely Box office staff?! did you know? • If you buy two OAP concession tickets in January for the pantomime you get a third free. • You can arrive early and explore our Heritage touch tables? Over 117 years of Hippodrome History, and a quiz for all you die-hard theatre buffs out there! • 24 hours before a show, pending availability, full time students and passport to leisure card holders can get tickets at the lowest price in the best available seats. • You can now print your tickets off at home to save time/postage. • Friends of the Hippodrome used to be called Hippos! If you’d like to contact the Box Office call 0844 338 5000 or email tickets Staff explore our Heritage Touch Table

We’re thrilled to announce a major refurbishment project transforming our spaces into some of the most innovative and versatile in the city. Here’s a sneak preview of our newlook Lloyds room which reflects our recent re-branding. This contemporary space is perfect for a high-level meeting, a private celebration or client entertaining alongside a fabulous show. To complement our growing events business, we’re delighted to have become members of the HBAA, the trade association for the hotel, booking agency, apartment and venue community. Our teams look forward to meeting other HBAA members, visiting their venues and sharing industry good practice. We look forward to welcoming you, your colleagues, clients, family and friends to our spaces. Our expert teams will help you deliver a showstopping event with theatrical flair. let’s start a conversation: call Judith 0121 689 3082 or Charlie 0121 689 3085 to discuss your next event or send an email to

our event was outstandingly successful, largely because of the calm efficiency and endless helpfulness of you and your colleagues. it's been a rewarding experience working with you.

Mary Trayner, Birmingham City university

Images by Vivienn Bailey Photography, Simon Hadley Photography, FiveSixPhotographey.

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thank you to all our individual donors, businesses, sponsors and grant-making trusts: without you hippodrome crEatiVE would not be possible. Hippodrome Circle Patrons Matthew & Jennie Hammond Mark Hopton • Maureen & Roy Kirby Chris & Jane Loughran

Headline Act Patrons

Leading Role Patrons

Teresa A Cook • Joseph Devlin The Dickens Foundation • Dr & Mrs Harrison Emma & Peter Neads • Mark & Amanda Smith Janette Rutter • Simon & Kath Winner

Mrs Jayne Cadbury • Jim & Birdie Ceaser • John & Heather Clemson • Roger & Jennifer Cox • Sara & Tim Fowler Averil Green • Claire & Mark Hales • Andy & Rebecca Hammond • Steve & Laura Kearney • Debbie & Mark Lilburne Michael & Cerys Luckman • Jeremy & Harjinder Millington • Tony & Julie Phillips • Paul Twose Stephen & Suzanne Whittern • David & Janine Young

Supporting Cast Patrons Christine Bachelor • Sheila Ballantyne-Smith • Simon Bashford • Bridget Blow • Simon & Amanda Boardman-Weston • Richard Burke • Andrew & Sarah Connors • Adrian Cox • John & Diana Crabtree June Lynda Cross J.P • Eileen Doyle • Patricia Edwards • Patricia & Ronald Etchells • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Mark Forty • Neil & Jackie Frettsome • Roger & Jennifer Gould • Jill & Jeremy Griffin Martin & Roni Guest • Ivan Heard • Dorothy Hobson • John Jeremy & Pamela Buckley • Rodney & Alyson Kettel • Martin & Joanne King • Andy Le Marr • Lynne Myers • Nathalie Neill Ralph & Linden Osborn • Win Palmer & Lola Ralph • Mrs Jill Parker • John & Jill Queenan • Mr & Mrs J Quinn • Claire Ralley • Dr & Mrs Reynolds • Don & Diane Scriven • Mary Shaw Rebecca Simkiss & Richard Guy • Dr N & Mrs C Speak • Christine Spittle • Gwen Stephens • Glynis Troth • Gillian Tune • Richard & Maggie Waller • Ray & Marilyn Way • Neil & Polly Wilson • Jane Woolrich

We acknowledge the generous support of peter tod and other anonymous individual donors.

Trusts & Foundations Aurelius Charitable Trust • Birmingham Bodenham Trust • Birmingham Common Good Trust • Bishop of Birmingham Charitable Trust • The Thousandth Man – Richard Burns Charitable Trust William A Cadbury Trust • Children and the Arts • George Henry Collins Trust • Baron Davenport’s Charity • The Dumbreck Charity • The Eveson Charitable Trust • The George Fentham Trust Marc Fitch Fund • The Grimmitt Trust • The Joseph Hopkins Charity • Limoges Charitable Trust • The Mackintosh Foundation • The Norton Foundation • Oakley Charitable Trust • The Patrick Trust Penny Trust • The Rowlands Trust • Henry James Sayer Charity • The Saintbury Trust • Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust • Edwin John Thompson Memorial Fund Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust • GJW Turner Trust • The WED Charitable Trust • Alan Woodfield Trust • Xoserve Foundation • The Grantham Yorke Trust

Development Partners

Performance Partners

an elite group recognising the importance of cultural life in the city.

twentyfirstcenturymediagroup Associate Partners

Good Company Club

influential names proud to demonstrate their csr credentials.

Like-minded business people who enjoy first class networking. Benussi & Co Clarendon Care Limited The Edgbaston Lorica Insurance Brokers Professional Polishing Services Ltd Squire Patton Boggs Shaylor Group

Hippodrome Leading Ladies Audley Retirement • AVA Events Styling • Vivienne Bailey Photography • Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership Barques PR • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust • Bridge Street Global Hospitality Calthorpe Estates • CRB Consulting Rooms • Cure Leukaemia • Digital Media & Videogames Consultant Elaine Elkington & Associates Ltd • FLR Group • Holiday Inn • HSBC • Hygenie Ltd • Mailbox Midlands Today Presenter • MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill • Park Regis Birmingham • Style Our Home

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Commercial Partners Las Iguanas • Artifax Software Ltd. • Christie & Co • Cross Country Trains • BDO LLP Birmingham • Faithful + Gould Babcock International • SLC Rail • Hoare Lea & Partners • Colliers International United Airlines • CastAlum Ltd. • Rees Bradley Hepburn • Willis Towers Watson PLC • University of Birmingham • Aon • Jordans Solicitors Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Registered Charity Number 510842

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Development Trust, Registered Charity No 511567

John Crabtree OBE Chair • Rod Dungate • Vidar Hjardeng MBE • Andy Hogarth • Glenn Howells Immy Kaur • Mick Laverty • Harj Millington • Gary Rowe • Prof David Roberts • Mark Smith Ann Tonks • Rt Revd David Urquhart Bishop of Birmingham

Martin Guest, Chair • Steve Clarke • John Crabtree OBE • John Driver • Nicola Fleet-Milne Andrew Hammond • Matthew Hansell • Dr Mahnaz Hashmi • Martin King • Amelia Ladbrook Michael Luckman • Joanne Malin • Ruth Pipkin • Claire Ralley

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Supporter Spotlight - Dec 2016  
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