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A Cultural Enterprise

The UK’s most popular theatre is at the top of its game. Birmingham Hippodrome has been the UK’s most popular theatre for over 100 years. From musicals to ballet, from opera to pantomime, the best shows and companies in the world have always graced our stage. From music hall to lyric theatre, we’ve thrived by changing with the times. Now, more than ever, we have new ambitions. We aspire to be more than simply a theatre and to extend our reach well beyond the stage. Birmingham is enjoying a transformation into a city of truly international standing and those responsible for the city’s development recognise the value of culture in shaping a global city.

As the city prepares for the next twenty years, we have a big vision too. We want to offer much more and this Prospectus sets out new ambitions built on our long history, traditions and values. We look forward to working with you to develop Birmingham Hippodrome’s contribution to the continuing renaissance of our remarkable city.

Our Vision Birmingham Hippodrome will become an internationally recognised Cultural Enterprise.


Working with our long-standing


As a key anchor of the city


We want to expand our physical

resident partners, Birmingham

centre’s southern expansion in a

and creative capacity to produce

Royal Ballet and DanceXchange,

regenerated Southside, we want

new performances and new

we will establish an International

to attract more visitors more often,

experiences both for entertainment

Centre of Dance as a potent force

to linger, discover and explore.

and education...

for creativity and well-being across

More reasons to visit, more things

the generations...

to see and do...

Aims & Values n

To attract the largest and most diverse audience in British theatre.


To provide a performance programme of the highest quality, featuring the finest UK and international companies and productions.


To take appropriate risks to promote artistic development and attract new, young and diverse audiences.


To intensify our commitment to education by offering more creative experiences to more people.


To provide exemplary service to all our customers.


To build sufficient reserves to maintain our assets and to invest in future expansion and development.


To play a leading role in developing and promoting Birmingham’s creative and cultural sectors.


To ensure our business practices are sustainable and efficient, to minimise environmental impact.



To utilise the widest range of skills and talents in employment and governance, ensuring access for all regardless of ability, status or origin.

To maintain our independence and achieve our charitable objects by operating in the public interest but without public subsidy.

Birmingham Hippodrome strives to be world class in every respect.

Can you play a supporting role? If you share our passion for performance and want to help shape and realise our vision, please talk to us.

Our vision is about more than just maintaining and developing a successful theatre. Birmingham Hippodrome wants a wider role in the continuing economic renaissance of Birmingham, making culture more accessible to more people. To be even more successful in the future, we will need new partnerships, new ideas and new investment.

John Crabtree OBE, Chair Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive

0121 689 3041

Trustees John Crabtree OBE (Chair) Paul Bassi Anita Bhalla OBE Bridget Blow Ronnie Bowker Rod Dungate Hon. Alderman David Roy Ian Squires Steve Wellings Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Development Trust Registered Charity No. 511567

Trustees Mark Smith (Chair) Fiona Alexander John Crabtree OBE Stuart Flint Jayne Herritty Michael Kuo Jeremy Millington Kathrine Ohm Thomas David Richardson Ruth Ward Special Adviser Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt.

Photos: Neil Pugh, Stewart Helmley, Bill Cooper, Brian Tarr, Brian Slater, Paul Kolnic, Alastair Muir

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Registered Charity No. 510842

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited Hurst Street Birmingham B5 4TB Telephone: 0844 338 5010 Registered No. 1446309 England Registered Charity No. 510842 Project Management: Creative: Š Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, 2009

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Birmingham Hippodrome Prospectus 2009 - 2012  

Birmingham Hippodrome has been the UK’s most popular theatre for over 100 years. This Prospectus sets out the theatre's new ambitions built...

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