i went to see Les Mis 8th April fabby show
laughed and cried so powerful Great show
36 reviews of Birmingham Hippodrome in English
Visit London theatres a lot and this puts most of them to shame for seating quality and sound etc.
Great online booking as can choose your own seat.
Only ever sat in stalls so unsure what the rest is like, however my sister just saw Phantom in the circle and said it was a good seat.
Good bars and restaurants around it too.
So sad when she wakes up and finds her Romeo dead - the whole experience churns the emotions - exciting sets, powerful enveloping music, beautiful choreography and perfect performances.
This is all brought together within the traditionally ornate theatre interior, drawn in by the cool and engaging modern frontage, entrance and open plan lounge floors.
People from all walks - packed house on the night - embracing and losing themselves in the flowing plots of the modern take of Romeo & Juliet, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Excellent venue - superb shows - highly recommended
One of Birmingham's best loved music, concert and theatre venues, the Birmingham Hippodrome is THE place to go see all the Broadway and London shows in Brummy Town.
It's really a nice little venue, all things told, tucked away behind Broad and New Streets, and not in a typical horrific theatre district. Some complain it's hard to find, but with sat nav, it's easy peasy, plus you don't have to deal with typical Broadway and and West End crowds, neighbourhoods and buskers.
There is a charming cafe just opposite should you want more than the typical intermission fare.
The Hippodrome itself is spacious, seating a good amount of folks. Unfortunately, like most theatres, its seats in anywhere but the front circle are not gifted in the legroom department, leaving my 6'5" husband with his knees round his ears, but it's a minor complaint!
The decor is typical of a theatre, minimalist use of wood and drop hangings in the outer area, red plus baroque doings in the theatre itself.
The seats are pretty good anywhere in the house, and ticket prices are not exhorbitant.
What I like about the Hippodrome is that you can become a "Hippodrome Friend" for a very modest fee (think National Trust membership), and get early notices of upcoming shows, best choice of seats and discounted food.
There are two restaurants, neither of which I've eaten in, but have perused the menus of both -- one is a fine dining experience (think two AA rosettes), and the other a bar/brasierre/cafe.
There are two bars on each level, with the usual bottles of beers and wines and a few spirits, and non-alcoholic things. There are some packaged sandwiches/nuts/muffins and so on, as expected.
Though as an American I'm horrified and bored stiff by Pantomime, the Hippodrome's makes a big thing about having the world's largest Pantomime. I tend to be more interested in the excellent ballet, opera and theatre here!
The Hippodrome really is a lovely place, and if you're from anywhere near the Midlands, may I suggest waiting until your favourite cast from NYC or London goes touring and paying significantly less for a less crowded experience at The Hippodrome?
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satnav, 9 April 2010:
i went to see Les Mis 8th April fabby show
22 feb very last minute single ticket to 'calendar girls' about 11 rows from the front laughed and clapped and cried was brilliant show theatre is good seats were comfortable great nite great cast am returning satnav
The birmingham hippodrome has a good location in the centre of birmingam. There is a large car park near by and it is a 10 minute walk from the train station.
It has lots of different shows throughout the year and some are spectacular. The building and amenities are good and the staff are very helpful.
I have recently gone to see Robin Hood the panto with my son, it was truly spectacular, a contemporary take on a golden oldie, and don’t say a bit like myself!!!
I would have no hesitation in recommending not just the panto, but of course the venue of which is mainly due to the helpful staff.
The only reason I have evaded to give five stars is simply due to the cost for a family when purchasing food / snacks and drinks, quite expensive so perhaps eat before you go.
I have been here quite a few times as a child for pantomimes. I saw Cinderella with Brian Conolly; it was brilliant. The theatre is massive, the seats are quite comfy they have binoculars in the back ofthe seats so if you are unfortunate enough not to get front seats then you wont miss what is going on.
Went to see Robin Hood with John Barrowman a week ago. Lovely theatre with a good stageview, even at the first row. A bit cramped for the tall people (i had to give way to the Sheriff of Nottingham if he wanted to leave the stage to go in the audience). They could do with a little more bar staff before the show (two staffmembers was way too little), but the interior of the Hippodrome makes up for it.
The Hippodrome site became the Hippodrome in October 1903 after being called the Tivoli in 1900. The capacity of the Hippodrome can hold up to 1,935 seats at one time.
The theatre is located on Hurst Street in Birmingham, it is situated within the Chinese Quarter.
The theatre hosts a vast variety of plays and performances. Including ballet, pantomime, touring West End shows and opera. During the summer you can expect a performance from a major West End touring show. Previous performances have been Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Starlight Express and Mary Poppins.
Inside the Hippodrome there is an in-house bar and restaurant. There is also a place where you can purchase snacks. The venue is air conditioned.
If you have an opportunity to go and see a performance at this venue you will not be disappointed.
Here at Birmingham Hippodrome, we try our best to secure the finest shows from around the world. Our intention is to offer something for everybody, at the highest artistic quality.
So whether you're looking for world-class ballet and opera, the most popular West End and Broadway musicals, something new and exciting from the dance world, the biggest Panto in the world, or household name comedians - you'll find it all here, under one roof.
We're a registered charity and receive no public subsidy, so it's important we ensure you have a great time and want to come back with friends and family. All our front of house services, our bars and restaurants, our box office, is all managed internally so we can give you the best service.
We hope you will regard your vsiit here as excellent value for money. Most top shows are expensive, and tickets can be expensive. We usually offer good concession rates, discounts for groups, and generous savings for our Friends Club.
We hope you will visit us soon and enjoy a performance her with us.
The Hippodrome is a great venue in the centre of Birmingham. It is very central so parking and access is usually pretty good. The seats are very comfortable and quite spacious with lots of leg room. Foyer and box office areas are well organised and drinks prices are not too bad. They get some really good touring shows here and always put on one of the best pantos in the country - it sells out really early! It is a beautiful, classic theatre with a lovely decoration style (looks like a proper old theatre!). As usual though you will have to queue for the loo!!
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