The Royal Hippodrome will open its doors on May 27 for a three night run of ’There’s No Business Like Show Business’.

It is a celebration of all things theatrical and a whistle-stop tour of musical genres through the years.

There is comedy, exciting dance routines, foot-tapping standards from the worlds of musical theatre and popular music and of course a moving ballad or two.

Our cast of local professional singers and dancers – led by our marvellous comedy host Grant Martins – will treat you to a night of pure unadulterated escapism that will lift your spirits and get you singing and dancing along.

Including classics such as ‘ `It Takes Two’, ‘Me and My Shadow’, ‘The Rose’, Lambeth Walk’, ‘From Russia With Love’ and ‘I Write The Songs’, it is sure to be a fabulously entertaining evening out.

Come and help us celebrate and commemorate the re-opening of live theatre at The Royal Hippodrome………so,’ let’s go on with the show ’!

The show is fully socially distanced for the audience. Numbers have been re-set to ensure social distancing is in place and Lateral Flow Testing is being carried out prior to every rehearsal and will also be in place for all staff, volunteers and performers before each live show.

Following the 3 night run of this one act version of ‘There’s No Business Like Showbusiness’, the production will be re vamped and lengthened before returning to the stage in July every Wednesday evening.

The Royal Hippodrome – Keeping the Arts Alive Through A Pandemic

The Royal Hippodrome Theatre has been open since 1883, making it the oldest theatre in Eastbourne. The venue has had many famous faces gracing the stage over the years and has gone through many changes and reincarnations. In the past 8 years, local couple Debbie and Alex Adams have been producing the Summer Season show and in 2018 took over the running of the theatre from the previous CIC. Since then the Hippodrome has gone from strength to strength, with patrons enjoying the homely, welcoming feel and the fantastic standard and variety of productions that the theatre offers.

Alex and Debbie Adams had invested £500,000 into the renovation and re modelling of the Foyer and with work progressing in the backstage and other front of house areas, as well as a full technical upgrade, the Hippodrome was well and truly on its way to becoming one of the best entertainment venues in the town, when the pandemic hit.

Live Theatre and the Arts in general have been massively effected by the Lockdowns over the past year and for many the situation has been precarious and has led to a number of smaller community theatres closing around the country. The Hippodrome has been lucky enough to receive £280,000 from Arts Council England, under their Culture Recovery Grant scheme.

This has enabled us to continue with our proposed work to future proof the venue, ensuring sustainability for the business for years to come. Our lovely staff have all been furloughed but the grant has enabled us to have our key management team back in the building working for some of the time.

Front of House is mainly staffed by Volunteers – who are without doubt one of the reasons that audience members feel so warmly welcomed. Their contribution to the Theatre is huge and we are delighted that we will be able to have them back on board from the end of May. With the vaccine roll out and Lateral Flow Testing for everyone working in the building in place, it will be a positive step forward for us all.

The grant has been used to carry out essential work on the building to make it completely COVID secure and has given us the opportunity to undertake essential maintenance works and to complete parts of the renovation of the building that require finishing before we can open to the public.

The Royal Hippodrome is set to open its doors on May 27th with an in-house variety show, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business”, produced, directed and choreographed by Alex and Debbie. It is the start of a new era for the Theatre, with a full schedule of shows starting from early June.

Highlights for the coming year include, Joel Dommett, Jim Davidson, Wet Wet Wet, Paul Potts, Stars from The Commitments, The Opera Boys, BGT winner Jon Courtney and the amazing runners up from the same series on tour for the first time ‘Sign Along With Us’.

Brilliant tributes from ‘The Upbeat Beatles’, ‘The Meatloaf Song Book’, ‘The George Michael Story’, ‘The Who Tribute’, ‘Abba Gold’ and ‘Luther’, to name a few.

And for the children, ‘Mr Stink’, ‘Pop Divas’, ‘Woman Like Me – The Little Mix Show’ and we are delighted to be co-producing our first Christmas Pantomime – ‘Cinderella’ which will run from December 13th – January 2nd, with school performances during the first week and an adults only performance on December 21st AND a special visit from Father Christmas to his Grotto on some days!!

We cannot wait to bring Live Entertainment back to The Royal Hippodrome.