In the hundred years the Bristol Hippodrome has been open, it has delighted and intrigued visitors with some of the best in travelling theatre and entertainment. It is considered one of the UK’s major venues for The Arts, notorious for exhibiting world-class musicals from Broadway and the West End, and bringing Bristolians a versatile programme of opera, ballet, pantomimes, comedy and more.
Its status as the Bristol West End is backed by the many shows it has received since opening in 1912. Matilda, Miss Saigon, Hairspray and Wicked have all toured at the Hippodrome; The Lion King kickstarted its regional tour at Bristol Hippodrome, and Mary Poppins and the English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker performed their world premieres at the venue. Bristol Hippodrome even has its own choir that supports its array of musicals.
Bristol Hippodrome was designed by Frank Matcham, a renowned theatrical architect of the late Victorian and Edwardian era. One of its special remaining features from Matcham is the dome located above the stalls, which can retract on clear evenings to reveal the night sky. It is believed to be the only operating dome in theatres across the UK. More contemporary embellishments include the Stairway of Stars, where visitors to Bristol Hippodrome can flaunt their names in the grand foyer for up to two years.
The theatre has weathered its fair share of disasters, having survived World War II but succumbing to a fire three years later. However, Bristol Hippodrome still retains its grand stature as a must visit attraction for theatre lovers.
Bristol Hippodrome has level access to the Box Office, and a separate Access Entrance off Denmark Street that provides level access to the Stalls. The Grand Circle and Upper Circle are not recommended for people with limited mobility. For more information about accessibility needs, contact Bristol Hippodrome's access line on 0800 912 6971.