Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol

Steeped in history and packed with West End tours and local community displays, the Bristol Hippodrome is ideal for theatre buffs and newbies alike.

The theatre

Since opening its doors in December 1912, this magnificent building in the city centre has hosted British premieres like Guys and Dolls (back in 1953) and the first showing anywhere of the spectacular Mary Poppins show in 2004.

It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, which is pretty impressive when you realise that along the way it has survived World War II bombing raids, a fire and the odd bit of heckling. Cast your eyes upwards during the interval and you’ll see the dome in the roof, which can be opened up to the fresh air at the flick of a lever, believed to be the only retractable roof of its kind in any theatre.

Accessible features

Birmingham Hippodrome regularly puts on captioned, sign-interpreted and audio-described performances, as well as touch tours and a relaxed performance of their annual pantomime. 

Assistance dogs are welcome to enjoy the shows in the auditorium but staff are more than happy to look after them during the performance if you prefer. 

You're more than welcome to pay a visit to the Hippodrome in advance for a snoop around to make sure the theatre meets your needs. Visual story and large print listings are also available to help you enjoy your theatre experience. 

Blue Badge street parking is only a stone's throw away too, on the streets surrounding the venue. 

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Two women watch a performance from the box at the Bristol Hippodrome© VisitEngland/Destination Bristol

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