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Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Overview

The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors on 16 December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.

It is a superb example of the grand architecture of the late Victorian era and is one of the masterpieces of design by Frank Matcham, the most eminent theatre architect of his time.

One of Matcham’s spectacular features included the provision of a huge water tank constructed in front of the stage, which could be filled within one minute by 100,000 gallons of water, allowing the theatre to combine three forms of entertainment – stage, circus and aquatic. To protect the orchestra and those sitting in the front Stalls from the heavy spray which resulted from some of those effects, an enormous glass screen could be raised by the single movement of a lever.

A unique feature within the theatre, which unlike the water tank still survives today, is the dome in the roof above the stalls, which can be opened to reveal the sky above. Now that the auditorium is air-cooled the dome is rarely used, but many audiences have marvelled at this event during intervals and still request its opening, which to our knowledge is the only operating dome still functioning this way in the UK.

Towards the beginning of the century, the theatre staged a variety of acts as a Music Hall. Since then, and due to the fact that it has one of the largest theatre stages in Britain, The Bristol Hippodrome has established itself on the touring circuit for all major musical productions, thus becoming known as Bristol’s West End Theatre.

Fire! Fire!

Having survived the war unscathed during which time the theatre contributed enormously to the morale of Bristolians with a continuous run of first-rate entertainment, it was a tragic irony when, less than three years after the war ended, a disastrous fire broke out and almost destroyed it in 1948.

The annual pantomime was Babes in the Wood and at approximately 1pm on 16 February, fire broke out backstage and within minutes had spread from the flies and enveloped the stage. Thirty-foot high flames gutted the entire rear portion of the theatre, but the auditorium and roof were saved after a frantic battle by the Fire Brigade. The conflagration was halted, almost miraculously it seemed, at the orchestra pit and the damage sustained in the auditorium was caused chiefly by smoke and water.

No definite cause of the fire was established and the investigation committee concluded that the most likely cause was a cigarette or match carelessly discarded by some unknown person immediately before leaving the theatre. After a major rebuild/refurbishment period, the theatre reopened on 24 December with Cinderella and Ted Ray, to rapturous applause.

Sensational Shows

The theatre has diversified over the years to encapsulate the full spectrum of live theatrical entertainment. From top West End shows Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing and Legally Blonde, to name more than a few, through to regular visits from the best in Opera and Ballet, Comedy, Childrens’ Shows, Concerts and even the Circus! They have all thrilled audiences over the years and continue to do so today so get your theatre tickets right here from ATG Tickets!

Sat 23
Jun 2018
Miss Saigon
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 25 - Sat 30
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
Flashdance
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 28 - Sat 30
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
Dinosaur World Live
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 01
Jul 2018
That'll Be the Day
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 02
Jul 2018
David Baddiel - My Family: Not The Sitcom
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Wed 04 - Sat 07
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
Birmingham Royal Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardee
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 06
Jul 2018
Birmingham Royal Ballet La Fille Mal Gardee Pre Performance Talk
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Fri 06 - Sat 01
Jul 2018   Dec 2018
Murder Mystery Supper
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Sun 08
Jul 2018
Jason Manford - Muddle Class
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 09 - Sat 14
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
Thriller Live
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sat 14 - Sat 01
Jul 2018   Sep 2018
Theatre Tour
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Sun 15
Jul 2018
Kevin & Karen
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 16 - Sat 21
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
The Play That Goes Wrong
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 23 - Sat 28
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
This Is Elvis
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 30 - Sat 04
Jul 2018   Aug 2018
An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 05
Aug 2018
The Dreamboys
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Wed 08 - Sun 19
Aug 2018   Aug 2018
Shrek the Musical
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 21
Aug 2018
Motown's Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 23 - Sat 25
Aug 2018   Aug 2018
Kevin Bridges - The Brand New Tour
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 30 - Fri 31
Aug 2018   Aug 2018
Michael McIntyre - Work in Progress
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sat 01
Sep 2018
The Carpenters Story
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 02
Sep 2018
The ELO Experience
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 10
Sep 2018
Jurassic Park in Concert
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Wed 12 - Thu 13
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
Teletubbies Live
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 14
Sep 2018
Paul Smith - Hiya Mate
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sat 15
Sep 2018
Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 18 - Sat 22
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
BLOC Productions Presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 23
Sep 2018
The Illegal Eagles
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 24
Sep 2018
Dave Gorman - With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 25
Sep 2018
Some Guys Have All the Luck - The Rod Stewart Story
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 28 - Sat 29
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
Dara O Briain - Voice of Reason
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 02 - Sat 06
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
Saturday Night Fever
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 09 - Sat 13
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
Madagascar The Musical
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 14
Oct 2018
Whitney - Queen of the Night
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 15
Oct 2018
Rip It Up
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 16
Oct 2018
Ross Noble - El Hablador
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 18
Oct 2018
Joanna Lumley
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 19
Oct 2018
Jon Ronson's Psychopath Night
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sat 20
Oct 2018
Dylan Moran
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 21
Oct 2018
Level 42 - Eternity
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 22
Oct 2018
Van Morrison
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 23
Oct 2018
Kacey Musgraves
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 25 - Sat 27
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
La Traviata (Pre Performance Talk) WNO
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Thu 25 - Sat 27
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
WNO - La traviata
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 26
Oct 2018
La Cenerentola (Pre Performance Talk) WNO
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Fri 26
Oct 2018
WNO - La Cenerentola
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 30 - Sat 17
Oct 2018   Nov 2018
Jersey Boys
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 19 - Sat 24
Nov 2018   Nov 2018
Benidorm
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 25
Nov 2018
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 27 - Sat 01
Nov 2018   Dec 2018
English National Ballet - Derek Deane's Swan Lake
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sat 08 - Sun 06
Dec 2018   Jan 2019
Cinderella
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 10 - Sat 02
Jan 2019   Feb 2019
Motown The Musical
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 05
Feb 2019
Dave Gorman - With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 07
Feb 2019
Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Giselle
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 08
Feb 2019
Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Nutcracker
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sat 09
Feb 2019
Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Swan Lake
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 12 - Sat 16
Feb 2019   Feb 2019
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Wed 20 - Sat 23
Feb 2019   Feb 2019
Tom Gates Live on Stage!
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 25 - Sat 09
Feb 2019   Mar 2019
Kinky Boots
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 12 - Sat 16
Mar 2019   Mar 2019
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 19 - Sat 23
Mar 2019   Mar 2019
Annie
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 26 - Sat 06
Mar 2019   Apr 2019
The Bodyguard
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 08
Apr 2019
Mike and the Mechanics
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Wed 10
Apr 2019
Un Ballo In Maschera (Pre Performance Talk) WNO
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Wed 10
Apr 2019
WNO - Un Ballo in Maschera
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Thu 11
Apr 2019
The Magic Flute (Pre Performance Talk) WNO
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Thu 11 - Sat 13
Apr 2019   Apr 2019
WNO - The Magic Flute
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Fri 12
Apr 2019
Roberto Devereux (Pre Performance Talk) WNO
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Fri 12
Apr 2019
WNO - Roberto Devereux
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Sun 14
Apr 2019
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 16 - Sat 20
Apr 2019   Apr 2019
Rock of Ages
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Tue 07 - Sat 08
May 2019   Jun 2019
Matilda The Musical
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

Mon 10 - Sat 15
Jun 2019   Jun 2019
Fame the Musical
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol