Hippodrome’s spring season

Additional shows are regularly being added to the Darlington Hippodrome schedule, so to keep up to date visit the website and choose your own seats online.

  • For further information and to book contact the box office on 01325 405405.

Week-long shows

Who doesn’t love a classic who-dunnit – and there’s none finer that The Mousetrap (Monday 29 April to Saturday 4 May). The Mousetrap has kept audiences guessing for so long, becoming the longest-running show of any kind in the history of theatre. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there’s a murderer in their midst. This production stars Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools & Horses, EastEnders).

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat returns to Darlington (Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May). Joseph was the first of Lloyd Webber and Rice’s musicals to be performed publicly. Now seen by an estimated 26 million people, and counting, Joseph continues to enthral audiences around the world.

Looking a little further ahead, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is coming to Darlington (Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 September). Forget feel good, Buddy is a feel-great show! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Iowa.

 

Shorter-run shows

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac return on Tuesday 23 April to celebrate 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a special blues set paying tribute to the Peter Green era. On Wednesday 24 April the London Festival Opera presents A Celebration of Opera, a programme of passion, drama and humour with superb singing, elegant costumes and beautiful set with distinguished singers from the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne.

The all-singing, all-dancing comedy Menopause The Musical roars into Darlington from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 April. Starring Maureen Nolan, Cheryl Ferguson, Rebecca Wheatley and Hilary O’Neil, Menopause the Musical is packed full of one-liners and a pounding soundtrack of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

Musical theatre is celebrated with Stars of Les Miserables In Concert on Sunday 5 May. The Barricade Boys are back on the road with this five-star international tour. Join the greatest 60s party in town with Summer of Love on Tuesday 14 May including over 40 hits from one of music’s most influential eras. Another party night on Wednesday 15 May with Seven Drunken Nights – a celebration of Ireland’s favourite sons The Dubliners. A guaranteed evening of humour and craic. Comedy lovers can look forward to a night of Dave Spikey – Juggling on a Motorbike on Thursday 16 May. Dave looks back on his incredible journey from working-class lad to comedy performer, presenter and writer via Phoenix Nights and 8 out of 10 Cats.

For the younger theatre fans Zog will be an instant hit from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May. Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation which lifts the classic children’s book from the page to create a real and fantastical world on stage.

Music royalty will grace the Hippodrome stage on Sunday 26 May when Marty Wilde, Eden Kane, Mike Berry, Nancy Ann Lee and The Wildcats present Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm that shaped the style of music for a generation. On Tuesday 28 May, Steve Steinman brings his brand-new production – Anything For Love with special guest star Lorraine Crosby, the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s song I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That). Music of a softer nature can be enjoyed on Wednesday 29 May as Elkie Brooks comes to Darlington Hippodrome with her powerhouse blues vocals and trademark impossibly long notes. After a successful debut tour, Dear Zoo, the timeless children’s book, returns to the stage and is dropping in to Darlington on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May.

Star of Ab Fab The Movie and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist La Voix presents her unique style of entertainment on Tuesday 18 June. Expect immaculate impressions and amazing vocals – a feat for the senses, an evening of frills, frocks and fun. Those Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians are back with Horrible Histories from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 June. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. Michael, Starring Ben is a jaw-dropping and magical tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson with the amazing Ben Bowman on Monday 8 July. For an evening of pure entertainment, fun and feathers then look no further than The Ladyboys of Bangkok on Friday 6 September. Now seen by over 3 million people it’s cheekier, funnier and as spectacular as ever.

For fans of The Who, Tommy – The Album Live sees a return of the band The Goldhawks with another amazing live performance of a classic studio album on Saturday 7 September. The Aretha Franklin Songbook: Respect is an amazing live concert that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul on Monday 23 September while on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September In The Night Garden Live is a brand-new stage show. Lasting just under an hour this is a perfect introduction to theatre for younger audiences featuring all their favourite characters from the TV show.

 

At the Hullabaloo

Author and broadcaster Tim Marshall will be giving a talk about his new book Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls on Monday 25 February. One of the most enduring TV classics is celebrated in a new stage production Dad’s Army Radio Play. Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of three classic radio episodes on Thursday 28 February. Where There’s Muck There’s Bras is performed by stand-up poet Kate Fox on Friday 1 March, a comical and thought-provoking show about northern women. A comedy fest is on the cards on Saturday 20 April featuring BBC’s Angelos Epithemiou and Channel 4’s Barry from Watford with a guest appearance from double act Barney Fishwick and Will Hislop. Duos come and duos go and some nurture and fine tune their art. Husband and wife team Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman bring their own folk-based music to The Hullabaloo on Tuesday 30 April. Armed with his usual swagger and playful sense of mischief, join Tom Stade on Friday 3 May.