Situated in Eastbourne town centre in the Devonshire area just off the seafront is the jewel that is the Royal Hippodrome Theatre. Since 1883 the theatre has been entertaining locals and visitors alike to a wide variety of shows and performances.
Eastbourne's Oldest Theatre
Situated close to Eastbourne Pier, the Royal Hippodrome is centrally located to town, and delivers a wide range of performances through the year. From National theatre production companies, through to incorporating local community groups and school performances, the Royal Hippodrome boasts a full calendar of events.
From comedy, to musicals, tribute bands to local music groups, and films for Children, the Royal Hippodrome truly has something for everyone.
Steeped in history
Locals certainly have a soft spot for the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, which is rich in local history. The building itself is a design marvel, having been granted the Royal Patent by the then Prince of Wales in 1883. The building was designed by the same architect of several London Theatres, including the famous Savoy Theatre.
With a theatre of this age, you won’t be surprised that you can experience the spookier side of its history through their Ghost Tours.
You can get involved!
If you are passionate about the Theatre, or local history there are a number of ways you can support the Theatre, which is a Community Interest Company. Whether you would like to volunteer your time as an usher, have a go with more technical back stage roles or become a sponsor – there is an opportunity to do so with the Royal Hippodrome Theatre. You can also become a Friend of the Royal Hippodrome Theatre