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Birmingham Hippodrome is committed to forging relationships with secondary schools and colleges in the West Midlands and surrounding areas and developing the next generation of artists and audiences.

Because of this, we positively encourage schools/colleges and young people to develop an appreciation and understanding of theatre. This can be through a wide range of workshops and projects, led by our visiting companies or skilled freelance practioners.

These projects draw on our diverse and eclectic theatre programme offering West End musicals, International dance, classical ballet and world class opera and include in-school workshops, backstage tours and theatre visits. By enhancing students enjoyment of all performances and appreciation for the performer, we hope to develop a greater awareness of theatre and their role as an audience member.

As a theatre, we consider ourselves to be a total and complete resource for schools, offering workshops over a comprehensive subject area including such curriculum areas as Dance, Drama, English, Travel and Tourism and Business Studies at all levels including: GCSE, ‘A/S’ & ‘A’ level and BTEC diploma courses.

"The workshop encouraged pupil participation, pupils enjoyed the experience. They leant about different styles of dance and performance. They also came out of their comfort zone a little" Teacher Archbishop Isley

For more info please contact Liz Leck Education & Audience Development Manager
on 0121 689 3064 or email



Teachers! Feel the need for inspiration? ...a little isolated? ...at the end of your creative tether?
We offer regular networking events for teachers to meet local colleagues, catch up on what is happening in other schools and pool ideas in an informal and open forum, with a creative input from Birmingham Hippodrome’s Education Department and a variety of arts practitioners.

The sessions run late afternoon on weekdays and are open to teachers from primary, secondary and special schools.  You will also be given the opportunity to stay and watch that evening’s production at a discounted price whenever possible.

Next meeting: Wednesday 8 October  4.30-6pm

Special Guest - Christine Bland

Christine Bland has been a Primary School teacher in Birmingham for over 30 years. She was head of KS2 and Literacy in her last school and left to join the Birmingham Advisory Service as a Literacy Consultant. More recently she has set up her own independent consultancy business supporting schools in and around Birmingham. When not working she is an enthusiastic member of Hall Geen Little Theatre both acting and directing. Working with the Hippodrome's Creative Learning Department enables her to bring together two of her greatest passions, Literacy and Theatre.


Please call Rachel Sharpe on 0121 689 3192 or Liz Leck on 0121 689 3064 or email education@birminghamhippodrome.com to book your place. 


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Comments on backstage tour from students at Queen Alexandra College (a national college for students with visual impairment and other disabilities):

"I really enjoyed the trip this morning. The best parts for me were going onto the stage, going in the dressing room and just looking around the Hippodrome. Thank you for showing us around." - Gurpreet


"Thank you for welcoming us to the Hippodrome and for showing us how the sound and lights work backstage. Thank you also for showing us some of the props and dressing rooms. I couldn’t imagine how actors cope with everyone looking at them, so many faces. I might decide to do that one day." - Billal


“Today we went to the Birmingham Hippodrome for an educational trip . I did enjoy the experience because it was interesting to learn different things on and off stage.”  - Becky

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