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JCA word from the Chair

Birmingham Hippodrome presents the very best in arts and entertainment with world class opera and ballet, popular musicals, international dance, comedy and drama - together with the best pantomime on the planet.
2012/13 was another successful year for the charity both artistically and financially. Our diverse programme has continued to engage both large numbers of newcomers and loyal, longstanding supporters, despite the ongoing fragility of the wider economy.

In many ways, the year was a very good example of the Birmingham Hippodrome model: an independent charity optimising commercial opportunities in order to support the broadening of the range of its activities, engaging with as many people as possible and investing in its future.

Highlights of the main stage programme, such as Oliver! which began the year and The Phantom of the Opera which closed it, were augmented by the presentation of the third International Dance Festival, with performances throughout the city and The Voyage, a large-scale outdoor theatre dance spectacular in the centre of Birmingham which opened the London 2012 festival.

A successful fundraising campaign brought the opportunity to renew the main stage during a short period of closure. Meticulous planning ensured this essential work was completed on time and within budget. An all-round success and a real team effort.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Stuart Griffiths, who this year celebrated a decade with the Hippodrome, the team has worked extremely hard to balance priorities and budgets across a wide range of activities. I would like to thank my fellow Trustees for their wise counsel, support and dedication and they join me in applauding the entire team at the Hippodrome for demonstrating how an arts organisation can operate successfully and sustainably.

JC Signature
John Crabtree OBE
Chair, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd
If you can assist us in any way to enable new generations to enjoy performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, please get in touch. There are opportunities for businesses, individuals and Trusts to play a part in securing the theatre’s future, and all expressions of interest are welcomed.
For more information please telephone Rob Macpherson, Marketing & Development Director, on 0121 689 3081 or email robmacpherson@birminghamhippodrome.com



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