Birmingham Hippodrome has helped make and shape memorable theatre moments for generations of visitors.
Since our opening as the Tower of Varieties and Circus in 1899, we have had a fascinating history, with many changes to the building and the events taking place here over the years. From crocodile wrestling to The Lion King, there have been variety acts, circus and major touring musicals performed on our stage.
Hippodrome Heritage Website
The Hippodrome Heritage archive has been drawn from many sources including the theatre’s own collection, private individuals and early material held by The Library of Birmingham.
On the Birmingham Hippodrome Heritage website, you can explore a historic collection of memorabilia including programmes, photographs, tickets, newspaper articles and documents spanning the theatre’s vibrant past.
Travel along our timeline, find out about the changes to our building or search for your favourite show or star.