Your Theatre, Your Legacy
Leaving a gift in your Will to Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust (Charity No. 510842)
Thank you for considering leaving a personal and lasting gift to Birmingham Hippodrome. Since 1899 we have been at the beating heart of Birmingham, bringing the joy of live performance to generations of people just like you. As a longstanding arts charity, you can be confident in our promise that we will continue to offer world class entertainment, awe-inspiring arts commissions and education opportunities for decades to come.
Making a legacy gift is something anyone can do. We understand that a Will is a very special promise you make to those you love and that your family will come first. Beyond this, it can make a lasting difference to the charitable causes that you care passionately about.
Your gift is your choice. And it really doesn’t have to be large to make a difference. Any amount you leave to Birmingham Hippodrome can play a big part in the future of the theatre and our charitable work. With your support, you’ll help to power unforgettable performance for years to come.
If coming to the Hippodrome has been part of your family traditions, a gift in your Will could be the best way to remember and support us, and pass on your love of this very special venue. Read the tabs below for further information, and to complete a Legacy-Pledge-Form
You can also take advantage of our Free Wills Scheme with Wills & Legal Services to draft your will, in return for a small donation.
Birmingham Hippodrome has been part of the fabric of Birmingham and the West Midlands for decades. A shared love for live performance has made us a cultural hub for countless families in making memories that last a lifetime.
Will you help make this magic continue?
1899…. James and Henry Draysey build a theatre on Hurst Street …. there were concerts, theatre and animal entertainment!
1910… Charlie Chaplin performs live on stage
1937… Birmingham Hippodrome stages its first full length musical ‘Me and My Girl’
1940…. We remain open despite many WW2 air-raids, with live entertainment helping raise people’s sprits.
1953 .. Frank Sinatra performs as part of a national tour
1979… Birmingham Hippodrome is saved from potential closure, with Birmingham City Council leasing the venue to a newly formed charity, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust
1980’s… a £2million redevelopment and expansion programme took place
1994… Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber took up residence with ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ starring Phillip Schofield, and broke box office records.
2001 … The theatre reopened its doors following a 2 year £35 million redevelopment. Improvements included a new studio theatre, dressing rooms and improved disabled access.
2016…. We continue to welcome over ½ million audiences each year, the highest annual attendance of any single theatre in the UK. Hippodrome CREATIVE reaches a further 100,000 people each year with outdoor arts festivals and creative learning opportunities
2026… Over the next 10 years, we want to expand our reach to create One Million Hippodrome Moments, reaching many more people with inspirational arts experiences. Our ambition will see us grow our artistic commissioning programme, expand and develop our creative education programme and put in place capital development plans to sustain our building for the next generation of visitors.
Will you help pave the way for the next generation of theatre lovers?
How Your Gift Will Help
With a history of nearly 120 years, you can give you gift with confidence. Our promise to you is to make sure your gift will be in safe hands, and spent wisely where it is needed most. Your gift will benefit one of the following areas:
One Million Moments … Reaching people of all ages and backgrounds through our theatre and creative learning programmes, ensuring the arts is made accessible to all
Artistic Investment… Inspiring audiences with electrifying productions and the best possible artistic commissions, reaching new audiences
Bricks & Mortar…. protecting and preserving our historic auditorium and investing in future capital developments to benefit all visitors and theatre audiences.
If you prefer, you can request for your gift to be dedicated to one of these areas.
With your support, we can confidently plan for the future and our ambitions to deliver One Million Hippodrome Moments – 500,000 each year through live theatre experiences and 500,000 through our creative learning programme and arts experiences in local communities.
How to leave us a gift in your Will
Your Gift – you will need to specify how you wish to make your legacy gift in your will.
Residuary Legacy – this is a share of your estate once all other payments have been made. It will not lose its value over time.
Pecuniary Legacy – you may prefer to leave us a fixed amount of money. The value of this type of legacy may decrease over time, even as the cost of living increases
Legacies to charities are exempt from inheritance tax, ensuring the total amount of your gift will directly benefit Birmingham Hippodrome as a charity.
Legal advice – we would strongly advise you to seek the advice and services of a professional solicitor to make your Will. If you have already made a Will but would like to leave a gift to us, you can do this by drawing up a simple change to your will via a codicil agreement with your solicitor.
You will need the following information for your gift: Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Charity No 510842
” We have put Birmingham Hippodrome in our Will because we feel that it’s such an important part of our lives and our personal story. I saw my first show outside the West End at the Hippodrome just after it re-opened and I realised that I didn’t have to work in London to work for a world class arts organisation.
So I left the USA with the idea that I could work at the Hippodrome. I started as a volunteer, then became a Casual Customer Service Assistant. I left that role and worked at a few other arts organisations before I came back to the Hippodrome as a Manager of a Department. I left after 5 years to start a family with my husband. I miss it but I am still a part of it.
It’s the place we took my mother to so she could see her first pantomime and one of the last shows before she passed away. It’s the first place we took our son to so he could experience live theatre for the first time and he loved it.
When I eventually pass away I would want to feel that I have made a contribution to the theatre that makes it possible for someone else to enjoy it as much as we have!!”
Paul, Legacy Pledger