Take your seat in our much loved theatre and help support our transformational work with Hippodrome Projects.
Naming a seat couldn’t be easier and it is one of the best ways you can donate to help support the theatre and our charitable work.
What story will your seat tell?
From remembering a loved one to commemorating a special occasion, naming a seat makes a perfect surprise gift!
- Name a seat for just £250*
- Personalise your plaque with an inscription of up to 10 words
- The seat will be yours for at least 10 years
- You can visit your seat plaque for a photo opportunity and receive a commemorative certificate
We love hearing all the special stories that often surround the naming of a seat, so do pick up the phone to discuss your seat with our Fundraising Team.
What’s more, you can spread the cost over 10 direct debit installments and gift aid your donation to maximise your support.
Alternately, please complete the Name a Seat form and return it to us Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB and we’ll be in touch. *Seat selection is subject to availability.
Read on to hear about some recent seat naming stories!
Name a Seat Stories
Jenny and her granddaughter Natalie visited the theatre recently to name a second plaque at the very top of the circle.
Jenny used to visit the theatre with her parents as a child and sadly they have now both passed away. Jenny named a seat after her mother a few years ago and now a plaque for her father sits by its side. Jenny joked they chose the rear circle as they always sat in the ‘cheap seats’ when she was a little girl.
‘I would like to say you made the seat naming experience very meaningful for my granddaughter and myself. It means so much to our family that Granddad is still with us on our theatre visits! We have already had a family outing to see Mamma Mia and sat in ‘our seats’. Thank you for making the whole thing so easy and pleasurable.’
Jaide's Stage Studios: Local Dance School Make Their Mark
Students at Jaide’s Stage Studios danced down the aisles to visit a seat named in honour of the 15th anniversary of the performing arts school.
The Rugby-based school have enjoyed many visits to the Hippodrome and a number of the young dancers take part in the holiday workshops run by our Creative Learning team.
Students surprised principal Jaide Ellery-Martin with an engraved plaque, which will now appear on their chosen seat in our historical auditorium for a decade.
Jaide said: “I can’t believe what the students organised for me and I was completely overwhelmed and very emotional when the plaque was presented to me on the last night of my show. ”
Robin Haselgrove: A Retirement Gift
Robin was presented with a named seat as part of his retirement as Headteacher at Chad Vale Primary School.
Robin’s seat message contains his mantra of ‘Bottom, Chair, Connect!’, which may raise a wry smile from all teachers who have encouraged students not to rock on their chairs over the years! To celebrate, Robin visited the theatre to see his seat and join our meet and greet with the pantomime cast.
Andy Harper: A decade of volunteering
Hippodrome Volunteer Andy Harper celebrated 10 years supporting the theatre recently, and as a special birthday gift his wife Bridget surprised him with a seat. Andy began volunteering in 2004 and since then has been providing excellent customer service Front of House every Friday night.
Andy’s seat inscription reads: “Andy Harper, Hippodrome Volunteer, Celebrating His Love Of Musical Theatre”. On visiting the auditorium for a quick picture, Andy regaled us with his experiences of volunteering over the past decade and shared his passion for customer service.
Bridget joked that she’ll be watching shows in style from now on in Andy’s seat, whilst he works his volunteering shifts!