Eastbourne Theatre changes hands

Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne

Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s oldest theatre, The Royal Hippodrome, has been taken over by new management.

Hippodrome EastbourneRHT Management aim to run the the 130-year-old theatre, which is located in the Devonshire West Ward, a ward recently awarded £1million over the next 10 years as part of the National Lottery’s Big Local initiative, as a community venture, mixing professional theatre with the needs of the local community.

As part of this community initiative, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association (EHA) will relocate its offices to the theatre and operate a new part-time tourist accommodation centre (TIC), giving the building an ‘always open’ feel, something which it has recently lacked.

The Dance Studio at the theatre is being refurbished along with other small areas of the theatre and for 2013, RHT Management have announced a large programme of events including this year’s variety show which starts on April 30 and plays every Tuesday and Wednesday night until October, and there will be a 130th anniversary season of one night specials kicking off on Saturday, May 4. The theatre will be also hosting its first ever summer school.

Cllr Carolyn Heaps, Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism & Leisure, said “Our priority is to ensure that the extraordinary heritage of the Royal Hippodrome Theatre lives on through a new, dynamic and viable management structure”.

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