Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the UK’s busiest and most vibrant theatres welcoming over 500,000 visitors every year to see world-class musicals, ballet, opera, contemporary dance, comedy and pantomime. It engages many more through its ambitious programme of festivals, community work and transformational learning projects.

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Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the UK’s busiest and most vibrant theatres welcoming over 500,000 visitors every year to see world-class musicals, ballet, opera, contemporary dance, comedy and pantomime. In 2019, it celebrated its 120th year.

As an organisation, it is a cultural centre and large receiving house, but they engage many more through its ambitious programme of festivals, community work and transformational learning projects. It supports learning and participation through outreach projects working with 40 different schools and festivals programme.

They host the B-Side Hip Hop Festival which is now in its 5th year, as well as an ambitious programme of activity such as Summer in Southside, a free family festival taking over the streets of Southside.

Festivals are supported by Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation Without Walls through their Touring Network Partnership. Funding from Without Walls comes from the Arts Council of England through their National Portfolio Grant and Project Grants.

Why we joined Without Walls

Joining the Without Walls network allows us to be a part of a larger community across the outdoor arts sector. With our ambitious programme, we benefit from being a part of this wider network and through that gain support. It’s also about being involved in bigger conversations across outdoor arts.

Being part of the Without Walls TNP has supported Birmingham Hippodrome’s festivals and programme across Outdoor Arts, inspiring a host of exciting work.


The Birmingham Hippodrome team

Graham Callister is the Director of Festivals, Creative Programme Director

Tom Riley is the head of festivals production

Matt Evans is the Production Coordinator, working with Tom and liaising with us year-round

Emma Phelan is the Festival Assistant, supporting across the team with administration

B-Side Festival 2019 Highlights

Birmingham Hippodrome Audiences

‘Everyone’s welcome’ is a mantra for Birmingham Hippodrome – creating a programme to appeal to everyone in city. We have something to offer to our audiences, and have a role not just to bring them in but to understand them and what appeals to them.