Hippodrome unveil giant playbill to celebrate 120th birthday

A 10 metre high Playbill has been installed at Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the theatre’s 120th birthday celebrations.

Unveiled by Chief Executive, Fiona Allan, and Professor Carl Chinn MBE, the Giant Playbill was installed in the main foyer on September 20 and takes inspiration from the posters that hung outside the theatre a century ago announcing the acts for each week.

As well as some of the more unusual variety acts from the theatre’s history, the playbill features a selection of some of the most famous artists who have graced the Hippodrome’s stage over the last 120 years, including The Beatles and Dame Julie Andrews.

The Giant Playbill is completely free to visit and is situated in the main Hippodrome foyer, near the Coffee Bar. Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Fiona Allan, said:

“This commemorative artwork is another way for the Hippodrome to mark our 120th anniversary, and we hope it prompts visitors to recall some of the great performers they have seen here over the decades.

“Now that we are open all day, visitors can drop by anytime to see the giant Playbill, and our autumn art exhibitions on Levels 2 and 3- and take some time out for coffee and cake whilst they are here!”

Professor Carl Chinn MBE is a celebrated champion of Birmingham, especially noted for his work as a campaigner and social historian. On unveiling the special installation, Chinn said:

“The Hippodrome has been at the heart of cultural activity in the city for many decades and is a landmark theatre in Birmingham, and the UK.

“It was an honour to reveal this stunning artwork that celebrates the rich history of Birmingham Hippodrome.”

The Giant Playbill was launched as part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture and will be on display until the end of the year.


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