1940s

Throughout the war and into peacetime the top stars of stage and screen continued to entertain audiences with a diverse range of shows. When tickets went on sale for Hollywood comedians Laurel & Hardy there was a near riot! Even during air-raids the theatre stayed open, live entertainment became important to keep up people?s sprits. During the night of 23 October 1940 neighbouring theatre The Empire was badly damaged by a German bombing raid. Birmingham Hippodrome was hit too but remained open.

Staging of the theatre?s first play on 04 January 1943, the thriller ?No Orchids for Miss Blandish?.

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