Oral Histories

A collection of oral history recordings is drawn from theatregoers, performers and the people behind the scenes.

Listen to oral history interviews of staff, performers and audience members

Everyone has their own story to tell and share. This collection of oral history recordings is drawn from theatregoers, performers and the people behind the scenes who make shows happen and help the theatre run smoothly.

As the oldest surviving theatre in the city, these interviews help show the part the ‘old lady of Hurst Street’ has played in the story of Birmingham.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to play a pantomime dame?

What it felt like to perform as a child on stage?

How to run a busy theatre?

Listen to memories which take you on a journey from the 1940s to today.

Every interview was conducted and recorded by the Hippodrome Heritage volunteers. With many thanks to all the contributors who took time to share their memories with us.