Photographs

Images included in the photographs collection are sourced from the theatre’s own collection, individuals and the Mirrorpix archive.

The earliest photographic images of the theatre are printed on the 1899 opening night souvenir programme held in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Other early programmes also offer a tempting peep into the auditorium, foyer and outside on Hurst Street.

Many of the photographs in this digital collection are publicity shots, used to promote the latest show. These help to showcase the breadth of the theatre’s programming and feature performers from across the world.

Other photographs accompanied press stories for auditions, rehearsals and reviews for box office smash hits.

Chronicling the theatre’s changing face, and twists and turns of fortune, photographs have captured historic as well as humorous moments in Birmingham Hippodrome’s history. From the demolition of its famous onion shaped tower in the 1960s and a visit from the Queen in 1999 to numerous images of performers dressed as rats, cats, cows and even a penguin!