Ken Dodd

From 1957 to 2010, Ken Dodd made a total of 17 appearances at the Birmingham Hippodrome in various shows including pantomime, variety and his own Laughter and Happiness solo comedy performances. His first appearance at the Hippodrome began on April Fool’s Day 1957 and was described as ‘the performer-audience contact is kept alive, and this is what makes such a profound impression. His affection by the Birmingham audiences meant he was invited by the theatre to lay the foundation stone for the 1999 major redevelopment work, which saw the complete knocking down and modernisation of the foyer spaces and backstage areas.