The Collection

The collections archive has been drawn from many sources including the theatre's own collection, private individuals and early material held by The Library of Birmingham.

In this website you can explore a historic collection of Birmingham Hippodrome memorabilia including programmes, photographs, tickets, newspaper articles and documents spanning the theatre's vibrant past.

You can discover the stories of the building and the people who have performed, worked and visited the theatre within these pages. Listen to oral history interviews of staff, performers and audience members, browse the pages of programmes from past productions and flick through photos of famous faces.

Travel along our timeline or search below for your favourite show or star. The Hippodrome Heritage volunteers have also selected a few of their favourite things that they don’t want you to miss.

This online resource has been created with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project in 2015 – 2016. They have spent many hours digitising and cataloguing a selection of items from the theatre’s collection.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided in this website is accurate, including copyright attribution and permissions. Please inform us if you find any errors by emailing

To find out more about our funding, please visit our supporters page.