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We’ve created this space to keep you updated on the progress of our hugely exciting capital campaign for the restoration of the Theatre, as well as to share lots of fascinating stories and facts about the theatre and its history. Click on the title of the posts below to read them.

Take a Seat

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The Friends of Darlington Civic Theatre support their local theatre as well as enjoying a host of benefits such as advance information and priority booking, ticket discounts, and social events including meet-and-greet opportunities with the stars. Soon to be named The Friends of the Hippodrome to reflect the theatre's return to a version of its original name, the group looks forward to continuing this relationship in the new and improved venue. In this blog post, Secretary Rodney Burges tells us why he decided to name a seat at the Hippodrome.
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Sweet Memories

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The team from Willmott Dixon have uncovered several bundles of old paperwork relating to Darlington Hippodrome, some if not most or all of it dating from the mid-1920s. The papers - invoices and receipts - detail transactions between the Hippodrome and suppliers of electricity, drinks, maintenance, and confectionery.
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Keep up to date with @DarloHippSite

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Did you know the team at Willmott Dixon have their own Twitter account, @DarloHippSite, especially for the Civic Theatre - soon to be Hippodrome - site? If you're not on Twitter, don't despair - there's a link to their Twitter feed in our latest blog post.
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Dickens in Darlington - Dickens & Music Hall

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Between 1 October and 3 November 2016, Darlington Civic Theatre mounted an exhibition in Crown Street library entitled 'Dickens in Darlington'. In the second post in a series, we publish the content of the exhibition online.
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Dickens in Darlington - Dickens & Theatre

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Between 1 October and 3 November 2016, Darlington Civic Theatre mounted an exhibition in Crown Street library entitled 'Dickens in Darlington'. In this, the first post in a series, we publish the content of the exhibition online.
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#GivingTuesday

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Today has been dubbed #GivingTuesday - the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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All Together Now

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Since the beginning of September, Millie Hall has been rehearsing as part of the Ensemble for our community production of A Tale of Two Cities, which takes place on 19 and 20 November at Central Hall. She tells us about her experience so far.
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