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Darlington Civic Theatre closed for 18 months on 31 May 2016 for a major £12 million restoration project made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Darlington Borough Council, corporate and individual giving, and bequests from trusts and foundations. Regenerated and transformed, this Grade II Listed building will re-open in autumn 2017 on its original, expanded site, re-named Darlington Hippodrome, a version of the theatre's original name. For more information on the restoration please visit Our Restoration Blog. To sponsor a seat or talk about making a donation, contact Director of Fundraising and Development heather.walkington@darlington.gov.uk, tel. 01325 406104.

Darlington Hippodrome – new facilities for children and young people from Autumn 2017

A host of new facilities will be added including a café-bar, a number of gallery spaces, better disabled access, including a lift, and improvements to backstage areas to allow the theatre to accommodate larger shows and expand its range of activities, including work for young people and education work. The theatre will become a place in Darlington that can act as an arts hub, to have a relaxing cup of coffee, to learn about the history of the theatre, somewhere that can inspire young people in the arts as well as a place to be entertained.

A dedicated space for creative learning and a home for our youth theatre and dance classes will be created within the building. This will allow us to expand the opportunities we currently provide for schools to engage with us on site, and allow young people to feel a sense of ownership and belonging to the venue. It’s imperative that we develop a passion for the venue amongst the towns’ young people, to ensure the Civic Theatre continues to thrive. The restoration will be complemented by the creation of The Hullaballoon (funded by Arts Council England together with Darlington Borough Council), a flagship theatre for children, right next door to Darlington Civic Theatre (which will be the new home of Theatre Hullabaloo, a Darlington based children’s theatre company) offering even more exciting opportunities for children, young people and schools.

What opportunities are available for schools until then?

Throughout our refurbishment period we are keen to keep in touch with schools and support creative engagement in the classroom. Perhaps you have an idea for a project or need support from us to complete your Artsmark. We are also keen to hear feedback from you as to how we can best work with you in the future, and how you would like tor receive information from us. To get in touch, please drop me an email on the contact details below.

There will also be a number of bespoke projects and workshop opportunities that schools can get involved in over our refurbishment period - so watch this space for more info!


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To find out more about the learning opportunities available, please contact the Audience Development and Participation Officer on 01325 405510 or email Lyndsey.middleton@darlington.gov.uk


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