LONDON HIPPODROME Gets New Live Stage Show! At Last!

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The building is currently encased in scaffolding and canvas. Ive asked around and have found no answer as to what is happening to this magnificent building. I will however been continuing to watch closely in the coming months. I just hope its the good news of it being cleaned up and not knocked down.
There is a beautiful theatre inside there that one day may see a live show but a lot of work needs to be done.




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re: The London Hippodrome#2
Posted: 1/21/08 at 6:46pm
Prime location and a fair sized house - would have though that it was the ideal candidate for renovation! I'm sure I've seen photos of the upper levels which are more or less untouched...

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re: The London Hippodrome#2
Posted: 1/22/08 at 12:46pm
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Beautiful theatre you Can't Beat A Matcham!! - but as you said needs alot of work - have a look at the pics on this link below - the pics above the false ceiling show whats left up there!

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Posted: 1/22/08 at 12:48pm
annon your pic isn't showing up, did you paste the link in the optional Image section? xxx
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re: The London Hippodrome#4
Posted: 1/22/08 at 1:01pm
EDIT - idiot boy here forgot to put the link on - its the animals they've made me go crazy!!!

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re: The London Hippodrome#5
Posted: 1/22/08 at 1:55pm
lol the pull me push me scares me lol
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Posted: 1/22/08 at 2:28pm
not be pedantic...it's pushmi - pullyu.... ha! sorry - but its driven me to the edge of despair! lol if it scares you its a good job wern't at the performance when its ear fell off - or backstage for that matter when i stand holding a mini fan for it in one hand and another fan for a dog lounging casually in a chair in the other!!
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Posted: 1/22/08 at 8:52pm
my bad .. pushmi - pullyu

when we had the show at the Palace i just found something creepy about it, i also had a nightmare about a killer one lol
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re: The London Hippodrome#8
Posted: 1/23/08 at 10:53am
Sad to say, but we need Disney to decide it wants a long lease on a West End venue. Then we might get the Hiipodrome back to its proper use!
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re: The London Hippodrome#9
Posted: 1/24/08 at 1:43pm
I'd love to see both the Hippodrome and london Pavillion, two beautiful Matchams, back to their former glory. Unfortunately the latter will never happen, it's now a shopping centre I believe.
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re: The London Hippodrome#10
Posted: 1/24/08 at 1:51pm
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The Pavilion being destroyed!!!
The Pavilion is nothing but a shell now and 50% of that isnt original. The auditorium was gorgeous- a little like Her Majestys but with just one balcony. I saw Jessica Lange in the dire movie 'King Kong' there in what must have been one of its last screenings as a cinema in the late 70s early 80s. The facade is beautiful and kind of well preserved but what lies behind is a disgrace to London.

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Posted: 1/24/08 at 1:53pm
The Hippodrome doesn't look good whatever way you look at it. I have a book on London Theatres, with some great photography in it (I think the photographer was called Ricardo Arzoz), and there's an amazing pic of the inside of the Hippodrome, from the circle. It's quite haunting and sad.
The rain we knew is a thing of the past -
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like racehorses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no one.


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re: The London Hippodrome BIG NEWS#12
Posted: 1/28/08 at 9:39am
News has just been released about the future of the London Hippodrome. Firstly and sadly, we will not be seeing this building hold live performances again. Secondly, the actual building isnt being torn down. It will look just as we see it today but with a total clean up returning it to its original beauty. Sadly the same cant be said of the auditorium. Although a lot of the original Frank Matcham work is still there it has been decided there wasnt enough to return it to live entertainment.
In the last few weeks permission has been granted and indeed work has already started on 'THE LONDON HIPPODROME CASINO'.
The next post is what the Hippodrome will look like in 2 years time!!!!
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Posted: 1/28/08 at 9:47am
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THE LONDON HIPPODROME CASINO Opening 2010. tbc

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Posted: 1/28/08 at 9:49am
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The old Hippodrome
and the new!

Watch image for a few seconds.

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Posted: 1/28/08 at 10:29am
While I'm pleased that the London Hippodrome is given a new lease of life but dissapointed it's not going to a theatre again. Wonder if they are going to get rid of the old Hippodrome sign or will it remain intact.
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Posted: 1/28/08 at 10:38am
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No. Everything that you see today will stay and be restored to a high standard. The Hippodrome name will stay because its still going to be called The Hippodrome. The new place will look so much like a theatre because they know already there is a lot that can be still seen of the original and they are copying that to make the new building. Im as disappointed as you are but i think it looks stunning!

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Posted: 1/28/08 at 11:26am
I agree, its a bit disappointing that its not going to be a working theatre but at least they are preserving the building
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re: The London Hippodrome BIG NEWS#18
Posted: 1/28/08 at 12:06pm
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The work of one great man. Mr. Frank Matcham.
London Hippodrome. Picture 1
The photos on these two sites show the similarity of two of Mr Matchams major London works. The model for the 'new' London Hippodrome casino, i think has been greatly influenced by the great restoration work done at Mr. Matchams Shepherds Bush Empire a few years ago! The work of one brilliant man. Mr Frank Matcham.

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Posted: 1/28/08 at 12:07pm
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Shepherds Bush Empire. Picture 2

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Posted: 4/16/08 at 11:00am
Hi there, I am the current London Hippodrome leaseholder and have had the building since Jan 2006 til present but partner had it for 2 years before that when he refurbished it (and it's mechanical stage with reveal) after the nightclub industry had trashed the building in the 1990's.

The Casino people haven't yet got a gambling license yet so any planned refurbishment hasn't yet started as they aare going back to court in December 08 to appeal, if they win they will probably start work in the middle of 2009. Planning permission has been granted but only if all the Grade II Frank Matcham features remain intact, which is what we all want!

Extensive refurbishment of the exterior of the building started last October to replace all the original details of the original canopy, hence why it;s incased in scaffold wrap but we're still in here working away and putting on events to an amazing scale for up to 2000 people.

The 1980's Hippodrome Neon Sign has been taken down and a more suitable one will replace, it. This will be finsihed by this Aug/September when the scaffold wrap will come down.

My partner and I currently hire out the Hippodrome Space for live performances, concerts, gigs, corporate events, film premier after parties, conferences, awards ceremonies, gala dinners variety/dinner shows etc.

There has never been any plan to turn it into a shopping centre that I know of and the 'Gods' area has tons of a steel rigging grid running through it that housed the light show from the Stringfellow days in the 1980's decade. The are reminants of the original theatre - if any of you are in London I would be happy to show you.

I hope to place a proper theatre show here this Autumn for a run up until Christmas when I find out whether the Casino people have managed to win their appeal. Ideally we would like to take the venue back to its Talk of the Town days but that is all for future talks depending on whether the casino goes ahead or not (of which we have nothing to do with!) I am working with a few companies at present.

There are many theatre organisation in Londons West End who support us but what it comes down to is the landlords in the end and the money they make.

We also would like to see the building preserved back to it's original glory but the kinds of people who will frequent the casino won't have any interest in the buildings architecture nor know who Frank Matcham was!

The white 'Hippodrome' sign against the red brick (which is on the North side of our building) shown in one of your pictures will remain but this is on the opposite corner of the Hippodrome entrance.




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Posted: 4/16/08 at 11:16am
Hey thanks for the update

It would be great if it went back to a working theatre but i guess thats highly unlikely, the main thing is the the building is preserved which i know it will be.
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Posted: 4/16/08 at 6:41pm
WOW WOW WOW!
The BEST news ive heard in ages and ages. Do keep us posted and i for one would love a nose a round the building. Great news for London!
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re: The London Hippodrome BIG NEWS#23
Posted: 4/17/08 at 4:16am
According to the pictures, it could have been a good place to stage a revival of Mendes's production of "Cabaret" in London. There's room anough for tables and chairs in the "stalls". I haven't seen the place with my own eyes but could be an idea even though it would not hold many people in the "circles" !
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Posted: 4/17/08 at 8:10am
I thought I'd upload some picks for you to see what it looks like inside now! Hope this works...


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