With the Congress Theatre shut for 18 months to allow a multi-million pound refit to go ahead, we’re being reminded we can still enjoy the theatre in Eastbourne.
The Royal Hippodrome is speaking up for the other theatrical venues in town. A spokesperson said, "This is now a great opportunity for residents and the visiting public to take a look at the many, many other venues the town has to offer. Not only is there the Devonshire Park Theatre and Winter Garden, but we have great cultural offerings in Eastbourne and we don't do enough to crow about them! There's us of course, The Underground Theatre, Printers Playhouse, The Lamb, The Burley Centre, The Bandstand, and Towner to name but a few. Now's the chance for people to take those blinkers off and seek them out and explore!"
The Hippodrome has just launched its new brochure for the coming season and it promises a whole host of entertainment. From the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the ghoulish Circus of Horrors to the stage version of Madagascar and a full stage production of a tribute to Tina Turner or the Jersey Boys! They’re also looking forward to hosting big names like Pasha Kovalev, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Vox Fortura, the Dubliners and comedian Ed Byrne.
Eastbourne's largest venue may be temporarily out of action - but that does not stop the large acts and names coming to town in the New Year - and the volunteers at the Hippodrome can't wait to welcome people who may never have walked through its doors before.
To get a brochure call in at the theatre or tourist information centres. Alternatively call the box office on 01323 80 20 20 and get sent a copy or check out the downloadable version on the theatre's new look website.