A strategic plan for the refurbishment of theatre is being drawn up including timescales for a phased development programme. Ultimately, our vision is for the Hippodrome to be run as a non-profit entity by professionals who understand where it will sit amongst Brighton’s theatres.
Two public consultation events will be held in spring 2019, where full details of the plans will be revealed. Dates and details to be released shortly.
The historic theatre, which has stood empty and left to ruin since 2007, was acquired by HIPP Investments in 2017 after plans to convert it into a cinema fell through.
Central to the redevelopment of the Grade II* Listed Building is the protection and restoration of the original theatre and the adjacent Hippodrome House. The proposal looks to create a multi-format performance space that will be operated by a suitably experienced operator, which will allow future generations to appreciate its history and splendour, whilst watching a variety of cultural performances.
As well as restoring the theatre, the proposal includes a theatrically themed 74-bedroom boutique hotel & spa and 26 serviced apartments that will front onto Middle Street and form part of Hippodrome House. The proposal includes encasing the existing domed roof of the venue in a rotund building that will house some of the apartments; protect and stabilize the existing structure and help celebrate the venue space below.
The Hippodrome is an iconic building with an incredible past. We hope to create a theatre that will become a cultural mainstay for Brighton and Hove for decades to come, in an area that is in dire need of regeneration.