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  One of the UK's largest community run theatres

Upcoming Dates at the Hippodrome

Come along and flex your comedy muscles at this new night of improvisational comedy. We're looking to put together Todmorden's finest (and only) improv group ready to dazzle an audience in September. The bar's open and anyone is welcome for an informal and fun way to explore some improv games and a load of comic improv games/exercises along the lines of 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'


We'll be meeting 8-10pm, so come and join in.

A summer of workshops and playing improvised games comes to a head when the group puts all it has learned into action for one night in front of an audience and asks you all to play along. This time it will be you telling them where they are, what they are doing and which particular animal they are trying to remove from a body cavity!

Come and join the fun and find out exactly whose line it is anyway ...

For more information and to buy tickets to this friendly, foyer performance, click here

The Todmorden Hippodrome's very own Electric Palace Cinema opens its doors after the summer break on the 15th September. And the first of the autumn blockbusters to wiggle its little fluffy ears is Peter Rabbit, the perennial favourite, starring James Corden as the mischevious Peter with  his three sisters -- Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail as they enjoy their days trespassing in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden. When one of McGregor's relatives suddenly moves in, he's less than thrilled to discover a family of rabbits in his new home. A battle of wills soon breaks out as the new owner hatches scheme after scheme to get rid of Peter -- a resourceful rabbit who proves to be a worthy and wily opponent. Click here to watch a trailer.

The adult Section Musical in April has no sooner been announced than the audition process gets underway with an informal gathering to meet the production team of Justine Sutcliffe (Director), Helen Clarkson (Musical Director) and Emma Cook (Choreographer) behind the biggest and bestest Musical to come out of America in the Twentieth Century. 

If you are interested in auditioning for a part in this show, make sure you come along to these sessions and find out what it's all about, and drop by the West Side Story page to check out all the available parts, here  

The entries have been counted and the judging is underway in the 2017 \ 2018 Voices of Todmorden Monologue Writing Competition, this year on the theme of the Journey.  Once the shortlist has been chosen, the winning entries will be assigned directors and a member of the talented pool of actors from T.A.O.D.S. who will then perform the pieces. As usual, the judges will have already picked their winning writer but there will be an award for audience favourite on each of the two nights. 


Tickets should be available now at a very reasonable £6 so click here.

The Todmorden Hippodrome's very own Electric Palace Cinema is open again. It's too early to know what the last minute blockbuster specials will be but fear not, we'll do our best to get the best early releases to you before they come out on DVD on the big screen with no adverts and at our ever-low prices.


Click here nearer the time to find out what film(s) will be showing.

The auditions for both the named roles and the ensemble will take place from 9:00am on Saturday starting with ensemble dance call. Times for named role auditions will be allocated once everyone has registered their interest.

Newcomers are welcome and the auditions are all open though, you must become a paid up member of the society if offered a role before the rehearsals begin.

If you are interested in auditioning for a part in this show, make sure you come along to the above sessions and find out what it's all about, and drop by the West Side Story page to check out all the available parts, here 

Jump aboard the old charabanc and join Ratty, Badger, Mole and of course, the ever effervescent Toad of Toad Hall in their whistle-stop adventures through the woodlands and waterways of England. This is a new musical from the song-writing duo of Stiles and Drew who gave us Honk and won a host of awards on the West End and now it comes to Todmorden Hippodrome, performed by our very own award-winning Hippodrome Youth Theatre.  


Tickets go on sale very soon, so check back here regularly to make sure you don't miss this spectacular.

Manford's Comedy Club returns after an extended Summer vacation and with all the country's comedians polishing their funny bones at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we can expect some honed and highly-tuned acts making their way to us in November. 

It's early days for the line up to be finalised yet, but with between 3 to 4 top quality stand-ups at each gig, that's a lot of gags and a bargain at the price, so keep looking in and we'll post the names when they're available here 

Todmorden Book Festival - 16th to 24th November 2018

Todmorden is holding its own literary festival in November, hosted by the Information Centre, the Library and the Town Council, and there will be book related activities occurring across town, so of course the Todmorden Hippodrome will be taking part with a number of shows and events taking place in the foyer and on the main stage. Not every event has been finalised but we can announce a couple of big main stage acts already confirmed and will include:

Ian and Andrew McMillan

Val McDermid

watch this space as more events are announced, or visit the Todmorden Tourist Information Centre for announcements.


Tickets will go on sale shortly for these acts so check back soon.

This timeless comedy classic returns to the Todmorden Hippodrome, telling the tale of Henry Hobson and his attempts to prevent his daughter Maggie from marrying and leaving him alone to run his boot shop. When she takes the notion to run off with his only remaining employee Willie Mossop and start their own business next door, events come to a head.  But what can Hobson do?  


All news regarding auditions, casting and tickets will be posted on the Hobson's Choice pages as soon as they are known, so come back regularly to check on the latest action and if the boot fits...