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|Previous names||Tower of Varieties, Tivoli|
|Current use||Ballet, Opera, West End shows, Pantomime and Drama|
Although best known as the home stage of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, it also hosts a wide variety of other performances including visiting opera and ballet companies, touring West End shows, pantomime and drama.
Every summer, the Hippodrome usually houses a major West End touring show, some of these consist of Starlight Express, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You. Every year, the Hippodrome houses a pantomime from the company QDOS - the entertainer Brian Conley, 'Loose Woman' Lynda Bellingham and Puppet Basil Brush have been confirmed as the stars of Cinderella for 2011/12. The theatre's Chief Executive is Stuart Griffiths.
The first venue built on the Hippodrome site was a building of assembly rooms in 1895. In 1899 a stage and circus ring was added together with a miniature of Blackpool Tower (removed 1963) and the enterprise named the "Tower of Varieties". After failing, this reopened as the "Tivoli" in 1900, finally becoming "The Hippodrome" under the ownership of impresario Thomas Barrasford in October 1903. The current neo-classical auditorium seats 1,900 and was designed by Burdwood and Mitchell in 1924.
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