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The Hippodrome Theatre

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83 Halifax Road, Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 5BB
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Evita - The Iconic West End Musical

TAODS brings this iconic West End musical about the life of former Argentinean first lady Eva Peron to life at the Hippodrome with this spectacular production. With music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, lyrics and book by Tim Rice and a live show orchestra under the baton of Musical Director Helen Clarkson; this promises to be a production not to be missed.  

Evita follows the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentinean president Juan Peron.  From a life of poverty to the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was hailed as the spiritual leader of the nation. Seen as the champion of the poor, her ambition, power and glamour made her the world's first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people.

Evita features a chart-topping musical score including songs such as Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Oh What a Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Oscar Winning You Must Love Me. With direction by Rachel Rogers and choreography by Emma Cook, the TAODS production of Evita will be our first major musical for almost 30 months and we can't wait..!

The musical was adapted into a film in 1996, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The musical first opened in the West End in London 1978 and opened on Broadway in America the following year. It has won the Tony Award and Laurence Oliver Award for Best Musical.

Tue 5 Apr

£12–£38

Wed 6 Apr

£12–£38

Thu 7 Apr

£12–£38

Fri 8 Apr

£12–£38

Sat 9 Apr

£12–£38

The Frou Frou Club Halloween Spooktacular

Lady Wildflower & Sidge Rushton present…

THE FROU FROU CLUB HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!

An evening of Burlesque, Alt-Cabaret & Neo-Circus acts with LIVE band: Cabaret Against The Machine.

Each performer will be performing never-seen-before acts accompanied by live music and a unique set list of Halloween-esque tunes. Expect movie monsters, camp creatures, sensual succubi, devilish dancers and more… Starring a cast of internationally acclaimed, award-winning burlesque performers AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE!

This show also marks The Frou Frou Club's 10th Birthday! Don your best party outfits or Halloween costumes and help us celebrate a decade of Burlesque in Hebden Bridge & Todmorden - There WILL be cake!

Starring:

FELICITY FURORE:

With a cheeky smile and a raised eyebrow, Felicity is playful yet dangerous, glamorous yet scandalous. Her work pays homage to the golden age of burlesque, when a dropped glove and a meaningful look sent pulses racing. Taking burlesque back to its beginnings in comedy and satire, Felicity revels in the tongue in cheek nature of the art form. Her acts celebrate and subvert the traditional showgirl image, blending classic striptease with character, pop culture and comedy into a singular performance style described as "energetic, playful and ridiculous".

PURRSIA KITT:

Purrsia Kitt is an award nominated queer burlesque artiste who has performed and headlined on stages across the UK. Alongside performing, she is a published model and writer and now produces the kink-positive cabaret "Fetlesque". Her sensual performances celebrate the beauty of divine feminine energy and externalizes the legitimacy of loving your sexuality and kinks. Purrsia's act repertoire is a testament to her authenticity and on stage she invites you into her world, teasing your senses while also making you pay attention to important narratives. With her dangerously divine stage presence and sultry feline energy, Purrsia will leave you hypnotized.  She is undoubtedly the Kinky Feline Goddess of Burlesque.

THE DIAMOND DAHLIA:

Fusing classic burlesque with a rock mentality, The Diamond Dahlia

has been throwing down on stages across the world since her start in Australia in 2008. An important character in the neo Burlesque revival in Australia, her career began with her troupe The Judy Dolls in Brisbane. From there she has shimmied and shaked across all corners performing at renowned shows & festivals in USA, Australia, UK and Europe.

From 2014 to present she has planted herself firmly in the European Burlesque community, headlined Australian Burlesque Festival 2018 and also gained classical acclaim performing with one of Europe's most highly regarded Opera houses, The Semperoper, as a dancer of the 7 veils in Richard Strauss' opera, Salome in 2016 & 2017.

On stage, she is a force to be reckoned with. The Diamond Dahlia is an ethereal mix of sensuality and energy that is not to be missed.

LAUREN RED:

Lauren Red is a multi-award-winning pole dancer and aerial performer. Her titles include: 'Dance Filthy' National Professional Champion, two time 'Miss Pole Dance UK' runner up and five times best entertainer.

Lauren's exciting career has taken her to Turkey to perform in a shark tank! She has appeared on ITV's 'Splash' with Olympian, Tom Daley, and she has even swam in Trafalger Square fountains for the 'Great British Dance Off'!

Lauren also owns and runs the prestigious Aerial and Pole dancing studio 'Flight Fitness' in Leicester.

FUNA MOREISH:

Dubbed as fast becoming one of the UK's most charismatic performers. This Moreish performer takes inspiration from her experience in various dance styles. Funa commands your attention with her sensual energy and hourglass curves, bringing you burlesque that leaves you wanting more. She's performed live across the UK and entertained virtual audiences including 3 fundraisers and 2 international shows. She will tease your curiosity as she takes you on a journey of mesmerising burlesque.

and LADY WILDFLOWER:

International showgirl Lady Wildflower commands audiences with her fierce, high-energy performances, full of drama and passion. Oozing sex appeal and with charisma dripping from her sparkling talons, Wildflower's show-stopping acts dazzle, entrance and delight.

Wildflower has been voted in 21st Century Burlesque's Top 20 UK Burlesque performers multiple times throughout her career. An award-winning nipple tassel twirler, Wildflower earned "Best Technique" and was first runner up overall at the Octbooberfest Championships in Stockholm - where she twirled her tassels continuously for over 15 minutes! Lady Wildflower has performed all over the world over the past decade, including China, New York & (pre-pandemic) she regularly starred on stages all over Europe.

The band:

CABARET AGAINST THE MACHINE - 4-piece jazz-rock band who mix the crushing funky rhythms of Rage Against The Machine with the smooth Jazzy sensibilities of Ella Fitzgerald. With 40 years of combined music experience from some of the best function band musicians, touring artists, acoustic experts and RNCM conservatoire graduates in the UK. They have featured at sold out shows at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival and The Frou Frou Club plus Kendall Calling Festival. Cabaret Against The Machine twist your favourite pop, rock and classic tunes into a sexy, sleazey rumpus that will make you want to strut and shake your butt!

"The live band kept the crowd dancing and played amazingly, especially as we finished the night singing as one to 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman, which is no surprise as this was most assuredly one of the greatest shows I have ever seen!" - The Mancunion

Your Host & Lead Singer:

CECE SINCLAIR - She's a shimmy shakin' pocket rocket with a voice like velvet. A powerhouse of pure energy with moves to make your body shake and a voice to soothe your soul… Dancer, singer, circus performer, ecdysiast and host, Cece is one of the most in demand burlesque artists in Europe. Voted in 21st Century Burlesque's Top 20 Burlesque performers in the UK in 2015, 2016 & 2017 and named in the Top 100 Worldwide burlesque figures of 2018, Cece is a firm favourite at all of the top Burlesque shows nationwide. Her impressive CV includes performances at prestigious festivals such as Hebden Bridge and Vienna Boylesque Festival as well as several music videos and films.

DRESS CODE: Halloween costumes and/or sparkly party finery is encouraged (There will be best dressed prizes!) but you're equally welcome in smart casual attire.

Approx running time: Doors: 7:15pm, Show: 8pm - 11pm (with interval.) Plus after show party in the bar til Midnight. Please note - these timings are approximate and, as it's a live show, may alter slightly.

Suitable for over 18's only. No photography/videography during the show please (but you may selfie to your heart's content before, after & during the interval.)

Lineup subject to change. No refunds/exchanges.

This is an inclusive space that welcomes people of all ages (18+), genders, sexualities, races, religion and identities. We will ensure that the bathroom in the venue room is gender neutral for the evening. We will not tolerate any kind of homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, ableism, fatphobia or non-consensual touching. Any behaviour of this sort will resort in expulsion from the event without refund. Treat everyone with respect and we'll send that love right on back to you. If you find reading that off-putting, then this probably is not the event for you.

Sat 30 Oct

£25–£30

Joel Brown - Brings You Bublé

Joel Brown "Brings You Bublé" and performs the biggest hits of Michael Bublé in this stunning live tribute show featuring his incredible live band and special guests. The show's big band sound, along with Joel's velvet smooth vocals just like the modern-day Canadian crooner, will appeal to fans of traditional big band music and Michael Bublé alike. Joel's charismatic nature, powerful vocals and boyish charm, are all perfectly packaged in true tuxedo style.

If you like to feel the music, laugh till your stomach hurts and leave wanting more, then be sure to join us for an incredible night of live music in Todmorden at The Hippodrome Theatre.

Sat 12 Feb

£14–£35

Much Ado About Nothing

 "I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me"

The 'Hippodrome Shakespeare Ensemble' will be reforming under the directorship of the Award Winning Elizabeth Holland to bring us this comedy of witty wooing, mischief and mistaken identity.

War-weary heroes return to their Mediterranean home, but now sparks fly as a different battle commences. Will love triumph? Starring Shakespeare's most reluctant lovers, Much Ado is a joyous, wise-cracking comedy of love, honor and second chances.

Wed 15 Jun

£10–£32

Thu 16 Jun

£10–£32

Fri 17 Jun

£10–£32

Sat 18 Jun

£10–£32

Songs From OUR Shows - Celebrating 40 years of youth theatre at the Hippodrome

In 1981 the Todmorden Operatic Youth Section presented their first show at the Hippodrome.  40 years later, and now called the Hippodrome Youth Theatre, this is an evening to celebrate the many musicals theyve presented over the years.  With hits from West End and Broadway musicals along with sensational numbers from the many new musicals that HYT have brought to the stage, this promises to be a great evening.  The Hippodrome Youth Theatre will be joined by former members of our youth theatre , returning as special guests to recreate the magic of our previous shows.  

So, if youve been missing musical theatre since Covid struck then this is the night for you.

Complete with a full show orchestra, we cant wait to welcome you back to the Hippodrome.  To make sure you feel safe we will be booking to a socially distanced seating plan with a one seat space between you and other audience members. 

Thu 2 Dec

£10–£38

Fri 3 Dec

£10–£38

Sat 4 Dec

£10–£38

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