The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors in 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.
The Bristol Hippodrome theatre first opened its doors on 16 December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time in what was to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.
The stage is one of the largest in the country, enabling the Hippodrome to attract, to this day, the biggest and best in entertainment.
The versatility of the Hippodrome was confirmed in 2014 when it became possible for couples to exchange their wedding vows on stage, allowing them to join the ever-growing list of legendary acts which have trodden the boards at The Bristol Hippodrome. Here are just a few names that have graced our stage across the years:
Sarah Bernhardt, George Formby, Gertie Gitana, Ella Shields, Gertrude Lawrence, Hetty King, The Marx Brothers, The Crazy Gang, Max Miller, George Robey, Laurel & Hardy, Yvonne Arnaud, John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndyke, Noel Coward, Richard Attenborough, John Mills, Gracie Fields, Frankie Howerd, Flora Robson, Betty Driver, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Trinder, Ted Ray, Anna Neagle, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Sean Connery, Ben Kingsley, Tony Hancock, Harry Secombe, Jimmy Clitheroe, Eddie Cochran, Norman Wisdom, Bruce Forsyth, Morecambe & Wise, Marlene Dietrich, Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Arthur Askey, Mickey Rooney, Tommy Steele, Danny la Rue, The Monty Python Team, Frankie Valli, The Two Ronnies, Dr Who, Postman Pat, Paul McCartney, Queen, Elton John, Tom Jones, Bryn Terfel, Joan Collins, Shirley Bassey, Barbara Windsor... the list is endless!