The autumn brochure includes thrilling drama, a hand-picked selection of the world’s most dazzling musicals and some truly magical family shows, alongside household names gracing the Hippodrome stage.


The classic Miss Marple tale A Murder is Announced, starring Sarah Thomas, Kazia Pelka and Tom Butcher (10-14 September) will have audiences on the edge of their seats as will The Lady Vanishes, a new stage adaptation based on the classic Hitchcock film, which stars Gwen Taylor, Andrew Lancel, Denis Lill and Mark Wynter (15-19 October) (Pictured: credit Paul Coltas Photography). For those who like a really chilling night at the theatre The Woman in Black returns to Darlington (18-23 November). Kay Mellor’s smash-hit TV drama Band of Gold has been adapted for the stage and stars Gaynor Faye and Shayne Ward (27 Jan to 1 February). Gwen Taylor stars in The Croft (11-15 February) a thriller by Ali Miles and Eric Potts returns in a more serious role (rather than the panto dame) in By The Waters of Liverpool (9-11 April). Completing the season of drama is The Kite Runner (12-16 May).


Celebrating 30 terrific years, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story will have you dancing in the aisles (17-21 September). Visit Madagascar The Musical ( 9-13 October) and there will be chills when DarlingtonOS presents Jekyll & Hyde The Musical (23 October to 2 November). Jason Manford heads a star-studded cast of West End theatre performers in the musical comedy/murder mystery Curtains (12-16 November). Joining Jason will be Carley Stenson, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes, Leah West and Alan Burkitt. Catch up with ‘the girls’ as Menopause The Musical 2 stops off in Darlington (5-7 February).

For younger visitors and families

A brand-new stage show of In The Night Garden will enthral young visitors to the Hippodrome (28 and 29 September) and the David Walliams classic story Billionaire Boy arrives later in the year (6-10 November). The annual festive family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk stars Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas alongside dancing sensation George Sampson and comedian Phil Walker.

Operetta and Song & Dance

The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia present four spectacular ballets with Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker (23-26 January) and the spellbinding BalletBoyz return to Darlington with their new show Deluxe (5 March). In the autumn season, Darlington audiences will also be entertained by The English Youth Ballet, balletLorent, The Halle Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, The K&K Philharmonic and the Russian State Opera.

‘One night only’ appearances

Brian Blessed (4 September), Julian Norton (16 September), David Harper (20 September), Frank Skinner (6 October), Alexander Armstrong (4 November), Alan Titchmarsh (8 January), Sir Michael Parkinson (9 February) and Jools Holland (23 May).

This is just a selection of the shows currently on offer at Darlington Hippodrome, additional shows are regularly being added to the schedule. To ensure you get the latest news visit the website and sign up to receive regular updates.

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