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Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome is situated in St. Augustine’s Parade. Shows from the West End including musicals, ballet and opera come to the Hippodrome as well as locally produced shows, such as pantomimes and the Bristol Gang Show. The Hippodrome was built in 1912 and was the last major work of the theatre architect Frank Matcham.

The roof of the theatre has a fascinating structure that may be opened in very hot weather. The theatre has a capacity for 1981 visitors. The front of the theatre has a colourful touch of Art Nouveau and part of it has been created into the Cast bar cafe.

Reserved seating for theatre goers is available on 3 levels: Stalls, grand circle and upper circle. There may be restricted views on certain seating areas. For many operas, a running English translation is displayed above the stage. Cameras, video cameras and audio recording and food are not allowed. For children's shows and pantomimes, children under two years old will be admitted free as long as they sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. For other shows, children under two will not be admitted. There are concessions on certain shows for children aged two to fifteen.

Access for wheelchairs is limited, however visitors with disabilities and special needs are welcome to the theatre with special requirements checked beforehand. There is a Sennheiser Infrared system for the hard of hearing. Requests may be made to a member of front of house staff on arrival at the theatre and a small deposit is charged. There is also an induction loop system available but it is restricted to certain areas of the stalls and circle.

There is a Licensed bar and air conditioning. Smoking is permitted in the circle bar and main foyer only.

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