The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome Theatre stood on Dovecot Street and was built in 1905.  The original building burnt down in 1932 before being rebuilt and reopened in 1933.  It ran primarily as a cinema before returning to live theatre use in 1948.  In 1969 it was renamed the Essoldo Cinema, then the Classic in 1972.  The building closed for good in 1996, being demolished and replaced by the Arc arts centre.

Our collection of programmes from the Hippodrome have been digitised and made available online.  The majority of the collection comes from the 1950s and provides a tremendous insight into how the people of Stockton-on-Tees entertained themselves during the post-war period, and how regional repertory theatre operated.  Click on any of the images below to view the full programme.

1948 See How They Run
1948 Love's a Luxury
1948 Fools Rush In
1948 Tons of Money
1948 Rebecca
1948 The Cure For Love
The Shop at Sly Corner
Why Men Leave Home
smilin through
My Wifes_Family
The Guinea Pig
Sarah Ann Holds Fast
The Pay off
present laughter
What Ann Brought home
The Man In His Possession
Fly away Peter
Artificial Silk
The Family Upstairs
Separate Rooms
Fifty Fifty
The night of January 16th
The Perfect Woman
Are you a Mason
The Rotters
French Without tears
The Cat and the Canary
My mother had Three Sons
Room for Two
The Age of Youth
Bed board and Romance
The Happiest days of your life
Never Stops
Money to Burn
Too young to Marry
Storm in a Port
The Gioconda Smile
On the Spot
The Patsy
The Chinese Bungalow
Three Blind Mice
The Unguarded Hour
Once  Bitten Twice Shy
Honeymoon Beds
Deep are the Roots
the unfair Sex
Young Wives Tale
Sweethearts and Wives
The Lady of the Camellias
Variety - 1952
Little Red Riding Hood - 1952
Variety - 1953 (1)
Variety - 1953 (2)
charley's uncle
Husbands Don't count
Desire in the Night
Life Begins at Fifty
The case of the frightened Lady
My Wifes Lodger
Are widows Dangerous
Our Family
Born Yesterday
King of the Castle
The Man
I want to get married
Music for Murder
The Letter
The School for husbands
Nothing but the truth
The outsider
The Hollow
Friendly Relations
Wild Horses
The Way of a Wife
September Tide
Daughter of My house
The Man in Grey
Variety - 1953 (3)
No No Nanette
Variety - 1953 (4)
Variety - 1954 (1)
Variety - 1954 (2)
Old Mother Riley In Paris
The Passing of the third floor back
Simple Simons Baby
Four Winds - 1954
The man with expensive tastes
Glad Tidings
The Loving Elms
welcome on the mat
Job for the boy
The Deep Blue Sea
The Gentle Rain
The age of Consent
Can this be love
Its a Boy
Dial M for Murder
For Better for worse
The Gay Dog
Variety Snodgrass
Sauce for the Goose
murder in Motley
Love and Learning
Lady of the house
Lovers Meeting
No escape
Tax on marriage
Lady look behind
Out of the frying Pan
Intent to Murder
spring Model
Heaven and Charing
come Back peter
Love on the Never Never
I am a Camera
The Love Match
Seagulls Over Sorento
Between Ourselves
Poor Dad
Rings on Her Fingers
The Sacred Flame
Grandad for Christmas
Dick Whittington
Little Red Riding Hood
It's a Small World
Lights Out at Eleven
Dead on Nine
Strange Request
Witness for the Prosecution
Unseen Among Us
The Constant Wife
Murder When Necessary
Small Hotel
Ma's Bit o' Brass
Wanted One Body
wanted one body
All For Mary
Bell Book and Candle
Easy Virtue
ours is a nice house
The Whole Truth
The Gold Earring
Sweet fanny Adams
Dark is the memory
Keeping up with the Jones
Spring cleaning
Cooped Up
The magic Cupboard
The way the wind blows
Angel Unawares
Off The Deep end
Ring for Catty
The Strip Tease Murder
What a Carry on
The case For Silence
Aren't we all
The Queen was in the Parlour
The holly and the Ivy
the book of the month
The Ghost Peak
Sabrina Fair
Night Must fall
A policemans Lot
Our Dear Delinquents
Wuthering Heights
Breakfast in Bed
The shining Hour
The vanity Case
The seventh Guest
pyjama Tops
Hot and Cold in all rooms
spiders web
Mrs Gibbons Boys
The Red pullover
Dont listen Ladies
Double Image
The Diary of Ann frank
A man in a million
The opium Eaters
The Shanghai Gesture
Love in a mist
Uncertain Honours
Fools Rush In
While Parents sleep
Doctor in the house
The Summer of the Seventh Doll
Our Marlene
This Happy home
The Ghost Train
Glamour Girl
look Back in anger
The undiscovered Country
Time Murderer Please
Nothing but the truth
towards zero
The country calls
Welcome Little Stranger
Housewives Strike
Murder in the family
Divorce on Tuesday
Sleeping Partnership
Dry rot
The tender Trap
The house by the lake
Something to Hide
poet and Pheasant
The Shadow Between
Dodos in Love
Strike it Rich
By hand Unknown
The Love birds
Give me yesterday
Silver Wedding
Death in Deep Freeze
A street car named Desiree
The shop at Sly Corner
The tolerant Husband
But once a Year
Uncle Toms Cabin
Dear Delinquent
sailor beware
man for the job
A bed for two
Cock a Doodle do
There was a Crooked man
The tattooed Lady
power without Glory
no concern of mine
the bride and the Bachelor
the Coast of coromandel
The Happy man
The chinese Bungalow
Reluctant heroes
Johnny Belinda
the Lady from Edinburgh
Four Winds - 1959
Night Was Our Friend
Lady Look Behind You
The Chalk Garden
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Lilac Time
Gang Show
Mother Goose
Cinderella - 1963