open was built in 1900 by Frank Matcham, the architect who later went
on to design
It operated as a venue for variety, circus and music hall – from
1958 as legendary nightclub, The Talk of the Town – until nightclub
impresario Peter Stringfellow reopened it as a club and
restaurant in 1983.
The venue was forced to close to the public in 2005 after it
lost its alcohol license, but was reopened as a public performance
space again in 2008 by the producers of cabaret/circus hit La
Clique. The show ran at the Hippodrome for nearly a year
before the venue closed again, this time to make way for a £15 million
renovation as a casino. The Hippodrome Casino is due to open in early July.
confirmed for the inaugural events in July
include Janie Dee, Jane Monheit, Tony Christie, Kate
Dimbleby, Julian Ovenden and Miss Polly Rae. Future
dates in 2012 will include evenings with Maria Friedman, Adam
Guettel (with Jonathan Ansell), Ruthie Henshall, Barb Jungr,
David McAlmont, Gwyneth Herbert, Kerry Ellis, Judy Kuhn,
Stefanie Powers, Suzi Quatro, Hot Club of Cowtown, Lea DeLaria
and Cerys Matthews.
Independent theatre producer Nick Frankfort, former executive director at the Donmar Warehouse, is in charge of programming at the new space. Tickets will cost between £25 and £35 per event.
Simon Thomas, owner of the Hippodrome Casino, said in a statement: “People are surprised when I say the Hippodrome Casino is not just about gaming. We’re about fun, entertainment and great food and drink in amazing surroundings. Live at the Hippodrome is an essential part of that unique mix. Not only because I could not, personally, have taken on the challenge of re-building the Hippodrome without committing to a reawakening of its performance history, but also because London is crying out for a performance space to host the rich breadth of artists that Nick’s programming presents.”