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OUR NEW SPOOKY, IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL TOUR
'The Death and Life of the Hippodrome'
- Opens Halloween Weekend - Sunday 28th October -
Be immersed in the wonderfully spooky goings on of this lovely old theatre as you tour areas not usually open to the public and witness characters from the past come to life.
Tours begin at 7.30pm or 9.00pm and cannot be joined after the start time.
Please ensure you purchase the correct ticket for the start time you want!
Not suitable for young children, who may become scared and no babes in arms due to health and safety. Please note that the tours take place in low light and at times, complete darkness and there are steps and a small slope to navigate.
Ghost Hunt Tickets
Our Team Leaders will help you take part in a serious paranormal investigation, using our extensive range of the latest, high-tech ghost hunting equipment and a selection of old-school tools too.
Please note that Ghost Hunts are aged 18 and over, unless otherwise specified.
We need a minimum of 8 guests to make this event happen.
Non-Member price £45 | SDS Club Member price £30 (ONLY valid for SDS Club Members)
About The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
The Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, opened in 1883 as the New Theatre Royal and Opera House. The interior was partly modelled on the Savoy Theatre in London and most of the famous theatrical personalities of the time had appeared at the theatre, including Ellen Terry and Richard d’Oyly Carte’s Savoy Opera Company.
In 1904 the theatre was renamed the Eastbourne Hippodrome and began a period of twice nightly variety shows. Among those performing before WW1 were Ada Reeve, Harry Houdini (who made a well publicised escape from Eastbourne police cells), Harry Tate, Marie Lloyd, Hetty King, Robb Wilton and Fred Karno’s Famous Troupe. Between the wars the theatre adapted and put on a number of different entertainments, including plays and films. And such stars as Vic Oliver, Cyril Fletcher, and Elsie and Doris Waters, then billed as ‘Stars of Radio’, appeared.
In the late 50s and early 60s, the theatre was bought by Eastbourne Borough Council and still the variety stars kept coming, including Tommy Trinder, Vera Lynn, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, and Bruce Forsythe, who was appearing at the Royal Hippodrome when he was called up to compere Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
Unfortunately, the Theatre has now seen better days and needs major investment in order to bring the building back to its former glory.
Information from the RHT website
The Hippodrome's most infamous ghost is a lady in a black Victorian style dress who is known to watch shows from afar and disappear when she is spotted. Various shadowy figures have been spotted around the theatre and bumps and bangs on the stage are regularly heard. Staff working at the theatre have felt a presence watching them and heard footsteps and loud whispers, even when there is no one else present. Numerous orbs have been photographed or filmed on video from the circle seating. We took this photo of 'the gods' (the top seating tier) from the stage whilst setting up for a seance - is this a ghost? The Hippodrome staff were with us when the photo was taken and can verify that there was no one else in the building.
(note, the bright figure-like shapes are just lights).
PARKING: The theatre backs onto a residential area and as such, there is limited, metered and unmetered on-street parking, so it is worth getting to this venue early in order to find a space. We recommend you park on the seafront as there is often better parking availability there and it is only a short walk to the theatre. There is a multi-story car park nearby but, this is not always 24 hours.