Owner reveals plans for Brighton Hippodrome
The owners of Brighton Hippodrome have revealed their proposed plans for its future. Brighton Hippodrome has been on our Theatres at Risk Register since it began and continues to top this list, as announced on Tuesday, scoring the maximum points for its significance and community value.
Not only is it the UK’s most architecturally significant circus theatre – the finest surviving example of its type in the country – but a viability study has shown it could have a future as a large-scale theatre, which Brighton currently lacks.
It is critical that any development of the site includes a fully funded restoration of the theatre which will preserve its capacity to function as a large scale venue for performance. Brighton cannot currently present large scale dance, theatre and other performance and a fully restored Hippodrome operating on a commercial basis would be an important and exciting addition to Brighton’s vibrant cultural scene as well as generating significant regeneration of the area and economic benefit to the city.
We will be interested to see the full plans when they are released and will be responding to the planning application in our role as statutory consultee.