The Matcham Room, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square London, WC2H 7JH
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The Theatre at Hippodrome Casino (Over 18s Only)Address:
Hippodrome Casino Cranbourn Street Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JH, United KingdomOpened:
: 1340 seated (1909)The opening of the Casino marked a new beginning for the Hippodrome.
Opened in 1900 by the renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham as a circus variety theatre, the Hippodrome featured a 100,000 gallon tank in which polar bears and sea lions would swim.
Works in 1909 enlarged the stage and advanced the proscenium to suit the theatre for variety rather than circus use and, from 1912, revue-style performances. Harry Houdini performed there and the venue staged the country’s first ever performance of Swan Lake.
In the 1950s the Hippodrome was transformed into the legendary Talk of the Town, and featured a host of major stars from throughout the world including Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr, The Jackson 5 and Tom Jones.
After various different reincarnations, including a nightclub under the management of Peter Stringfellow, in 2008 the venue returned to its roots as a circus venue for burlesque cabaret La Clique, which closed in June 2009.
The Hippodrome Casino is the UK’s largest international-style casino, and its busiest.
With four floors of gaming including the PokerStars LIVE deck, an award winning restaurant, 180-seat cabaret and music room, six bars and an indoor smoking terrace, we are the West End’s largest and most successful entertainment venue.
Housed within the former Hippodrome Theatre, our main door opens onto one of the busiest streets in Europe, with a secondary entrance leading to the world’s largest ‘Chinatown’ community.
Opened in July 2012, The Hippodrome attracts both dedicated and casual gamers plus thousands of visitors seeking ‘London’s Biggest Night Out’, here to enjoy a mixture of dinner, theatre and gambling.
The opening of the casino has drawn plaudits from local and national politicians, heritage groups, historical trusts and the world media. We have also been awarded Casino of the Year by our peers in the industry.Interesting Facts
The new Hippodrome Casino is housed partly in the former Hippodrome Theatre (which was designed for Edward Moss by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham. Matcham also built more than 200 theatres and variety palaces between 1890 and 1915, including the London Coliseum, the Hackney Empire, the Victoria Palace and the London Palladium) and Cranbourn Mansions, formerly gentleman’s apartments
The Hippodrome opened on January 15, 1900, with a circus and variety show that included live polar bears and elephants
The first show was called Giddy Ostend and starred Little Tich –the cast included a young performer called Charles Chaplin
The original structure included an illuminated pool containing 100,000 gallons of water that could shoot fountains of water to the roof
A troop of acrobatic dwarves used to dive from the minstrels gallery at the top of the building into the pool
The orchestra was not based in a traditional orchestra pit below the stage, but in the grand circle
Harry Houdini performed some of his final and most spectacular acts at the Hippodrome
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake had its UK debut at the Hippodrome in 1910
Julie Andrews made her professional solo debut singing the aria ‘Je Suis Titania’ from Mignon as part of a musical revue called Starlight Roof on October 22, 1947
Between 1958-82 the Hippodrome hosted Talk of the Town which would go on to feature performers including Judy Garland, Stevie Wonder, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Sammy Davis JrFacilities At The Theatre At Hippodrome Casino (Over 18S Only)Seat plan
: The Theatre at Hippodrome Casino (Over 18s Only) Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Location: Fringe/Off West End
Tube lines: Northern and Piccadilly
Railway station: Charing Cross
Within congestion zone?: Yes