A day - and a night - to see what Hippodrome Theatre has to offer

Members of the team put the finishing touches to some of the Hippodrome Theatre's new facilities

Members of the team put the finishing touches to some of the Hippodrome Theatre's new facilities

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Todmorden Hippodrome are opening up their doors to the public next weekend and are offering guided tours, short films and lots of information about the history, running and maintenance of the theatre.

In conjuction with The National Trust Heritage Open Days scheme, the Hippodrome will be launching their 2013/4 season as well as showing off their splendid volunteer-run theatre including the grand opening of the new accessible toilet facilities and revamped interiors. They invite you to come see the wonderful community resource that is ‘The Hipp’, to find out more, even get involved!

The open day, on September 14, commences at 11am and offers free guided tours around the theatre.

There will be opportunities to buy tickets for upcoming shows such Teechers, Les Misérables or Oklahoma. Membership forms, season tickets, memorabilia and merchandise are all available with a special discount on the theatre centenary book at just £5 per copy, or you can get a free hardback edition when you become a season ticket holder. There is lots to see and lots on offer!

At 2.30pm the theatre will become a cinema with a big-screen showing of Hugo (PG). This magical film is about a boy living alone in the Gare Montparnasse in Paris, looking after the station clocks, always in fear that he will be caught and sent to an orphanage.  With his friend Isabelle he becomes obsessed with repairing a mechanical man, reputed to have been used to write and draw for early films. Through this the story becomes a celebration of early film-making.

At  7.30pm the Hippodrome and Electric Palace will treat the public to the flamboyant Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby (12A), based on the novel by jazz-age author F. Scott Fitzgerald, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. This is the story of Jay Gatsby, a young, mysterious millionaire with shady business connections and his obsessive love for Daisy, with whom he once had a romantic relationship but who is now married to Tom. Luhrmann uses spectacular party scenes and fabulous music to tell the unmissable story of this ultimately doomed trio.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful day of free activities, fun for the whole family. Refreshments, cakes, popcorn and more will be available. You can find more information at www.todhip.org.