“Smoke & Mirrors,” Sasha Velour’s first one-queen theatre tour, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry, through 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as she explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a puff of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm, even transforms into a tree in front of your eyes (to name just a few). But the real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths, sparking fresh analysis of gender, fame, family, and the importance of dreaming big and living life over-the-top.
Featuring the music of Annie Lennox, Whitney Houston, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Sia, Nina Simone, Le Tigre and more. Costumes designed by long-time collaborator Diego Montoya.
Sasha Velour’s “Smoke & Mirrors” toured Australia and New Zealand in January 2019, had a sold-out 8-night New York City residency in March 2019, toured 23 cities in North America in the fall of 2019, and had limited sold-out engagements in Los Angeles and London, all to rave reviews.
“[An] inventive, surprisingly openhearted show…Expressionist performance-art illustration.” –The New York Times
“The intensely personal [Smoke & Mirrors] shows what a top-of-her-game queen Velour really is, both as an artist and as a storyteller.” – Paper Magazine
presents a stellar line-up for 2021
the festive family pantomime, Cinderella, which runs up to Sunday 3 January,
the year kicks off with a bang as Steve Steinman brings his fuel-injected stage
show Anything For Love to Darlington
celebrating the music of Meatloaf (Mon 18 January). The show will feature
Lorraine Crosby, the original vocalist on the hit duet ‘I ‘d Do Anything for
Love (But I Won’t Do That)’.
Birmingham Stage Company, the company behind Billionaire Boy and Awful
Auntie, returns to Darlington between Thu 25 and Sun 28 February with a
four day run of their stage adaptation of the David Walliams children’s classic
Strictly Come Dancing favourite Giovanni Pernice will set the Hippodrome
stage alight with his brand new show This
Is Me (Mon 15 March). Giovanni will be joined by his cast of professional
dancers and there is an opportunity to book a VIP pre-show meet and greet on
the night! If you prefer your entertainment to be a little more sedate but no
less entertaining then enjoy The Good
Old Days of Variety (Tue 16 March) as headline guests The Dreamers are
joined by comedy legend Duggie Brown and Victoria Jones with her amazing tribute
to Cilla Black.
a star-studded cast from stage and screen, By
The Waters of Liverpool is a new stage adaptation of Helen Forrester’s
million-selling book. Sian Reeves and Mark Moraghan head the cast in this
passionate and emotional story of life and love during World War Two.
and May bring a selection of shows for
one night only including tribute to Tina Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It (Tue 6 April), One Night at the VE Day Proms (Tue 4 May) and an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Wednesday 5 May)
talking about his life from schoolboy to the world’s greatest living explorer. Kate Rusby brings her exquisite folk
vocals to Darlington (Thu 6 May) alongside her four piece band and the Vortice Dance Company from Portugal
present their contemporary take on the classic horror novel Dracula (Mon 17 May). Music lovers have
a treat in store with Walk Right Back
– the story of the Everly Brothers (Tue 18 May), The Magic of Motown (Thu 20 May), Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (Fri 21 May) and Seven Drunken Nights celebrating the
music of The Dubliners (Sat 22 May).
will love The Tiger Who Came To Tea
(Thu 3 to Sat 5 June). This stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s enchanting story
comes direct form the West End and celebrates ten years on stage. For a night
of comedy there’s none finer than Jason
Manford who brings his one man show, Like
Me, to Darlington (Sat 31 July) as part of his UK tour. Lovers of musical
theatre will be spoilt for choice as Jonathan Andell and Jai McDowall bring
their show Les Musicals to the
Hippodrome with songs from the likes of Wicked,
Miss Saigon, Chess and of course Les Misérables.
further ahead, we welcome 2022 with the fab-u-luss musical Strictly Ballroom (Mon 3 to Sat 8 January 2022) based on the
award-winning film, directed by Craig Revel Horwood and starring Kevin Clifton.
are already on-sale for the 2021 season; book early to secure the best seats by
calling the box office on 01325 405405 or visiting www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
- and make sure to sign up to their
mailing list or follow them on social media to be the first to hear about what
else is in store for 2021.
WALLIAMS’ GANGSTA GRANNY RETURNS TO DARLINGTON HIPPODROME
25 to Sunday 28 February 2021
are on sale now for the award winning children’s story by David Walliams which
is brought to life at Darlington Hippodrome from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28
It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means
only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie
and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo
boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday
nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks
on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!
From the acclaimed producers of
Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie comes the award-winning West End production of
this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for
Granny runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 February
2021. To book or for more information call the Box office on 01325 405405 or
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 UK
tour of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, starring Kevin Clifton
and directed by Craig Revel Horwood, has been rescheduled and will now run at
Darlington Hippodrome from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 January 2022.
everyone’s safety in these uncertain times, the producers of Strictly Ballroom
The Musical had to take the difficult decision to reschedule the original tour
dates. But the good news is that all of the shows in the touring schedule have
been rearranged and ticketsfor each performance
will be exchanged automatically, so fans will not miss out on this musical
extravaganza. People who had booked for the show’s original dates will be
contacted by the Hippodrome box office.
said: “I’m really delighted that the Strictly Ballroom tour has been rescheduled.
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s my all-time favourite film and Scott Hastings is my dream role, so I
can’t wait to bring this musical to
theatres across the UK next year. In the meantime,
please stay safe and keep well everyone.”
Craig Revel Horwood
Horwood added: “I’m thrilled that our new
production of Strictly Ballroom The Musical has been rescheduled for 2021/2022.
The tour may be a year later, but you can still expect those same sexy dance
moves, scintillating costumes and a simply FAB-U-LOUS show for all to enjoy,
starring the one and only Kevin Clifton!”
Ballroom The Musical tells the beguiling story of Scott Hastings, a talented,
arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer. When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian
Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner with no moves at
all. Inspired by one another, this unlikely pair gather the courage to defy
both convention and their families – and discover
that, to be winners, the steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom.
show-stopping book by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, and bringing together a
sublime cast of over 20 world class performers, Strictly Ballroom brings to
life iconic songs, including Love is
in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time with dynamic and
joyous verve. This tour will also feature some amazing new songs by
internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie
Perfect.The show’s scintillating singing, dazzling dancing and eye-popping costumes will
combine together to bring audiences a story of heart, comedy and drama, and
promises to be an unforgettable night under the glitter ball.
and courageous musical originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised
with a group of classmates at Sydney’s National
Institute of Dramatic Art in 1984. Eight years later he made his screen
directorial debut with ‘Strictly
Ballroom’, the first instalment in
Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy. The vibrant film enjoyed staggering
success, winning three awards at the 1993 BAFTA awards and a 1994 Golden Globe
nomination for Best Picture, going on to become one of the most successful
Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office.
In April 2014 Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its world premiere at the
Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is a fabulous, feel-good evening full of
sequins, singing and salsa. This unmissable kaleidoscope of glitz and glamour
is a tonic for the soul and will send your heart soaring and toes tapping long
after you leave the theatre!
Ballroom runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 January
2022. To book or for more information call the Box office on 01325 405405 or