Project: The Hippodrome Theatre
Project: The Hippodrome Theatre
Project: The Hippodrome Theatre

The Hippodrome is one of the UK’s largest community-run theatres and has been owned and run by the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) for over 50 years.

The theatre presents arts and cultural events throughout the year and hosts many other arts and educational organisations events both professional and community-based.

Towns Fund investment will expand the offer and increase jobs and training prospects within the creative industries, in particular, for young people.

Funding will be targeted towards:

  • Extending the existing theatre building to create a new fully accessible performance space
  • The provision of a cinema space
  • A new space to allow for the expansion of our youth theatre section
  • Additional public spaces and refurbishment of existing spaces to increase the number of events
  • Increased daytime use of the building to promote footfall along Halifax Road and an increase in visitors to Todmorden
  • Purchase of an off-site storage unit to increase the amount of public space available
  • Increasing employment opportunities for people working in the creative arts

Towns Fund investment will expand the offer and increase jobs and training prospects within the creative industries, in particular, for young people.

Funding will be targeted towards:

  • Extending the existing theatre building to create a new fully accessible performance space
  • The provision of a cinema space
  • A new space to allow for the expansion of our youth theatre section
  • Additional public spaces and refurbishment of existing spaces to increase the number of events
  • Increased daytime use of the building to promote footfall along Halifax Road and an increase in visitors to Todmorden
  • Purchase of an off-site storage unit to increase the amount of public space available
  • Increasing employment opportunities for people working in the creative arts

Towns Fund Alignment

✓ Arts, culture & heritage
✓ Skills & Enterprise infrastructure
✓ Covid-19 recovery plan
✓ Clean growth

Strategic Alignment

✓ National Planning Policy Framework
✓ Historic England Corporate Plan
✓ Visit Britain & Visit England 5-Year Plan
✓ West Yorkshire Strategic Economic Framework
✓ Welcome to Yorkshire Recovery Plan
✓ Leeds City Region Destination Plan
✓ Calderdale Vital Signs
✓ Calderdale Adult Learning Strategic Plan
✓ Calderdale All Age Disability Strategy
✓ Calderdale Visitor Economy Strategy
✓ Draft Todmorden Neighbourhood Plan

Town Deal Funding will:

  • Provide new creative, retail and storage spaces
  • Increase visitors to arts, cultural and heritage events
  • Extend positive perception of The Hippodrome
  • Create more volunteer and member opportunities
  • Increase visitors to Todmorden