White Christmas at Royal Hippodrome

The recycled white piano which is being used in White Christmas at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne.

The recycled white piano which is being used in White Christmas at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne.

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The Royal Hippodrome Theatre launched its festive season with the first performance of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

It is the first time in nearly 20 years that the towns’ oldest theatre has been open during the winter.

The newly-formed Hippodrome Community Theatre Company (RHT Community Productions) has produced the show and have certainly been up-cycling to the max!

Virtually every piece of furniture, set dressing and curtaining has been reclaimed from the darkest recesses of the building.

Nothing has gone to waste, chairs have been re-painted, moth-eaten, threadbare curtains have been revived and they even found a decaying old grand piano which has been transformed into a glossy white centerpiece for one of the shows biggest numbers.

The audience on the first performance were treated to a fantastic show, which left most of them singing along in their seats.

Some =visitors were expecting a Christmas-themed concert but were delighted to discover a full musical taken from the film of the same name.

There is a full orchestra, very talented cast, many of whom have come to Eastbourne from West End shows and, thanks to the Arndale Centre, the theatre will be fully decorated from their recycled Christmas decorations.

The company is playing matinees every Thursday through to December 12, then a full run December 19-January 4.

Check website for full performance schedule. www.royalhippodrome.com Tickets can be booked directly through the theatre or via Eastbourne Theatres Box Office on 01323 412000.