Darlington has a rich theatre heritage, a wealth of theatre talent working here now, and the future looks bright, with Darlington Hippodrome opening in November 2017 and The Hullabaloo in December 2017. 

Jabberwocky Market has brought award-winning pop-up theatre events to Darlington since 2013.  In 2018 they are expected to programme activity in spring and in October, with further information at here.

Creative Darlington has offered support to Theatre Hullabaloo for their pioneering work with children and young people during 2018/19.

Creative Darlington welcomes enquires from those involved in theatre based in Darlington or interested in sharing exciting and original theatre within Darlington.

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A theatre town, a railway town and a town to visit are three key ingredients in our plans to develop the Darlington Experience for visitors and people living or working in the town.

Darlington Theatre Town, an exciting programme of theatre activity, was staged in 2017, with financial support from Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts and Darlington Borough Council.  The project involved Creative Darlington, Darlington Hippodrome, Luxi, Theatre Hullabaloo and ODDMANOUT and sort to cement Darlington’s place as a Theatre Town and a place where theatre thrives. The programme included Wet Picnic’s The Ball in the Market Square in August, a Pop-Up TheatreTown programme featuring Jabberwocky Market and Paines Plough Roundabout, Laitrum Theatre presenting Micro-Shakespeare at Crown Street Library and The Cornmill Centre in October, and The Market Laboratory Theatre from Johannesburg and ODDMANOUT from Darlington performing Encountering the Other, at Darlington Hippodrome in November. Training opportunities for the wider sector were offered and knowledge and data about audiences developed.