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1. a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
2. (in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races


In ancient Greece, a stadium for horse and chariot racing.

circus, hippodrome

In ancient Rome, a roofless enclosure for chariot or horse racing and for gladiatorial shows; usually a long oblong with one rounded end and a barrier down the center; seats for the spectators usually on both sides and around one end.


1. A circus.
2. A modern sports arena of any shape.
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The playbill features a selection of the most famous artists who have trodden the Hippodrome's boards over the last 120 years, such as The Beatles and Judy Garland.
Having joined in October 2015 and developed the theatre's festival strategy, youth programme and series of free activities in the theatre building, Fiona says it is now time to ensure the Hippodrome continues to develop for the next 120 years.
Details of the event, an afternoon when the theatre was filled with women who worked in shell factories, have been unearthed by Hippodrome heritage volunteers Sophie Lewis and Ivan Heard.
"The Hippodrome's unique style and location are a perfect fit for us to continue our work of matching employers with job seekers around the globe."
It will be staged at the Hippodrome from June 28, 2016 to September 3, 2016.
The Hippodrome in West Derby Road is pictured about this time with a tram stopped to take on passengers heading for town.
Turkish contractor Ali Demirhan has completed the first stage of construction of 1,700-meter-long hippodrome in Dubai.
Glyn Hughes, 76, from Brynteg, said: "I used to go to the Hippodrome when I was young, it was one shilling nine pence then.
"The Middlesbrough Hippodrome was his third collaboration with the Birmingham firm of theatre architects Owen and Ward - Mr G F Ward was the architect of the Civic Theatre, formerly the Hippodrome, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in September.
In 1846 in Paris, Victor Franconi, a member of a French circus family, built the first structure in modern times to be called a hippodrome.
The Hippodrome supplied feed and boxes and was part-owner of an adjoining hotel, at which the stable personnel were lodged.