This Wonderful Life

The Hippodrome is proud to bring an amazing one-man production of “THIS WONDERFUL LIFE directly to you this holiday season. Company member David Patrick Ford inhabits every role in this heartfelt, hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, Mary, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this moving exploration of hope, compassion and togetherness.The Boston Globe said, “Like the film that inspired it, it quietly celebrates a simple truth: Little Things mean more than we know.”

Starring David Patrick Ford, previously seen in SCROOGE IN ROUGE and PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER, THIS WONDERFUL LIFE is directed by Stephanie Lynge.

Don’t miss this one-week special run, Streaming December 4 – 10th

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for the power of people and organizations to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected. It emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing social distancing. 

The Hippodrome is celebrating its 48th season as the only professional theatre within a 120-mile radius of Gainesville, Florida. Join us on November 28th in the season of giving as we continue to remember and reimagine what the world of theater can be in a virtual showcasing of the variety of staff, artists, and patrons that make up the Hipp.

A Christmas Carol


A CHRISTMAS CAROL, that Gainesville holiday tradition of singing and storytelling, returns again this year through our #HippAtHome productions.  Enchanting us for it’s 43rd year in a row, we will be streaming our archival recording of 2019’s brand new adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Children of all ages are sure to enjoy this classic Christmas tale! 

Adapted by company member Niall McGinty, and starring company member Gregg Jones as Scrooge and a bevy of talented local children, this show of wonderment and joy is the perfect way to spend time with your loved ones for the holidays.

Don’t miss this holiday tradition, Streaming December 7 – January 3rd.

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Our Commitment to Action

To Our Community: The Hippodrome Theater has been on a journey for several years that has been brought into sharp focus with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent outpouring of voices and stories. Those