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A trip home to Texas gets wildly out of hand when Marley returns to her estranged father’s failing liquor store with her new fiancé. Hoping for a quick visit, she instead finds herself stranded with her football hero ex-boyfriend, an old high school chum and the ghost of the bear-wrestling pioneer who founded their town.

January 24 - February 16

Coming Soon

Feb. 28 - March 22 

Marie and Rosetta is a story of letting loose, finding your voice, and freeing your soul in a soaring musical experience. Previews will take place on February 26 & 27, and the show opens officially on February 28 and will run until March 22.

The Golem of Prague

March 28 & 29
April 3 & 4

The Hippodrome Theatre is collaborating with the University of Florida School of Music to bring the opera, The Golem of Prague to the Hipp Mainstage for four days only!

Apr. 24 - May 17

Native Gardens is a side-splitting comedy of good intentions and bad manners, rising career professionals move in next door to deep-rooted D.C. socialites. Previews will take place on April 22 & 23, and the show opens officially on April 24 and will run until May 17.

The Mainstage

The Hippodrome is celebrating its 47th season as the only professional theatre within a 120-mile radius of Gainesville, Florida. The Hippodrome is a multifunctional professional theatre complex housing a 268-seat thrust-stage. Each year, the Hippodrome produces at least eight fully-staged professional productions including one extended-run musical, and two holiday-themed shows.

The Hippodrome was founded in 1972 by six artists (Bruce Cornwell, Gregory Hausch, Mary Hausch, Kerry McKinney, Marilyn Wall and Orin Wechsberg) with the goal of presenting the best in challenging, contemporary theatre.

In 1979, the Hippodrome moved into Gainesville’s most prominent building, the historic Federal Building, located in the heart of downtown Gainesville. The Hippodrome, with support from the community, the State of Florida and a $150,000 Challenge Grant from the NEA, raised nearly $2 million dollars to restore this magnificent building and convert it into its present facility: a 276 seat, thrust-stage theatre with rehearsal space and a scene shop, an 75-seat cinema, an art gallery, bar, box office and administrative offices.

The new theatre opened its doors in early 1980, and in 1981 the Hippodrome was designated a State Theatre of Florida. The theatre enjoys recognition as one of the leading regional theaters in the country, with the primary goal of providing the best season of theater for audiences throughout the state. In maintaining this goal, the Hippodrome has become a major cultural resource to the community and the State of Florida, staging mainstage productions for more than 60,000 people annually.