Former bingo hall is sold by Top Ten Holdings to an unnamed person
Buyer revealed as Christopher Anthony, who wants to demolish the building
Theatre Trust urges the council to save the building
Fire starts in the old theatre, stage curtain prevents more serious damage
Feb 8, 2008
Mystery person offers to purchase and restore the theatre, but nothing comes.
Feb 25, 2008
Derby City Council issues urgent works notice, thousands of £s of repairs needed
Mar 10, 2008
Anonymous person sends pictures of the theatre's state to the Derby Telegraph
Mar 19, 2008
Workers start on the roof, causing it to collapse along with huge wall sections
Mar 28, 2008
The sight of an excavator before the work begins causes uncertainty, but the site foreman informs the council that it is a precautionary measure in case of collapse of the unstable Macklin Street wall.
Derby City Council take Mr Anthony to High Court in London to stop further work
Mr Anthony is found to be linked to another controversial building project
Apr 8, 2008
Mr Anthony withdraws his app. to demolish the building, promises new plans
City council weatherproofs the theatre. Never recoups the money from Mr Anthony
Council serves enforcement notice, ordering Mr Anthony to repair the building
They also reveal that they are considering prosecuting him for illegal demolition.
Notice is withdrawn after Mr Anthony threatens an appeal
The appeal would mean a long and costly battle for the council. They instead decide to work with him to find new uses for the building.
Firefighters are called to deal with flaming pile of rubbish at the building
The fire was later said to be arson
City council confirms legal action against Mr Anthony & contractor Wayne Watson
The city council pursues legal action for the damage caused to the theatre.
The men plead not guilty to causing damage, at Derbyshire Magistrate's Court
Mr Anthony's plans to turn the Hippodrome site into a car park with some housing are also submitted to the city council.
Hippodrome placed fifth on the 2009 Theatre Buildings At Risk Register
Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust is set up, aiming to get the theatre rebuilt
Mr Anthony reveals to the Derby Telegraph he is putting the building up for sale
His desired sale price is £1.2m, the sum that he had spent on the building.
Firefighters are called to deal with another basement fire, Macklin Street side
Feb 10, 2010
Mr Anthony changes his plea to guilty of damaging the theatre
Feb 23, 2010
Charges against Mr Watson are dropped and it is accepted that Mr Anthony did not deliberately cause damage to the building. A probe into his finances is sentenced.
Charges against Mr Watson are dropped
Feb 23, 2010
It is accepted Mr Anthony did not deliberately cause damage to the building