I HAVE been a regular patron of Darlington Hippodrome (formally the Civic) and enjoy most of the shows they put on.

The staff are always helpful, but I do think that at times it is a shame to see many empty seats, especially mid week or for matinees.

Perhaps the theatre could engage with the local nursing homes, outreach centres and day cares and offer a discount for these performances – I know for sure that there are plenty of OAPs who would love a trip to the Hippodrome but find the cost a little prohibitive.

It is a shame that they miss out on the great entertainment we all get to enjoy.

Steven Jacobs, Middleton St George