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Hippodrome / Coventry Theatre / Apollo show archive

An attempt to list all the shows ever performed at our Hippodromes, beginning with the temporary circus buildings, which from 1884 were specially erected on Pool Meadow for each visit - then, in 1903, to the first permanent, but short-lived, 'Tin' Hippodrome on the Priory Street side of Pool Meadow facing the old Swimming Baths. The popularity of these shows created the demand for a theatre worthy of our city, and so in 1906 began the construction in Hales Street, next to Swanswell Gate, of what we now regard as the Old Hippodrome.
Again, the success of this theatre meant that barely three decades later a greater capacity was required, and so we come to our lovely art-deco New Hippodrome in Hales Street, once known as the Showplace of the Midlands. Opening on the 1st November 1937, it was renamed Coventry Theatre in 1955, then from 1979 became The Apollo, giving its final performance in June 1985. After a short spell as a bingo hall it was eventually realised that such a building could not be put to any practical use, so, sadly, it was demolished in 2002. If anyone still has any tickets or programmes and would like to see them used to illustrate a show, please contact me.



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1904

'Tin' Hippodrome, Pool Meadow

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 28th Feb until Fri 4th Mar 1904Le Roy, Talma and BoscoWorld's Monarchs of Magic in the heaviest and most costly show in the world. Plus, Bros. Esdale, Clarice Netta, Toney Iveson, Happy Attwood, and more.
Mon 7th Mar until Sat 12th Mar 1904The Marvellous StaigsIn their elevated bicycle performance. Plus, Syd Herman, Ivy Lennard, Stylo, The Mannons. Bennet and German, and more.
Mon 14th Mar until Sat 19th Mar 1904Miss Marie LoftusEngland's greatest serio comic and burlesque actress. Plus, Tom Hays, Miss Omega, the O'Martis Troupe, Fred Curran, and others.
Mon 21st Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1904Zarmo, Original Comic JugglerWith, Cora Gray, Miss Criss Florence, Les Voces, the Laurels, Harry Bent, Selbo, etc.
Mon 28th Mar until Sat 2nd Apr 1904Charles Morritt, World's Greatest IllusionistPlus, The Warlocks, The Sisters Terry, Master George, The Hippograph, Miss Marie Elsie, Ryder Sloane, and more.
Mon 4th Apr until Sat 9th Apr 1904Miss Lydia Yeamans-TitusThe greatest Vaudeville star of the day. Plus, Beatie blanch, Alfred & Theodore, The Two Bees, Patty Yole, The Metramos, Walter Clark, the Herald Comedy Four.
Mon 11th Apr until Sat 16th Apr 1904The Chevers and Kennedy CompanyMiss Lue Lord, Lidden & Hayward, Valeria, Miss Lucy Marney, Walter Munroe, George Globe, and Prince Ishmael.
Mon 18th Apr until Sat 23rd Apr 1904Arsuka, Troupe of JapanesePlus, Miss Vakey Gaflar. Messrs' Hart & Reed. Full London Company performing "The Enemy of Man". Will Dalton. Three Clarions. And more.
Mon 25th Apr until Sat 30th Apr 1904For King and CountryTom Herman's Grand Military Spectacle. Plus, Andy Fagan, Miss Cooper, The Brewsters, Nelson's Newsboys Quintette, and more.
Mon 2nd May until Sat 7th May 1904Remingtons, Gymnastic Speciality ActWith Lily Turner, Mystic Gause, Haidee Lee and Wallace Kingston, Cliff and Kean, Maud Clifton, Maddison Dubois, Sandy and Carl.
Mon 9th May until Sat 14th May 1904The Real Chinese PrincessesPrincesses Le Hung Foo and Maggin. Madeleine May. George Prince. Lord, Murray and Lord. The Four Sisters Trees. The Hansons, and more.
Mon 16th May until Sat 21st May 1904British QuartetteGeorge Daunton, Obo Brothers, The Howards, Two Maddison Girls, Steeley & Dowton, The O'Malleys, Helene & Emilion.
Mon 23rd May until Sat 28th May 1904Brinn, with 'Pastimes on a Battleship'Including balancing a complete Carriage and Gun while firing. Plus, Flo Hilton, Grey and Welford, Steens, Tom Vine, and more.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1904Mis Maggie DugganThe greatest of all living descriptive and character comediennes. Plus, Ernie Myers, Lily Lonsdale, Mdlle. Lucretia, Luba de Sarema, and others.
Mon 6th Jun until Sat 11th Jun 1904Professor Duncans Canine OrchestraPlus, the Morrison Sisters, Morton & Rendon, the Three Rumphios, CHas. McGregor, Kennedy, and may more.
Mon 13th Jun until Sat 18th Jun 1904Anestatse and BarrettIn an exhibition of English and French boxing. Plus, Pat Carey, Alexandra Royal, The Haldynes, The Fordices, Bill Baitey, and others.
Mon 20th Jun until Sat 25th Jun 1904Cooke and RothertThe great north American eccentrics. Plus, Lil Gorman, Nash and Noel, The Great Revell Troupe, Sisters Pool, The Sylvestograph, latest war and comic films, and more.
Mon 27th Jun until Sat 2nd Jul 1904Capt. Alfonso Gerard's Troupe of Performing LionsWith, Bros. Hannaway, Amstell and Luie, Ford Wallace, Tom Prichard, Minni Munroe, Bioscope, and more.
Mon 4th Jul until Sat 9th Jul 1904Lama LamaIn a great speciality performance from Berlin. Plus, Sam Shipley, Beatie Worth, and many others.
Mon 11th Jul until Sat 16th Jul 1904The Abadaroffs, Prehistoric MountebanksPlus, Bill Bailey, Miss Bliss, Miss Emma Amies, Robins and Collier, Mayfleur Brooks, and others.
Mon 18th Jul until Sat 23rd Jul 1904The Arthur Saxon TrioThe strongest men living. Plus, Bella Leaburn, Merton and Rydon, Rappo and Ella, Martino, and others.
Mon 25th Jul until Sat 30th Jul 1904Mademoiselle FlorenceThe famous London to Brighton Globe Walker. Plus, Tom Hughes, Clyo and Russell, Hallow, Chevers and Monti, and more.
Mon 1st Aug until Sat 6th Aug 1904Captain Woodward's Wonderful Sea LionsPlus, Marks and Marks, Edie Endon, Clarks, Royal, Keen and Waldo, Bianchi.
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 27th Aug 1904Lanas and Demotesm, Comedy ActPlus Florence and Monlell, Larry Lassus, James Jee, George Rennie, and many others.
Mon 29th Aug until Sat 3rd Sep 1904O'Brian BrothersThe greatest Three Bar performers in the World. Plus comedian, J. Croft, Sisters Brookland, Bell Pearl and Co., and more.
Mon 5th Sep until Sat 10th Sep 1904Driscoll and BeattieIn grand comedy sketch. Ray and Miles, Amy Elcock, Craig, Rose & Craig, etc.
Mon 12th Sep until Sat 17th Sep 1904Ginnette's Great Rejected RemountsPlus, George Lane, George and Edwards, Les Belles Americaines, Bodnia Trio, and others.
Mon 19th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1904James Day - The Birmingham PostmanThe famous handcuff expert. Plus, Warde & Wylie, Miss Rosie Bartlett, The Dixon Brothers, Tom Ford, and more.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1904Woolford's CircusIncluding, Prosper, Miss Ethel Davis, Revington and Gordon, Boccaccio Comedians, and many more.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1904Tom and Marie MotramoIn their musical comedy act, "Chase me Girls, I can Reverse." Plus, Beatty & Blanche, Three Original Ferganas, Tom Steward, and others.
Mon 10th Oct until Sat 15th Oct 1904The Great Achmed Ibrahim Troupe of Real Bedouin Ten ArabsPlus, Keith and Werson, Miss Nellie Randell, Little Uno, Carl and Andy, and more.
Mon 17th Oct until Sat 22nd Oct 1904Auto Atlas, The Continental WonderWho will lift a real motor car with three people in with his teeth. Plus, Benson and Waite, Dorothy Wyladd, Mons. Souplessi, etc.
Mon 24th Oct until Sat 29th Oct 1904Claude Ginnett's Original 'Rejected Remounts'Plus, Selby and Myers, The Alaskarions, Herald Comedy, Bob Hamilton, The Mill Girls, and more.
Mon 31st Oct until Sat 5th Nov 1904DelevinesIn a new act entitles 'Flirtation', a pantomimical musical melange. Plus, Professor Hulbert, Bliss and Bliss, The Great Kyoto, and others.
Mon 7th Nov until Sat 12th Nov 1904Miss Ella and her Marvellous Troupe of Educated Forest-Bred LionsPlus, Miss Valoni Vandum, Mdlle. Elenorium, Miss Molly Doon, Sisters Lee, and many more.
Mon 14th Nov until Sat 19th Nov 1904Imperial Boys OrchestraPlus, Messrs. Selby & Myers, Miss Scott, Ernie Myers, Matt Wilkinson.s comedy company, and much more.
Mon 21st Nov until Sat 26th Nov 1904Miss Scott HannefordThe World's Greatest Barebacked Equestrienne. Plus, Jack Hilton, Miss Dolly Seymour, Miss Biddall, Ike Scott & Son, and many more.
Mon 28th Nov until Sat 3rd Dec 1904ZantoriosWith Frank Dunlop, The Countees, Reuben Hill, Toil D'Araigne'e. Ryder and Beeman, The Hanniford Family, and others.
Mon 5th Dec until Sat 10th Dec 1904The BensonsPlus, Miss Marie Blythe, The Woellhafs, The Glaitorions, Oakley & James in 'The Lady and the Doctor, Miss Daisy Ray, and more.
Mon 12th Dec until Sat 17th Dec 1904Harry Grey, Comedy MerchantPlus, G. W. Foster, Miss Ada Martine, Helm & Cozens, Zanfretta & Napio, Signor Napiolo, and others.
Mon 19th Dec until Sat 24th Dec 1904The Brothers AshleyIn a comedy boxing sketch. Plus, Gertrude Moore, Chas. Dixon, Michael and Polo, Miss Katie, Lynn, and more.
Mon 26th Dec until Sat 31st Dec 1904Miss Nellie WallaceDirect from the Tivoli, London. Plus, Miss Grace Compton, Onda and Leon, Robins and Collier, the Royal Victorian Trio, and more.

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Also of interest might be A short history of Coventry's Theatres and Cinemas, by Bill Birch.

 
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