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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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New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Mon 14th Feb until Sat 19th Feb 1944The Royal Carl Rosa Opera CompanyThe opera programme opened with 'La Traviata' on the Monday, followed by 'Madam Butterfly' on the 15th, 'Rigoletto' on the 16th, 'Faust' on the 17th, ending with 'La Boheme' on Saturday 19th.Click to view
Mon 21st Feb until Sat 4th Mar 1944Harry Benet's Royal Majestic CircusThe Greatest Ring Show in the Country.
Mon 6th Mar until Sat 11th Mar 1944Staff DanceNew Comedy by Robert Morley.
Mon 13th Mar until Sat 18th Mar 1944International BalletWith Mona Inglesby, Nina Tarakanova, Harold Turner, Algeranoff, Leslie French, and Full Orchestra.
Mon 20th Mar until Sat 25th Mar 1944Meet Me VictoriaStarring Lupino Lane, with Phyllis Robins and Mai Bacon, plus Mantovani and his Orchestra.
Mon 27th Mar until Sat 1st Apr 1944It's Time To DanceWith Elsie Randolph and Fred Emney.
Mon 3rd Apr until Sat 8th Apr 1944Jill, Darling!Musical Comedy, with Barbara Blair and Marjorie Sandford.
Mon 10th Apr until Sat 15th Apr 1944Troise and His MandoliersWith Randolph Sutton, Worthy & Jarrett, Billy Danvers, and others.
Mon 17th Apr until Sat 22nd Apr 1944All-Star Variety ShowWith Afrique, the Western Bros., Collinson & Breen, Manley & Austin, and others.
Mon 24th Apr until Sat 29th Apr 1944Serenade To FunLew & Leslie Grade's New Road Show, with Monte Rey, Forsythe, Seamon & Farrell, Billy Thorburn, and others.
Tue 2nd May until Sat 6th May 1944The Quaker GirlMusical Comedy, with Celia Lipton, Ivy St. Helier, Billy Milton and Hal Bryan.
Mon 8th May until Sat 13th May 1944Variety ShowWith Charlie Kunz, Jack Daly, Nellie Wallace, and others.
Mon 15th May until Sat 20th May 1944Anne Shelton"The Golden Voice of Radio", with Suzette Tarri, Yale Bros., and others.
Mon 22nd May until Sat 27th May 1944All-Star Variety ShowWith Cyril Fletcher, Turner Layton, George Elrick and His Band, and others.
Mon 29th May until Sat 3rd Jun 1944Billy Cotton and his BandWith Ernest Shannon, Taylor & Thomas, and others.
Mon 5th Jun until Sat 10th Jun 1944EmmaBy Jane Austin. Starring Anna Neagle.
Mon 12th Jun until Sat 17th Jun 1944Sadler's Wells Opera Co. and OrchestraPerforming Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro and The Bartered Bride.
Mon 19th Jun until Sat 24th Jun 1944ClaudiaComedy, starring Gene Ray, with Phyllis Dare, Tom Gill and William Roderick.
Mon 26th Jun until Sat 1st Jul 1944Max Miller The Cheeky ChappieWith Rupert Hazell & Elsie Day, Lai Founs, Ed & Barbara Andrews, and others.
Mon 3rd Jul until Sat 8th Jul 1944Old Mother Riley and Her Daughter KittyStarring Arthur Lucan & Kitty McShane.
Mon 10th Jul until Sat 15th Jul 1944Henry Hall and his OrchestraWith Noni & Nita, Eddie Ready & Joy, Peter Waring, and others.
Mon 17th Jul until Sat 22nd Jul 1944Africa StarsWith Leslie Henson, Hermione Baddeley, Walter Crishan, and others.
Mon 24th Jul until Sat 29th Jul 1944Geraldo and His OrchestraWith Douglas Byng, The Wonder Wheelers, Billy "Uke" Scott, and others.Click to view
Mon 31st Jul until Sat 5th Aug 1944Zuider ZeeFeaturing Macari and his Dutch Serenaders, Arthur Prince, Nosmo King, and others.
Mon 7th Aug until Sat 12th Aug 1944Artistes and ModelsWith Gaston & Andree, Stanelli, Clifford & Wrigley, and others.
Mon 14th Aug until Sat 19th Aug 1944The London Philharmonic Orchestra"Details of Programme on Application".
Mon 21st Aug until Sat 26th Aug 1944The Merry WidowWith Cyril Ritchard and Madge Elliott.
Mon 28th Aug until Sat 2nd Sep 1944The Gypsy PrincessFull Cast and Production from the Saville Theatre, London.
Mon 4th Sep until Sat 9th Sep 1944Junior MissWith Joan White, Ronald Ward, Frank Leighton, Peggy Cummins, Linda Gray, and others.
Mon 11th Sep until Sat 23rd Sep 1944Arsenic and Old LaceFirth Shephard's own All-Star Company.
Mon 25th Sep until Sat 30th Sep 1944There Shall Be No NightBy Robert E. Sherwood, with Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne and Frederick Lloyd.
Mon 2nd Oct until Sat 7th Oct 1944The Love RacketStarring Arthur Askey.
Mon 9th Oct until Sat 14th Oct 1944Daughter JanieNew York's latest Comedy Hit, with Lydia Sherwood, Mercia Swinburne, Ronald Simpson and Ian Fleming.
Mon 16th Oct until Sat 21st Oct 1944The Quaker GirlWith Celia Lipton, Ivy St. Helier, Billy Milton, Hal Bryan, and others.
Mon 23rd Oct until Sat 28th Oct 1944GangwayStarring Ted Ray and Jill Manners.
Mon 30th Oct until Sat 4th Nov 1944Hit The SkySong and Laughter Show, with Hutch, "Monsewer" Edie Gray, George Doonan, and others.
Mon 6th Nov until Sat 11th Nov 1944Jack Payne and His OrchestraFeaturing Scott Sanders, George & Jack Dormonde, Betty Webb, and others.
Mon 13th Nov until Sat 18th Nov 1944Rocky Mountain RhythmFeaturing Big Bill Campbell.
Mon 20th Nov until Sat 25th Nov 1944Panama HattieMusical Comedy, starring Max Wall, Bebe Daniels and Claude Hulbert.
Mon 27th Nov until Sat 2nd Dec 1944Three WaltzesStarring Evelyn Laye, with Esmond Knight, Charles Goldner, and others.
Mon 4th Dec until Sat 9th Dec 1944HappidromeWith Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss, Harry Korris, Robbie Vincent, and others.
Mon 11th Dec until Sat 16th Dec 1944All-Star Variety ShowWith Robb Wilton, Teddy Brown and Adelaide Hall. (Closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Sat 23rd Dec 1944 until Sat 10th Feb 1945The Babes In The WoodStarring Dave & Joe O'Gorman, Joy Hayden, Con Kenna, John Clifford, the Ganjou Brothers & Juanita, and others. (Over 140,000 people attended this Coventry Hippodrome pantomime during its seven week run!)

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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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