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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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1949

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Mon 21st Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1949D'Oyly Carte Opera CompanyA different Gilbert & Sullivan Opera each night.
Tue 29th Mar until Sat 23rd Apr 1949Stars On IceWith Adele Inge, Valerie Moon, Marilyn Telfer, and others.
Mon 25th Apr until Sat 30th Apr 1949The Chocolate SoldierRomantic Musical with Fred Emney, Olga Gwynne, Roy Royston, Gene Marien, and others.
Mon 2nd May until Sat 7th May 1949Private Livesby Noel Coward, with Margaret Lockwood & Peter Graves.
Mon 9th May until Sat 21st May 1949Glamorous NightBy Ivor Novello, with Sylvia Cecil, Barry Mackay and others.
Mon 23rd May until Sat 28th May 1949International BalletA different ballet each night.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1949Worm's Eye ViewComedy, with Jack Stock and O'Donovan Shiell.
Mon 6th Jun until Sat 11th Jun 1949Her ExcellencyWith Cecele Courtneidge.
Mon 13th Jun until Sat 18th Jun 1949Sky HighWith Jimmy Edwards, Freddie Frinton and Joyce Golding.
Mon 20th Jun until Sat 2nd Jul 1949Folies Bergere RevueWith Francoise Flore, Raymond Girerd, Vivian et Tassi, Jacki Hunter, and others.
Mon 4th Jul until Sat 9th Jul 1949Bob's Your UncleWith Leslie Henson and Vera Pierce.
Mon 11th Jul until Sat 23rd Jul 1949Sadler's Wells Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.
Mon 25th Jul until Sat 30th Jul 1949The Chiltern HundredsWith Marjorie Fielding, A. E. Matthews and George Curzon.
Mon 1st Aug until Sat 6th Aug 1949Hold Your BreathAqua Revuette, with Lieut. Landon Richardson's Frogmen.
Mon 8th Aug until Sat 13th Aug 1949Piccadilly HayrideWith Nat Jackley, The Costello Twins, and others.
Mon 15th Aug until Sat 20th Aug 1949Thanks For The MemoryWith G. H. Elliott, Gertie Gitana, Ella Shields, and others.
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 3rd Sep 1949Waltzes from ViennaThe music of Johann Strauss.
Mon 5th Sep until Sat 10th Sep 1949From The FrenchComedy, with Harold Warrender, Derek Bond and Eleanor Summerfield.
Mon 12th Sep until Sat 17th Sep 1949Waltz TimeMusical Romance.
Tue 20th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1949Castle In The AirWorld Premiere, with Jack Buchanan.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1949The Happiest Days Of Your LifeFarce, with Joyce Barbour, George Howe, Colin Gordon, and others.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1949Song of NorwayMusical based on the life of Edvard Grieg.
Mon 10th Oct until Sat 22nd Oct 1949Perchance To DreamRomantic Musical, with Ruthene Leclerc, Hilary de Chaville, and others.
Mon 24th Oct until Sat 29th Oct 1949Colossal Birthday Week ShowVariety, with Allan Jones, Reg Dixon, and others.
Mon 31st Oct until Sat 12th Nov 1949Bitter SweetBy Noel Coward, featuring Eve Lister, Betty Paul and large company.
Mon 14th Nov until Sat 19th Nov 1949The New MoonBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 21st Nov until Sat 26th Nov 1949GaslightThriller, with Dennis Price and Rosamund John.
Mon 28th Nov until Sat 3rd Dec 1949Variety ShowWith the Five Smith Brothers, Florence Desmond, and others.
Mon 5th Dec until Sat 17th Dec 1949Bless The BrideMusical, with Edmund Goffron, Valerie Lawson, and others. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Sat 24th Dec 1949 until Sat 18th Mar 1950CinderellaAll-Star cast including Clarkson Rose and George Moon, Beryl Stevens, Ford & Sheen, Three Jokers, The Pierrotys, The Andrea Dancers, The Pauline Grant Corps de Ballet, The Betty Fox Babes, Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt Drake's Ponies, and a host of other Stars.

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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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