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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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1950

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Tue 21st Mar until Sat 15th Apr 1950Annie Get Your GunWith Barbara Shotter and Neville Mapp.
Tue 18th Apr until Sat 13th May 1950Ice CascadesBig Company of Ice-Skating Stars, with Phil Romayne, Terry Brent and Heinie Brock.
Mon 15th May until Sat 20th May 1950CarissimaMusical Romance, with John Levant, Bettina Hayes, Hannah Watt, and others.
Mon 22nd May until Sat 27th May 1950The Second Mrs. TanquerayWith Eileen Herlie, Ronald Ward, and others.
Mon 29th May until Sat 3rd Jun 1950Alicia Markova & Anton DolinSeven Gala Performances of Ballet.
Mon 5th Jun until Sat 10th Jun 1950Way Out WestWestern show, with Big Bill Campbell, and full company.
Mon 12th Jun until Sat 17th Jun 1950The Carl Rosa Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.
Mon 19th Jun until Sat 24th Jun 1950Randle's Scandals of 1950Road show with Frank Randle.
Mon 26th Jun until Sat 1st Jul 1950Norman Evans - "Good Evans"With supporting touring company.
Sun 2nd Jul 1950Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraOne night only.
Mon 3rd Jul until Sat 8th Jul 1950Cheerful Charlie ChesterWith his Famous Radio Gang.
Mon 10th Jul until Sat 15th Jul 1950Ignorance Is Bliss & Twenty QuestionsTwo big Radio features, with Harold Berens, Michael Moore, Gladys Hay and Eamonn Andrews.
Mon 17th Jul until Sat 22nd Jul 1950All-Star Variety ShowWith Ronnie Ronalde, Billy Russell and Harry Kahne.
Mon 24th Jul until Sat 29th Jul 1950You Lucky PeopleVariety with Leon Cortez, Maudie Edwards, and others.
Mon 31st Jul until Sat 5th Aug 1950Black ChiffonWith Flora Robson, Wyndham Goldie and Anthony Ireland.
Mon 7th Aug until Sat 12th Aug 1950Allan JonesHollywood Singing Star in Variety, with many others.
Mon 14th Aug until Sat 19th Aug 1950Come On InMusical Extravaganza, with Nat Mills & Bobbie, Patterson & Jackson, Jack Jackson, and others.
Mon 21st Aug until Sat 26th Aug 1950September TideWith Evelyn Laye and Frank Lawton.
Mon 28th Aug until Sat 2nd Sep 1950Will Any Gentleman?Farce, with Robertson Hare and Arthur Riscoe.
Mon 4th Sep until Sat 16th Sep 1950Wild VioletsMusical Comedy Operetta.
Mon 18th Sep until Sat 23rd Sep 1950All-Star Variety ShowWith Sam Costa, The Nitwits, Bobby Breen and Georgie Wood.
Mon 25th Sep until Sat 30th Sep 1950A Streetcar Named DesirePlay, starring Betty Anne Davies.
Mon 2nd Oct until Sat 14th Oct 1950White Horse InnMusical play, with Nita Croft, Fred Stone, Nancy Burne and Bert Brownbill.
Mon 16th Oct until Fri 20th Oct 1950Confidentially! Reg DixonWith Hall, Norman & Ladd, Mary Naylor, Bobby Kimber, and others.
Tue 24th Oct until Sat 18th Nov 1950OklahomaMusical with the entire London Cast.
Mon 20th Nov until Sat 25th Nov 1950SunnyMusical Comedy, with the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Tue 28th Nov until Sat 9th Dec 1950Gay's The WordIvor Novello Play, with Cicely Courtneidge.
Mon 11th Dec until Sat 16th Dec 1950HarveyWith Joyce Barbour and full West End Company. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Sat 23rd Dec 1950 until Sat 17th Mar 1951Jack and JillPantomime, with Roy Barbour and Jessica James. (12 week run, showing to 224,000 people.)

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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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