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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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1957

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 6th Jan 1957Eric Delaney and his BandOne night only.
Sun 17th Feb 1957Ken Mackintosh and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 24th Feb 1957Chris Barber's Jazz BandOne night only.
Sun 3rd Mar 1957Sid Phillips Band ShowOne night only.
Sun 10th Mar 1957Johnny Dankworth and his OrchestraOne night only.
Mon 1st Apr until Sat 13th Apr 1957All-Star Variety ShowWith Jimmy Edwards, Lita Roza, Albert Burdon & Co., Tommy Fields, the Gaunt Brothers, and others.
Mon 15th Apr until Sat 20th Apr 1957Max BygravesAll-Star Comedy show.
Mon 22nd Apr 1957Count Basie his OrchestraJazz Pianist, 2pm show.
Mon 22nd Apr until Sat 27th Apr 1957Variety ShowWith Anne Shelton, Derek Roy, Chic Murray, Fayne and Evans.
Mon 29th Apr until Sat 4th May 1957David WhitfieldAll-Star Variety, with Sally Barnes, Ken Roberts and Freddie Frinton.
Mon 6th May until Sat 25th May 1957The Pajama GameAmerican Musical, direct from the London Coliseum.
Mon 27th May until Sat 1st Jun 1957The Reluctant DebutanteComedy, starring Jack Hulbert, Gwynne Whitby and Diane Clare.
Mon 3rd Jun until Sat 8th Jun 1957The TeenagersWith Frankie Lymon, plus big variety bill.
Mon 10th Jun until Sat 15th Jun 1957Ride a Cock HorseWorld Premiere, with Wilfred Pickles and Mabel.
Mon 17th Jun until Sat 22nd Jun 1957Variety ShowWith Alma Cogan, Vic Hyde and Bonar Colleano.
Mon 24th Jun until Sat 29th Jun 1957Guy MitchellAmerica's top singer.
Mon 1st Jul until Sat 6th Jul 1957Look Back In AngerBy the English Stage Company.
Mon 8th Jul until Sat 13th Jul 1957The Charlie Chester ShowTake Pot Luck.
Mon 15th Jul until Sat 20th Jul 1957Tommy SteeleBritain's Teenage Idol, with Mike and Bernie Winters, and others.
Mon 22nd Jul until Sat 27th Jul 1957The Iron HarpBy the Bristol Old Vic Company.
Mon 29th Jul until Sat 3rd Aug 1957JanusStarring Googie Withers and John McCallum.
Mon 5th Aug until Sat 10th Aug 1957Dave King in PersonTV Comedian, with The Kordites, Dany Ray, and others.
Mon 12th Aug until Sat 17th Aug 1957Double Your MoneyWith Hughie Green.
Mon 19th Aug until Sat 24th Aug 1957Charlie GracieAmerica's newest singing rage.
Mon 26th Aug until Sat 31st Aug 1957Billy Cotton and his Band"Wakey Wakey".
Mon 2nd Sep until Sat 7th Sep 1957Hotel ParadisoFarce, starring Frankie Howerd.
Mon 9th Sep until Sat 14th Sep 1957NekrassovFarce, starring Robert Helpmann.
Tue 17th Sep until Sat 28th Sep 1957Ice FantasiaCast of International Ice Stars.
Mon 30th Sep until Sat 5th Oct 1957Doctor In The HouseComedy, adaptation of Richard Gordon's Novel.
Mon 7th Oct until Sat 12th Oct 1957London's Festival BalletPerforming Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle, etc.
Mon 14th Oct until Sat 19th Oct 1957The Carl Rosa Opera CompanyDifferent Opera each night.
Mon 21st Oct until Sat 26th Oct 1957The Happiest MillionaireWith Wilfred Hyde White and Maureen Swanson.Click to view
Mon 28th Oct until Sat 7th Dec 19571957 Birthday ShowVariety, including Rawicz & Landauer, Al Read, Nat Jackley, Fredye Marshall, and many others.
Sun 3rd Nov 1957Count Basie his OrchestraTwo performances: 6.15 and 8.30 p.m.
Mon 9th Dec until Sat 14th Dec 1957Love From JudyBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Sat 21st Dec 1957 until Sat 29th Mar 1958Puss In BootsPantomime, starring Harry Secombe, Morecambe & Wise, and star-studded cast of 65.
Sun 29th Dec 1957Chris Barber's Jazz BandOne night only.

Prev year: 1956   Next year: 1958

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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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