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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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1958

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 5th Jan 1958Johnny Dankworth and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 12th Jan 1958Sid Phillips Band ShowOne night only.
Sun 19th Jan 1958Ted Heath and his MusicOne night only.
Sun 26th Jan 1958Humphrey Lyttleton and his BandOne night only.
Sun 2nd Feb 1958Vic Lewis and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 9th Feb 1958Dave Brubeck QuartetOne night only.
Sun 16th Feb 1958Ken Mackintosh and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 23rd Feb 1958Ronnie Aldrich and the SquadronairesOne night only.
Sun 2nd Mar 1958Eric Delaney and his BandOne night only.
Sun 9th Mar 1958Eddie Calvert, Robert Earl and The KorditesOne night only.
Sun 16th Mar 1958Mick Mulligan and his BandWith Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzmen, and Bobby Mickleburgh and the Bobcats. One night only.
Sun 23rd Mar 1958Stars of Six-Five SpecialIncluding Mike & Bernie Winters. One night only.
Mon 31st Mar until Sat 5th Apr 1958Peter PanStarring Margaret Lockwood.
Mon 7th Apr until Sat 12th Apr 1958Lonnie DoneganWith his Skiffle Group, Stan Bennett, and Star Bill.
Mon 14th Apr until Sat 19th Apr 1958Royal Ballet(Formerly the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet) performing a different ballet each night.
Mon 21st Apr until Sat 26th Apr 1958Sailor BewareStarring Tessie O'Shea.
Mon 28th Apr until Sat 3rd May 1958Festival of MusicFeaturing the London Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven.
Mon 5th May until Sat 10th May 1958You, Too, Can Have A BodyStarring Bill Maynard and Bill Kerr.
Mon 12th May until Sat 17th May 1958Dickie ValentineVariety, with Jimmy James, Roy Castle, Les Brazilianos, and others.
Mon 19th May until Sat 24th May 1958Beside The SeasideStarring George Formby.
Mon 26th May until Sat 31st May 1958Winifred AtwellVariety, with Terry Scott, and others.
Mon 2nd Jun until Sat 7th Jun 1958Sadler's Wells Opera CompanyDifferent Opera each night.
Mon 9th Jun until Sat 14th Jun 1958The Desert SongStarring John Hanson and Clifford Mollison.
Mon 16th Jun until Sat 21st Jun 1958Tommy SteeleWith The Ken-Tones, Joe Church, The Skylons, Dennis Spicer, and others.
Mon 23rd Jun until Sat 28th Jun 1958Living For PleasureMusical, starring Dora Bryan, Daniel Massey, George Rose and Janie Marden.Click to view
Mon 30th Jun until Sat 5th Jul 1958Dry RotFarce, starring Basil Lord.
Sun 6th Jul 1958The Juilliard Symphony Orchestra of New YorkFirst visit to Europe.
Mon 7th Jul until Sat 12th Jul 1958The Bride and the BachelorWith Cicely Courtneidge, Robertson Hare and Naunton Wayne.
Mon 14th Jul until Sat 19th Jul 1958Eddie CalvertThe Man with the Golden Trumpet, with Robert Earl, David Berglas, and others.
Mon 21st Jul until Sat 26th Jul 1958Moscow State Variety TheatreVariety show.
Mon 28th Jul until Sat 2nd Aug 1958Diana DorsWith Big Star Company.
Mon 4th Aug until Sat 9th Aug 1958Variety ShowWith Beryl Reid, Earle & Vaughan, Bernard Miles, and others.
Mon 11th Aug until Sat 16th Aug 1958The EntertainerWith John Slater and Bobby Howes.
Mon 18th Aug until Sat 23rd Aug 1958Free As AirMusical, from the Savoy Theatre.
Mon 25th Aug until Sat 6th Sep 1958No Time For SergeantsComedy Smash Hit from Her Majesty's Theatre.
Mon 8th Sep until Sat 13th Sep 1958D'Oyly Carte Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.
Mon 15th Sep until Sat 20th Sep 1958The Beverley SistersWith Arthur Worsley, Ossie Noble, Johnny Stewart, and many others.
Mon 22nd Sep until Sat 27th Sep 1958Lilac TimeSchubert's Opera, with Walter Midgley, Sylvia Metaxas, and others.
Mon 29th Sep until Sat 4th Oct 1958ChrysanthemumMusical, with Pat Kirkwood and Hubert Gregg.
Mon 6th Oct until Sat 11th Oct 1958Grab Me A GondolaWith Roberta Huby.
Mon 13th Oct until Sat 18th Oct 1958London's Festival BalletWith Beryl Grey.
Mon 20th Oct until Sat 25th Oct 1958Michael HolidayVariety, with David Conway, The Cycling Kirks, The Strong Brothers, and many others.
Mon 27th Oct until Sat 6th Dec 195821st Birthday ShowVariety, with David Whitfield, the 3 Kaye Sisters, Jimmy Wheeler, Grace O'Connor, and many others.
Mon 8th Dec until Sat 13th Dec 1958Wild VioletsMusical Comedy, with the Coventry Operatic Dramatic Society and cast of 80. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Mon 22nd Dec 1958 until Sat 28th Mar 1959Robin HoodStarring Jewel and Warriss, Derek Roy, and Star-Studded cast of 70.

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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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