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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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1962

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 7th Jan 1962Mr. Acker Bilk and his Jazz BandOne night only.
Sun 28th Jan 1962Danny Williams and the John Barry SevenOne night only.
Sun 4th Feb 1962The Temperance SevenOne night only.
Sun 11th Feb 1962Helen ShapiroWith The Springfields, The Four Jays, The Red Price Band, The Dale Sisters, Colin Day, Dave Allen. One night only.
Sun 18th Feb 1962Kenny Ball's JazzmenOne night only.
Sun 25th Feb 1962Cliff Richard and The ShadowsWith The Dallas Boys, Patti Brooks, The Trebletones, The Two Tones. One night only.
Sun 4th Mar 1962Big Star Show of 1962Starring Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown & the Bruvvers, Karl Denver Trio, John Leyton, Shane Fenton & the Fentones, Jackie Lynton, Ricky Stevens, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. One night only.
Sun 11th Mar 1962Chris Barber's Jazz BandOne night only.
Mon 19th Mar until Sat 24th Mar 1962Doctor In The HouseComedy by the "Emergency Ward 10" Television Team.
Mon 26th Mar until Sat 31st Mar 1962The Student PrinceMusical starring John Hanson. (The displayed programme was autographed by John Hanson for my dad, Bill.)Click to view
Tue 3rd Apr until Sat 19th May 1962Spring ShowStarring Jimmy Edwards, Beryl Reid, Joan Regan, and many others.
Fri 25th May until Sat 16th Jun 1962Coventry Cathedral FestivalTheatre reserved for the festival celebrating the Consecration of the New Coventry Cathedral.
Mon 18th Jun until Sat 23rd Jun 1962Fings Ain't Wot They Used To BeSmash Hit Musical.
Tue 26th Jun until Sat 21st Jul 1962The Wizard of Oz - On IceFrom Wembley.
Mon 23rd Jul until Sat 28th Jul 1962Billy LiarComedy - Full London Production.
Mon 30th Jul until Sat 4th Aug 1962Helen ShapiroWith Arthur Worsley, The Red Price Combo, Norman Collier, Dave Allen, Colin Day and The Hillsiders, and others.
Mon 6th Aug until Sat 11th Aug 1962The ShadowsWith The Kentones, Frank Ifield, Suzi Miller, and many others.
Mon 13th Aug until Sat 1st Sep 1962The Desert SongStarring David Whitfield.
Mon 3rd Sep until Sat 8th Sep 1962Guilty PartyStarring Donald Sinden and Hugh Sinclair.
Mon 10th Sep until Sat 15th Sep 1962SpoofComedy, starring Anna Russell.
Mon 17th Sep until Sat 22nd Sep 1962The Old Vic CompanyTwo Shakespeare Plays, Julius Caesar and The Tempest.
Mon 24th Sep until Sat 6th Oct 1962Variety ShowWith Winifred Atwell, Dickie Valentine, Ted Lune, Leslie Randall, Hope & Keen, and others.
Mon 8th Oct until Sat 13th Oct 1962London's Festival BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Tue 16th Oct until Sat 1st Dec 1962Silver Jubilee Birthday ShowVariety, starring Arthur Haynes, Yana, The Springfields, Billy Dainty, and others.
Sun 28th Oct 1962Mammoth Star Show of 1962With Billy Fury & the Tornados, Joe Brown & the Bruvvers, Karl Denver Trio, Mike Sarne, Marty Wilde, Mark Wynter, Jimmy Justice, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. One night only.
Mon 3rd Dec until Sat 8th Dec 1962KismetA Musical Arabian Night, by the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed until the 19th for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 19th Dec 1962 until Sat 2nd Mar 1963Puss In BootsStarring Sidney James, Frankie Howerd, and a 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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