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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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1965

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 7th Mar 1965Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesWith Elkie Brooks, Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds, Zoot Money & the Big Roll Band. One night only.
Mon 8th Mar until Sat 13th Mar 1965Thanks For The MemoryMusic Hall, hosted by Billy Matchett, with Hetty King, Randolph Sutton, Sandy Powell, and many others.
Sun 14th Mar 1965Roy OrbisonWith The Rockin' Berries, Marianne Faithfull, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, and others. One night only.
Mon 15th Mar until Sat 20th Mar 1965The National TheatrePlays, Hay Fever, The Master Builder.
Sun 21st Mar 1965Mantovani and his OrchestraOne night only.
Tue 23rd Mar until Sat 27th Mar 1965Peter PanStarring Dawn Adams.
Tue 30th Mar until Sat 3rd Apr 1965Scout Gang ShowCast of over 230. The 21st Scout Gang Show to be produced, but the first ever to be held at the Coventry Theatre.
Fri 9th Apr until Sat 29th May 19651965 Spring ShowVariety, starring Frankie Vaughan, Des O'Connor, Jimmy Tarbuck, Jack Douglas, Hope & Keen, and many more.
Sun 9th May 1965The Kinks and The YardbirdsWith Goldie & Gingerbreads. One night only.
Sun 16th May 1965Gilbert & Sullivan For AllOne night only.
Mon 31st May until Sat 5th Jun 1965The Red NavySingers, Dancers and Musicians.
Mon 7th Jun until Sat 19th Jun 1965Take a TripComedy revue, with Jack Tripp, Kathleen West, and star cast.
Mon 21st Jun until Sat 26th Jun 1965Ballet RambertDifferent Ballet each night.
Tue 29th Jun until Sat 3rd Jul 1965Alibi For A judgeStarring Amanda Grinling, John Arnatt and Colin Gordon.
Mon 5th Jul until Sat 10th Jul 1965Twelfth NightShakespeare Comedy. (Theatre closed until 31st July for Summer Vacation.)
Mon 2nd Aug until Sat 7th Aug 1965Creditors and A Dead LibertyStarring Patrick Allen, Sarah Lawson and David Collings.
Sun 8th Aug 1965The ByrdsSupported by Them (featuring Van Morrison), Donovan, Elkie Brooks, Kenny Lynch, Johnny B Great & the Quotations, and others. One night only.
Mon 9th Aug until Sat 14th Aug 1965The Little HutStarring Desmond Carrington and Frank Thornton.
Mon 16th Aug until Sat 21st Aug 1965The Hasty HeartStarring James Ellis and Annie Ridler.
Mon 23rd Aug until Sat 28th Aug 1965Spin of the WheelStarring John Gregson and Renee Asherson.
Mon 30th Aug until Sat 4th Sep 1965The Morning AfterStarring Jill Browne and John Alderton.
Mon 6th Sep until Sat 11th Sep 1965The Winslow BoyStarring Raymond Francis and Robert Flemyng.
Mon 13th Sep until Sat 18th Sep 1965Sadler's Wells OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Mon 20th Sep until Sat 25th Sep 1965Royal BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Mon 27th Sep until Sat 9th Oct 1965The World and Music of Ivor NovelloStarring John Hanson and Jean Bayless.
Sun 3rd Oct 1965Gracie FieldsWith supporting company. One night only.
Fri 15th Oct until Sat 4th Dec 1965Birthday ShowStarring The Bachelors, Anne Rodgers, Freddy Davies, Mike Yarwood, and many others.
Sun 24th Oct 1965Gene PitneyWith Peter & Gordon, Lulu, The Rockin' Berries, The Mike Cotton Sound, The Quiet Five, Syd & Eddie (Little & Large).
Sun 14th Nov 1965Herman's HermitsPlus Wayne Fontana, The Fortunes, Billy Fury & the Gamblers, Little Frankie, The Country Gents. One night only.
Sun 28th Nov 1965Manfred Mann and The YardbirdsWith Paul & Barry Ryan, Inez & Charlie Foxx, The Mark Leeman Five, The T-Bones, and The Scaffold. One night only.
Mon 6th Dec until Sat 11th Dec 1965The Merry WidowBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Tue 21st Dec 1965 until Sat 12th Mar 1966Tom ThumbPantomime, starring Jimmy Clitheroe, Nat Jackley, Charlie Cairoli, and Hope & Keen.

Prev year: 1964   Next year: 1966

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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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