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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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1966

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 23rd Jan 1966Gilbert & Sullivan For AllOne night only.
Mon 14th Mar until Sat 19th Mar 1966The Ovaltine ShowVariety, starring Tommy Trinder.
Tue 22nd Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1966Scout Gang ShowCast of over 250 Boy Scouts & Leaders.
Fri 1st Apr until Sat 28th May 19661966 Spring ShowVariety, starring Harry Worth, Billy Dainty, and huge cast.
Sun 24th Apr 1966Mantovani and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 1st May 1966Roy OrbisonOne night only.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1966Morecambe & WiseIn "Two of a Kind", with Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr, Eddie Calvert, Arthur Worsley, and many others.
Wed 15th Jun until Sat 30th Jul 1966Oliver!The longest running musical in history, with Richard Easton, Marti Webb, and cast of over 40.
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 27th Aug 1966Big Bad MouseStarring Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards.
Mon 29th Aug until Sat 3rd Sep 1966Sadler's Wells OperaDifferent Opera each night. (Theatre closed until 20th August for Summer Vacation.)
Wed 7th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1966My Fair LadyStarring Tony Britton, Wendy Bowman and Bert Brownbill.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1966Royal BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1966Old Time Music HallFeaturing Sandy Powell, Netty King, Randolph Sutton, Adelaide Hall, and many others.
Thu 13th Oct 19661966 Birthday Show - Special PerformanceEntire proceeds to the Police Dependants' Fund.
Fri 14th Oct until Sat 3rd Dec 19661966 Birthday ShowFull Season of Variety, starring Mike & Bernie Winters, Adele Leigh, Bert Weedon, and many others.
Sun 16th Oct 1966The Walker BrothersWith Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, and The Troggs, plus others.
Sun 23rd Oct 1966Gilbert & Sullivan For AllOne night only.
Sun 30th Oct 1966The Hollies & The Small FacesPlus Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth, and Paul Jones. One night only.
Mon 5th Dec until Sat 10th Dec 1966Glamorous NightIvor Novello's Musical Play, by the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 21st Dec 1966 until Sat 11th Mar 1967The Pied Piper of HamelinPantomime, starring Frankie Vaughan, with Norman Vaughan, Freddy Davies, Sonny Jenks, and a cast of 70.

Prev year: 1965   Next year: 1967

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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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