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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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1967

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Tue 14th Mar until Sat 29th Apr 1967Black and White Minstrel ShowTV's Fastest Spectacular.
Sun 19th Mar 1967Gene Pitney & The TroggsPlus The Vision, Sounds Incorporated, The Loot, Normie Rowe & The Playboys, and David Garrick. One night only.
Sun 26th Mar 1967Roy Orbison & The Small FacesWith Paul & Barry Ryan, The Settlers, Robb Storme & The Whispers, Sonny Childe and The Jeff Beck Group. One night only.
Sun 2nd Apr 1967Mantovani and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 16th Apr 1967Buddy Rich and his OrchestraOne night only.
Tue 2nd May until Sat 6th May 1967Scout Gang ShowCast of over 250.
Mon 8th May until Sat 20th May 1967The Dickie Henderson ShowVariety, with The Rockin' Berries, Arthur Worsley, the Three Monarchs, and many others.
Tue 23rd May until Sat 17th Jun 1967A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumStarring Roy Hudd, Kenneth Connor, Eddie Gray, and many more.
Mon 19th Jun until Sat 1st Jul 1967D'Oyly Carte OperaA different Opera each night.
Mon 3rd Jul until Sat 15th Jul 1967Billy Cotton and his BandWith Kathie Kay and Alan Breeze, Gert & Daisy, Hutch, and more.
Sat 22nd Jul until Sat 29th Jul 1967Georgian State Dance CompanyFrom the USSR - "The World's Most Exciting Dancers". (Theatre closed until 26th August for Summer Vacation.)
Mon 28th Aug until Sat 2nd Sep 1967The Bed Sitting RoomComedy, starring Spike Milligan, with Bill Kerr, Valentine Dyall and John D. Collins.
Fri 8th Sep and Sat 9th Sep 1967Engelbert HumperdinckWith guests, Joan Regan and The Settlers, plus others.
Mon 11th Sep until Sat 16th Sep 1967The ShadowsPlus Les Dawson and many others.
Mon 25th Sep until Sat 30th Sep 1967Old Time Music HallWith Hetty King, Billy Russell, Adelaide Hall, and others.
Fri 6th Oct until Sat 2nd Dec 19671967 Birthday ShowStarring Frank Ifield, Ted Rogers, and many others.
Sun 29th Oct 1967The WhoWith Traffic, Marmalade, The Tremoloes, and The Herd. One night only.
Sun 5th Nov 1967Sam & DaveWith Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge, and others. One night only.
Sun 19th Nov 1967Jimi HendrixSupported by The Move, The Nice, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and Eire Apparent. One night only, but two shows - 6:30pm and 8:00pm.
Sun 26th Nov 1967Tom JonesWith Kathy Kirby, and the Ted Heath Orchestra. One night only.
Mon 27th Nov until Sat 2nd Dec 1967Sooty and SweepThe 1968 Sooty and Sweep Talent Show, mornings and afternoons.
Mon 4th Dec until Sat 9th Dec 1967OklahomaBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 20th Dec 1967 until Sat 9th Mar 1968CinderellaPantomime, starring Jimmy Tarbuck, Anita Harris, Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne, Audrey Jeans, Sue Nicholls, and many others.

Prev year: 1966   Next year: 1968

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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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