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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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1968

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 25th Feb 1968Maurice ChevalierIn Person. Final appearance on his Farewell Tour of Britain.
Tue 12th Mar until Sat 16th Mar 1968Scout Gang ShowCast of over 250 Scouts & Leaders, including guest appearance of Ralph Reader in person.
Wed 20th Mar until Sat 11th May 19681968 Spring ShowStarring The Bachelors, The Kaye Sisters, Mike Yarwood, Mike Newman, Johnny Hart, and many others.
Sun 7th Apr 1968Gene PitneyWith Amen Corner, Statue Quo and Simon Dupree. One night only.
Sun 14th Apr 1968Mantovani and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 28th Apr 1968The Kinks, The Herd, The TremoloesOne night only.
Sat 18th May 1968Frankie VaughanWith Miki & Griff, Margo Henderson and Joe Church. One night only.
Sun 26th May 1968The Hollies, Paul Jones and The ScaffoldOne night only.
Sat 1st Jun until Mon 3rd Jun 1968Tom JonesWith Ted Heath's Orchestra and full supporting cast. Three nights.
Sat 8th Jun 1968Engelbert HumperdinckOne night only.
Sat 15th Jun 1968Max BygravesWith Cyril Stapleton and his Showband. One night only.
Mon 17th Jun until Sat 22nd Jun 1968White Heather ClubScotland's top TV show, starring Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor.
Sat 29th Jun and Sun 30th Jun 1968Esther and Abi OfarimIsraeli musical duo. Two nights.
Mon 29th Jul until Sat 3rd Aug 1968Old Tyme Music HallWith Hetty King, Randolph Sutton, and others.
Mon 5th Aug until Sat 17th Aug 1968The Merry WidowWith Lizbeth Webb, John Rhys Evans and Bert Brownbill.
Mon 26th Aug until Sat 7th Sep 1968The Dancing YearsWith Jean Bayless and Nicholas Hawtrey.
Mon 9th Sep until Sat 14th Sep 1968Private Livesnoel Coward Comedy, with Conrad Phillips and Andree Evans.
Mon 16th Sep until Sat 21st Sep 1968Martin St. JamesWorld's leading Hypnotist-Mentalist.
Mon 23rd Sep until Sat 5th Oct 1968Royal BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Sun 29th Sep 1968Buddy Rich and his OrchestraOne night only.
Thu 10th Oct until Sat 7th Dec 19681968 International Birthday ShowStarring Rolf Harris, with Lonnie Donegan, Hope & Keen, and many others.
Sun 20th Oct 1968Scott WalkerWith The Casuals and The Paper Dolls. One night only.
Sun 3rd Nov 1968Johnny MathisOne night only.
Mon 9th Dec until Sat 14th Dec 1968My Fair LadyBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Fri 20th Dec 1968 until Sat 8th Mar 1969Humpty DumptyStarring Jimmy Clitheroe, with Mike Yarwood, Jimmy Marshall, Kathleen West, Erica Yorke, and many others.

Prev year: 1967   Next year: 1969

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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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