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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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1972

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 30th Jan 1972The Ken Dodd Laughter ShowOne night only.
Sun 27th Feb 1972Billy FuryShow was cancelled due to his illness.
Tue 14th Mar until Sat 18th Mar 1972Coventry Scouts' 1972 Gang ShowCast of many Scouts & Leaders.
Thu 23rd Mar until Sat 13th May 19721972 Spring ShowFor the season, starring Norman Wisdom, Freddie Starr, Mrs. Mills, Keith Harris, and many others.
Sun 26th Mar 1972Sacha DistelSupported by Olivia Newton John. One night only.
Sun 2nd Apr 1972SladePlus Ben E. King, and The Methods. One night only.
Sun 9th Apr 1972Buddy GrecoOne night only.
Sun 16th Apr 1972Tony BennettLast appearance of current tour. One night only.
Sun 23rd Apr 1972Cilla BlackOne night only.
Sun 7th May 1972Jerry Lee LewisOne night only.
Mon 15th May until Sat 27th May 1972Steptoe & SonMovie, starring Wilfred Brambell and Harry H. Corbett.
Sun 21st May 1972Dick EmeryWith Eve Boswell. One night only.
Mon 29th May until Sat 3rd Jun 1972London Festival BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Mon 5th Jun until Sat 17th Jun 1972Mary Queen of ScotsMovie, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson.
Sun 18th Jun 1972Syd Lawrence OrchestraOne night only.
Mon 19th Jun until Sat 24th Jun 1972The Boy FriendKen Russell play, starring Twiggy.
Mon 26th Jun until Sat 1st Jul 1972FrenzyAlfred Hitchcock movie. (X rated.)
Mon 3rd Jul until Sat 8th Jul 1972Sitting TargetStarring Oliver Read and Edward Woodward. (X rated.)
Mon 10th Jul until Sat 15th Jul 19722001: A Space OdysseyStanley Kubrick movie.
Mon 17th Jul until Sat 22nd Jul 1972SkyjackedMovie, starring Charlton Heston.
Mon 24th Jul until Sat 29th Jul 1972Up The FrontMovie, starring Frankie Howerd and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Mon 31st Jul until Sat 5th Aug 1972The Wizard of OzMovie, starring Judy Garland.
Mon 7th Aug until Sat 12th Aug 1972Gone With The WindClark Gable movie.
Mon 14th Aug until Sat 19th Aug 1972Mutiny On The BusesMovie, starring Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare, Bob Grant and Anna Karen.
Sun 20th Aug 1972Indian ConcertStarring Mohammed Rafi.
Mon 21st Aug until Sat 26th Aug 1972Henry VIII and his Six WivesMovie, starring Keith Michell, Donald Pleasance, Charlotte Rampling and Jane Asher.
Mon 28th Aug until Sat 9th Sep 1972Fritz the CatMovie. (X rated.)
Mon 11th Sep until Sat 16th Sep 1972Shaft's Big ScoreMovie. (X rated.)
Sun 17th Sep 1972Deep PurpleOne night only.
Mon 18th Sep until Sat 23rd Sep 1972Joe KiddClint Eastwood movie.
Thu 28th Sep until Sat 25th Nov 19721972 Birthday ShowStarring Danny La Rue in a Super Spectacular.
Sun 22nd Oct 1972Charlie WilliamsWith Steven Smith & Rather. One night only.
Sun 29th Oct 1972Anita Harris, Norman Vaughan and Peter GoodwrightCancer Research Charity Concert. One night only.
Sun 12th Nov 1972Up CountryFeaturing George Hamilton IV and the Stoneman Family. One night only.
Fri 1st Dec until Sat 9th Dec 1972Fiddler on The RoofBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 20th Dec 1972 until Sat 3rd Mar 1973AladdinPantomime, starring Mike & Bernie Winters, with Ivor Emmanuel, Wyn Calvin, Yvonne Marsh and The Ashtons.

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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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