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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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1976

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 1st Feb 1976Syd Lawrence OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 15th Feb 1976Margot FonteynAn evening of Ballet.
Sun 22nd Feb 1976Slim WhitmanOne night only.
Tue 9th Mar until Sat 13th Mar 1976Coventry Scouts' 1976 Gang ShowWith a huge cast of Scouts and Leaders.
Sun 14th Mar 1976Massed Military Bands TattooOne night only.
Mon 15th Mar until Sat 20th Mar 1976Pyjama TopsFeaturing Bob Grant, Derek Roy and Joyce Blair.
Fri 19th Mar until Sat 8th May 19761976 Spring ShowStarring Des O'Connor, with The Reflections, Lennie Bennett, The New Dollys and Sam's Set.
Sun 4th Apr 1976The Million Airs Concert OrchestraOne night only. With guest Anne Shelton.
Sun 25th Apr 1976Marty RobbinsOne night only.
Sun 2nd May 1976The Sensational Alex Harvey BandSupported by Pat Travers. One night only.
Sun 9th May 1976Leo SayerOne night only.
Tue 11th May until Sat 15th May 1976The Danny La Rue ShowWith Toni Palmer, David Ellen, Dawson Chance and Wayne King.
Sun 16th May 1976The Bernstein MassOne night only.
Mon 24th May until Sat 29th May 1976Hansel & GretelFamily musical. (All week except Friday 28th. Theatre closed for the summer season from the 31st May.)
Thu 27th May and Fri 28th May 1976Elton JohnPart of his "Louder than Concorde (but not quite as pretty)" tour. Two nights.Click to view
Sun 26th Sep 1976Don WilliamsOne night only. With special guest Jeanne Pruett.
Thu 7th Oct 1976Fairport ConventionOne night only.
Tue 12th Oct until Sat 16th Oct 1976Tommy Steele Anniversary ShowVariety.
Sun 17th Oct 1976Max BoyceComedian. One night only.
Sun 24th Oct 1976Syd Lawrence OrchestraOne night only.
Thu 4th Nov 1976Hinge & BracketComedy drag duo. One night only.
Sat 6th Nov 1976The New Seekers & The WurzelsOne night only.
Sun 7th Nov 1976Tangerine DreamOne night only.
Tue 9th Nov 1976Thin LizzySupported by Clover. One night only.
Wed 10th Nov and Thu 11th Nov 1976Cliff RichardTwo nights.
Fri 12th Nov 1976David EssexOne night only.
Sat 13th Nov 1976Tammy WynetteOne night only.
Mon 22nd Nov until Sat 27th Nov 1976CamelotBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Tue 23rd Nov until Sat 27th Nov 1976Snow WhiteMornings and Matinees only.
Sun 28th Nov 1976Freddie StarrOne night only. With special guests Guys & Dolls.
Tue 30th Nov 1976Margot FonteynA Gala evening of Ballet, with David Wall and special guests.
Wed 1st Dec 1976The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.One night only.
Sun 5th Dec 1976Steeleye SpanOne night only.
Mon 6th Dec 1976Victor BorgeOne night only.
Thu 9th Dec 1976HawkwindOne night only.Click to view
Sat 11th Dec 1976Steve HillageOne night only.
Tue 21st Dec 1976 until Sat 26th Feb 1977Queen DanniellaChristmas Pantomime Extravaganza starring Danny La Rue.

Prev year: 1975   Next year: 1977

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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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