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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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1978

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 22nd Jan 1978Judas PriestSupported by UFO. One night only.
Sun 29th Jan 1978Mary O'HaraOne night only.
Sun 5th Feb 1978Be Bop DeluxeOne night only.
Sun 19th Feb 1978Steeleye SpanOne night only.
Sat 25th Feb 1978Chris de BurghOne night only.
Mon 27th Feb until Sat 4th Mar 1978Big Sin CityRock Musical - World Premiere, starring Jack Wild.
Mon 6th Mar 1978Gallagher & LyleOne night only.
Sat 11th Mar 1978Pam AyresOne night only.
Tue 14th Mar until Sat 18th Mar 1978Coventry Scouts' 1978 Gang ShowHuge cast of Scouts and Leaders (plus me, for the final time!).
Sun 19th Mar 1978Dennis WatermanOne night only.
Sat 25th Mar 1978The Lenny The Lion ShowFeaturing Terry Hall, Jacqueline Storey, and full supporting company. One night only.
Thu 30th Mar 1978The Danny La Rue ShowSpecial Charity Performance in aid of the Scanner Appeal.
Fri 31st Mar until Sat 15th Apr 1978The Danny La Rue ShowVariety, with Mike Goddard, Wayne King and David Ellen.
Sun 2nd Apr 1978Merle HaggardAmerican country singer. One night only.
Sun 9th Apr 1978The StylisticsWith Candi Staton. One night only.
Sun 16th Apr 1978Hot ChocolateOne night only. (Tickets £1.50 to £3)
Sat 22nd Apr 1978Rory GallagherOne night only.Click to view
Mon 24th Apr 1978Max BoyceOne night only.
Wed 26th Apr 1978Manhattan TransferOne night only.
Thu 27th Apr 1978SladeOne night only.
Tue 2nd May 1978AC/DCThe "Powerage" tour. One night only.
Mon 8th May 1978Don McLeanOne night only.
Wed 10th May 1978The TubesOne night only.
Fri 12th May 1978Elkie BrooksOne night only.
Sat 13th May 1978Charley PrideAmerican singer. One night only.
Mon 15th May until Sat 20th May 1978London Festival BalletA different Ballet each night.
Sun 21st May 1978George BensonOne night only.
Sun 28th May 1978Ian Dury and The BlockheadsOne night only.
Tue 30th May 1978Black SabbathWith Van Halen. One night only.
Fri 2nd Jun 1978Gerry RaffertyOne night only.
Tue 6th Jun until Sat 10th Jun 1978The King And IBy the Coventry Musical Play Society. (Amateur production.)
Fri 8th Sep 1978Tammy WynetteOne night only.
Fri 22nd Sep 1978The ShadowsOne night only.
Wed 27th Sep until Fri 29th Sep 1978An Evening With Dave AllenComedian.
Sat 30th Sep 1978Dr. FeelgoodOne night only.
Sat 7th Oct 1978Jack JonesOne night only.
Sun 8th Oct 1978The SpinnersOne night only.
Fri 13th Oct 1978SmokieOne night only.
Sat 21st Oct 1978Maheshkumar & PartyOne night only.
Sun 22nd Oct 1978Mary O'HaraOne night only.
Sat 28th Oct 1978Snow WhiteEntirely new production.
Sun 29th Oct 1978The BuzzcocksOne night only.
Thu 2nd Nov 1978Wishbone AshOne night only.
Fri 3rd Nov and Sat 4th Nov 1978Jasper CarrottTwo nights.
Wed 8th Nov 1978AC/DCOne night only.
Thu 9th Nov 1978Leo SayerOne night only.
Fri 10th Nov 1978The ChieftainsOne night only.
Sat 11th Nov 1978Nashville CavalcadeOne night only.
Sun 12th Nov 1978Gene PitneyOne night only.
Tue 14th Nov 1978Mike HardingOne night only.
Wed 15th Nov 1978The JamWith The Dickies and Patrick Fitzgerald.
Fri 17th Nov 1978Dolly PartonOne night only.
Mon 20th Nov until Sat 25th Nov 1978The Lonnie Donegan ShowWith Joe (Piano) Henderson, and strong support.
Wed 29th Nov 1978LindisfarneWith special guest Chris Rea. One night only.
Fri 1st Dec 1978ShowaddywaddyOne night only.
Tue 5th Dec until Sat 9th Dec 1978GigiBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 11th Dec until Sat 16th Dec 1978Sadler's Wells Theatre BalletA different Ballet each night.
Tue 26th Dec 1978 until Sat 17th Feb 1979AladdinPantomime, starring Tom O'Connor, with Peter Butterworth, and big supporting company.

Prev year: 1977   Next year: 1979

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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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