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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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1980

Apollo Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 13th Jan 1980Lynda LewisOne night only.
Sun 27th Jan 1980UFOOne night only.
Sun 10th Feb 1980The Barron KnightsOne night only.
Sat 16th Feb 1980The SpinnersOne night only.
Tue 19th Feb until Sat 23rd Feb 1980English National Opera NorthDifferent Opera each night - Carmen, Hansel & Gretel, Merry Widow, etc.
Mon 25th Feb 1980Joe JacksonFrom his "I'm The Man" tour. One night only.
Tue 11th Mar until Sat 15th Mar 1980Coventry Scout's Gang ShowHuge cast of Scouts and Leaders - reportedly the only Gang Show to still use an all-male cast.
Tue 18th Mar 1980Herman Van VeenOne night only.
Sat 22nd Mar 1980David SoulSinger, also know from the Starsky & Hutch TV show. One night only.
Thu 3rd Apr 1980Sad CafeOne night only.
Sun 6th Apr 1980Blood, Sweat & TearsSupported by War. One night only.
Tue 8th Apr 1980George Hamilton IVOne night only.
Sun 13th Apr 1980GenesisFrom their "Duke" tour. (Tickets £2, £3, £4)Click to view
Thu 17th Apr 1980The OsmondsOne night only.
Sun 20th Apr 1980Jack JonesOne night only.
Tue 22nd Apr until Sat 26th Apr 1980London Festival BalletLa Sylphide, Rosalinda, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty.
Mon 12th May 1980Eric ClaptonOne night only.Click to view
Tue 13th May 1980SkyBand, comprising John Williams, Kevin Peek, Herbie Flowers, Tristan Fry and Francis Monkman.
Sun 18th May 1980David GatesFrom the original band "Bread". One night only.
Sat 31st May 1980Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Fri 6th Jun 1980Saxon"Wheels of Steel" tour. One night only.
Tue 10th Jun 1980David EssexOne night only.
Thu 12th Jun 1980Thin LizzyPart of their "Black Rose" tour. One night only.
Sat 14th Jun 1980Joan ArmatradingOne night only.
Mon 16th Jun until Sat 21st Jun 1980D'Oyly Carte OperaA different Gilbert & Sullivan Opera each night.
Tue 24th Jun 1980Steve HackettPart of the "Defector" tour. One night only.
Sat 28th Jun 19801980 Wrestling SpectacularTag Clash of the Year, starring Big Daddy, Kid Chocolate, Giant Haystacks, Crawler Rollerball Rocco, plus supporting bouts.
Sun 14th Sep 1980Daryl Hall and John OatesOne night only.
Mon 22nd Sep 1980Gary NumanOne night only.
Wed 24th Sep 1980Ozzy Osbourne"Blizzard of Ozz" show featuring guitarist Randy Rhoads.
Thu 25th Sep 1980BudgieOne night only.
Fri 26th Sep 1980Rick WakemanOne night only.
Sun 28th Sep 1980Billy ConnollyOne night only.
Sat 4th Oct 1980The DooleysOne night only.
Tue 7th Oct until Sat 11th Oct 1980Glyndebourne Touring OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Sun 12th Oct 1980GillanOne night only.
Tue 14th Oct 1980Rory GallagherOne night only.Click to view
Thu 16th Oct 1980Darts(Band) One night only.
Sun 19th Oct until Tue 21st Oct 1980Jasper CarrottThree nights.Click to view
Wed 22nd Oct 1980UFOOne night only.
Thu 23rd Oct 1980The PretendersOne night only.Click to view
Sun 26th Oct 1980The CrusadersPlus special guest Randy Crawford.
Thu 30th Oct 1980The ShadowsOne night only.
Sun 2nd Nov 1980Elkie BrooksOne night only.
Mon 3rd Nov until Sat 8th Nov 1980Macbeth & The Merchant of VeniceWith The old Vic Theatre Company. Peter O'Toole in Macbeth and Timothy West in Merchant of Venice.
Tue 11th Nov until Sat 15th Nov 1980Welsh National OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Sun 16th Nov 1980Oscar PetersonOne night only.
Mon 17th Nov 1980Hot ChocolateOne night only.
Wed 19th Nov 1980MotorheadPart of their "Ace of Spades" tour. One night only.
Thu 20th Nov until Sun 23rd Nov 1980Shirley BasseyComplete Sell-Out.
Tue 25th Nov until Sat 29th Nov 1980Fiddler On The RoofBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Sat 6th Dec 1980Jon AndersonAnd The New Life Band. One night only.
Sun 7th Dec 1980Vince HillHis first appearance at Coventry Theatre. One night only.
Wed 17th Dec 1980 until Sat 17th Jan 1981The Two RonniesTheir first stage show together.

Prev year: 1979   Next year: 1981

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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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