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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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'Tin' Hippodrome, Pool Meadow

Mon 1st Jan until Sat 6th Jan 1906Myles Stevadate TroupeGrand refined musical entertainment. Plus, Miss Jenny Bellwood, Oliver Conroy, Irvin Jones, Louis Hart, and more.
Mon 8th Jan until Sat 13th Jan 1906Hanlon Troupe in 'Jinks in the Jungle'Plus, Stave, Tom Carney, Billy Farrell, Reed and Wells, James Anderson, and others.
Mon 15th Jan until Sat 20th Jan 1906Lew Lake and CompanyIn 'The Bloomsbury Burglars'. Plus, Harry Maynard, Les Strads, Miss Ella Dean, Dean Walker, and others.
Mon 22nd Jan until Sat 27th Jan 1906Gerat Collinson CombinationSketch. Plus, Miss Florrie St. Clair, J. C. Callaghan, The Cameroons, Miss Gertie Gitana, and much more.
Mon 29th Jan until Sat 3rd Feb 1906Dunedin TroupeChampion acrobatic cyclists. Plus, Miss Elsie Roby, Professor Wishart, Mdlle. Roza's wonderful performing dogs, and more.
Mon 5th Feb until Sat 10th Feb 1906Monsieur DartiganIn his great cycling sensation 'looping the loop'. Plus, the Sisters Stratton, Chas. Norman, Ben Harris, and others.
Mon 12th Feb until Sat 17th Feb 1906Tom CravenIn a comedy sketch. Plus, Onda and Leon, La Dansense, Boyd and Gilfain, Tom Hughes, and others.
Mon 19th Feb until Sat 24th Feb 1906Tom LloydFamous comedian, Plus, Miss Lottie Bray, Cecile & Francois, Miss Venie Clements, Judd, Rudd & Budd, and others.
Mon 26th Feb until Sat 3rd Mar 1906Harry FreemanCelebrated comedian. Plus, Madame Collard's Trained Boarhounds, Miss Katie Marsh, Alethea, and many more.
Mon 5th Mar until Sat 10th Mar 1906Arthur RigbyPlus, Dunning, George Collins, The 3 Sisters Chester, Kahn & Kahn, John Foskett, and others.
Mon 12th Mar until Sat 17th Mar 1906The MackwaysEccentric knockabout comedians on slack wire. Plus, Miss Agnes Hazel, Verno & Voyce, Cecilian Quartette, Miss Lena Verdi, and more.
Mon 19th Mar until Sat 24th Mar 1906The King's NaveeThe English quartette. Plus, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Courtney, Paul Pelham, G. W. Kenway, The Frantz Troupe, and many others.
Mon 26th Mar until Sat 31st Mar 1906The Would-Be-ActorsA successful skit. With Lorne & Rene, Dan Conroy, J. H. Graham & Zerlina Harrington, 'A Daughter of Pleasure'. And more.
Mon 2nd Apr until Sat 7th Apr 1906Muir and Bartlett's Company, 'The Collar Stud'Celebrated comedy. Plus, Scottie's Waifs and Strays, George Prince, Alf Aubyn and Co., Miss Raffin, and others.
Mon 9th Apr until Sat 14th Apr 1906Harry Tate's No. 1 CompanyMiss Lizzie Dannels, Joe Conroy, Burley and Burley, George Brooks, Miss Marguerite Redcliff, and more.
Mon 16th Apr until Sat 21st Apr 1906Austin RuddPlus, Spencer and Marks, Rowland Hill, The Dunvilles, Fred Dunston, Burge, Haud and Wise, and others.
Mon 23rd Apr until Sat 28th Apr 1906Miss Dinah MorrisWith specially selected company. Plus, Whisper, Miss Beaty Bloom, The Smyhons, Belrose and Develine, and more.
Mon 30th Apr until Sat 5th May 1906Lady Mansel's JuvenilesThe greatest amusement entertainers. Plus, Whitsap, Miss Bloom, Joe Love, Sisters Desmond, and many more.
Mon 7th May until Sat 12th May 1906SleedesWith Miss Rae Rosenthal, Messrs. Harman and Lanton, Roma and Romani, Ellis and Watts, and others.
Mon 14th May until Sat 19th May 1906Peggy PrydeIn a return visit of Harry Tate's No. 1 Company in that laughable interlude, 'Motoring'. Plus, Miss Lily Lasser, Lloyd Morgan, and others.
Mon 21st May until Sat 26th May 1906Gotham Comedy QuartettePlus, Miss Bell, Alie Thomas, Miss Louise Peach and Company, Karr and Kooney, and others.
Mon 28th May until Sat 2nd Jun 1906D'Arc's MarionettesAt great expense. Plus, Ena Richards, Mr. Chas Woodward, Ariel & Astarte, Johnny Holland, and more.
Mon 4th Jun until Sat 9th Jun 1906Wal Pink's SketchWith Arthur Elvy, Miss Mabelle May, Johnny Dwyer, Mdlle. Viviani, Dale & O'Malley, and others.
Mon 11th Jun until Sat 16th Jun 1906Harry Tate's Comedy Company in 'Fishing'Plus, Miss Florence Watson, The Daintons, Geo. M. Schilling, Mr. Tom Wilkins, and more.
Mon 18th Jun until Sat 23rd Jun 1906The Defence of Rorke's DriftPlus, Norman Mint, Frank & Violet Payte, Mdlle. Roza's Canine Hippodrome, Harry Zitter, and others.
Mon 25th Jun until Sat 30th Jun 1906Tom CostelloPlus, Les Sprays, Charles Stevens, Will McIvor, The 3 Panamas, Miss Rose Revell, and more.
Mon 2nd Jul until Sat 7th Jul 1906Nell GwynneBy Miss Frances Harold and Company. Plus, Lily Stewart, Cecil Eugene, The Paulasto Troupe, and others.
Mon 9th Jul until Sat 14th Jul 1906Ernest ReesPlus, Allsop & Bekwith, Arthur Slater, Elsie Hill & Company, Elvio Comedy Trio, Mr. Fred Keeton, and more.
Mon 16th Jul until Sat 21st Jul 1906The Three Sisters SprightlyPlus, Williams & Warden, Miss Beatie Worth, The 4 Hearns, Sam Sharpley, and others.
Mon 23rd Jul until Sat 28th Jul 1906Nellie WallacePlus, E. W. Selman, Welda and Wynne, The Delomes, Miss Iva Callard, Picton Roxborough & Fannie Wright, and more. Closed for a week following this run.
Mon 6th Aug until Sat 11th Aug 1906Miss Rose ElliottThe singer of sensible songs. Plus, Salida and Vone, Rita and Roma, Alice May in 'Tranquility', and much more.
Mon 13th Aug until Sat 18th Aug 1906George BastowLondon's favourite comedian. Plus, The Sisters Allen, Connie Milton, Cussac-Talma, and others.
Mon 20th Aug until Sat 25th Aug 1906Six Brothers LuckIn their most laughable pantomime, 'The Demon of the Cellar'. Plus, Miss Amey Sullivan, Russell Carr, and more.
Mon 27th Aug until Sat 1st Sep 1906Horace WhitleyEngland's greatest Irish comedian. Plus, May Bass, The 4 Watsons, Anthony, Percival, and others.
Mon 3rd Sep until Sat 8th Sep 1906The Collinson CombinationIn 'The Cook's Guest', a screaming absurdity on 'Nero'. Plus, Miss Kate Gourley, Sauteron Wonders, Vi Carlyle, and many others.
Mon 10th Sep until Sat 15th Sep 1906Tom EdwardsPlus, Ossi Souplessi, Miss Lucretia, Dave O. Tool, Elsie Earl, Miss Challas, Sid Cotterell and Company, and more.
Mon 17th Sep until Sat 22nd Sep 1906Frank SeeleyPlus, A-Bo-Koo, Halm & Cozens, Carlotta Levey, Billy Ross & Co., and others.
Mon 24th Sep until Sat 29th Sep 1906Marie Santoi and Her Merry Little JapsPlus, Miss Minnie Dare, Professor Thornbury, Miss Alice Maidew, Yorick and Yorick, and others.
Mon 1st Oct until Sat 6th Oct 1906Neil KenyonGreat Scotch comedian. Plus, Ventnor Swift, Harris & Worth, The 4 Figaros, Stan Aubrey, and more.
Mon 8th Oct until Sat 13th Oct 1906The DelevinesIn a comedy act entitled, 'Flip and Flopp'. Plus, Three Sisters Tree, Fred Collins, Miss Gladys Mavis, Don Miguel, and more.
Mon 15th Oct until Sat 20th Oct 1906Erne MayneLondon's popular comedian. Plus, Lee & Kingston, Harry Bancroft, A. F. Clifford, Emmie Ames, and others.
Mon 22nd Oct until Sat 27th Oct 1906James FawnPlus, Sinclair and Parr, Charles Lilburn, Four Spanish Goldinis, Stanley and Grenhop, Blanch and Powell, and more.
Mon 29th Oct until Sat 3rd Nov 1906The 3 OlympiersIn an artistic entertainment entitled 'Beauty in Bronze'. Plus, Beattie Foster, Wallace Whitney, The Meymots, and others.
Mon 5th Nov until Sat 10th Nov 1906Ella ShieldsAmerica's greatest black singer. Plus, Lade Henderson, Lugio's Sextette, Hymack, Lorence Barcley, and more.
Mon 12th Nov until Sat 17th Nov 1906Haley's JuvenilesIn their magnificent carnival scena. Plus, Dolly Denton, Charles Williams, The Three Delaries, and many more.
Mon 19th Nov until Sat 24th Nov 1906The Little StowawayBy Ethel Arden and George Abel's Company. Plus, Miss Molly Laurn, John Fuloury, Sweet, Dale & Sweet, and more.
Mon 26th Nov until Sat 1st Dec 1906Austin RuddLondon's popular comedian. Plus, Agnes Maxwell, Starr and Leslie, W. J. Churchill, Leonard Barry, and others.
Mon 3rd Dec until Sat 8th Dec 1906Harry ChampionComic singer. Plus, Miss Katie Marsh, Les Montaldos, Graham and Zerlina Harrington, Miss Mille Payne and Miss Nellie Wallace, and more.
Mon 10th Dec until Sat 15th Dec 1906Tan-Kwai TroupeChinese conjurors, contortionists, Jugglers, acrobats, etc. Plus, Bert Woodward, Violet Nunn, Professor Thornbury, and more.
Mon 17th Dec until Sat 22nd Dec 190610 Loonies 10In their celebrated mad musical sketch, entitled 'Dotty'. Plus, J. C. Heffron, Natalia and Diana, Elsie Earle, and others.
Mon 24th Dec until Sat 29th Dec 1906Bob Hutt's No. 1 Company in 'Welcome Home'Plus, Miss Lily Pender, Keen & Correne, Fred Terry, Morney Cash, Staley & Jonstone, Bob Pearson, Miss Lydia Wells, Bogetti Troupe. THE FINAL WEEK FOR THE 'TIN' HIPPODROME!


Old Hippodrome, Hales Street

Mon 31st Dec 1906GRAND OPENING WEEKStarring Magnificent Operatic Extravaganza, Captain Kidd or The Pirates of Wapping, plus the Gordon Highlanders - McCann, Speciality Comedian - Miss Georgina Leonard, England's Premier Descriptive Vocalist - Frank Cass, the Man with a powerful Voice - Hippodrome pictures - H. Clifford, Eccentric Comedian - The Smythsons in 'The Lie Alarm' - Newhouse and Ward, Entertaining Cyclists and Jugglers.

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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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