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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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Old Hippodrome, Hales Street

Mon 3rd Jan until Sat 8th Jan 1910The BailiffFred Karno's farcical absurdity. Plus, Toplitsky, The Sisters Lizzette, Carlotta Levey, Cumminger & Colonna, and others.
Mon 10th Jan until Sat 15th Jan 1910The Okabe FamilyTroupe of Japanese artistes. Plus Frank Lynne, Lady Mansel & Juveniles, Massona, John Lehay, and more.
Mon 17th Jan until Sat 22nd Jan 1910J. W. RickabyComedian. Plus, Ted Saunders, Lennie and Hast, the Four Amaranths, and others.
Mon 24th Jan until Sat 29th Jan 1910Harriett VernonBurlesque artiste. Plus, Ronnie Blair, farce 'Dobson's Day Off', Wallace Whitney, the Selbinis, and more.
Mon 31st Jan until Sat 5th Feb 1910The Fighting ParsonBy George Gray and Co. Limited. Plus, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shelley, Norman and Leonard, and others.
Mon 7th Feb until Sat 12th Feb 1910Miss MarquisAnd her stud of trained cobs. Plus, Billy French, Miss May Fairclough, The Carmos, and more.
Mon 14th Feb until Sat 19th Feb 1910The Leaves of MemoryPresented by Miss Beaumont Collins and West End company. Plus, Austin Rudd, Alix Lukos, Chung Ling Hee, and many others.
Mon 21st Feb until Sat 26th Feb 1910Ye Colonial SeptetteBy B. A. Rolfe. Plus, W. Fullbrook and company, Walter King, Blanche and Powell, Max Waldon, and more.
Mon 28th Feb until Sat 5th Mar 1910Oswald WilliamsEngland's greatest illusionist. Plus, Eddie and Ethel, Alexandra Dagmar, Mike Cray, and others.
Mon 7th Mar until Sat 12th Mar 1910The Russian PrincessWith Miss Lois Du Cane and London company. Plus, the Two Lillys, Harry Allister, Ida Barr, and others.
Mon 14th Mar until Sat 19th Mar 1910On The TrackA musical absurdity with Harry Roxbury. Plus, The Cromwells, Arthur Reece, The Sylvester Trio, and more.
Mon 21st Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1910Reano and his Famous BandPlus, Rose Elliott, Ted and May Hopkins, The Bristons, Syd May, and others.
Mon 28th Mar until Sat 2nd Apr 1910Van Biene's BabyNew sketch with Auguste Van Biene. Plus, mis Gracie Grahame, Renee, Haley's Garden of Girls, and others.
Mon 4th Apr until Sat 9th Apr 1910Harry FordThe great comedian. Plus, Leo and Roland, farce 'Dolly's Deception', the Soho Trio, and many others.
Mon 11th Apr until Sat 16th Apr 1910Hospital WeekThe Thespian Club presents 'Sweet Lavender' and 'The Conspiracy'.
Mon 18th Apr until Sat 23rd Apr 1910Eli Hudson & Olgar & ElgarIn a refined musical treat. Plus, Richard Finburg, Ambrose Thorn, France and Stewart, George Rae, and more.
Mon 25th Apr until Sat 30th Apr 1910Jock WhitefordThe smart Scot. Plus, Spry and Monti, May Henderson, Kavados, Hal Bert, and many others.
Mon 2nd May until Sat 14th May 1910IolantheGilbert and Sullivan fairy opera presented by the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 16th May until Sat 21st May 191033 to 1 ChanceA sporting and dramatic episode by Harry P. Selway. Plus, Rich Taylor, Haley's Juveniles, The 5 Vernons, and others.
Mon 23rd May until Sat 28th May 1910ConcordiaBy Percy Honri and his Colossal Combine. Plus, Thora, T. E. Bates, Marie Pera, and more.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1910W. J. ChurchillThye popular comedian 'Uncle Willie'. Plus, the W. J. Thompson Trio, David Poole, Jessie Templeton, and others.
Mon 6th Jun until Sat 11th Jun 1910Albert WhelanThe Australian entertainer. Plus, The Plumbers, Griff, The Cumberlands, Jennie Johns, and more.
Mon 13th Jun until Sat 18th Jun 1910Fun in a CafeBy American eccentrics the Spissells Bros. & Mack. Plus, Arthur Aiston, Alfred Wellesley, and others.
Mon 20th Jun until Sat 25th Jun 1910Her HusbandComedy sketch with Ernie Lotinga. Plus, Mdlle. De Rose, Albert Le Fre, The Lannons, and others.
Mon 27th Jun until Sat 2nd Jul 1910Ten LooniesThe famous mad musicians. Plus, Young and Evans, the Andos Troupe, comedy 'My Lady Betty', and more.
Mon 4th Jul until Sat 9th Jul 1910Sam MayoThe immobile comedian. Plus, the Claymore Trio, Charles Norton, comedy sketch 'The Sleepwalkers', and more.
Mon 11th Jul until Sat 16th Jul 1910Rough JusticeThriller by a selected London company. Plus, James Stewart, George D'Albert, The Bouncing Dillons, and more.
Mon 18th Jul until Sat 23rd Jul 1910Margaret CooperInimitable songs at the piano. Plus, comedy episode 'Her Devonshire Dad', the Five X Rays, and others.
Mon 25th Jul until Sat 30th Jul 1910Signore ArviAnd his scientific & artistic mystery 'Les Metables'. Plus, Crystal and Saville, Miss Adeline Yohle, and more.
Mon 1st Aug until Sat 6th Aug 1910Elliot SavonasMusical marvels. Plus, Wilson Hallett, Russell Wallett, the Three Cunards, Ernie Mayne, and others.
Mon 8th Aug until Sat 13th Aug 1910Harry RoxburyIn comedy 'The Prince of Monte Carlo'. Plus Harrigan and Holt, The Marriots, Little Zola, and more.
Mon 15th Aug until Sat 20th Aug 1910Chas. R. WhittleComedian. Plus, Rex Fox, Harry Russon, John Donald, Braatz' Dogs, and others.
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 27th Aug 1910Five MowattsThe last word in lightning juggling. Plus, Guyer & Valle, Sammy Shields, and others.
Mon 29th Aug until Sat 3rd Sep 1910May Moore DuprezThe jolly little Dutch girl. Plus, Roze and Calvert, the Alberto Troupe, the Grassy Bros., Arthur Ferris, and more.
Mon 5th Sep until Sat 10th Sep 1910Le Roy, Talma and BoscoThe world's monarchs of magic. Plus, Nellie Lunelle, Jack Lane, Lalie Brooke, Park's Eton Boys, and more.
Mon 12th Sep until Sat 17th Sep 1910CruikshankThe fool of the family. Plus, Edward Garratt, Edgar Graham, Miss Rachel Lowe, and many more.
Mon 19th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1910Dan CrawleyLively songs and patter. Plus, Sterling and Love, The Almas, Harris Coonie, and others.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1910LambertiImpersonator. Plus, Beatie and Babs, Billy Hobbs, the Sister Gladwin, Florence Smithers, and more.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1910Mr. Justice PerkinsComedy by Fred Karno. Plus, Frank Harvey, W. B. Raby, Josie Delaine, the Two Brilliants, and others.
Mon 10th Oct until Sat 15th Oct 1910Maidie ScottComedienne. Plus, Arthur Gill, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Finden, Roma and Romani, and more.
Mon 17th Oct until Sat 22nd Oct 1910Flyinga screaming absurdity by Harry Tate's company. Plus, Elise Loubert, VIctor Kelly, The Mezzettis, and others.
Mon 24th Oct until Sat 29th Oct 1910Chas T. AldrichThe man of many parts. Plus, the Four Janowskys, Herbert Rule, Dion Wade, Duncan & Godfrey, and more.
Mon 31st Oct until Sat 5th Nov 1910George LashwoodVocal comedian. Plus, Stacey & Williams, Edith Fink, Nelle Leone De Lausanne, Queenie May, and more.
Mon 7th Nov until Sat 12th Nov 1910The Cowboy MillionaireWith Tubby Edlin. Plus, Carl Lynn, The Juanitos Troupe, Rolando Martin, Winifred Ward, and more.
Mon 14th Nov until Sat 19th Nov 1910HumanityWorld-famed Hebrew episode. Plus, Lily Black, the Four Rosebuds, Edie Veno, Hal Forde, and others.
Mon 21st Nov until Sat 26th Nov 1910King and BensonFamous London entertainers. Plus, drama 'The Deputy Sheriff', The Great Marconis, Charles Mildare, and more.
Mon 28th Nov until Sat 3rd Dec 1910G. H. ElliottThe original chocolate coloured c**n. Plus, Trixie De Tay, J. C. Inman, Ross and Grayson, and others.
Mon 5th Dec until Sat 10th Dec 1910ConfusionWith famous comedian Lawrence Brough and West End artistes. Plus, the Three Coopers, Palles and Cussick, and others.
Mon 12th Dec until Sat 17th Dec 1910Jan RudenyiActor-violinist. Plus, Ohana San and Co., the Brothers Ford, The Idania Troupe, Mark Melford, and more.
Mon 19th Dec until Sat 24th Dec 1910Ernest ShandComedian's first time in Coventry. Plus, Henry and Tyler, the Six Ceylons, The Donatos, and more.
Mon 26th Dec until Sat 31st Dec 1910Dick Turpin's Ride To YorkRomantic equestrian spectacle. Plus, the New Macs, Coram, Chanti, and many others.

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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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