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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 1921Mdlle. Irma LorraineFrench poseuse and company. Plus, the Kitchen Comedy Four, Rich and Galvin, Dusty Rhodes, and many more.
Mon 10th Jan until Sat 15th Jan 1921The D'Arcy Woolven TrioOld and new melodies. Plus, Lawson and Russell, Niblo and Doris, Manuel and Francois, and many others.
Mon 17th Jan until Sat 22nd Jan 1921Femina QuartettePlus, Tom Payne, Frederick Sylvester & Co., Page's Animated Dolls, and more.
Mon 24th Jan until Sat 29th Jan 1921May SherrardThe 'new style comedienne'. Plus, the De Guchi Troupe, Fred Keeton, Scala and Lillian, and more.
Mon 31st Jan until Sat 5th Feb 1921The Right Key but the Wrong FlatAbsurdity starring Billie Reeves. Plus, Nelson Jackson, Cohan & Dorothy, Alice Gill, and others.
Mon 7th Feb until Sat 12th Feb 1921Frank BensonComedian. Plus, 'Empties' with Harry Shiels, Corn and Neil, Rosie Lloyd, Rich Hayes, and more.
Mon 14th Feb until Sat 19th Feb 1921Bichette'Sea Lion comedian' in 'Finny Funniosities. Plus, Violet Trevenyon, Lewis & Hawthorne, and others.
Mon 21st Feb until Sat 26th Feb 1921The Disorderly RoomMusical absurdity. Plus, Miss Maude Edwards, the Michael Richardini Troupe, and others.
Mon 28th Feb until Sat 5th Mar 1921Dream StarsMusical fantasy. Plus, Lune and Shaw, the Hengler Brothers, Jim Nolan, and more.
Mon 7th Mar until Sat 12th Mar 1921G. H. ElliottThe original chocolate coloured c**n. Plus, Miss Emilie Hayes, Dare Austin, and many others.
Mon 14th Mar until Sat 19th Mar 1921Harry HerbertComedian. Plus, Those Four, Lillie Langtry, The Mizuno Troupe, Musical Burglars, and others.
Mon 21st Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1921Idle-ItisStarring Jimmy Jewel and Co., Plus, Mareski, Adam Tomlinson, the Fuji Family, and many more.
Mon 28th Mar until Sat 2nd Apr 1921The NoodlesNovelty musicians. Plus, Trevor, West & Hinsby, Cullen and Carthy, Eddie Brown, and more.
Mon 4th Apr until Sat 9th Apr 1921Miss May Moore DuprezThe original jolly Dutch girl. Plus, the Charlieri Bros., The Four Richards, the Terry Twins, and others.
Mon 11th Apr until Sat 16th Apr 1921Miss Lily MorrisLondon comedienne. Plus, Sam Springston, Miss Violet King, Lucan and McShane, and more.
Mon 18th Apr until Sat 23rd Apr 1921TroublesStarring Herbert Bettsm Fred Marsh and Co. Plus, Alfred Leonard, Miss Lillian Burgiss, and others.
Mon 25th Apr until Sat 30th Apr 1921Tom E. HughesThe 'rag-bag of vanity'. Plus, Jack Shires & Co., Lowdini, the Three Ernests, and others.
Mon 2nd May until Sat 7th May 1921W. E. Ritchie'Twirls, Twirls, Twists, and Tumbles'. Plus, the Terry Twins, Varney and Butt, The Five Jocks, and more.
Mon 9th May until Sat 14th May 1921Our LizComedy sketch with Doris Champion. Plus, Fred Brezin, Jess & Tony, the Three Scamps, and others.
Mon 16th May until Sat 21st May 1921Press the ButtonComedy sketch starring Sid Hale and Nan Douglas. Plus, Edwin Lawrence, The Melody Makers, and many more.
Mon 23rd May until Sat 28th May 1921Charles AustinComedian in excerpts from 'Pretty Peggy'. Plus, George Calver, May B. Brilliant, and many more.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1921Ernie Mayne'The simple one'. Plus, the Orpheus Trio, Conway and Leland, Leslie Strange, and more.
Mon 6th Jun until Sat 11th Jun 1921Getting OffOne act farce. Plus, Peter Pariss, Carlotta Mossetti, Maple and Burnell, and others.
Mon 13th Jun until Sat 18th Jun 1921RamesesThe Egyptian temple of mysteries. Plus, Clark & Brenton, Hervieu & Co., Tom Lee, and others.
Mon 20th Jun until Sat 25th Jun 1921Victoria CarmenPlus, Tom Bracewell, McLean and Walker, Pan and Girls, Dorothy Cara, and more.
Mon 27th Jun until Sat 2nd Jul 1921WobbleBurlesque musical revue, featuring Ernie Garner, Freddie Frome and Ada Wise.
Mon 4th Jul until Sat 9th Jul 1921The Bridal SuiteStarring Lawson and Russell. Plus, the Four Famous Julians, the Harris Family, and many more.
Mon 11th Jul until Sat 16th Jul 1921Nixon GreyComedian. Plus, Daimler and Eadie, Weynen and Co., The De Havilands, and many others.
Mon 18th Jul until Sat 23rd Jul 1921Famous KikutasJapanese juggling act. Plus, Bert Lloyd and Co., Nora Dale, Ross & Mayer, and more.
Mon 25th Jul until Sat 30th Jul 1921Non-StopA musical comedy express, featuring Freddie Forbes and large cast. Plus, Anna Hana, and many others.
Mon 1st Aug until Sat 6th Aug 1921The PoacherWelsh folk playlet. Plus, Holson & Bert, The Vedras, The Zanfrellas, and more.
Mon 8th Aug until Sat 13th Aug 1921Vine and RussellPlus, Dan Whitley, Arthur Astill, Fred Cooper, The Flying Potters, and others.
Mon 15th Aug until Sat 20th Aug 1921Royal Welsh LadiesPlus, Victor Niblo, Gus Oxley and Co., the Haig Bros. and Ryan, Claude Lester, and others.
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 27th Aug 1921The Garden of HarmonyWith The Elliott Savonas. Plus, 4 K Foleys, the Great Maurice, Joe Marcus & Tony Mariani, and more.
Mon 29th Aug until Sat 3rd Sep 1921Always Tell Your WifeFeaturing Stanley Brett & Co. Plus, Harry & Lester, Tom Gott, and many more.
Mon 5th Sep until Sat 10th Sep 1921Coram and JerryVentriloquial scena. Plus, Loch and Lomond, Boden and Carew, the Daunton-Shaw Troupe, and more.
Mon 12th Sep until Sat 17th Sep 1921Wal LangtryComedian. Plus. Les Bastiens, Alex Mee & Company, Stirling, Rich Taylor, and many others.
Mon 19th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1921The Toy ShopComedy starring Mark Lupino and company. Plus, Edna Latonne, Harry Claff, Stanford and Allen, and more.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1921Lockhart's Famous ElephantsPlus, Harvard, Holt & Kendrick, Hobart & Hobbs, Mabel Costello, and more.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1921Ten LooniesWorld famous comedians. Plus, Douglas and Jones, the Brothers Permane, Clo D'Arte, and others.
Mon 10th Oct until Sat 15th Oct 1921There You Are Then!Music and comedy. Plus, the Royal Gotham Comedy Quartette, Denise and Jan, and more.
Mon 17th Oct until Sat 22nd Oct 1921Bob Anderson & Polo PonyPlus, Miss Violet Black and Co., Bert Harrow, Evelyn May, Harry Hutin, and others.
Mon 24th Oct until Sat 29th Oct 1921Chum SheriffPlus, Eileen and Marjorie, The Wonderful Ching-Wu, Bobbie and Beatie, The New Macs, and more.
Mon 31st Oct until Sat 5th Nov 1921Russian BalletPlus, Foster Kershaw, Sandy Powell, the Labas Duo, Tom Fagan and his Pack, and many more.
Mon 7th Nov until Sat 12th Nov 1921Down Devon Wayby Harry Roxbury and company. Plus, Ernie Roma, the Athene Trio, Petro and Leon, and others.
Mon 14th Nov until Sat 19th Nov 1921O'Neil & ThayerSingers. Plus, the 9 Dainty Dots, Syd Moorhouse, Power & Bendon, and many others.
Mon 21st Nov until Sat 26th Nov 1921The Empire Operatic QuintettePlus, Poli, Bert Maddison, Morgan and Burke, Jack Hedderick, and more.
Mon 28th Nov until Sat 3rd Dec 1921PearlsMusical comedy by Ronald Keir. Plus, the Two Le Bergs, The Jays, and many more.
Mon 5th Dec until Sat 10th Dec 1921The NoodlesNovelty musicians. Plus, Frank Powell, Dan Bros. & Sherry, Laura Butler, Valvett, and more.
Mon 12th Dec until Sat 17th Dec 1921Femastine (The Wonder Girl)Startling new mystery. Plus, The Kitchen Comedy Four, Clark & Wallace, The Martinis, and much more.
Mon 19th Dec until Sat 24th Dec 1921The Early BirdStarring George Pickett & Co. with Miss Dorothy Wilmer. Plus, Stewart Morton, Damsell and Boy, and more.
Mon 26th Dec until Sat 31st Dec 1921What a Night!Musical, featuring Kemp and Freeman and large cast. Plus, Victoria and Ramoo.

Prev year: 1920   Next year: 1937

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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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