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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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1947

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Tue 18th Feb until Sat 15th Mar 1947Ice FolliesEurope's Loveliest Ice Spectacle, with Fifty World-Famous Skating Stars and International Cabaret.
Mon 17th Mar until Sat 29th Mar 1947The Carl Rosa Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.Click to view
Mon 31st Mar until Sat 5th Apr 1947Lady Windermere's FanFeaturing Isabel Jeans, Geoffrey Toone, Denys Blakelock, and many more.
Sun 6th Apr 1947The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraConducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
Mon 7th Apr until Sat 12th Apr 1947The Student PrinceWith Bruce Trent and Cherry Lind.
Mon 14th Apr until Sat 19th Apr 1947Sim-Sala-BimWith the Great Danish Magician, Dante.
Mon 21st Apr until Sat 26th Apr 1947All-Star Variety ShowWith The Two Leslies, Adelaide Hall, Freddy assisted by Paul King, Sandy Lane, Jack Edge, and others.
Mon 28th Apr until Sat 3rd May 1947Vic OliverWith his Jokes, Violin & Piano, plus Jack Stanford, Sam Linfield, and others.
Mon 5th May until Sat 10th May 1947Snow White and the Seven DwarfsWith Betty Shaw and Bruce Carfax.
Mon 12th May until Sat 17th May 1947The Desert SongFeaturing Joan Brett, Frederick Bentley, Warwick Ashton and Joseph Dollinger.
Mon 19th May until Sat 24th May 1947Jan Cobel's Anglo-Polish BalletWith Loda Halama - 15 New and Colourful Ballets.
Mon 26th May until Sat 31st May 1947Ted Heath and his MusicWith Paul Carpenter, Jack Parnell, Kenny Baker, Dave Wilkins, Leslie Strange, and others.
Mon 2nd Jun until Sat 7th Jun 1947WingsAn Epic story of the R.A.F. with a Cast of 300 and the R.A.F. Military Band and Dance Orchestra.
Mon 9th Jun until Sat 14th Jun 1947Stand EasyStarring Cheerful Charlie Chester, with Ken Morris, Arthur Haynes, and others.
Mon 16th Jun until Sat 21st Jun 1947D'Oyly Carte Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.
Mon 23rd Jun until Sat 5th Jul 1947Song of NorwayWith Janet Hamilton-Smith and John Hargreaves. (Theatre closed for the next two weeks for repairs.)
Mon 7th Jul until Sat 12th Jul 1947Just WilliamWith John Clarke and Jacqueline Boyer.
Mon 28th Jul until Sat 2nd Aug 1947Rocky Mountain RhythmWith Big bill Campbell.
Mon 4th Aug until Sat 9th Aug 1947Chico Marx(Hollywood's Famous Comedy Pianist) with Arthur Worsley, Young China, Jenks & Williams, and others.
Mon 11th Aug until Sat 23rd Aug 1947Old Mother Riley and Her Daughter KittyWith Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane.
Mon 25th Aug until Sat 6th Sep 1947Laurel and HardyWith Carl & Roger Yale, Boy Lloyd & Betty, and others.
Sun 7th Sep 1947City of Birmingham OrchestraConducted by George Weldon - Soloist, Alfredo Campoli.
Mon 8th Sep until Sat 13th Sep 1947The Big Broadcast of 1947Road-Show, with Issy Bonn, Billy Rhodes & Chika Lane, and others.
Mon 15th Sep until Sat 20th Sep 1947Gardenia LadyWith Lyn Ceeley and Lorraine Bridges.
Mon 22nd Sep until Wed 24th Sep 1947Taming of the ShrewWith The old Vic Theatre Company.
Thu 25th Sep until Sat 27th Sep 1947The AlchemistWith The old Vic Theatre Company.
Mon 29th Sep until Sat 4th Oct 1947Fifty-FiftyWith Harry Green, from the Strand Theatre, London.
Mon 6th Oct until Sat 11th Oct 1947International BalletWith Algeranoff, Jack Spurgeon and the International Ballet Orchestra.
Mon 13th Oct until Sat 18th Oct 1947JassyFrom the novel by Norah Lofts, with Charles Groves, Milton Rosmer, Phyllis Robins, Yvonne Mitchell and Henry Mollison.
Mon 20th Oct until Sat 25th Oct 19471066 And All ThatWith Edwin Styles and Leslie Henson.
Mon 27th Oct until Sat 1st Nov 1947The New Happidrome10th Birthday Celebration, with Harry Korris, Robbie Vincent, Cecil Frederick, and others.
Tue 4th Nov until Sat 15th Nov 1947The Dancing YearsBy Ivor Novello, with Barry Sinclair, Muriel Barron and Nicolette Roeg.
Sun 9th Nov 1947A Festival of RemembrancePresented by the British Legion, Directed by Ralph Reader.
Mon 17th Nov until Sat 22nd Nov 1947Chu Chin ChowBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 24th Nov until Sat 6th Dec 1947Turn On The RainbowBy Ralph Reader and the Famous Gang Show Comedians.
Mon 8th Dec until Sat 13th Dec 1947Charley's AuntBy Brandon Thomas, Scenery & Costumes designed by Cecil Beaton.
Sat 20th Dec 1947 until Sat 28th Feb 1948Mother GoosePantomime with Nat Mills & Bobbie, Freddie & Partner, Doreen Duke, Moran & Elof, and many others. (Record-breaking run of ten weeks, and seen by approximately 300,000 people!)

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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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