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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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1948

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Tue 2nd Mar until Sat 27th Mar 1948Tom Arnold's Ice ReviewStarring Cecilia Colledge and a cast of 60 Skating Stars and International Cabaret.
Mon 29th Mar until Sat 3rd Apr 1948Jimmy Jewel and Ben WarrissFamous Radio Comics, with Adelaide Hall, Lamar & Rosita, and others.
Mon 5th Apr until Sat 10th Apr 1948Radio ForfeitsWith Michael Miles, the Western Bros, Tommy Jover, and others.
Mon 12th Apr until Sat 17th Apr 1948The Barretts of Wimpole StreetWith Tom Walls, Margaret Johnston, and others.
Tue 20th Apr until Sat 24th Apr 1948Peter PanWith Iris Baker, Christina Forrest, Teddy Brogden, Peter Murray Hill, and others.
Mon 26th Apr until Sat 1st May 1948The Gioconda SmilePlay, with Clive Brook and Pamela Brown.
Mon 3rd May until Sat 8th May 1948The Quaker GirlWith Julia Bretton, Roy Royston, Jack Mayer, and others.
Mon 10th May until Sat 15th May 1948Arthur AskeyIn Person, with "Monsewer" Eddie Gray, Janet Brown, and others.
Mon 17th May 1948Variety ShowWith Martha Raye, Jimmy James, Jack Billings with Diana, and others.
Mon 24th May until Sat 29th May 1948& So We Go OnStarring Issy Bonn, Terry & Doric Kendall, Norry, Al & Col Kemble, and others.
Mon 31st May until Sat 5th Jun 1948Norman Evans - "Good Evans"With Freddy, Paul King, Radcliffe & Ray, Swan & Leigh, and others.
Mon 7th Jun until Sat 12th Jun 1948No Room At The InnWith Diana King, Nancy Poultney, and others.
Mon 14th Jun until Sat 19th Jun 1948The Merry WidowWith Eve Lister, Frank Leighton, Billy Tasker, Norman Griffin, and others.
Mon 21st Jun until Sat 26th Jun 1948Piccadilly HayrideMusic, Laughter and Dance, with Nat Jackley and full London Production.
Mon 28th Jun until Sat 3rd Jul 1948Tommy TrinderThe Trinder Show, with the Ganjou Bros. & Juanita, Ronald Chesney, Woods & Jarrett, and others.
Mon 5th Jul until Sat 17th Jul 1948The Sadler's Wells BalletWith Full Ballet and Orchestra.Click to view
Mon 19th Jul until Sat 24th Jul 1948Me and My GirlWith Lauri Lupino Lane, Barry Lupino, Wallace Lupino, Eve Eacott, and others.
Mon 26th Jul until Sat 31st Jul 1948International BalletThe Sleeping Princess, Swan Lake, Sea Legend and Dances from Prince Igor.
Mon 2nd Aug until Sat 7th Aug 1948Borrah Minevitch's Harmonica RascalsWith George Doonan, Celia Lipton, and others.
Mon 9th Aug until Sat 14th Aug 1948Rocky Mountain RhythmWith Big Bill Campbell and Star Family Variety.
Tue 17th Aug until Sat 4th Sep 1948Perchance To DreamFeaturing Ivor Novello.
Mon 6th Sep until Sat 18th Sep 1948White Horse InnWith Nita Croft, Fred Stone, Nancy Burne, and others.
Mon 20th Sep until Sat 25th Sep 1948Grand Ballet De Monte CarloDirect from the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Mon 27th Sep until Sat 2nd Oct 1948Outrageous FortuneA Comedy by Ben Travers, starring Ralph Lynn.
Mon 4th Oct until Sat 9th Oct 1948Song of NorwayWith Victoria Campbell, Ivor Evans and company of 60 artistes.
Tue 12th Oct until Sat 23rd Oct 1948The Dancing YearsStarring Barry Sinclair.
Mon 25th Oct until Sat 30th Oct 1948Birthday Week VarietyWith Tessie O'Shea, Frank Marlowe, Hellzapoppin, Dave & Joe O'Gorman, and others.
Mon 1st Nov until Sat 6th Nov 1948Ralph SlaterThe World's Fastest Hypnotist. Plus supporting Variety acts.
Mon 8th Nov until Sat 13th Nov 1948Ta-Ra-Rah-Boom-De-AyStarring Frankie Howerd, with full supporting company.
Mon 15th Nov until Sat 20th Nov 1948Show BoatBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 22nd Nov until Sat 4th Dec 1948The Carl Rosa Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.
Mon 6th Dec until Sat 11th Dec 1948Twice And ForeverWest End Comedy Production, starring Greta Gynt.
Mon 13th Dec until Sat 18th Dec 1948All-Star Variety ShowFeaturing Frances Day, Three Peter Sisters and Leon (Shakespeare) Cortez.
Thu 23rd Dec 1948 until Sat 19th Mar 1949Robinson CrusoeFeaturing Duggie Wakefield, Leslie Hatton, Denise Clifford, and many more. (Ran for 12 weeks, playing to 250,000 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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