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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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1951

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Mon 19th Mar until Sat 24th Mar 1951Tobacco Road"Adults only" Play based on Erskine Cadwell's novel.
Mon 26th Mar until Sat 31st Mar 1951All-Star Variety ShowStarring Donald Peers.
Mon 2nd Apr until Sat 7th Apr 1951The Student PrinceMusical, Starring Lillian Stewart, John Graham, Jimmy Godden and Andrew Waterson.
Mon 9th Apr until Sat 21st Apr 1951Annie Get Your GunWith Company of 70 artistes.
Sun 15th Apr 1951National Dance Band Championship"Warwickshire".
Mon 23rd Apr until Sat 5th May 1951International Balletincluding Swan Lake, Coppelia and other ballets.
Mon 7th May until Sat 12th May 1951Nellie Lutcher and Her RhythmWith Jimmy Wheeler, Shirley, Sharon & Wanda, and others.
Mon 14th May until Sat 19th May 1951Billy Cotton and his BandWith full supporting company.
Mon 21st May until Sat 2nd Jun 1951BrigadoonMusical Play.
Mon 4th Jun until Sat 9th Jun 1951Frankie HowerdWith The Florida Trio and The Golliwog, and others.
Mon 11th Jun until Sat 16th Jun 1951Frou FrouPlay, starring Jean Kent, with Donald Sinden.
Mon 18th Jun until Sat 23rd Jun 1951The Winter's TaleShakespeare Play.
Mon 25th Jun until Sat 7th Jul 1951Bless The BrideMusical, with Edmund Goffron and Valerie Lawson.
Mon 9th Jul until Sat 14th Jul 1951Peter Brough & Archie AndrewsRadio Favourites, with supporting cast.
Mon 16th Jul until Sat 21st Jul 1951Rose MurphyFamous Chee-Chee Girl, with many others.
Sat 21st Jul 1951Annual Dance RecitalBy the Orme School of Dancing, raising funds for Dr. Barnardo's Homes.
Mon 23rd Jul until Sat 28th Jul 1951Variety ShowWith Ethel Revnell, Bonar Colleano and may others.
Mon 30th Jul until Sat 4th Aug 1951Derek RoyFamous BBC Comedian, with others.
Mon 6th Aug until Sat 18th Aug 1951Starlight RoofMusical, with Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss.
Mon 20th Aug until Sat 25th Aug 1951Highlights of RadioWith Max Wall, Lester Ferguson and Semprini.
Mon 27th Aug until Sat 1st Sep 1951Jack WarnerStar of Stage, Radio and Screen, with Billy Russell and Jack Daly.
Tue 4th Sep until Sat 15th Sep 1951Zip Goes A MillionWorld Premiere, starring George Formby.
Mon 17th Sep until Sat 22nd Sep 1951Worm's Eye ViewComedy, with Jack Hobbs and Frank Pettitt.
Sun 23rd Sep 1951London Symphony OrchestraWith the Coventry Philharmonic Choir.
Mon 24th Sep until Sat 29th Sep 1951Lilac TimeWith John Lewis, Arthur Fear, Julia Bretton and Sydney Arnold.
Mon 1st Oct until Sat 6th Oct 1951PygmalionStarring Margaret Lockwood.Click to view
Mon 8th Oct until Sat 13th Oct 1951Original Ballet RussePerforming Aurora's Wedding, Paganini, Graduation Ball, Coq D'Or, Carnaval, and Prince Igor.
Mon 15th Oct until Sat 27th Oct 1951Festival On IceTom Arnold's Production.
Mon 29th Oct until Sat 3rd Nov 1951Colossal Birthday Week ShowAll star cast, including Norman Evans, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, and the Beverley Sisters.
Mon 5th Nov until Sat 17th Nov 1951Folies Bergere RevueThe Real French Show from Paris.
Mon 19th Nov until Sat 24th Nov 1951Rose MarieBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 26th Nov until Sat 1st Dec 1951The Maid Of The MountainsWith Frederick Morant, Diana Stewart and company of 60 artistes.
Mon 3rd Dec until Sat 8th Dec 1951Dear Miss PhoebeWith the London Company.
Mon 10th Dec until Sat 15th Dec 1951Billy Cotton and his BandWith supporting Variety acts. (Theatre closed the following week for pantomime rehearsals.)
Mon 24th Dec 1951 until Sat 15th Mar 1952Babes In The WoodWith All-Star cast, including Reg Dixon, Dick Henderson Junior, Sonnie Hale, and 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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