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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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1953

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 22nd Feb 1953Harry Roy and his BandOne night only.
Mon 30th Mar until Sat 11th Apr 1953Zip Goes A MillionStarring Reg Dixon.
Mon 13th Apr until Sat 18th Apr 1953The Gay DogStarring Wilfred Pickles.
Sun 19th Apr 1953London Philharmonic OrchestraConducted by Sir Adrian Boult, performing Beethoven's Fifth symphony.
Mon 20th Apr until Sat 25th Apr 1953And So To BedMusical, featuring Leslie Henson, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.
Mon 27th Apr until Sat 2nd May 1953Over The MoonFeaturing Cicely Courtneidge.
Mon 4th May until Sat 9th May 1953Relative ValuesNoel Coward's play, starring Gladys Cooper.
Mon 11th May until Sat 16th May 1953No, No, Nanette!With George Lacy and George Moon.
Mon 18th May until Sat 23rd May 1953Mr. Pastry Comes To TownStarring Richard Hearne as Mr. Pastry, with The Tanner Sisters, George Martin, and others.
Mon 25th May until Sat 30th May 1953All-Star Comedy ShowWith Nat Mills & Bobbie, Hutch, Harry Locke, and others.
Mon 1st Jun until Sat 6th Jun 1953Wild HorsesFarcical Comedy with Roberson Hare and Ralph Lynn.
Mon 8th Jun until Sat 13th Jun 1953International BalletSwan Lake and other ballets each night.
Mon 15th Jun until Sat 4th Jul 1953Call Me MadamStarring Noele Gordon and Frank Leighton.
Mon 6th Jul until Sat 11th Jul 1953Billy Cotton and his BandWith Alan Breeze, Doreen Stephens, Clem Bernard, and others.
Mon 13th Jul until Sat 18th Jul 1953Cheerful Charlie ChesterWith Jack Jackson, Dorothy Carless, and others.
Sat 18th Jul until Thu 23rd Jul 1953Dance RecitalBy the Orme School of Dancing, including June Arnold's pupils.
Mon 20th Jul until Sat 25th Jul 1953Billy Daniels"America's Sensational".
Mon 27th Jul until Sat 1st Aug 1953Terry ThomasWith Full Variety show.
Mon 3rd Aug until Sat 8th Aug 1953Ronnie Ronalde"The Voice of Variety", with full supporting bill.
Mon 10th Aug until Sat 15th Aug 1953David WhitfieldNew Singing Star, with Bernard Miles, Chan Canasta, Max Geldray and Iris Sadler.
Mon 17th Aug until Sat 22nd Aug 1953Burl IvesAmerican folk singer, with supporting variety acts.
Mon 24th Aug until Sat 29th Aug 1953OklahomaMusical Play by Rogers & Hammerstein.
Mon 31st Aug until Sat 5th Sep 1953David HughesFavourite Radio and Recording star, with Jon Pertwee, Janet Brown, and others.
Mon 7th Sep until Sat 12th Sep 1953Celebration RagWith Donald Peers, Jimmy James and the Tanner Sisters.
Mon 14th Sep until Sat 10th Oct 1953Coronation Ice CavalcadeWith Heinie Brock, Micheline Lannoy and over 100 others.
Fri 9th Oct until Wed 14th Oct 1953Sadler's Wells Theatre BalletWith full London Company, performing Blood Wedding, Carte Blanche, Coppelia, and others.
Mon 12th Oct until Sat 17th Oct 1953Me and My GirlBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 19th Oct until Sat 7th Nov 1953Coronation Birthday ShowWith Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss, the Beverley Sisters, Diana Dors, Semprini, and others.Click to view
Mon 16th Nov until Sat 21st Nov 1953The Quaker GirlWith Betty Leslie, Sonny Jenks, and huge company.
Mon 23rd Nov until Sat 28th Nov 1953King's RhapsodyWith John Palmer, Sylvia Cecil, Muriel Barron and others.
Mon 30th Nov until Sat 5th Dec 1953Seagulls Over SorrentoStarring Ronald Shiner.
Mon 7th Dec until Sat 12th Dec 1953HousemasterComedy Play, starring Jack Hulbert. (Theatre closed the following week for pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 23rd Dec 1953 until Sat 27th Mar 1954Dick Whittington and his CatStarring Reg Dixon, with Neville Kennard, Richard Curnock, Lynne Golding, and many others. (Ran for 14 weeks, watched by over 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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