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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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1956

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 1st Jan 1956Eric Delaney and his BandFeaturing Europe's sensational drummer, Eric Delaney.
Sun 8th Jan 1956Ronnie Scott OrchestraWith singing stars Art Baxter, Lynda Russell and Steve Curtis.
Sun 15th Jan 1956Johnny Dankworth and his OrchestraWith singing stars Cleo Laine, Frank Holder and Tony Mansell.
Sun 22nd Jan 1956The Basil & Ivor Kirchin BandFeaturing Clyde Ray, and the Tommy Whittle Orchestra.
Sun 29th Jan 1956Sid Phillips Band ShowWith Rosemary Archer, and including Kenny Ball.
Mon 12th Mar until Sat 24th Mar 1956Star MakerMusical, with Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge and Jerry Wayne.
Tue 27th Mar until Sat 21st Apr 1956Glamourous NightIvor Novello's Musical on Ice World Premiere.
Mon 23rd Apr until Sat 28th Apr 1956The Devil's Discipleby Bernard Shaw, starring Tyrone Power.
Tue 1st May until Sat 5th May 1956The Vanishing IslandMusical Play, plus other plays - The Dictators Slippers, and We Are To-Morrow.
Mon 7th May until Sat 19th May 1956Can-CanCole Porter's Musical, with Freddie Sales, George Gee, and others.
Mon 21st May until Sat 26th May 1956Love AffairComedy, starring Dulcie Gray and Michael Denison.
Mon 28th May until Sat 2nd Jun 1956Mrs. WillieFarcical Comedy, starring Yvonne Arnaud.
Mon 4th Jun until Sat 9th Jun 1956The Caine Mutiny Court-MartialBroadway show, with Lloyd Nolan, David Knight and Nigel Stock.
Mon 11th Jun until Sat 16th Jun 1956Billy Cotton and his BandVariety, with Jimmy Wheeler, and many others.
Mon 18th Jun until Sat 11th Aug 1956Summer StarsSeason long Variety, with Jimmy Young, Jon Pertwee, Stan Stennett, Joan Turner, and many others.
Mon 13th Aug until Sat 18th Aug 1956YanaVariety, with "TV's most exciting singing personality", plus Morecambe & Wise, and many others.
Mon 20th Aug until Sat 25th Aug 1956David WhitfieldWith Variety All-Star Bill.
Mon 27th Aug until Sat 1st Sep 1956Towards ZeroAgatha Christie play, starring George Baker.
Mon 3rd Sep until Sat 8th Sep 1956Dry RotStarring John Slater.
Mon 10th Sep until Sat 15th Sep 1956Dickie ValentineAll-Star Variety, with the Kathryn Orly Trio, and many others.
Mon 17th Sep until Sat 6th Oct 1956The King And IWith Eve Lister, George Pastell and Helen Landis.
Sun 30th Sep 1956George Weldon and Halle OrchestraOne night show.
Mon 8th Oct until Sat 13th Oct 1956The Charlie Chester Show"Take Pot Luck" - many grand prizes.
Mon 15th Oct until Sat 27th Oct 1956The Full Sadler's Wells BalletIncluding Symphony Orchestra and many stars.
Tue 30th Oct until Sat 8th Dec 19561956 Birthday ShowVariety, with Jimmy Jewel, Tommy Cooper, Ken Dodd, Arthur Worsley, and others.
Sun 2nd Dec 1956BBC Midland OrchestraWith Phyllis Sellick and Owen Grannigan.
Mon 10th Dec until Sat 15th Dec 1956OklahomaBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Sat 22nd Dec 1956 until Sat 30th Mar 1957AladdinWith Beryl Reid, Eve Boswell, and Star-Studded Cast of 80. (14 week run, over 200,000 people watched the show.)
Sun 30th Dec 1956Jack Parnell and his OrchestraOne night only.

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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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