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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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1959

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 11th Jan 1959Humphrey Lyttleton and his BandOne night only.
Sun 18th Jan 1959Sid Phillips Band ShowOne night only.
Sun 25th Jan 1959Johnny Dankworth and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 1st Feb 1959Chris Barber's Jazz BandOne night only.
Sun 8th Feb 1959Ted Heath and his MusicOne night only.
Sun 1st Mar 1959Ray Ellington QuartetOne night only. With others.
Mon 30th Mar until Sat 4th Apr 1959Cliff Richard and The DriftersThe Drifters later changed their name to The Shadows. Also featuring Des O'Connor, Johnny Laycock, Joe Black, and others.
Tue 7th Apr until Sat 11th Apr 1959One Girl A DayMusical, with Lester Ferguson, Eddie Molloy, Iris Villiers and Lucille Gaye.
Mon 13th Apr until Sat 25th Apr 1959Old ChelseaBy Tauber, with Vanessa Lee, Kenneth McKellar and Peter Graves.Click to view
Mon 27th Apr until Sat 2nd May 1959The MarquiseNoel Coward play starring Evelyn Laye and Frank Lawton.
Mon 4th May until Sat 9th May 1959Me and My GirlWith Valerie Tandy, George Truzzi and Helen Ford.
Mon 11th May until Sat 16th May 1959Variety ShowWith Mike & Bernie Winters, Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr, and others.
Mon 18th May until Sat 23rd May 1959All-Star Variety ShowFeaturing Lonnie Donegan and Des O'Connor. Stalls 6s/6d.
Mon 25th May until Sat 30th May 1959The Student PrinceStarring John Hanson.
Mon 1st Jun until Sat 6th Jun 1959The Norman Wisdom ShowAssisted by Eddie Leslie, Lorne Lesley, Tony Fayne, and others.
Mon 8th Jun until Sat 13th Jun 1959It's Great To Be YoungStarring Ken Dodd, Rosemary Squires, Kenny Baker, and others. (Theatre closed next week for rehearsals for "Pop The Question".)
Sat 20th Jun 1959The Marty Wilde ShowWith Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Johnny Gentle and Duffy Power.
Mon 22nd Jun until Sat 15th Aug 1959Pop The QuestionQuiz Show, compered by Reggie Dennis, with Ronnie Carroll, Tommy Fields and Gilbert the Chimp.
Mon 17th Aug until Sat 22nd Aug 1959Bless The BrideStarring Christian Selva, with Fred Stone, Susan Swinford, and company of 50.
Mon 24th Aug until Sat 5th Sep 1959The Boy FriendMusical Comedy by Sandy Wilson.
Mon 7th Sep until Sat 12th Sep 1959Sadler's Wells Opera CompanyDifferent Opera each night.
Mon 14th Sep until Sat 19th Sep 1959Chu Chin ChowStarring Inia Te Wiata.
Mon 21st Sep until Sat 26th Sep 1959The Desert SongWith Bruce Trent, Desmond Walter-Ellis and Mary Millar.
Mon 28th Sep until Sat 3rd Oct 1959The Dancing YearsWith Barry Sinclair, Margaret Mitchell and Olive Gilbert.
Mon 5th Oct until Sat 10th Oct 1959Festival of MusicWith Great Orchestras and Soloists, including Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra.
Mon 12th Oct until Sat 17th Oct 1959The Merry WidowStarring Vanessa Lee and Peter Graves.Click to view
Mon 19th Oct until Sat 5th Dec 19591959 Birthday ShowFeaturing Arthur Haynes, Edmund Mockridge, Charlie Cairoli, Freddie Frinton, and many others.
Mon 7th Dec until Sat 12th Dec 1959CarouselBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society and cast of 80. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 23rd Dec 1959 until Sat 12th Mar 1960Beauty and the BeastStarring Charlie Chester, Richard Hearne (Mr. Pastry), Janie Marden, and a Star-Studded Cast.

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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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