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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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1960

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 3rd Jan 1960Humphrey Lyttleton and his BandOne night only.
Sun 10th Jan 1960Ted Heath and his MusicOne night only.
Sun 17th Jan 1960Chris Barber's Jazz BandOne night only.
Sun 24th Jan 1960Sid Phillips Band ShowOne night only.
Mon 14th Mar until Sat 19th Mar 1960Ralph Reader's Gang ShowStarring Ralph Reader himself, plus a cast of 60.
Mon 21st Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1960Salad DaysMusic by Julian Slade - British musical with the longest run in history.
Mon 28th Mar until Sat 2nd Apr 1960The Vagabond KingStarring John Hanson.
Tue 5th Apr until Sat 9th Apr 1960Peter PanWith Julia Lockwood and Keith Wordsworth.
Mon 11th Apr until Sat 16th Apr 1960Cliff Richard and The ShadowsPlus Norman Vaughan, Alan Field, Jimmy Lloyd, Pierre Bel.
Mon 18th Apr until Sat 28th May 1960Spring ShowStarring Shirley Bassey, Ken Dodd, The Three Monarchs, Freddie Sales, and many others.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1960Lilac TimeSchubert's Opera, with Tano Ferendinos, and a Great Star Cast.
Mon 6th Jun until Sat 11th Jun 1960The Belle of New YorkWith Clifford Mollison and Susan Swinford.
Sun 12th Jun 1960Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz BandOne night only.
Mon 13th Jun until Sat 18th Jun 1960The Unexpected GuestAgatha Christie play, direct from the Duchess Theatre, London.
Mon 20th Jun until Sat 25th Jun 1960The Boy FriendWith Anthony Hayes and Roberta Huby.
Tue 28th Jun until Sat 9th Jul 1960Joie De VivreComedy, with Donald Sinden and Joan Heal.
Mon 11th Jul until Sat 16th Jul 1960The HostageComedy, by Brendan Behan.
Mon 18th Jul until Sat 23rd Jul 1960The Complaisant LoverComedy, with Mary Kerridge and Hugh Sinclair.
Mon 25th Jul until Sat 30th Jul 1960Roar Like A DoveComedy, starring Barry Sinclair.
Mon 1st Aug until Sat 6th Aug 1960Here Is The NewsNew Revue, starring Cleo Laine, Valentine Dyall, Sheila Hancock and Richard Goolden.
Mon 8th Aug until Sat 13th Aug 1960Make Me An OfferMusical, direct from the New Theatre, London. (Theatre closed next week for redecoration of the auditorium ceiling.)
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 27th Aug 1960No, No, Nanette!Musical, with Tommy fields and Billy Milton.
Tue 30th Aug until Sat 10th Sep 1960The World of Suzie WongWith Juliet Yuen, Derek Waring, Roy Purcell and Ann Saker.
Mon 12th Sep until Sat 17th Sep 1960Sadler's Wells Opera CompanyDifferent Opera each night.Click to view
Mon 19th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1960The More The MerrierStarring Anna Neagle.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1960The Third Coventry Festival of MusicGreat orchestras, including the London Philharmonic.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1960Salad DaysBritain's longest running musical.
Mon 10th Oct until Sat 15th Oct 1960D'Oyly Carte Opera CompanyA different Gilbert & Sullivan Opera each night.
Mon 17th Oct until Sat 3rd Dec 19601960 Birthday ShowStarring Arthur Askey, Roy Castle, Yana, Morecambe & Wise, and other stars.
Mon 5th Dec until Sat 10th Dec 1960Naughty MariettaBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Mon 19th Dec 1960 until Sat 11th Mar 1961The Pied PiperStarring Beryl Reid and Ken Dodd, with star-studded cast of 70. (Ran for 12 weeks, seen by over 206,000 people.)

Prev year: 1959   Next year: 1961

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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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