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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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1961

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 8th Jan 1961Chris Barber's Jazz BandOne night only.
Sun 15th Jan 1961Humphrey Lyttleton and his BandOne night only.
Sun 22nd Jan 1961Mr. Acker Bilk and his Jazz BandOne night only.
Sun 29th Jan 1961Adam FaithWith The John Barry Seven, The Honeys, Gerry Dorsey (later became Englebert Humperdinck) and Johnny Le Roy. One night only.
Sun 26th Feb 1961Jack Good's Rock 'n' Trad SpectacularStarring Billy Fury, Mark Wynter, Tommy Bruce, Joe Brown, Nelson Keene, Duffy Power, The Four Kestrels, Johnny Gentle, Georgie Fame. One night only.
Mon 13th Mar until Sat 25th Mar 1961Rose MarieStarring David Whitfield and George Moon.
Mon 27th Mar until Sat 1st Apr 1961Covent Garden OperaIncluding Aida, Carmen, La Boheme, and others.
Mon 3rd Apr until Sat 20th May 1961Spring ShowStarring Tommy Cooper, Russ Conway, The Kaye Sisters, Jimmy Clitheroe, Jimmy Wheeler, and others.
Sun 7th May 1961The ShadowsWith The Brook Brothers, Peter Elliott, Patti Brooks, The Red Price Combo, Julie Jones, Dave Allen. One night only.
Sun 21st May 1961Robert HortonStar of TV's Wagon Train, with The Squadronaires, and others.
Mon 22nd May until Sat 27th May 1961Putting On The DoneganStarring Lonnie Donegan, Arthur Worsley, Chic Murray, and others.
Mon 29th May until Sat 3rd Jun 1961African Dance CompanyFrom Senegal, with 40 dancers, singers and musicians.
Thu 8th Jun 1961Kenny Ball's JazzmenWith Clinton Ford.
Sat 10th Jun 1961Adam FaithWith Peter Elliott, The Dale Sisters, The Maori Hi-Five Show Band. One night only.
Mon 12th Jun until Sat 17th Jun 1961You Prove ItComedy, starring Ronald Shiner and Thora Hird.
Tue 20th Jun until Sat 8th Jul 1961Snow White and the Seven DwarfsOn Ice.
Tue 11th Jul until Sat 15th Jul 1961Midlands Festival of BalletWith 10 International Stars.
Mon 17th Jul until Sat 22nd Jul 1961Wild VioletsWith Derek Roy and Douglas Byng.
Mon 24th Jul until Sat 29th Jul 1961The Hungarian Dance Ensemble and OrchestraFrom Budapest.
Mon 31st Jul until Sat 5th Aug 1961BoomerangA searching drama, starring Jess Conrad.
Mon 7th Aug until Sat 12th Aug 1961Mel TormeThe "Mountain Greenery" Boy, and big supporting company.
Tue 15th Aug until Sat 9th Sep 1961West Side StoryDirect from Her Majesty's Theatre.Click to view
Mon 11th Sep until Sat 16th Sep 1961Sadler's Wells OperaDifferent Opera each night, including Carmen, Barber of Seville, and The Marriage of Figaro.
Mon 18th Sep until Sat 23rd Sep 1961Simple SpymenComedy, starring John Slater.
Sun 24th Sep 1961The Temperance SevenWith Ed Corrie's Concord Jazzband. One night only.
Mon 25th Sep until Sat 30th Sep 1961The GazeboComedy Thriller, starring Alan Melville.
Mon 2nd Oct until Sat 7th Oct 1961London's Festival BalletLondon cast of 100, with a different Ballet each night.
Mon 9th Oct until Sat 14th Oct 1961Fourth Coventry Festival of MusicWith World Famous orchestras and conductors.
Tue 17th Oct until Sat 2nd Dec 19611961 Birthday ShowStarring Tommy Steele, Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr, Jimmy James, Joe Baker & Jack Douglas, and others.
Sun 29th Oct 1961Festival of Italian SongIn Italian and English.
Fri 10th Nov 1961Midnight MatineeCharity Show, starring Peggy Ashcroft, Anton Dolin, John Gielgud, David Nixon, Vanessa Redgrave, Tommy Steele, and many others.
Sun 12th Nov 1961A Star Spangled NightBilly Fury, Eden Kane, The Allisons, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, Karl Denver Trio, Terry Hale, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. One night only.
Mon 4th Dec until Sat 9th Dec 1961The King And IBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Tue 19th Dec 1961 until Sat 17th Mar 1962The Frog PrincePantomime, starring David Nixon, Charlie Cairoli, Freddie Frinton, Billy Dainty, and star-studded cast of 70.

Prev year: 1960   Next year: 1962

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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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