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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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Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Sun 5th Jan 1964Kenny Ball's JazzmenOne night only.
Sun 12th Jan 1964Brian Poole and The TremoloesWith The Avengers, The Matadors, The Mustangs, The Orchids, The Sorrows, The Midnights, The Sabres. One night only.
Sun 19th Jan 1964Freddie and The DreamersWith The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, The Barron Knights, Patrick Dane & the Quiet Five, The Cheynes. One night only.
Sun 26th Jan 1964Chris Barber's Jazz BandPlus Ottilie Patterson. One night only.
Sun 16th Feb 1964Your Lucky StarsStarring Joe Brown & The Bruvvers, with Manfred Mann, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Heinz, The Crystals, Mike Preston, and Daryl Quist. One night only.
Sun 1st Mar 1964Billy J Kramer and The DakotasWith Gene Pitney, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Bachelors, Cilla Black, The Remo Four, The Escorts. One night only.
Mon 16th Mar until Sat 21st Mar 1964Ballet RambertWith the Ballet Rambert Orchestra.
Fri 27th Mar until Sat 23rd May 19641964 Spring ShowVariety, starring Dickie Henderson, Jimmy Clitheroe, Pinky & Perky, Jimmy Tarbuck, and many more.
Sun 29th Mar 1964Dave Clark FiveWith The Hollies, The Kinks, Mark Wynter, The Mojos, The Trebletones. One night only.
Sun 12th Apr 1964Cliff Richard and The ShadowsPlus Dailey & Wayne and Bob Miller & the Millermen. One night only.
Sun 19th Apr 1964Adam Faith, The Searchers and Eden KanePlus Dave Berry & the Cruisers, The Undertakers, and others. One night only.
Sun 3rd May 1964Roy Orbison & Freddie and The DreamersWith Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Tony Sheridan, Chris Sandford, Ezz Reco & the Launchers, and others. One night only.
Sun 10th May 1964Peter & Gordon and Marty WildeOne night only.
Sun 24th May 1964The Rolling StonesWith The Caravelles, David John & The Mood, Julie Grant, The Barron Knights, The Overlanders. (Peter & Gordon were on the bill but did not appear.) One night only.
Mon 25th May until Sat 30th May 1964Frank IfieldWith the Dallas Boys and Arthur Worsley.
Mon 1st Jun until Sat 6th Jun 1964Private LivesStarring Vanessa Lee and Peter Graves.
Mon 8th Jun until Sat 13th Jun 1964Person UnknownSuspense, Starring Anna Neagle, with John Alderton, Charles Tingwell, and others.
Wed 17th Jun until Sat 27th Jun 1964Chase Me Comrade!Starring Brian Rix, with Leo Franklyn, Basil Lord, and others.
Mon 29th Jun until Sat 11th Jul 1964Covent Garden OperaA different Opera each night.
Mon 13th Jul until Sat 18th Jul 1964One For The PotStarring John Slater. (Theatre closed from 20th July until 1st August for Summer Vacation.)
Mon 3rd Aug until Sat 8th Aug 1964The SearchersWith Dusty Springfield, Eden Kane, Clifford Davis, and full supporting programme.
Mon 10th Aug until Sat 15th Aug 1964On The SpotEdgar Wallace's epic thriller.
Mon 17th Aug until Sat 22nd Aug 1964The Bristol Old Vic CompanyPerforming Henry V and Love's Labour's Lost. (Part of the Festival Season, 17th August to 26th September.)
Mon 24th Aug until Sat 29th Aug 1964Royal Philharmonic OrchestraDifferent Music, Conductors and Soloists each performance.
Mon 31st Aug until Sat 12th Sep 1964D'Oyly Carte OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Mon 14th Sep until Sat 19th Sep 1964Sadler's Wells OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Mon 21st Sep until Sat 26th Sep 1964Royal BalletDifferent Ballet each night.Click to view
Sun 4th Oct 1964Cilla BlackWith The Fourmost, Sounds Incorporated, Tommy Quickly, The Remo Four. One night only.
Mon 5th Oct until Sat 17th Oct 1964The Maid Of The MountainsStarring John Hanson.
Fri 16th Oct until Sat 5th Dec 19641964 Birthday ShowStarring Roy Castle, the Karl Denver Trio, the Kaye Sisters, Nat Jackley and many others.
Sun 18th Oct 1964The Big Beat SceneFeaturing The Honeycombs, Millie, Lulu & The Luvvers, The Applejacks, Daryl Quist, and others, with special guest star, Gene Vincent. One night only.
Sun 25th Oct 1964The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Barron KnightsPlus The Escorts, The Cockneys, Robb Storme & the Whispers. One night only.
Sun 1st Nov 1964R & B '64With The Animals, Carl Perkins, The Nashville Teens, Elkie Brooks, The Plebs, The Quotations, and Tommy Tucker. One night only.
Sun 8th Nov 1964Your Lucky StarsFeaturing The Hollies, Heinz & the Wild Boys, The Dixie Cups, Jess Conrad, The Tornados, The Hi-Fi's, Wayne Gibson & The Dynamic Sounds. One night only. (The Wild Boys featured a 19 year old guitarist with a big future by the name of Ritchie Blackmore!)
Sun 15th Nov 1964The SearchersWith Dionne Warwick, The Zombies, The Isley Brothers, Syd & Eddie (became "Little & Large"). One night only.
Sun 22nd Nov 1964Gerry and the PacemakersWith Gene Pitney, The Kinks, Marianne Faithfull, The Mike Cotton Sound, Bobby Shafto. One night only.
Sun 29th Nov 1964Dusty SpringfieldWith Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, The Primitives, The Echoes. One night only.
Mon 7th Dec until Sat 12th Dec 1964South PacificFamous Musical. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Mon 21st Dec 1964 until Sat 6th Mar 1965CinderellaPantomime, starring Arthur Haynes, with Dermot Kelly, Freddie Sales and Betty Jumel.

Prev year: 1963   Next year: 1965

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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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