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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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1969

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 16th Feb 1969Gene PitneyWith Marmalade and Joe Cocker. One night only.
Tue 11th Mar until Sat 15th Mar 1969Scout Gang ShowCoventry Scouts' Silver Jubilee show.
Thu 20th Mar until Sat 17th May 1969Cilla's Spring ShowStarring Cilla Black, with Mark Wynter, Joe Baker, Johnny Hackett, and many others.
Sun 23rd Mar 1969Stevie WonderWith The Foundations and Emperor Rosko. One night only.
Sun 13th Apr 1969Mantovani and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 18th May 1969Des O'ConnorWith Mrs. Mills, and Miki & Griff. One night only.
Fri 23rd May until Sun 25th May 1969Val DoonicanWith Susan Lane, The Kingfishers, and others.
Mon 26th May until Sat 31st May 1969Let Sleeping Wives LieStarring Brian Rix, Derek Farr and Leo Franklyn.
Mon 2nd Jun until Sat 7th Jun 1969Madam ChairmanNew play prior to showing in London, starring Veronica Lake.
Tue 10th Jun until Sat 14th Jun 1969The Student PrinceStarring John Hanson.
Mon 23rd Jun until Sat 23rd Aug 1969Gone With The Wind70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Sun 24th Aug until Sat 6th Sep 1969Dr. Zhivago70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Mon 15th Sep until Sat 20th Sep 1969Royal BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Mon 22nd Sep until Sat 27th Sep 1969Those Were The DaysStarring Reg Dixon, Lester Ferguson, Nat Gonella, and others.
Mon 29th Sep until Sat 4th Oct 1969Birds on the WingComedy, starring Bruce Forsythe, June Barry and Julia Lockwood.
Wed 8th Oct 1969Humble PieStarring Steve Marriott, supported by David Bowie and Peter Frampton. One night only.
Tue 14th Oct until Sat 6th Dec 19691969 Birthday ShowStarring Danny La Rue, with Alan Haynes, Joe Church, and all-star supporting company.
Mon 8th Dec until Sat 13th Dec 1969La Vie ParisienneBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Tue 23rd Dec 1969 until Sat 14th Mar 1970Robinson CrusoePantomime, starring Ken Dodd and his Diddy Men, with Hope & Keen, Lyn Kennington, Rudy Cardenas, and many others.

Prev year: 1968   Next year: 1970

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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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