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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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1971

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 31st Jan 1971Stevie WonderWith Martha Reeves. One night only.
Sun 21st Feb 1971Deep PurpleOne night only.
Fri 26th Feb until Sun 28th Feb 1971Morecambe & WiseWith Sheila Southern, Ray Alan & Lord Charles, and Mrs Mills. Three nights.
Sat 6th Mar 1971The Rolling StonesSupported by The Groundhogs. One night only.
Tue 9th Mar until Sat 13th Mar 1971Coventry Scouts' 1971 Gang ShowLarge cast of Scouts and Leaders.
Thu 18th Mar until Sat 8th May 19711971 Spring ShowSeason, starring Jimmy Tarbuck and Moira Anderson.
Sun 21st Mar 1971Sacha DistelWith Stephane Grappelli, and Ted Rogers. One night only.
Sun 25th Apr 1971Dorothy SquiresOne night only.
Mon 10th May until Sat 5th Jun 1971Kelly's Heroes70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Thu 3rd Jun 1971The Rolling StonesOne night only.
Mon 7th Jun until Sat 12th Jun 1971London Festival BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Mon 14th Jun until Sat 19th Jun 1971Kelly's Heroes70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound. (Resumption of "Film Season".)
Sun 20th Jun until Sat 26th Jun 1971ZeppelinMovie, starring Michael York and Elke Sommer. Also showing "Start the Revolution Without Me", with Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland.
Sun 27th Jun until Sat 3rd Jul 1971Wuthering HeightsMovie, starring Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall.
Sun 4th Jul until Sat 21st Aug 1971Ryan's DaughterMovie, starring Robert Mitchum.
Sun 22nd Aug until Sat 4th Sep 1971On The BusesMovie, starring Reg Varney.
Sun 5th Sep until Sat 18th Sep 1971VillainMovie, starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane.
Sun 19th Sep 1971Tony Bennett"In Person". One night only.
Mon 20th Sep until Sun 3rd Oct 1971Le MansMovie, starring Steve McQueen.
Wed 6th Oct until Tue 23rd Nov 19711971 Birthday ShowFor the season, starring Tommy Steele, with Dailey & Wayne and Johnny Hackett.
Sun 10th Oct 1971Deep PurpleSupported by Bullet. One night only.
Sun 17th Oct 1971Stars from the Black and White Minstrel ShowOne night only. "The Double Five", featuring Semprini, Dai Francis, John Boulter, Margaret Savage, Peter Kaye. Tickets 40p to £1.
Sun 24th Oct 1971Syd Lawrence OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 7th Nov 1971The Four TopsOne night only.
Sun 14th Nov 1971The SupremesOne night only.
Sun 21st Nov 1971Elton JohnOne night only.
Thu 2nd Dec until Sat 11th Dec 1971KismetBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Wed 22nd Dec 1971 until Sat 11th Mar 1972CinderellaPantomime, starring David Nixon, Mike Yarwood, Basil Brush, John Inman, and many others. (I was taken, aged 6, to see this - sat centrally, row B!)Click to view

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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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