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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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1973

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 28th Jan 1973Lovelace Watkins, Rod Hull & Emu and Bobby Crush.One night only.
Sun 4th Feb 1973Chris Farlowe, Albert Lee and Carl Palmer.One night only.
Sun 18th Feb 1973Syd Lawrence OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 25th Feb 1973Deep PurpleSupported by Nazareth. One night only.
Tue 6th Mar until Sat 10th Mar 1973Coventry Scouts' 1973 Gang ShowCast of many Scouts & Leaders.
Sun 11th Mar 1973Slim WhitmanOne night only.
Wed 14th Mar until Sat 12th May 19731973 Spring ShowFor the season, starring Val Doonican, with Dailey & Wayne, Joan Savage, Mike Newman and Des Lane.
Sun 18th Mar 1973Jack JonesOne night only.
Sun 25th Mar 1973Elton JohnOne night only.
Sun 1st Apr 1973Lulu and Jack DouglasWith Johnny Lambe & Orchestra. One night only.
Sat 7th Apr 1973Royal Marines Massed BandsOne night only.
Sun 13th May 1973Music of the Strauss FamilyConcert. One night only.
Mon 14th May until Sat 19th May 1973The Rupert ShowSee Rupert Bear and his Friends.
Mon 21st May until Sat 26th May 1973Where Eagles DareMovie, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.
Sun 27th May 1973Gilbert O'SullivanOne night only.
Wed 30th May until Sat 9th Jun 1973GreaseNew 1950s Rock & Roll Musical, prior to West End opening.
Sun 3rd Jun 1973David Bowie"Ziggy Stardust" tour. One night only.
Mon 11th Jun until Sat 16th Jun 1973Lady Caroline LambMovie, starring Sarah Miles, John Finch and Richard Chamberlain.
Mon 18th Jun until Sat 23rd Jun 1973Ryan's DaughterMovie, starring Robert Mitchum.
Mon 25th Jun until Sat 30th Jun 1973King BoxerPlus Super Fly - two X-rated movies.
Mon 2nd Jul until Sat 7th Jul 1973The Wild BunchX-rated movie, starring Ernest Borgnine.
Mon 9th Jul until Sat 14th Jul 1973The Great CarusoMovie, starring Mario Lanza.
Mon 16th Jul until Sat 21st Jul 1973Those Magnificent Men in their Flying MachinesMovie, starring James Fox.
Mon 23rd Jul until Sat 28th Jul 1973Female BunchPlus Sex Life in a Convent - two X-rated movies.
Mon 30th Jul until Sat 4th Aug 1973Student NursesPlus The Seduction of Inga - two X-rated movies.
Mon 6th Aug until Sat 25th Aug 1973That'll Be The DayMovie, starring David Essex, with Ringo Starr and Rosemary Leach.
Mon 27th Aug until Sat 1st Sep 1973Fritz the CatPlus Alice's Restaurant - two X-rated movies.
Mon 3rd Sep until Sat 8th Sep 1973Secrets of a Door-to-Door SalesmanPlus Renate Carol - two X-rated movies.
Mon 10th Sep until Sat 15th Sep 1973Horror HospitalPlus The Corpse Grinders - two X-rated movies.
Mon 17th Sep until Sat 22nd Sep 1973Love Thy NeighbourMovie, starring Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper and Kate Williams.
Sun 23rd Sep until Sat 29th Sep 1973Language of LoveX-rated movie.
Fri 5th Oct until Sat 24th Nov 19731973 Birthday ShowFor the season, starring Larry Grayson, with Rod Hull & Emu, and many others.
Sun 14th Oct 1973Guards Bands SpectacularOne night only.
Sun 28th Oct 1973Jacques Loussier TrioOne night only.
Sun 4th Nov 1973Four Tops and Detroit SpinnersOne night only.
Sun 18th Nov 1973Hank Snow and Tompall GlaserOne night only.
Thu 29th Nov until Sat 8th Dec 1973Charlie GirlBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society. (Theatre closed next week for Pantomime rehearsals.)
Sun 9th Dec 1973Syd Lawrence OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 16th Dec 1973Jack JonesOne night only.
Thu 20th Dec 1973 until Sat 2nd Mar 1974Dick WhittingtonPantomime, starring Dick Emery, with Bill Pertwee, Gordon Peters, Josephine Blake, and many others.

Prev year: 1972   Next year: 1974

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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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