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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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1979

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 21st Jan 1979Elvis Costello and The AttractionsSupported by John Cooper Clarke. One night only.
Sun 28th Jan 1979Gloria GaynorWith The Chi-Lites. One night only.
Sun 4th Feb 1979UFOPart of their "Strangers in the Night" tour. One night only.
Mon 5th Mar 1979Chris de BurghOne night only.
Thu 8th Mar 1979Slim WhitmanOne night only.
Tue 13th Mar until Sat 17th Mar 1979Coventry Scouts' 1979 Gang ShowHuge cast of Scouts and Leaders.
Mon 26th Mar 1979Nana MouskouriOne night only.
Tue 27th Mar 1979The BuzzcocksOne night only.
Sat 31st Mar 1979David EssexOne night only.
Sun 1st Apr 1979Roger WhittakerOne night only.
Fri 13th Apr 1979Mahendra Kapoor NiteOne night only.
Wed 18th Apr 1979Elton JohnPart of his "A Single Man" tour. One night only.Click to view
Thu 19th Apr 1979Billy ConnollyOne night only.
Tue 24th Apr until Sat 28th Apr 1979Scottish BalletTues, Wed & Thur: Napoli (an ideal family ballet). Fri & Sat: Underground Rumours (a new rock adventure!).
Mon 30th Apr until Sat 5th May 1979MzumbaExciting African Musical.
Wed 9th May 1979RushPart of their "Hemisphere's" tour. Supported by Max Webster. One night only.
Tue 15th May until Sat 19th May 1979My Fair LadyBy the Coventry Musical Play Society.
Tue 22nd May 1979George Hamilton IVOne night only.
Thu 24th May 1979SladeOne night only.
Mon 4th Jun until Sat 9th Jun 1979A World of WisdomStarring Norman Wisdom, with Tony Fayne.
Tue 26th Jun 1979Talat MahoodIndian Concert.
Fri 21st Sep 1979The SlitsWith Don Cherry and Happy House, Prince Hammer and Creation Rebel. One night only.
Sat 22nd Sep 1979Loudon Wainwright IIIOne night only.
Sun 23rd Sep 1979Gary Numan and the Tubeway ArmySupported by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) - their largest venue to date. One night only.
Fri 5th Oct 1979Blaster BatesComedian. One night only.
Sat 6th Oct 1979Elkie BrooksOne night only.

1979

Apollo Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Tue 16th Oct 1979APOLLO THEATRENew ownership to prolong the theatre's life, beginning with the Royal Gala Charity Show.
Tue 16th Oct 1979Royal Gala Charity ShowAll-Star charity show starring The 3 Degrees, Roger De Courcey & Nookie Bear, Norman Collier, and many more. One night only. (Tickets £4 to £8) Attended by the Duchess of Kent, proceeds to the Lord Mayor's Year of the Child Appeal.
Thu 18th Oct 1979Gladys Knight & The PipsOne night only.
Sun 21st Oct 1979Leo SayerOne night only.
Tue 23rd Oct 1979Sham 69One night only.
Fri 26th Oct 1979DartsOne night only.
Sat 27th Oct 1979The StranglersPart of their "Raven" tour. One night only.Click to view
Mon 29th Oct 1979Gallagher & LyleWith special guest Judie Tzuke. One night only.
Wed 31st Oct 1979Billie Jo SpearsWith special guest, Bobby Bare. One night only.
Fri 2nd Nov 1979WhitesnakeSupported by Marseille. One night only.
Sun 4th Nov 1979Manhattan TransferOne night only. (Tickets £6.50 and £7.50)
Thu 8th Nov 1979Steve HillageSupported by Trevor Rabin (later with Yes) on his Face to Face tour.Click to view
Sat 10th Nov 1979The Little & Large ShowOne night only.
Wed 14th Nov and Thu 15th Nov 1979Dame EdnaFeaturing Barry Humphries.
Fri 16th Nov 1979Hot ChocolateOne night only. (Tickets £2.50 to £5)
Mon 19th Nov 1979Mike HardingOne night only.
Mon 26th Nov until Sat 1st Dec 1979Paint Your WagonBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Tue 4th Dec 1979ShowaddywaddyOne night only.
Wed 5th Dec and Thu 6th Dec 1979Max BoyceTwo nights.
Fri 7th Dec 1979The DamnedOne night only.
Thu 13th Dec 1979Dr. FeelgoodOne night only. (Tickets £2 to £3)
Tue 18th Dec and Wed 19th Dec 1979Cliff RichardTwo nights.
Wed 26th Dec 1979 until Mon 18th Feb 1980CinderellaPantomime, starring Ken Goodwin and Jack Douglas.

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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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