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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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1981

Apollo Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sat 24th Jan 1981Hazel O'ConnorPart of her "Breaking Glass" tour. One night only.
Tue 10th Feb until Sat 14th Feb 1981English National Opera NorthThe Merry Widow and La Boheme.
Fri 27th Feb 1981ShowaddywaddyOne night only.
Wed 4th Mar 1981The StranglersPart of their "MenInBlack" tour. One night only.Click to view
Tue 17th Mar until Sat 21st Mar 1981Coventry Scout's Gang ShowHuge cast of Scouts and Leaders, including the 13th Coventry Scout Band.
Tue 24th Mar until Sat 28th Mar 1981Welsh National OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Sun 29th Mar 1981The SpinnersOne night only.
Thu 2nd Apr 1981Charley PrideOne night only.
Fri 3rd Apr 1981Max BoyceOne night only.
Mon 6th Apr until Sat 11th Apr 1981Once a CatholicMary O'Mally's comedy of sex and religion. (Not suitable for children!)
Mon 13th Apr until Sat 18th Apr 1981Oh! CalcuttaAvant-garde, risque theatrical revue. The Good Friday performance (17th) was banned due to objections from "the church" about nudity on a religious day.
Sat 25th Apr 1981Leo SayerOne night only.
Mon 27th Apr until Sat 2nd May 1981Sadlers Wells Royal BalletDifferent Ballet each night.
Mon 4th May until Sat 9th May 1981Ipi-TombiAward winning African musical.
Sun 10th May 1981Freddie Starr ExtravaganzaOne night only.
Tue 12th May 1981GirlschoolOne night only.
Sat 16th May 1981Mike HardingOne night only.
Tue 19th May until Sat 23rd May 1981Welsh National OperaThe Marriage of Figaro and La Traviata.
Tue 26th May 1981Manhattan TransferOne night only.
Wed 3rd Jun 1981Rita CoolidgeOne night only.
Sat 20th Jun 1981Fred Wedlock and Friends"The Oldest Swinger in Town".
Fri 26th Jun 1981Teardrop ExplodesOne night only.
Sun 28th Jun 1981The KinksOne night only.
Sun 9th Aug 1981Barbara DicksonOne night only.
Sat 29th Aug 1981Siouxsie and the BansheesOne night only.
Sun 6th Sep 1981The DesperadosOne night only.
Tue 15th Sep 1981David EssexOne night only.
Wed 16th Sep 1981Bobby BareWith guests Ronnie Prophet, Vernon Oxford, Melba Montgomery and American Expression.
Fri 18th Sep and Sat 19th Sep 1981The ShadowsTwo nights.
Wed 30th Sep 1981Siouxsie & The BansheesOne night only.
Mon 12th Oct 1981ShowaddywaddyOne night only.
Thu 15th Oct 1981HawkwindSupported by Mama's Boys.
Fri 16th Oct 1981DonovanOne night only.
Sat 17th Oct 1981Sad CafeOne night only.
Mon 19th Oct 1981Sheena EastonOne night only.
Wed 21st Oct 1981That'll Be The DayOn the movie screen.
Thu 22nd Oct 1981George ShearingWith Mel Torme.
Fri 23rd Oct 1981Jack JonesOne night only.
Sat 24th Oct 1981Joan ArmatradingOne night only.
Sat 24th Oct 1981The Song Remains The SameLed Zeppelin. On the movie screen.
Fri 30th Oct until Sat 21st Nov 1981Hans AndersonLarge production musical, starring and directed by Tommy Steele.
Tue 24th Nov 1981Human LeagueOne night only.
Thu 26th Nov until Sat 28th Nov 1981Rowan AtkinsonTickets £4.50, £5.50, £6.50
Mon 30th Nov 1981The CureSupported by And Also The Trees, and Lydia Lunch & 13.13.
Mon 7th Dec 1981The NolansOne night only.
Tue 8th Dec 1981Thin LizzyPart of their "Renegade" tour. Supported by Sweet Savage.
Fri 18th Dec 1981 until Sat 30th Jan 1982Cannon and Ball Christmas ShowAlso featuring Zee & Co, Aiden J Harvey, The Brian Rogers Dancers, Roger de Courcey, and many others. (***Need to check end date***)

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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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