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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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1982

Apollo Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Mon 1st Feb until Sat 6th Feb 1982Vienna Festival BalletPerforming The Nutcracker.
Mon 8th Feb 1982Genesis - In ConcertOn the movie screen.
Tue 9th Feb 1982Pink Floyd - Live at PompeiiOn the movie screen.
Sat 13th Feb 1982UB40One night only.
Tue 23rd Feb 1982Mike HardingOne night only.
Sat 27th Feb 1982The Who - The Kids Are AlrightOn the movie screen.
Wed 3rd Mar until Sat 20th Mar 1982My Fair LadyStarring Tony Britton, Rebecca Caine, Peter Bayliss and Anna Neagle.
Tue 30th Mar until Sat 3rd Apr 1982Coventry Scout's Gang ShowEntitled "Ralph" in honour of Ralph Reader, the founder of the Gang Show.
Mon 5th Apr until Sat 10th Apr 1982English National Opera NorthA different Opera each night.
Mon 12th Apr 1982The KrankiesVariety show including Dana and Franklin James & the Hot Dogs.
Fri 16th Apr 1982Elkie BrooksOne night only.
Wed 21st Apr 1982Thin LizzySHOW CANCELLED.
Sat 24th Apr 1982The SpinnersOne night only.
Mon 10th May 1982Sydney DevineOne night only.
Tue 11th May 1982Elkie BrooksOne night only. Date added due to the first show on 16th April selling out.
Sat 15th May 1982Frankie LaineOne night only.
Tue 18th May until Sat 22nd May 1982Oliver!By the Coventry Musical Play Society.
Sun 23rd May 1982A Touch of BlarneyIrish variety show, including Gloria Hunniford.
Wed 26th May until Sat 29th May 1982Ballet RambertA different Ballet each night.
Mon 28th Jun 1982Toyah WillcoxOne night only.
Thu 2nd Sep 1982Hot ChocolateOne night only.
Thu 16th Sep 1982ImaginationOne night only. Supported by The Techno Twins.
Sat 18th Sep and Sun 19th Sep 1982UB40Two nights.
Sat 25th Sep 1982Festival Do BrazilOne night only.
Tue 28th Sep 1982David EssexOne night only. Supported by The Real Thing, and The Karl Whitworth Band.
Wed 29th Sep 1982The ShadowsOne night only.
Tue 5th Oct 1982Dexy's Midnight RunnersOne night only.
Wed 13th Oct and Thu 14th Oct 1982Shirley BasseyTwo nights. The show was rescheduled from the 18th and 19th April, which was postponed when Shirley was taken ill.
Mon 18th Oct until Sat 23rd Oct 1982Reveen - The ImpossiblistAmerican Magician.
Tue 26th Oct until Sat 30th Oct 1982The Sleeping BeautyBy The Vienna Festival Ballet.
Wed 3rd Nov and Thu 4th Nov 1982Julio InglesiasWith the Four Tops. Two nights.
Sat 6th Nov 1982The Four TopsOne night only.
Tue 9th Nov 1982YazooOne night only.
Thu 11th Nov 1982Billy ConnollyPart of Billy's "Jocks Rap" tour. One night only.
Mon 22nd Nov until Sat 27th Nov 1982The Importance of being EarnestOscar Wilde play starring Judi Dench, Elizabeth Garvie, Zoe Wanamaker, Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis, and others.
Sun 28th Nov 1982John DenverOne night only.
Fri 10th Dec 1982Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersOne night only. (Tickets £9)
Wed 22nd Dec 1982 until Sat 29th Jan 1983AladdinPantomime, starring Ken Dodd & his Diddymen, Nat Jackley, Susan Maughan and Alan Curtis.

Prev year: 1981   Next year: 1983

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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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