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Hippodrome / Coventry Theatre / Apollo show archive

A project to try to list all the shows ever performed at our lovely old art-deco theatre in Hales Street, once known as the Showplace of the Midlands. Opening as the New Hippodrome 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 a building of such size could not be put to any practical use, so, sadly, it was demolished in 2002. If anyone still has any tickets and would like to see them used to illustrate a show, please contact me.

Also of interest might be A short history of Coventry's Theatres and Cinemas, by Bill Birch.


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1937

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Mon 1st Nov until Sat 6th Nov 1937Harry Roy and his BandThe first ever show at the newly opened New Hippodrome. Also featuring Ann Penn, radio impressionist.
Mon 8th Nov until Sat 13th Nov 1937Mills BrothersQuartet of black American vocalists, using voices to replicate instruments. Also appearances by Clarkson Rose, Robb Wilton, Dawn Davis and the Three Mighty Atoms.
Mon 15th Nov until Sat 20th Nov 1937Henry Hall and his OrchestraAlso the Max Rivers 12 Hippodrome Lovelies.
Mon 22nd Nov until Sat 27th Nov 1937Stanley HollowayComedian. Also Leslie A. "Hutch" Hutchinson.
Mon 29th Nov until Sat 4th Dec 1937Arthur Tracey the Street SingerPlus Rawicz and Landauer, piano duo.
Sun 5th Dec 1937Cheylesmore Senior Girls' SchoolNativity play.
Mon 6th Dec until Sat 11th Dec 1937Ronald FrankauRadio performer. Plus Revnell and West, Royal Command performers - Ivor Moreton and Dave Kaye, pianists.
Mon 13th Dec until Sat 18th Dec 1937Hip! Hip! Zooray CircusIncludes sea lions and dancing elephants!
Mon 27th Dec until Sat 29th Jan 1938Aladdin and his Wonderful LampPantomime, featuring Vera Lennox, Rex London, Donald Stuart, Heather Gale, the Lassiter Brothers and Alec Pleon. Thereafter on each Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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