Introduction by Bev Parker
will fondly remember the Wolverhampton Hippodrome that stood on
the site of Yates’ Wine Lodge in Queen Square. I recently met
Barry Davies at Bantock House and couldn’t miss the opportunity
to talk to him. He was, and still is an excellent impressionist
and actually performed on stage at the Hippodrome. He was an
avid theatre goer and regularly saw performances at the
Wolverhampton Hippodrome and Dudley Hippodrome. Barry has
drawn-up the following list of some of the acts that performed
there from the 1930s to the 1950s and has added his memories of
them. This was a time before television became the dominant form
of entertainment. You could only see well-known performers and
their acts when you visited the local theatre.
||Read a brief
history of the theatre
It was most enjoyable
talking to Barry and listening to his reminiscences. While we
were talking he couldn’t resist doing some of his impressions,
which were very funny and extremely accurate. I hope you enjoy
his recollections. They give an insight into what theatre going
was about in the past, and if you are old enough, they will
bring back memories.
To read Barry's memories select the star of your choice.