Hippodrome, Bolton

The Lawrence-Williamson Repertory Players

  • Productions
    From programmes retained - some productions missing

    Wk Beginning: January 23rd
    Separate Rooms
    By Joseph Carole and Alan Dinehart

    Wk Beginning: January 10th
    To Kill A Cat
    By Roland Pertwee and Harold Dearson

    Wk Begining: February 5th
    Cut For Partners
    by Lionel Brown

    Wk Beginning: February 13th
    Mystery At Blackwater
    By Dan Sutherland

    Wk Beginning: February 20th
    Ask Your Dad
    By Edwin Lewis

    Wk Beginning: February 27th
    Sweet Aloes
    By Jay Mallory

    Wk Beginning: March 5th
    Strictly Business
    By Rosemary West

    Wk Beginning: March 12th
    Miss Mabel
    By R C Sherriff

    Wk Beginning: March 19th
    A Husband For Nora
    By Armitage Owen

    Wk Beginning: April 2nd
    Intimate Relations
    By Strafford Dickens

    Wk Beginning: April 9th
    Leap In The Dark
    By Wilfred Massey

    Wk Beginning: April 23rd
    By Stuart Ready

    Wk Beginning: May 7th
    The Eleventh Hour
    By C. Neilson Gattey and Z. Bramley-Moore

  • Company Members

    J Richard Austin
    Dennis Scott
    Maureen Norman
    Jean Rimmer
    Gerald Cowan
    Herbert Evelyn
    Frank Finlay
    Bessie Osborne
    Lora Layson
    Julia Barron
    Jean Wraith
    Penelope Davis

    The Hippodrome, Bolton

    The Hippodrome opened in 1908. It was built opposite the Post Office on Deansgate and originally called The Bolton Empire Theatre. In in 1916 the Empire changed hands and became a Cinema and was renamed 'The Hippodrome'.

    Sometime in the 1940's it returned to theatrical use, becoming the home of the Bolton Repertory Theatre. Productions continued until 1961 when the Theatre finally closed, sparking an outcry and protests. A campaign to turn it into a Civic theatre failed and the theatre was demolished. I believe the site is now a car park. Its neighbour, The Hen & Chickens pub, still stands.