This is a pantomime programme cover for the performance of Dick Whittington dating from 1958 showing at the Hippodrome in Ardwick Green, staring Margaret Burton, Gloria Gale, Pauline Ashley, Nat Jackley and Ken Platt. Priced 6d, about 44 pence in 2011s money.
The ‘New’ Manchester Hippodrome to give its full title started life as the Ardwick Empire Theatre in 1904, built by the renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham. It was whilst refurbishment the Ardwick Empire became the New Manchester Hippodrome, so not to be confused with the original Manchester Hippodrome which was on Oxford Street, also built in 1904.
The New Manchester Hippodrome lasted until it was eventually demolished in 1964 along with much of the Ardwick area.
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