Switzerland

  • Opening Night: 21 December 1937
  • Performance: 15 January 1938
  • Genre: Ice Show

Albert Enders
Sadie Cambridge

  • Notes: Tom Arnold presents - 'A Novel Extravaganza on Real Ice with the World's Skating Champions and Superb Cabaret' This was Birmingham's first ice show and it was a huge success, running for four weeks. Special electric cables had to be laid and the stage, usually with a rake, had to be levelled to form an ice rink, and crushed ice was packed down over 1,200 sq.ft. There was a cast of 72. The spectacle was set in a fictional alpine village and the preparations had taken three weeks This show was historical because it was the first time that the Hippodrome had stage such a long run and was to herald annual ice shows in the late 1940s and early 1950s, before the introduction of pantomime.