Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker appeared at the Hippodrome during a variety week in December 1937, just a week after she had gotten married in Paris. She sent her costumes, scenery and her two dancing partners a week in advance of her visit but when she arrived in Birmingham, she was told that they had been held up by customs and wouldn’t be at the theatre in time for her first performance. She was forced to wear a white frock with blue shoes and she was unable to dance during her performance as her dress was not made for dancing.