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Belgrade Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre is Coventry’s major producing and presenting theatre.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £934,984
  • 2013-2014: £956,489
  • 2014-2015: £983,248

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Meet the Cast of The Beauty Manifesto

This production is presented by the Belgrade's Acting Out company. Acting Out is the Belgrade’s ground-breaking work related learning programme which is now in its 15th year. Welcome to The Beauty Manifesto, a world of extreme physical conformity where teenagers celebrate their sixteenth birthdays with cosmetic surgery. But in a world where difference is unacceptable and there is no excuse for imperfection, can someone find the strength to be the exception and the courage to be themselves?

Cougar The Musical: The Photo Call

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/cougar-the-musical Sat 16 May - Sat 6 June Cougar The Musical is a hilarious, raunchy and insightful musical about three women of a certain age saying yes to life and learning that happiness lies within. “Funny, raucous and romantic … women are likely to fall under its life-affirming spell.” New York 1 Soulful, sassy, poignant and provocative – expect to be taken on a heart-warming and uproarious journey through their adventures, disappointments and ultimately, inspiring transformations. Cougar The Musical has been a smash hit success in New York where it ran for over two years off Broadway. This brand new production will be the UK premiere. The show will be directed by the Belgrade’s Creative Associate, Patricia Benecke, choreographed by Racky Plews, designed by Juliet Shillingford with lighting and video design by Arnim Friess and musical direction by Neil MacDonald.

The Amazing Bubbleman

On at the Belgrade Theatre this Easter, Fri 10 to Sat 11 April

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Audience Reaction to Blood

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/blood Blood is a fresh, funny and compelling new love story about two teenagers from a Midlands’ Pakistani community. Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Caneze and Sully’s story is about family ties and the risks people are willing to take for love – and the lengths to which others will go to keep them apart. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.

Inspiring Curiosity Launch!

www.inspiringcuriosity.co.uk/ 2015 sees the 50th Anniversary of Theatre in Education (TiE) at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, marking 50 years since we established a company dedicated to using theatrical performance and drama workshops to explore issues of cultural, social, political and moral significance as part of a free service to schools and the young people of Coventry. TiE encourages children to investigate challenging situations for themselves, to search to find the answer, rather than be given it on a plate. The TiE movement spread to theatres across the UK, and then to broader contexts across the globe, inspiring a wide range of participatory theatre with children and young people. To mark this significant anniversary, the Belgrade is arranging a year of events to celebrate and promote theatre made for and with young people.

Meet the cast of Blood - Interview with Krupa Pattani and Adam Samuel-Bal

Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.

Cougar The Musical teaser trailer

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/cougar-the-musical Sat 16 May - Sat 6 June Cougar The Musical is a hilarious, raunchy and insightful musical about three women of a certain age saying yes to life and learning that happiness lies within. “Funny, raucous and romantic … women are likely to fall under its life-affirming spell.” New York 1 Soulful, sassy, poignant and provocative – expect to be taken on a heart-warming and uproarious journey through their adventures, disappointments and ultimately, inspiring transformations. Cougar The Musical has been a smash hit success in New York where it ran for over two years off Broadway. This brand new production will be the UK premiere.

The Mist in the Mirror

On at the Belgrade Theatre from Tues 14 - Sat 18 April 2015.

Blood: An Interview with Arun Ghosh

Fri 27 Mar - Sat 11 Apr Blood – A 21st century love story love ain’t something you just say just this word it’s something you do Blood is a fresh, funny and compelling new love story about two teenagers from a Midlands’ Pakistani community. Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Caneze and Sully’s story is about family ties and the risks people are willing to take for love – and the lengths to which others will go to keep them apart. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.

Blood: An Interview with Writer Emteaz Hussain

Fri 27 Mar - Sat 11 Apr www.belgrade.co.uk/event/blood Blood – A 21st century love story love ain’t something you just say just this word it’s something you do Blood is a fresh, funny and compelling new love story about two teenagers from a Midlands’ Pakistani community. Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Caneze and Sully’s story is about family ties and the risks people are willing to take for love – and the lengths to which others will go to keep them apart. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires. About the writer: Emteaz Hussain is a Nottingham-based performance poet, playwright and workshop leader who has worked with Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay. Her acclaimed first play, Sweet Cider, was produced by Tamasha in 2008

National Apprentice Week - An Interview with Laura Anderson

In this video we talk to Operations Apprentice, Laura Anderson, about her experience of working at the Belgrade Theatre.

Blood: An Interview with Director, Esther Richardson

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/blood Fri 27 Mar - sat 11 Apr Blood – A 21st century love story love ain’t something you just say just this word it’s something you do Blood is a fresh, funny and compelling new love story about two teenagers from a Midlands’ Pakistani community. Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Caneze and Sully’s story is about family ties and the risks people are willing to take for love – and the lengths to which others will go to keep them apart. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.

The Secret Adversary Trailer

Agatha Christie’s gripping thriller follows the daring and dizzying adventures of Tommy & Tuppence through 1920s London comes to the Belgrade from Tuesday 28 April - Saturday 2 May 2015.

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely friendship between two innocent boys. Set during World War II, the story is seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and devastating consequences. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel takes him from innocence to revelation, revealing the poetic irony that through a child’s eye everyone can appear the same. Brought to you by The Children’s Touring Partnership who have previously produced Swallows and Amazons and Goodnight Mister Tom, this world premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas on stage, promises to be a deeply moving and thought provoking production.

Blood Trailer

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/blood Blood – A 21st century love story Fri 27 Mar - Sat 11 Apr love ain’t something you just say just this word it’s something you do Blood is a fresh, funny and compelling new love story about two teenagers from a Midlands’ Pakistani community. Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Caneze and Sully’s story is about family ties and the risks people are willing to take for love – and the lengths to which others will go to keep them apart. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.

A View From the Bridge trailer

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/a-view-from-the-bridge “Compelling … memorable … perfect” The Guardian Set in the dangerous and mysterious world of New York’s Brooklyn harbour in the 1950s where the lives of dockworkers and longshoremen, many recent immigrants to the United States, played out. Respected longshoreman, Eddie Carbone, lives with his wife and niece in a tight-knit Italian immigrant community bound by strong moral codes of justice and loyalty. When two family cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, arrive from Italy and enter their lives, the balance of Eddie’s family relationships is seriously rocked. As the young men seek work, wealth and security they find themselves under threat in a country simmering with a mirage called the American Dream. The play crackles with raw emotion and tension as proud Eddie is driven to an act that will tear his family and the whole community apart. Jonathan Guy Lewis stars as Eddie. A stalwart of British TV drama his credits include Soldier, Soldier, London’s Burning and Coronation Street. He is joined by television favourite Michael Brandon (Dempsey & Makepeace and Episodes). Regarded as a one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays, this gripping and passionate drama ranks as one of the great classics of our time.

Belgrade Pancake Race 2015

Watch the highlights from this year's Belgrade Pancake Race in Broadgate to support and raise money for our Give the Gift of Theatre Campaign. www.belgrade.co.uk/support-us/give-the-gift-of-theatre/

Audience Reaction to Only A Day

Now on until Sat 21 Feb www.belgrade.co.uk/event/only-a-day “Love is never so beautiful as on the first day.” A fox and a wild boar keep watch over the hatching of a mayfly. Aware that it lives for only a day, they are faced with a dilemma. Who cares about a mayfly anyway? But when they meet a beautiful flying insect, who has spent years preparing to hatch into the world, they have to think again. So begins a great adventure in which nothing will ever be the same. Join these wonderful creatures on a crazy, poignant and surprising journey through life and its rich mysteries! Only A Day is a play with live music for children aged seven and over about the cycle of life and the power of friendship. Based on the book by award-winning German children’s writer and illustrator, Martin Baltscheit, it is alternately funny, sad and thought-provoking. Only A Day will be directed by the Belgrade’s multi-award-winning Associate Artist, Tony Graham, one of Britain’s leading directors of theatre for children and young people.

Writing Only A Day - An Interview with Martin Baltscheit

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/only-a-day Sat 7 - Sat 21 Feb 2015 “Love is never so beautiful as on the first day.” A fox and a wild boar keep watch over the hatching of a mayfly. Aware that it lives for only a day, they are faced with a dilemma. Who cares about a mayfly anyway? But when they meet a beautiful flying insect, who has spent years preparing to hatch into the world, they have to think again. So begins a great adventure in which nothing will ever be the same. Join these wonderful creatures on a crazy, poignant and surprising journey through life and its rich mysteries! Only A Day is a play with live music for children aged seven and over about the cycle of life and the power of friendship. Based on the book by award-winning German children’s writer and illustrator, Martin Baltscheit, it is alternately funny, sad and thought-provoking. Only A Day will be directed by the Belgrade’s multi-award-winning Associate Artist, Tony Graham, one of Britain’s leading directors of theatre for children and young people.

Meet the Composer: Martin Ward

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/only-a-day In this video we meet Martin Ward - the composer of new play, Only A Day which runs at the Belgrade Theatre this February. A fox and a wild boar keep watch over the hatching of a mayfly. Aware that it lives for only a day, they are faced with a dilemma. Who cares about a mayfly anyway? But when they meet a beautiful flying insect, who has spent years preparing to hatch into the world, they have to think again. So begins a great adventure in which nothing will ever be the same. Join these wonderful creatures on a crazy, poignant and surprising journey through life and its rich mysteries! Only A Day is a play with live music for children aged seven and over about the cycle of life and the power of friendship. Based on the book by award-winning German children’s writer and illustrator, Martin Baltscheit, it is alternately funny, sad and thought-provoking. Only A Day will be directed by the Belgrade’s multi-award-winning Associate Artist, Tony Graham, one of Britain’s leading directors of theatre for children and young people.

Directing Only A Day

With Half Term on it's way, we caught up with the Director of our new children's drama, Only A Day to find out more about some of the colourful characters that feature in the show. Only A Day flies into B2 from Sat 7 - Sat 21 Feb. www.belgrade.co.uk

Time Flies: Building the Set for Only A Day

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/only-a-day “Love is never so beautiful as on the first day.” A fox and a wild boar keep watch over the hatching of a mayfly. Aware that it lives for only a day, they are faced with a dilemma. Who cares about a mayfly anyway? But when they meet a beautiful flying insect, who has spent years preparing to hatch into the world, they have to think again. So begins a great adventure in which nothing will ever be the same. Join these wonderful creatures on a crazy, poignant and surprising journey through life and its rich mysteries! Only A Day is a play with live music for children aged seven and over about the cycle of life and the power of friendship. Based on the book by award-winning German children’s writer and illustrator, Martin Baltscheit, it is alternately funny, sad and thought-provoking. Only A Day will be directed by the Belgrade’s multi-award-winning Associate Artist, Tony Graham, one of Britain’s leading directors of theatre for children and young people.

Building the Set for The History Boys

Director, Kate Saxon, talks about the set design for The History Boys which runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Tues 3 - Sat 7 Feb. Voted the nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s multi award-winning The History Boys is set to return for 2015, touring the UK in a major new production opening here at the Belgrade. Winner of both Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards, the play follows a group of quick-witted pupils at a northern grammar school as they prepare for their Oxbridge exams under the guidance of three eclectic teachers. Set in the 1980’s, these bright but unruly sixth-formers are determined to get to grips with all things sex, scandal and scholarship – in a pursuit of knowledge which would teach even the most street wise of audiences a thing or two. The History Boys is a hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education which is set for the very top of the league table. www.belgrade.co.uk/event/the-history-boys

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