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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

Video feed

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.

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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.

A Valentines Day Message from Denis Lill and Robert Duncan

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/12-angry-men Twelve Angry Men is now on at the Belgrade until Sat 14 Feb starring Denis Lill and Robert Duncan.

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

Inspiring Curiosity - Celebrating 50 years of Theatre in Education

INSPIRING CURIOSITY Celebrating 50 years of Theatre in Education 2015 sees the 50th Anniversary of Theatre in Education at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, marking 50 years since the establishment of 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. Theatre in Education encourages children to investigate challenging situations for themselves, to search to find the answer, rather than be given it on a plate. The Theatre in Education 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. Video by Jon Randle, Mindriot Productions.

Boys will be boys…Meet the Cast of The History Boys!

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/the-history-boys 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. Contains strong Language and scenes of a sexual nature.

Director, Kate Saxon on The History Boys

Tues 3 - Sat 7 Feb 2015 www.belgrade.co.uk/event/the-history-boys 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.

The Marriage of Figaro: Up Close

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/marriage-of-figaro Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose follow their hugely successful La Boheme and La Traviata at the Belgrade with Mozart’s joyous The Marriage of Figaro. Bursting with great tunes, laugh-out-loud comedy and powerful insights into what it is to be human, it’s little wonder that The Marriage of Figaro is one of the world’s best-loved operas. Directed by Sarah Tipple, who has revived Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly for the English National Opera and delighted audiences with her hilarious Barbershopera productions, this promises to be a highly inventive and theatrical new production. This is a new English version by OperaUpClose Artistic Director Robin Norton-Hale.

Champions Of Magic trailer

Friday 27 February 2015 www.belgrade.co.uk/event/champions-of-magic Witness stunning illusions including disappearances, teleportation, levitation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions. “Spectacular family show… take a seat and prepare to be astounded, astonished and amazed” Heart FM Champions Of Magic, the UK’s largest touring magic show, features 5 of the world’s finest magicians, including Young & Strange – Grand Illusionists as seen on ITV’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, Fay Presto – Queen of Close-up magic, having performed for every member of the Royal Family and Alex McAleer – Master Mind Reader as featured on ITV’s Edward Hilsum IBM International Champion Of Stage Magic 2014.

The Mist in the Mirror Trailer

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/mist-in-the-mirror Tues 14 - Sat 18 Apr Adapted from the novel by Susan Hill author of The Woman in Black, this tense and atmospheric new production is an otherworldly mystery that leaves a terrifying eeriness suspended in the air. A ghostly chill falls over the Belgrade Theatre this spring with a traveller’s strange tale of threats from beyond the grave. The Mist in the Mirror is a gothic fireside story which the audience is invited to eavesdrop on. Visual theatre innovators imitating the dog will once again be on hand to create an unnerving ethereal atmosphere before the show even begins and an unsettling feeling that might just follow you home at the end of the night too …

Behind the Scenes of Panto with JD & Roisin

On Monday 22 December, Free Radio's JD & Roisin made their guest appearance in the Belgrade's pantomime, Aladdin. Follow their journey behind the scenes in our latest video. www.belgrade.co.uk/event/aladdin

Audience Reaction to Santa's Dizzy Day!

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/santas-dizzy-day What four things do most pre-school children want to do at Christmas? Meet Santa. Get presents. Have lots of fun. Sing songs. At last a show for two to six year olds that does everything children want to do at Christmas! Santa’s Dizzy Day is a totally fun-packed experience for children, which will make them laugh, sing their favourite songs and get them to help Santa out of a tricky situation. The show will also give children an opportunity to give their letter to Santa in person. Specially designed paper for the letter will be available on the day or can be downloaded from www.imaginetheatre.co.uk/santasdizzyday.aspx. And as an added treat, all of the children will get to meet Santa and get a gift from him!

Audience Reaction to Oh No It Isn't!

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/oh-no-it-isnt-2014 Back by popular demand, Oh No It Isn’t! is the brilliant comedy thriller written and directed by acclaimed Coventry writer, Nick Walker. Four actors are performing a Christmas panto. For the audience it’s a fun, yuletide treat – for the actors on stage, it’s a matter of life and death! We soon discover that the cast are all embroiled in a plot to kill each other. A prop gun is swapped for the real thing and a poisoned apple is on the menu. Who’s bean-stalking who? Will the Giant come out on top? Or will it be curtains for Daisy the cow? The cry of “He’s behind you!” has never sounded so chilling! As ever, the B2 Xmas Show has been created especially for grown-ups so it’s perfect for office parties or anyone who wants to enjoy a Christmas night out away from the kids. This compact show only lasts around an hour, so it leaves you plenty of time to complete your evening with a few celebratory drinks. Festive fun for grown-ups!

Curtains for Daisy the Cow: Christmas Crime Scene Unfolds

www.belgrade.co.uk/event/oh-no-it-isnt-2014 Bemooosed shoppers looked on in horror as the disjoined head and back legs of what was later confirmed to be a pantomime cow were recovered from Broadgate Central Square at 12.00 hours amidst cries of 'Oh No It Isn't' and 'Oh Yes It Is' from the onlooking crowds. The victim, who goes by the name of 'Daisy', was last seen exiting Coventry's Belgrade Theatre in the early hours of Wednesday morning during rehearsals for the theatre's alternative B2 Christmas crime-thriller, Oh No It Isn't!

Dancing Cow

BOOK NOW www.belgrade.co.uk/event/oh-no-it-isnt-2014 Back by popular demand, Oh No It Isn’t! is the brilliant comedy thriller written and directed by acclaimed Coventry writer, Nick Walker. Four actors are performing a Christmas panto. For the audience it’s a fun, yuletide treat – for the actors on stage, it’s a matter of life and death! We soon discover that the cast are all embroiled in a plot to kill each other. A prop gun is swapped for the real thing and a poisoned apple is on the menu. Who’s bean-stalking who? Will the Giant come out on top? Or will it be curtains for Daisy the cow? The cry of “He’s behind you!” has never sounded so chilling! As ever, the B2 Xmas Show has been created especially for grown-ups so it’s perfect for office parties or anyone who wants to enjoy a Christmas night out away from the kids. This compact show only lasts around an hour, so it leaves you plenty of time to complete your evening with a few celebratory drinks. Festive fun for grown-ups!

Audience Reaction to Aladdin

BOOK NOW www.belgrade.co.uk/event/aladdin There’s more fun and adventure than ever in store at the Belgrade this Christmas with one of the most popular pantomimes of all, Aladdin. Follow our poor Aladdin as he attempts to win the heart of the beautiful princess. But there’s a law decreeing that she can only marry a prince and the evil Abanazar is determined to stand in his way. Can his mum Widow Twankey and her son Wishee Washee help or are they more interested in the soapy world of their Chinese laundry? How will Aladdin ever make his fortune and ensure his dreams come true? The Belgrade can’t be beaten for spectacular sets, incredible costumes, and a generous sprinkling of glitter, bringing magic and sparkle to everyone’s festive season!

Aladdin teaser trailer

NOW ON UNTIL SAT 10 JAN BOOK NOW www.belgrade.co.uk/event/aladdin

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