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...Belgrade Theatre Coventry’s diverse new autumn season when the lockdown is lifted.

Sell-out production: Noughts and Crosses

Tickets for The Belgrade Theatre’s upcoming autumn/winter season will go on sale today, Tues April 28, “so that we all have something positive we can look forward to later in the year” says Artistic Director Hamish Glen.

Highlights include the return of its sell-out staging of Malorie Blackman’s epic Noughts and Crosses hot on the heels of the recent BBC One TV adaptation, Lola Chakrabarti’s Calmer about three generations of women directed by top actor Adrian Lester and Groan-ups the latest by The Play That Goes Wrong team.

Since announcing that its doors would remain closed for the rest of the spring season (until Sat July 4), the theatre has launched online activities to keep audiences inspired and entertained via its Between Stages hub – belgrade.co.uk/between-stages.

Wise Children. Photo by Steve Tanner

Full productions now available to watch online include the critically acclaimed Wise Children and Crongton Knights (both co-produced by the Belgrade Theatre), as well as shows from companies previously scheduled to tour to Coventry this season, such as Original Theatre Company’s The Croft and The Habit of Art, and a number of family-friendly Shakespeare productions from regular visitors Oddsocks.

Crongton Knights

There are also a range of weekly activities including:

  • Monday Makes – Weekly craft activities curated in partnership with the Belgrade’s Craft On group
  • Storytime – Children’s storytelling videos posted at 2.30pm every Tue
  • Pub Quizzes – Theatre-themed quizzes every Tues night on Facebook
  • Weducation – Educational activities and videos every Wed
  • Locked In podcasts – updates from the Belgrade’s 2021 Co-Artistic Directors
  • A virtual play reading and discussion group – details to be announced

WHAT’S ON: AUTUMN/WINTER SEASON 2020

James Rowland’s Songs of Friendship, Sept 5

A trilogy combining storytelling, comedy and music in a deeply personal journey through love, death, friendship and the muddles of everyday existence.

Anthony Clark’s SHE, 10-12 Sept

A sequence of seven short plays exploring the experiences of a range of female characters from childhood to old age. Produced by Theatre Accord and Tara Arts in association with the Belgrade Theatre and The Production Exchange.

The Crown – Live! 23-26 Sept

A hilarious parody of a much-loved Netflix series.

Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions, 24-26 Sep

Fans of new writing can also look forward to a raw, funny, bittersweet dive into the complexities of masculinity, therapy and accepting our own vulnerabilities, fully integrated with British Sign Language.

Dougie Blaxland’s Getting the Third Degree, 30 Sep-3 Oct

A play to unite sports and theatre fans telling the story of Laurie Cunningham – the first millionaire black footballer, the first black player signed to Real Madrid, and – along with Cyrille Regis and Brendan Batson – the first of the footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees.

Groan Ups, 28 Sept-3 Oct

Those seeking something light-hearted to lift their spirits can look out for more of Mischief Theatre’s trademark madness and mayhem following their rise to global success with The Play That Goes Wrong. They return with their brand new comedy all about growing up

Noughts and Crosses, 7-10 Oct

Hot on the heels of the recent BBC One TV adaptation, Malorie Blackman’s epic story returns to the Belgrade, this time on the Main Stage.

Adam Z. Robinson’s Upon the Stair, 30 & 31 Oct

A trio of macabre tales combining storytelling, live music and integrated BSL in a thrilling gothic show just in time for Halloween

The Cat and the Canary, 3-7 Nov

A new production of chilling black comedy from The Classic Thriller Theatre Company.

Lola Chakrabarti’s Calmer, 4-14 Nov

Adrian Lester at the opening of the Library of Birmingham

Directed by brilliant Birmingham-born actor Adrian Lester (who is married to the playwright) this story of three generations of women is co-produced by the Belgrade Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Themes of mental health also emerge.

FAMILY THEATRE

Birmingham Stage Company return with their latest installment of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain for ages 7+ in October half-term, 21-24 Oct ; while young children and pre-schoolers will have the chance to meet some of their favourite TV characters including Fireman Sam, Noddy and more in Milkshake! Live: Monkey’s Musical on Mon 26 Oct.

And this year’s Christmas panto is Beauty and the Beast , 28 Nov-9 Jan, with Imagine Theatre presenting another preschool-friendly production, Santa’s Christmas Rescue. Ballet fans can also enjoy the return of the Russian State Ballet performing The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, 12-14 Nov.

LIVE MUSIC & SING-A-LONG SCREENINGS INCLUDE:

Fascinating Aida on Sat 31 Oct with Sing-a-Long-a screenings of The Greatest Showman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Sat 23 Jan.

Tickets for the autumn/winter Season are on general release to book online-only from today, Tuesday April 28: belgrade

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